A rich dark beer combined with chocolate means a moist and dense cupcake.  Lemons for Lulu added some cream cheese filling with mint chips instead of a sweet frosting.  These cupcakes are meant to be savored one delicious bite at a time.

Guinness Black Bottom Mint Cupcakes

Ingredients
  • 1 cup Guinness Beer
  • 1 cup butter
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 8oz block cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons mint extract
  • ¾ cup mint chips ( I used Andes)
Instructions
  1. Combine beer and butter in a saucepan. Melt butter over medium heat. When butter has melted, whisk in cocoa powder. Remove from heat and let cool.
  2. With a hand mixer, beat together cream cheese, sugar, egg, salt and extract. Stir in mint chips. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a mixer, beat eggs and sour cream until blended. Slowly beat in the beer mixture, just until combined. Carefully stir in flour mixture and continue beating until well mixed.
  5. Line cupcake pans and fill each cup ⅔ full with chocolate batter. Drop a tablespoon full of cream cheese mixture in the center of each cupcake. Bake in a pre heated 350 degree oven for 20 minutes. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
  6. Makes 30 cupcakes.
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