WG (aka Wine Guy) and I had Irenie and the F-Man over for a BBQ on Sunday. New York Steaks on the apartment complex grill, baked potatoes and a lovely mixed salad.
I was in charge of dessert.
I assured Irene that there would be meat and chocolate cake.
I told her I would buy some cake at a local bakery.
And then, I decided it was high time I used two things:
1) My copy of Nigella Lawson's Feast
2) My cupcake tin
So, I made Guiness cake. Yes, that's right, a chocolate cake that starts with a cup of Guiness bear, is stirred on the stove and then, finally, baked. After cooling the cupcakes for a significant amount of time, I iced them with a cream cheese/heavy cream/powdered sugar frosting that Nigella describes as just like the foam on a Guiness. I have yet to taste the beer outside of a cake, and don't plan to, but man, that stuff makes one tasty chocolate cake.
My mother has requested these cupcakes in a full cake form for her birthday this Friday. I will gladly comply.