Gooey Birthday!

May 25th, 2009

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?

Gooey sticky cupcakes!

Gooey sticky cupcakes!

Chocolate was my first idea, followed by…beer! Chocolate Guinness cupcakes it would have to be!

No sense of modesty or self-respect, these cupcakes.

No sense of modesty or self-respect, these cupcakes.

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?

See that awesome chocolate cake?

See that awesome chocolate cake?

I was busy for the rest of the day and didn’t have much time to look at too many recipes before I went to bed, so I asked via Twitter if anyone knew any particularly perfect recipes.

Told you that frosting was gooey!

Told you that frosting was gooey!

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.

Don't you just want to tunnel all up in that chocolatey goodness?

Don't you just want to tunnel all up in that chocolatey goodness?

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.

Omnomnomnom

Omnomnomnom

Someone had!

This photo taken hastily as I gathered my cupcake carrier and bag of marinating portobello caps.

This photo taken hastily as I gathered my cupcake carrier and bag of marinating portobello caps.

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.

5 Responses to “Gooey Birthday!”

  1. Jenni says:

    Wow–these look great. Used to make something similar at the restaurant. I’m sorry I didn’t see your twitter plea, or I would’ve tried to hook you up. Seems like you came out just fine, though! Yay! Here’s the recipe I use, and my frosting pairing, if you’d like to do Further Experimentation: http://onlinepastrychef.wordpress.com/2009/03/30/chocolate-stout-cake/

    PS you are a Very Good Friend to bring such wonderful treats to a cook out!

  2. Vi says:

    Ah, the power of Twitter =)

    Nice move to bring cupcakes to a party; they are in vogue thanks to all those fabulous cupcake shops! Yours looked so moist and I bet they were a hit!

  3. Gorgeous looking cupcakes Anna! I’ve tried a chocolate Guinness cupcake before and so I know exactly what you mean by the moist, delicious centre :)

  4. gattina says:

    It sounds so chic and cool!

  5. Memoria says:

    I think there is also a recipe with guinness at Smitten Kitchen. I don’t know if it’s the same one, though.

    Your frosting looks yummy!

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