Yes. I made cupcakes using DuClaw Brewing’s Sweet Baby Jesus beer and they were AH-MAZ-ING!
Backstory: I have a friend who loves beer more than I do (yes, it’s possible). He’s also a better cook and a better runner. So, when we got invited to his and his wife’s holiday party and, when I offered, he told me to bring a dessert, I knew the bar was high. I had to make something that would taste great and impress a beer crowd.
Enter: Sweet Baby Jesus Cupcakes.
- 1 c. DuClaw Brewing Sweet Baby Jesus (or any chocolate stout, coffee stout, or regular stout)
- 1 c. (2 sticks) unsalted butter
- ¾ c. unsweetened dark cocoa powder
- 2 c. flour (I use King Arthur's White Whole Wheat)
- 2 c. sugar
- 1½ t. baking soda
- ¾ t. salt
- 2 lg eggs
- ⅔ c. Greek Yogurt (sour cream works too)
- 3 c powdered sugar
- ⅓ c. butter
- 1 T. cocoa
- ~2 T. Sweet Baby Jesus
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- Grease your pan or use cupcake liners
- Bring the beer and butter to a simmer. Add the cocoa and whisk until the cocoa is dissolved. May look a little curdly. Remove from heat and let cool some.
- Mix flour, sugar, baking soda and salt
- In a large bowl, combine egg and sour cream using a mixer
- Add the cooled beer-chocolate mixture to the egg mixture and mix until just blended
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet until just mixed. You want everything combined, but you don't want to overmix
- Fill cupcakes about half to ¾s full and bake until toothpick comes out clean (about 20 minutes)
- Remove from pan when partially cooled
- Make frosting
- Mix powdered sugar and butter until creamy
- Add cocoa and 1 tablespoon beer
- Beat with mixer until smoothy and preferred consistency, adding beer as needed
- PIpe onto cupcakes
These cupcakes were so very good, but there is still room for improvement. Next time I want to try using more beer and simmering for a while before adding the butter to see if reducing it intensifies the taste. Also, since Sweet Baby Jesus is a chocolate peanut butter porter, it practically begs for peanut butter in the recipe somewhere.