Since I’ve seen so many recipes for Chocolate Stout cupcakes lately, I decided that I must make them for St. Patrick’s Day! The stout makes them extra soft and fluffy. I found this recipe on the Betty Crocker website and loved it because they only need a few ingredients and are so simple to make. I chose to do a vanilla icing, but you can also do an Irish Cream frosting, which is perfect for an all adults potluck.
1 box deviled foods cake mix
1 1/4 cups Guinness stout beer
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 stick butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
4 T. milk
Using a mixer, combine together the cake mix, Guinness, oil, and eggs in a large bowl on low speed for 30 seconds. Then, mix on medium high speed for another two minutes.
Line a regular-sized muffin tin with baking cups. Scoop 1/4 cup batter into each tin. If using a dark or nonstick pan, bake at 325 degrees (or 350 degrees if using a regular pan) for 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Transfer to a rack and let cool.
In a separate bowl, mix the butter and powdered sugar until combined. Add the vanilla, salt, and milk. Mix on medium speed until smooth and thoroughly combined.
Once the cupcakes are completely cooled, frost them, and store them in an airtight container until potluck time! (I made them the day before and they were still wonderful, but I wouldn’t make them any earlier than that.)