Guinness and Chocolate Cupcakes with Avocado Cream Cheese Icing

News| 16th March 2022
Guinness and Chocolate Cupcakes with Avocado Cream Cheese Icing
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What happens when you mix Guinness, chocolate and avocado? Read on my friends!

St Pat was a fifth-century Christian Missionary and Bishop and Irish celebrations on his special day include parades, folk dancing, wearing green and shamrocks and indulging in a little local beer and Irish whiskey. There’s no better day than St Patrick's day to throw around a traditional Irish stout and mix up some green icing!

I’ve thrown the Irish beer and colour green into this recipe for Guinness and Chocolate Cupcakes and topped them with Avocado and Cream Cheese icing. This recipe makes a generous batch so invite some friends around, get the folk songs on kick up your heels. If you’d like to throw Irish Whisky into the mix, make yourself an Irish coffee topped with cream and chocolate to go with the cakes.

Thanks to a glut from local farmers, avocado’s are super cheap right now so they make the perfect addition to the icing. The natural green colour is perfect!

Enjoy, Kate x

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Makes: 24 cupcakes

CUPCAKES INGREDIENTS

  • 200g unsalted butter, cubed - Woolworths or Coles
  • 150g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 440ml Guinness - Dan Murphy’s
  • 400g plain flour
  • 60g cocoa
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 300g brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • One batch of icing. See recipe below

CUPCAKES METHOD

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C
  • Place butter and chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water and allow to melt. Remove from the heat and let it cool to room temperature.
  • Stir the Guinness into the chocolate mixture – don’t worry if it seizes or splits, it’ll come back together when mixed with the other ingredients.
  • In a medium bowl, mix the flour, cocoa and baking powder until combined.
  • In another bowl, using a electric beaters, beat together the eggs, sugar and vanilla essence until fluffy (3 minutes)
  • Beat half the chocolate mixture into the eggs until combined. Add half the flour, then combine again. Repeat with the remaining flour and chocolate.
  • Spoon mixture into cupcake cases until two thirds full (approx ¼ cup)
  • Bake for 18 - 20 minutes, or until the cake springs back when pressed.
  • Cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before icing. See icing recipe below.
  • Fit an icing bag with a star nozzle, fill it with your icing mixture and pipe a generous swirl on each cake, finishing them with green sprinkles if you wish. Learn more on piping techniques here.

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AVOCADO ICING INGREDIENTS

AVOCADO ICING METHOD

  • Place the avocado and lemon juice into a food processor and process until smooth. Alternatively, mash to smooth in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  • Using an electric mixer, combine cream cheese and butter then beat until light and fluffy.
  • Add half of the icing sugar, beat on low until smooth, add remaining icing sugar and beat on high until light and fluffy.
  • Add avocado and lemon mixture and continue to beat until smooth.

STYLING DETAILS

When it comes to St Patrick's Day styling, you simply need to lean heavily into the colour green. What a great opportunity to add one of these two items to your homewares. The ribbed mugs from target are a lovely pale mint colour and the matte finish makes them perfect for food photography. They are also just lovely to hold so check them out. And who doesn’t need a cake stand in their life. They are always a sign of good times being shared with friends and family!

  • Ribbed Green Mugs in Pale Green - Target
  • Mezze Footed Cake Stand 20cm in Jade - Myer

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We’ve teamed up with food ambassador Kate Flower to bring you fresh food inspiration. Kate’s local take on this season’s produce ensures you are always eating fresh, local food. For more food ideas and recipes that taste and look fantastic, click here.

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