Start with a Guinness. One cup of it to be exact.
Melt the butter in the Guinness then whisk in the cocoa powder. This will smell pretty tasty at this point, you may even be tempted to taste it, I would advise against that. It's like vanilla, I always thought it would taste good because it smells so good. Not the case.
Meanwhile mix the sour cream and eggs together, I thought it made a lovely yellow.
Then mix your beer and cocoa into the egg mix. Next add the dry ingredients and mix until just blended. Pretty standard cupcake procedure.
Fill your cupcake tins 2/3 of the way full (I have taken to ALWAYS using cupcake papers because its just too tragic if they stick) and bake for about 20 minutes at 350.
Once the cupcakes are cool, whip up the frosting. I let the KitchenAid go to town on a stick of butter, an entire package of powdered sugar and 5 tablespoons of knockoff Bailey's until it was well mixed.
Slather thickly onto the cupcakes and enjoy.
Guinness Cupcakes from Our Family Eats
1 cup Guinness or other ridiculously dark beer of your choice
2 sticks butter
3/4 cup cocoa powder
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup sour cream
Preheat the oven to 350 and line 24 muffin tins with cupcake papers.
Put the Guinness and butter into a saucepan over medium heat until the butter melts. Whisk in the cocoa powder and remove from heat.
Whisk together the four, sugar, baking soda and salt, set aside.
In a separate bowl (preferably one on an electric mixer) beat the eggs and sour cream together until combined. Make sure your beer/butter/cocoa mixture isn't too hot (otherwise it can scramble your eggs and no one wants that) then add that to the egg mixture, beat until just combined. Slowly add the flour mixture and mix until combined, this is the stage where you really don't want to overmix, otherwise the cupcakes will get tough.
Pour batter into the muffin tins, filling each 2/3 of the way full. I ended up with enough batter for 24 regular size cupcakes and about 10 mini ones. The regular size ones took 20 minutes and the minis took 11. Let cool completely. Now, for the frosting.....
Bailey's Frosting also from Our Family Eats
1 stick butter, room temperature
1 pound powdered sugar
5 Tbs. Bailey's (or Ryan's as it were, a more affordable Bailey's)
Cream the butter, slowly add the powdered sugar and Bailey's and mix until it is all thoroughly combined, depending on your preferred texture and taste you can tweak this frosting recipe as you see fit. For example, for less of that Bailey's flavor sub out some of the Bailey's with milk.