Ok so in this post I went on and on talking about how I hate making more than one tray of a dessert and blah blah blah and then I proceeded to post two more dessert recipes that make an astronomical number. For example, yesterday you said, “Chocolate Stout Cupcakes?! I must have them!” But then you saw the recipe makes four dozen and you were disappointed that our relationship was not what you had thought.
Well, because I am touched and humbled that anyone out there is interested at all in what I am doing here, I adjusted and tested and scaled down and tested the chocolate stout cupcake recipe to make, yes-that’s right-one tray. One dozen delicious, rich chocolate stout cupcakes. I also tried this batch with a simple chocolate ganache and liked it much better. The cupcakes are so deeply flavored that I wanted an icing that wouldn’t compete with their complexity. (Also try this amazing Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Frosting)
Chocolate Stout Cupcakes (small batch)makes 1 dozen, prep 10 min, cook time 15 min, adapted from Bon Apétit September 2002
- 1/2 cup stout beer
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (Dutch-process)
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare cupcake pan.
- Bring stout and butter to a simmer on the stove top.
- Stir in cocoa powder until smooth, remove from heat.
- Combine dry ingredients in a bowl.
- In a mixing bowl beat eggs and sour cream until combined.
- Slowly beat in chocolate mixture.
- Add dry ingredients and stir to combine.
- Pour into cupcake molds and bake for 15 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.
Chocolate Ganachemakes about 1 cup, prep 5 min, cool time 2 hours
- 1/2 cup whipping cream
- 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips or pieces
- Bring cream to a simmer on the stove top.
- Remove from heat and stir in chocolate until smooth.
- Refrigerate until thick and pourable or longer for spreadable.
- Ice cupcakes once they have completely cooled.
There are now over 100 posts on chaos in the kitchen and I really do want to thank everyone who has left me comments and encouragement over the last few months. I read every comment and they mean so much to me. Cooking only brings me joy to the extent that I am able to share it with others. So thank you for reading and know that I love hearing from you in comments and emails. You can also find me on twitter if that’s your cup of tea. I am looking forward to the next 100 posts. Leave me a note if there’s anything special you’d like me to make or discuss!