A friend of mine had a birthday this weekend, and was celebrating with cook outs! I went to one held by another friend and knew I had to bring some cupcakes along, but what kind?
Chocolate was my first idea, followed by…beer! Chocolate Guinness cupcakes it would have to be!
I was out at the time I was coming up with the idea and had to phone home and have Z look up a recipe for me to base my shopping on, but I ended up with everything I needed. My only challenge would be whose recipe to choose?
And then, early in the morning, the power went out. So I slept. At noon, it came back on, so I got up (what, I like sleep!)…and then it went out again almost immediately.
So I started searching through my cookbooks. But, as I don’t have many, I couldn’t find one. So I worried.
Eventually, around 2 in the afternoon, while I was in the middle of complaining about the lack of power for probably the fiftieth time, it came back on. Immediately I began my search for the perfect cupcake recipe, idly chekcing to see if anyone had answered my call on Twitter.
The fabulous Shiv, one of the two lovely ladies behind Pithy & Cleaver replied with this recipe – which apparently just won the 3rd annual Brooklyn Kitchen Cupcake Bake-off! And with good reason. These cupcakes are incredibly moist, dark and rich, with a super gooey frosting that has a really nice tang from the cream cheese. I skimped a little on the salting because I ran out of unsalted butter halfway through and was using salted, and didn’t want to overdo it. They were fantastic as they were, though, so if you’re not into salty (which is silly), you can still make these and enjoy them as much as everyone at the cook out did.