Beer and chocolate? What kind of blarney is this, you ask?
Don't worry - my lads and lassies. It isn't quite as crazy as it sounds.
Many stouts have chocolate undertones, and with St. Patrick's Day around the corner, it seemed only right to bring a little Guinness into the kitchen this week. Now I have to admit - it's the first time I've ever raised a glass of the deep, dark brew. (As a freckled redhead, I'm sure my Irish ancestors are horrified.)
And to be honest, the stout is a little too robust for me to drink straight up. But oh ... those swirling, bittersweet tones bring out the intensity of chocolate, especially in our Classy Chocolate Pound Cake. Add a little nutmeg and cinnamon, and your home will be filled with heavenly spiced aromas.
So stir up these grown-up cupcakes for St. Paddy's Day or anytime ... and top 'em with a dollop of frosting, just like the creamy froth you'd see on top of a pint at the local pub.