Chocolate Stout Cupcakes (small batch)

November 19th, 2008 by katie

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
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare cupcake pan.
  2. Bring stout and butter to a simmer on the stove top.
  3. Stir in cocoa powder until smooth, remove from heat.
  4. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl.
  5. In a mixing bowl beat eggs and sour cream until combined.
  6. Slowly beat in chocolate mixture.
  7. Add dry ingredients and stir to combine.
  8. Pour into cupcake molds and bake for 15 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.

Chocolate Ganache

makes about 1 cup, prep 5 min, cool time 2 hours
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips or pieces
  1. Bring cream to a simmer on the stove top.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in chocolate until smooth.
  3. Refrigerate until thick and pourable or longer for spreadable.
  4. 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!

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17 Responses

  1. sugarlens

    I really like your photos. They are all very creative.

    These little cupcakes look too good to eat!

  2. Rayrena

    Wow, you do love us. You really really love us 🙂

  3. DD

    So nice of you! I tend to make single servings of dessert too so I’m all over this.

  4. hillary

    the first picture is adorable. i love you is the perfect caption.

  5. Aimee

    Now we don’t have to pay the price of eating way too many with having to buy new jeans! Do yo think they could be made with whole wheat flour?

  6. FamilyFirst

    Stout as in beer? Burp! Oops sorry! This is for 18 and above only. Nice cuppies.

  7. noble pig

    I love the pic of the hopeful child in the background…so totally adorable!

  8. Terry B

    These look and sound wonderful–and the charming last photo shows just how good they must be. I’m a big fan of simple frostings, and the ganache sounds perfect. For another take, you might try the equally simple frosting of lemon juice and powdered sugar I drizzle over the top of my Lemon Flaxseed Cake.

  9. kang

    i stumbled upon ur site and i absolutely love it! the photos are really amazing and always love a super clean blog design.

    Keep up the great work here, I’ll spend time coming back to this one 🙂

    kang @ londoneater.com

  10. Melissa

    The last picture is charming indeed. And one tray? Oh Katie, you MUST love us. I will even attempt these, in honor of you passing the 100 mark. GOOD FOR YOU! You’re a true pleasure to read.

  11. Kristen

    I am totally in love with those photos! I love how you scaled back the recipe too… thank you!

  12. Kevin

    I am really going to have to try this chocolate and beer recipe!

  13. Shavon

    I usually fill mine with Irish Cream filling. Delish.

  14. Hillary

    I love the sprinkles bouncing next to the cupcake – great photos and great recipe!

  15. Mrs. L

    Thank you for the small batch recipe! I thank you, my waist thanks you….

  16. Nirvana

    Wow! These look delicious! I just stumbled across your site and am loving it! Love the photos! 🙂

  17. Rogue Chocolate Stout

    Yum! and speaking of cooking with stout, how about using a stout that contains real chocolate, like the one from rogue … and since its me on the label of rogue chocolate stout (dotcom) i have pairing notes, recipes and other info on my website. i would love to expand this to include this recipe, adapted using rogue and attributed to chaos in the kitchen.

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