Steelers Stout Cupcakes with Marshmallow Centers

I'm am so stoked for today's post, for multiple reasons.

The Steelers are playing the Ravens tonight in Thursday night football.  Being from Pittsburgh, it's ingrained in my DNA to love and support the Steelers.  Even if you're not a football fan - or, dare I say, support another team - you can still appreciate these cupcakes.

Second, these cupcakes have a strong, pleasant stout flavor.  Made from melted vegan marshmallows and beer, the center is chewy and light.  In addition, the vegan chocolate ganache is stupid-easy to make and makes the cupcakes shine.  Literally.

What also makes me happy about today's post is the detail of my new camera.  It brings out the best in these cupcakes!

Lastly, my dog Clem is an adorable creeper.  I'm trying to take pictures of these delicious cupcakes and she's creeping in the background.  So stinkin' cute.

Ingredients:
2 1/4 c. organic whole wheat pastry flour, like Bob's Red Mill
1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder, or carob powder
1 c. coconut sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder, aluminum-free
1/4 c. organic cane sugar
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 c. stout, or other dark beer
2 T. almond milk, or coffee-infused bourbon (learn more about infusing your own liquor!)
1/2 c. coconut oil, melted
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. chocolate chips, dairy-free, like Enjoy Life

For the Marshmallow Center:
8-`10 large vegan marshmallows, like Dandies
2 T. pure maple syrup
1/4 c. stout

For the Chocolate Ganache:
1-2 T. coconut oil, melted
1/3 c. unsweetened cocoa powder, or carob powder
4-5 T pure maple syrup
pinch of sea salt
pinch of cinnamon

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350°. Line a muffin pan with parchment cups.  

In a medium-sized bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the sugars, oil, vanilla, and milk.  Add the stout.  Slowly start to incorporate the dry ingredients until everything is mixed well.  Stir in the chocolate chips by hand.

Spoon the batter into the prepared liners.  The recipe yields 12 cupcakes.

Bake the cupcakes for about 15-20 minutes.  Insert a toothpick into the center of the cakes to ensure that they are done.  Make sure the toothpick comes out clean.

Let the cupcakes cool completely.

Right before you plan on stuffing the cupcakes, core them.  I just used a butter knife, although I do have a fancy corer; it's almost more work just to use it!

In the mean time, prepare the filling: in a small saucepan on medium heat, combine the syrup, beer, and marshmallows.  Cook until the marshmallows are melted and the mixture is thick.  Spoon the warm filling into each cored cupcake.  (You can also bake each cupcake with a big marshmallow inside it, although I've never tried it, and it might not be as chewy as mine.)

After you can prepare the ganache: in a small microwaveable container, melt the coconut oil and maple syrup, for about 30 seconds.  Add the rest of the ganache ingredients to the bowl and stir to combine.  If the ganache gets too firm, keep stirring; it should loosen up again.  Spoon the ganache onto each cupcake and allow it to dry.  (Or don't.  Just bite into it all gooey and stuff.)

Promise me that you'll try these for your next football party.  Or red carpet event.  Or Thursday.

Cheers!
-Aileen

PS - God Bless America.  It's been 13 years since the terrorist attacks and they are still so fresh in our minds.  Say a quick prayer for all those affected today.

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