Dark chocolate Guinness cupcakes with toasted Guinness meringue frosting?  Yes please!

These dark chocolate Guinness cupcakes with toasted Guinness meringue frosting are so easy to make and are beyond delicious! #stpatricksday #stpatricksdayfood #chocolate

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During my senior of college the time came to pick an elective course so I could graduate.  Most of my friends decided to take the wine appreciation course that my school offered.  They would come home from class so happy, and talk about how wonderful it was to taste different wines and the food that pairs well with them.  I almost decided to take the class as well, then changed my mind at the last minute. Instead, I signed up for Beer Brewing Science and Society.  Because of that class I fell in love with dark beer, and I know how to brew my own. I also happen to have come to the conclusion that dark chocolate pairs very well with dark beer.

My best friend also happens to love dark beer.  During the olden days, we would go out and have a Guinness together.  She even got to spend a semester abroad in Ireland, and teased me about going to the Guinness factory.

With St. Patrick's Day being so close, of course I had do a recipe with Guinness.  And like I said, I think dark chocolate goes well with dark beer.  So, I decided to make these dark chocolate Guinness cupcakes.

Even while they were baking, I wasn't really sure what frosting to top them with.  More chocolate?  No.  Buttercream?  I don't think so.  Maybe even a Bailey's frosting.... I didn't have any Bailey's, but I think I might try that next time.  So then I was thinking something marshmallowy sounded good.  And I should add some more Guinness.  And then I should toast it.

These dark chocolate Guinness cupcakes with toasted Guinness meringue frosting are so easy to make and are beyond delicious! #stpatricksday #stpatricksdayfood #chocolate

For the cupcakes, I used a box of Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate cake mix.  I used Safflower oil and substituted Guinness for the water.

For the frosting, I used 4 egg whites, half a cup of sugar, and a teaspoon of Guinness.  To make the frosting.  I combined the egg whites and sugar in the bowl of my Kitchenaid mixer.  After giving the bowl a little stir, I put the bowl over a pot of boiling water.  I cooked the egg white sugar mixture until it just started to get hot with the occasional stir.  Next I whipped up the egg whites.  This is when I LOVE my stand mixer.  I mixed the egg whites and sugar until they formed very stiff peaks, which took about 8 minutes.  I then added the teaspoon of Guinness and whipped another 30 seconds.

Once the frosting was ready, I put it into a piping bag and frosted the cupcakes.  Then I took my kitchen blow torch to give the frosting that wonderful toastiness.

These dark chocolate Guinness cupcakes are the perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day or any day you need your dark chocolate and dark beer fix

I love these dark chocolate Guinness cupcakes.  Like I said, dark chocolate and dark beer are wonderful together.

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These yummy dark chocolate Guinness cupcakes are super easy to mix when you tweak a box of cake mix. Top that off with a homemade toasted Guinness meringue frosting and this dessert will have you wanting to celebrate St. Patrick's day everyday!

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Toasted Guinness Meringue Frosting

Ingredients

  • 4 egg whites
  • half a cup of sugar
  • teaspoon of Guinness

Instructions

  1. combined the egg whites and sugar in a glass or metal bowl
  2. place the bowl over a pot of boiling water
  3. cook the egg white sugar mixture until it just starts to get hot with the occasional stir
  4. whip the egg whites with an electric mixer until they form very stiff peaks (about 8 minutes) 
  5. add the teaspoon of Guinness and whip another 30 seconds.
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