What: Chocolate Guinness cupcakes with a cream cheese frosting.
Why: We perhaps bought a little too much Guinness to go with the corned beef and cabbage. Not that it would necessarily go to waste, but it was as good excuse as any to try out the Guinness cupcakes recipe from Chow.
Complications/alterations: This recipe seems to be scaled up from something reasonable to something monstruous in order to use a whole bottle of beer. I made 24 large cupcakes with enough left over for 24 minis. Though advantageous for mine and S’s coworkers, perhaps, this glut of sweets is not doing us any favors. I also couldn’t bring myself to add the whole 2 cups of sugar (I used maybe a cup and a half), so they may not have been as sweet as usual.
Result: They were tasty cupcakes. I can’t taste any Guinness, but some of my taste testers could. They were actually kind of light- not super chocolatey. Even the frosting was on the lighter side- not as cream cheesey as the standard carrot cake topping. I would do these again, except maybe a half recipe.