Made With Love - Beer Chocolate Cupcakes

06.11.2015

The festive season is fast approaching… and Chef Lee has been in the kitchen baking off some culinary delights.

Lee Brooks has been inspired by McMullen’s 1993 established Stronghart brew, creating a perfectly delicious Chocolate and Beer Cupcake recipe, sure to get tongues wagging! 

These delicious cupcakes are made with McMullen’s rich, dark and exceptionally smooth Stronghart. This rich ale – dubbed “Best Festive Ale” by CAMRA and also referred to as “liquid Christmas pudding”  – has notes of chocolate in its aroma, which adds something really special to these chocolate treats. A taste so indulgent and rich, it will leave you reaching for another cake!

Chocolate is always a favourite here at McMullen’s – as it is with the vast population of the UK. Did you know that Europeans account for half the Worlds chocolate consumption, according to the International Cocoa Organisation . The British are estimated, along with the Germans and Swiss, to eat 11kg of chocolate a year!

Check out Lee’s indulgent cupcake recipe with cream cheese frosting below – a great alternative to Great British Christmas baking goods of Mince Pies or the traditional Christmas pud. Let’s beat that 11kg!

Beer Chocolate Cupcake Recipe 

Makes 24

Ingredients:
o    40g Cocoa Powder 
o    40ml Stronghart Beer
o    3  Eggs
o    175g Butter 
o    165g Caster Sugar 
o    115g Self-raising White Flour
o    1tsp Baking Powder

Method:
•    Preheat the oven to 180C
•    Line two 12-hole muffin tins with paper cases 
•    Sift the cocoa powder into a bowl, pour in the Stronghart beer and mix into a thick paste
•    Add the remaining cake ingredients and mix with an electric hand whisk (or beat with a wooden spoon)
•    Divide the mixture equally between the 24 paper cases 
•    Bake in a preheated oven for about 10 minutes until well risen and springy to the touch
•    Cool in the cases on a wire rack

For the Cream Cheese Frosting: - 

Ingredients:
o    600g Icing Sugar 
o    100g Butter (softened at room temperature)
o    250g Cream Cheese


Method:
•    Beat the icing sugar and butter together.
•    Add the cream cheese and beat together for approximately 5 minutes, until frosting becomes light and fluffy.
•    Pipe or spoon onto cupcakes, allow to set for at least 1hour.
•    Enjoy!

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