Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Cocoa Buttercream (Dairy Free)

A Drake on Cake that’s perfect for this weekend’s Superbowl game! Dark stout beer in the cupcake batter adds depth to the cocoa flavor, making for a moist, fudgy cupcake. A quick and easy vegan cocoa frosting provides a sweet complement, and of COURSE everything is better with a little Drake!

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Mixing vodka and emotions, tapping into your emotions.
Dry cry ’cause I’m hopeless, choosy lover for the moment.
Different story when I leave you; story up just to keep you.
I need you around, I need you.

^^^ Aubrey ‘Drake’ ‘Drizzy’ ‘Jimmy from Degrassi’ Graham, if you’re reading this, please be my Valentine and sing this and Marvins Room to me on repeat thank you bae ❤

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 Ok, back to reality. The Superbowl is this Sunday! I have no emotional attachment to either of the teams! I’m still going to watch anyway!

See, I tried to get into football. My mom is the world’s biggest Redskins fan (cue sympathetic sighs) and she would always try to explain plays, positions, and rules to me, and I would watch with her, but I was never really into it.

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Then in high school, she had hope that I would pay attention since I was on the dance and cheer teams… but I quickly became much more infatuated with scouting out the cute boys on the opposing team’s bleachers than watching the actual game.

Finally, college: UVA sucks at football. My freshman year I went to every game; my sophomore through senior years I just drank at frat houses/in random fields/at bars instead.

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One thing I do love, though, is the event of football. Beer! Drinks! Food! Friends! So many exclamation points! I love them all. And they love me, because I bring delicious treats like these Chocolate Stout cupcakes to our get-togethers. Because any day you can put beer in a cupcake is a good day.

These cupcakes have a deep cocoa flavor from the cocoa powder, which the dark beer really accentuates. I made the cupcake dairy free by using vegan butter and adding coconut milk to mimic sour cream, but if you’re not dairy free, feel free to use regular butter and sour cream in their place. Same goes for the frosting – just swap the dairy free margarine for real butter.

Okay I think this is how it goes: 3, 42, Blue… HIKE!

Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Cocoa Buttercream

To make these cupcakes, you will need:
– 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
– 1 cup granulated sugar
– 3/4 t baking soda
– Pinch salt
– 1 stick (1/2 cup) vegan butter
– 1/2 cup stout beer (NOT THE WHOLE BOTTLE. LEARN FROM MY MISTAKES)
– 1 egg
– 1 t vanilla extract
– 1/4 c full-fat coconut milk, chilled, + 1 t apple cider vinegar
– 3/8 c cocoa powder

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Preheat your oven to 350F. To begin, whisk together your flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.

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In a saucepan over medium heat, melt together your butter and 1/2 cup of the beer*. Drink the remainder of the beer while you whisk the mixture. Once it comes to a simmer, whisk in the cocoa powder and remove from heat.

In a large bowl, combine the coconut milk (and the vinegar to mimic the sour flavor in sour cream) and the egg. Whisk in the vanilla. Slowly stream in the cocoa mixture, stirring constantly, so that the heat does not cook the egg.

*The first time I made these cupcakes, I used the whole bottle of beer to see what would happen. Runny, bitter, un-bakeable batter happened. SHOCKER. Don’t do this.

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Add the dry mixture to the wet, stirring just until no streaks of flour remain. Scoop into cupcake liners and bake 18-21 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool while you whip up your frosting!

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To make this frosting, you will need:
– 3 T vegan butter
– 3 T hot water
– 3 T cocoa powder
– 1.5-2 c powdered sugar
– 1/2 t vanilla extract

Heat water in a microwave until it is hot, but not boiling. Add the cocoa powder and stir until fully combined. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, use a mixer to beat the cold butter until fluffy. Add the vanilla and beat again. Add 1 cup powdered sugar and beat, starting out SLOW, until the sugar is fully incorporated. Add the cocoa mixture and beat until combined. Add powdered sugar 1/4 cup at a time until you reach your desired sweetness and consistency. Then, you’re ready to frost as you please!

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And I’m not saying you have to make a Drake on Cake… but the world is just so much better with them!

XOXO,
Jess

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