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    Guinness and chocolate cupcakes

    • Preparation time: 20 minutes, plus cooling
    • Cooking time: 25 minutes
    • Total time: 45 minutes, plus cooling

    Makes: 12

    Ingredients

    200ml Guinness
    50g cocoa powder
    150g unsalted butter, softened
    250g light brown soft sugar
    2 large eggs, beaten
    170g plain flour
    1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
    ½ tsp baking powder

    TOPPING
    200g cream cheese
    100g icing sugar, sifted
    150ml double cream

    Method

    1. Preheat the oven to 180˚C, gas mark 4. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases. Gradually mix the Guinness into the cocoa powder to form a smooth liquid. In a large bowl, beat the butter with the sugar until pale and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, a little at a time.

    2. Mix in the cocoa and Guinness mixture then sift in the flour, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder with a small pinch of salt; gently mix together. Spoon into the muffin cases and bake for 20-25 minutes until risen and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Cool in the tin for 5 minutes then transfer to a rack to cool completely.

    3. Meanwhile, make the topping. Beat the cream cheese until smooth then fold in the icing sugar. In a separate bowl, whip the cream to soft peaks then fold into the cream cheese mixture. Once the cakes have cooled, top each with a little icing, so they resemble frothy little pints.

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    This recipe first appeared in Waitrose & Partners Food, March 2019 issue. Download the Waitrose & Partners Food app for the full issue

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