I know stout cupcakes have been done before but probably never under these circumstances or with this beer (Aphrodite by Dieu du Ciel). When Abby, Meghan, and I went to the New Belgium Snapshot Wheat release party, we showed up without tickets and they still somehow let us in. Out of sheer excitement, I threw my arms in the air with my hands clenched in fists, somewhat of a double fist pump move. On the way up, my friend Meghan got in the way of my arm maneuver and BOOM! …. punched her right in the face. So to make up for my accidental wrongdoing, I made her some cupcakes hoping the magical powers of the stout would help her feel better. These cupcakes aren’t any ordinary stout cakes. They are chocolate and vanilla stout cupcakes topped with peanut butter frosting, chocolate ganache, and pretzels. They probably didn’t heal her, but at least she got a tasty snack. Meghan, next time I suggest watching where you put your face so it wont get in the way of my fists.
So there’s this amazing website called “Ming Makes Cupcakes” and it has the most killer cupcake recipes in the world. You can find it here: http://mingmakescupcakes.yolasite.com/ I cannot claim this as my original recipe but I put my own spin on it to take it to the next level. These pumpkin cupcakes are literally a dream come true. One time I made them for the family I nanny for and they went completely bonkers. The next time I brought some over, my boss rushed in the door after work and said, “Where are the cupcakes? I’ve been thinking about them all day!” This same sort of addiction may happen to you if you try this recipe out.