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Welcome and Cupcakes!

Hello and welcome to our blog!

Let us tell you a bit about us. We’re Susie (the Mom) and Rebekkah (the daughter). Though we live on opposite sides of the country (SAD) we still talk almost everyday. We both tend to get worried easily, and thankfully we have baking! Baking helps us get through everything, Rebekkah must have gotten it from Susie. We bake through anything – worried? Bake! Stressed out? Bake! Happy? Bake!

Since we love baking so much, we decided to start this blog. It won’t be all baking, Susie’s going to offer up some “Mom Advice,” and we’ll probably have some other stuff as well. Anyways, if you want to know more about us, you can look in the “About” tab. For our first recipe, we went with a Guinness Chocolate Cupcake. This works well for a few reasons, (1) we love baking cupcakes, (2) Rebekkah loves piping frosting, and (3) Susie LOVES Guinness. (Seriously, if she sees a Guinness sign outside of a restaurant or bar, she calls it her Bat Signal. Seriously.)

At the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin

Working hard at the Guinness Storehouse
Clearly we take ourselves very seriously

Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes

Adapted from: My Baking Addiction

Cupcake Ingredients (makes about 24 cupcakes):

  • 12 ounces Guinness
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup Greek yogurt (plain or vanilla)
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

Vanilla Buttercream

  • 3 sticks butter
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar
  • Milk, as needed (not more than 1/4 cup)

Chocolate Medallions

  • 1 bag chocolate chips (we used semi-sweet, but any type should work)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (optional)
  • 1 bottle top (to cut out chocolate bottle caps!)

Instructions (cupcakes)

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine Guinness, milk, Greek yogurt, vanilla, and oil in mixing bowl.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, while mixer is on low.
  4. Combine cocoa, flour, sugar, and baking soda in separate bowl. Mix into wet mixture, a bit at a time, until fully combined.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes.

Instructions (frosting)

  1. While cupcakes are baking, make the frosting by first creaming the butter.
  2. Add the powdered sugar.
  3. Adjust powdered sugar as needed to get the right consistency. Add milk if a thinner consistency is desired.

Instructions (chocolate medallions)

  1. Finally, make the chocolate medallions if you want (this is optional, but fun!)
  2. Melt the chocolate and the coconut oil in the microwave in 15 second increments (don’t burn the chocolate!)
  3. Pour onto wax paper. Press flat with another piece of wax paper on top. Freeze to firm, checking every 5 minutes (you don’t want this to be completely firm, as you still want to be able to cut out the medallions with the bottle top)
  4. Cut out shapes with bottle top (or whatever shape you want)
  5. Re-freeze until ready to decorate (we had issues with melting chocolate, so it may be better to leave out the coconut oil or use a better baking chocolate

Chocolate preparation

Making the chocolate medallions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finished product!

 

 

4 Responses to “Welcome and Cupcakes!”

  1. shelley says:

    wow, wow, wow. you 2 are perfect for this. the only thing better than getting the recipes is getting to try the fabulous results! keep it up!

  2. Colleen M. Bell says:

    This makes my heart soooo happy!!! Love that you are both doing this!!! the site is lovely and the photos make me laugh and the food pics make my mouth water!!! THANKS and i look forward to more of both of you!!!! xoxoxoxo

  3. Cheryl says:

    Hi Ladies! I am your friend-in-law! (Your sister and aunt) Janeen and I have been sending the same birthday card back and forth since 1986! She just sent me the address to your wonderful website and I will be a fan for life! I love the pictures and your recipes and cannot wait to try your chocolate cupcake and buttercream frosting recipie!! Keep ‘em coming!

  4. Janeen says:

    I LOVE this! Every bit of it! You two are such awesome bakers and wonderful individuals! Thanks for all your efforts in getting this info out to your fans! (Like me!!)

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