I thought this would be an appropriate recipe for St. Patty’s Day! Have a great day toasting the Irish, my friends. I am waffling on whether or not to drag the child to the parade tomorrow – it’ll be fun for sure. The weather is supposed to be warm, and he’s got a great outfit for the occasion. Then again? I’m not sure a chaotic downtown filled with drunken revelers is really the best place for a toddler.
These are, essentially, a really yummy orange-spice cake. You can’t really taste the stout in the cupcake, hate to break it to you – it’s there more for the moisture. There is hardly a hint of that distinctive toasty stout flavor. It is present in the glaze, however, which helps to round things out. I made these for Alaina’s birthday, in honor of her birthday as well as her (at the time, a future) trip to Ireland. I don’t think they disappointed.
(adapted from Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes, 2009)
3 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. + 1/8 tsp. baking soda
1 3/4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/4 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
1 1/4 tsp. grated nutmeg
1 1/4 c. vegetable oil
1 1/4 c. unsulfured molasses
1/2 c. + 1 Tbsp. packed light brown sugar
2 large whole eggs + 1 egg yolk
1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. finely grated orange zest
1 1/4 c. stout beer
Stout Glaze (recipe follows)
Preheat oven to 350F and line a muffing tin with liners.
Whisk the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg together.
In a stand mixer, beat the oil, molasses, brown sugar, whole eggs + yolk, orange zest, and stout until combined. Reduce speed to low and add the flour mixture in batches, beating until just combined.
Pour batter into lined cups, filling each three-quarter full. Bake about 20 minutes, rotating tins halfway through. Let cool completely on wire racks.
Once cupcakes are cool, place foil under wire racks and drizzle glaze over cupcakes.
2(ish) c. confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1/4 c. stout beer
Whisk together ingredients until combined; add more confectioners’ sugar if needed to get your desired consistency (I like mine a little on the thicker side, but that’s just me). Use immediately.