Tuesday 11 February 2014

Valentines Day Guinness Cup Cakes

Jaysus lads and ladies its getting close to that special day and if your like me, you'll be flapping about like a mad yoke wondering what in the name of god a fella (or indeed a girl) could want for Valentines day. But fear not, because I have the answer and it comes in the shape of a pint of Guinness - when in doubt, reach for the good stuff.

Now I know what your thinking, the womans lost the run of herself, pouring the black stuff into her food! but go with me on this one, its going to taste amazing. Theres a bit of messing about with this recipe that I got from here, but now thats its been tried and tested by yours truly, I can give you the low down on what works and what turns into a fire and is only fit as bin material. Keep in mind you will need a food processor for this and your working with beetroot - that stains hands and clothes, I know all too well.

The cakes:
75g/2 and three fourth oz of cocoa powder
175g/6oz of plain flour
2 tsp of baking powder
225g/8oz of caster sugar
3 eggs
225g/8oz of cooked beetroot (no vinegar)
100lm/3 and a half fl oz of Guinness
100ml/3 and a half fl oz of corn flour (or whatever you have around)

The icing:
200g/7oz of butter (put in the microwave a sec if its too hard)
200g/7oz of full fat (muhaha!) cream cheese
1 small tsp of vanilla essence
142g/5oz of icing sugar

These ingredients make about 16 and a small one.

Don't forget to turn the oven on! 200C/400f/Gas 6

1. Sift (feck it all in) the flour, caster sugar, cocoa powder and baking powder into a bowl. 

2. Cut up the beetroot into smaller pieces and put it all into the blender along with the 3 eggs, oil and the Guinness. Jesus remember to put the lid on people!! 

3. Put the beetroot goo into the bowl with all of 1. and mix together.

4. Get your cup cake trays and cases, fill them half way with the mixture and throw them in the oven for about 20 to 25 minutes. Once there done leave them to cool.

5. While there a-cookin' make the icing. Put the cream cheese, icing sugar, butter and vanilla essences into a bowl and mix.I haven't yet perfected this bit, I'll be honest. The measurements on the original recipe was pure madness so I just put in 5oz of icing sugar, but I think 6oz wouldn't hurt next time. Have a play round with it yourself if it looks a bit drippy to you. While were on the topic of being honest, I don't know what possessed me but I forgot the oil in the cakes, they still turned out lovely but I'm such a plonker!

Once you have taken the cakes out and let them completely cool, dip, spread or artistically splash the cakes with the icing and taa-dahhh!! Aren't you only great, you've made yourself, errhh your loved one some gorgeous Guinness cup cakes! I was thinking of what I'd write for this post as I was baking this morning, thinking I'd bang on about how nice it is to bake for your loved one but after taking a bite into one of the cakes I am ashamed to say I genuinely thought 'sod them, I'd keep these all for myself. There just too nice. Good thing the ingredients make so many or we'd be in trouble.' - I kid you not. How mean am I? But then again I normally hate my cooking and feck it out, so you can be safe in the knowledge that they are in fact, much nicer then they sound. They taste like a strong cream cheese and chocolate cake with just a hint of something underneath that makes it nom. Gordon Ramsey eat your heart out.


  1. Oh wow, sounds uttely delish. Unfortunately cooking and I don't mix, I'll need to drop some hints...

    1. Ha you can send the link or maybe leave your computer open on the page ;D x

  2. They look so yum!! Himself would love these, big fan of Guinness, so he is!

    1. They tasted so nice, was really expecting to bin them! Hope you try them for his sake ;)

  3. They sound amazing - really unusual recipe! I love cream cheese frosting

    1. I thought so too! Oh I wont admit it but I sat with the frosting bowl and a spoon... :D x