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St Patrick's Day cupcakes

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St Patrick's Day cupcakes
St Patrick's Day cupcakes
  • Makes: 12

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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

Celebrate St Patrick's Day on the 17th March with these cute Irish-themed cupcakes. The cakes are made with a flavoursome stout and the icing is mixed with cream liquor for a traditional Irish taste

Ingredients

  • 100g soft butter
  • 100ml stout
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 150g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 200g light soft brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 75ml sour cream

Irish cream frosting:
  • 200g soft butter
  • 450g icing sugar, sifted
  • 3-4 tbsps Irish cream liquor
  • Green sugar sprinkles to decorate

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Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C/350 F/Gas Mark 4. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper cases. Place the butter, stout and cocoa powder in a saucepan and place over a gentle heat, stir until the butter has melted and the mixture is smooth. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  2. In a large bowl sift together the flour, salt, baking powder and sugar. Add the cooled stout mixture and beat for 1 minute using an electric whisk on a medium speed. Add the egg and sour cream and beat for a further 2 minutes.
  3. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared tin. Bake for 20-25 minutes until cooked through and springy to the touch. Transfer the cakes to a cooling rack and leave to cool completely.
  4. For the frosting, cream the butter in a bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the icing sugar a little at a time then beat in the Irish cream liquor. Spoon or pipe the icing on the cooled cakes and sprinkle with green sugar to decorate.


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