Monday, 2 March 2015

Guinness Cupcakes and Rainbow Fudge!

Welcome to the next stop on Blogorail Teal!
Today we are sharing some stupendous St Patrick's Day Recipes!

I, of course, decided to make things extra difficult challenging for myself and picked two recipes to share! They were both just TOO good to pick between them.

First up are some glorious Guinness Cupcakes, adapted from this wonderful recipe from Love Swah.

I followed her recipe for the cake mixture - this batter is VERY runny so I transferred it to a jug for pouring into cupcake cases ... I still managed to make a mess in the end but hey, I tried :)
I filled the cases just over halfway and got around 20 cupcakes.

I popped them in the oven at 180°C/350°F for 20-25 minutes (I found that whilst they looked quite done on the top pretty quickly, they took longer than I expected to bake through - just do what I did and plonk yourself on a stool next to the oven in the latter stages to keep an eye on them so they don't burn) and voilà! Gooey dark chocolate Guinness cupcakes ready for lashings of boozy Irish cream frosting!

Again, I followed the frosting recipe from Love Swah, completely ignoring the fact that it's for a BIG CAKE. I had about double the amount of frosting I needed for 20 cupcakes ... but it's cool ... the rest is in a tub in the fridge with a spoon in it :) apparently you can't have too much of this stuff!

It's supposed to look like the creamy top of a Guinness ... and that it did! But I think it's time to snazz things up a bit ... some green sprinkles, glitter and a hand piped green chocolate Mickey later ...

Tah Dah! St Patrick's Day cupcakes Disney style!

Next up is the Rainbow Fudge ... boy was this fun to make! I followed this video from yoyomax12 - this recipe is pretty time consuming but trust me it's SO worth it for all the 'ooooooh!"s and "aaaahhhh!"s you get from the end result! This recipe also requires the fudge to be refrigerated for 12 hours when you're finished, so if you want to make it for a party, be sure to make it a couple of days in advance :)

I can't think of anything to compare to the satisfaction of cutting into this fudge for the first time.
Below is a moment I will cherish forever ...

See what I mean about the "oooooh"s :) I decided to use a Mickey cookie cutter to make Mickey Rainbow Fudge! If you want to try this here's a major tip - make sure the cutter you use is about the same height as the end of the pan you make the fudge in ... for me this was a total fluke! I didn't realise until I used the cutter ... talk about having the luck of the Irish on my side!

You'll definitely have your friends wondering how on earth you made this rainbow fudge ... I had to explain how I did it to my mum who thought I'd used sorcery :)

And what better way to wash it all down than with a glass of Guinness! I thought this would be a good idea since it looks so tasty with the creamy top ... and just last weekend I tried Guinness ice cream and couldn't get enough ... but alas, it wasn't for me. I turned to my sister and exclaimed "It tastes like bog water!" to which she replied "yuh ... don't you know??". So to ease my disappointment I swapped it for a tall and tasty glass of lemonade ... cheers! And Happy St Patrick's Day! 

Thank you for joining me today! Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Disney Mamas!

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4th Stop - Manda’s Disney Blog - Guinness Cupcakes and Mickey Rainbow Fudge!