Ladies and gentlemen – these Castle Black Forest Cupcakes turned out more amazing than I could have planned!
But first, let’s talk Game of Thrones.
This Castle Black Forest Cupcakes recipe is the last in a GoT series. In case you missed it, I’m sharing recipes you can make for the Game of Thrones premiere this coming weekend. So far, I’ve created a Red Wedding Cake, complete with dripping red cherry juice; Targaryen Dragon Eggs, which are fudgy chocolate truffles; and Tyrion Lannister’s Petit Fours.
These Castle Black Forest Cupcakes are inspired by Jon Snow and the men of the Night’s Watch, who live at Castle Black. The Night’s Watch are criminals, nobodies, and volunteers who guard the northern kingdom against attackers and other dangers. Tying in my boozy elements, Ommegang Brewery makes annual Game of Thrones brews; they had one last year called “Take the Black Stout,” and their current brew is “Three-Eyed Raven” (out sometime this month). I haven’t been able to get my hand on the new beer, but I was able to find last season’s brew, “Valar Morghulis”. From my research, it seems that all of Ommegang beers are vegan-friendly.
I love the way that the flavour of the beer pairs with the cherries. It’s a lovely, complex flavour. These Castle Black Forest Cupcakes look fancy, but they are pretty easy to make, as far as multi-step cupcake recipes go.
Castle Black Forest CupcakesCourse: Uncategorized
Cake adapted from The Pretty Bee
One and half cup of organic flour*
One cup of organic sugar
Half cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
One teaspoon of baking soda
One-fourth teaspoon of aluminum-free baking powder
Half teaspoon of sea salt
One-third cup of melted coconut oil
One teaspoon of vinegar
1/2 c. water
1/2 c. dark beer
- For the Coconut Whipped Cream
My Coconut Whipped Cream Recipe, with or without cocoa powder
Tart cherries for the filling and decorations
*Gluten-free baking mix (with Xanthan Gum) can be substituted for the flour
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 12 parchment cups can be lined in a cupcake tin.
- In a big mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix the ingredients and create a well in the centre of the cup.
- Before you start pouring, make sure you have all of the liquid materials measured and ready to go. Fill the well with both the beer/water and the vinegar/oil. Stir all together thoroughly.
- Fill the parchment cups with batter. Bake for 20-25 minutes in the preheated oven. Place a toothpick in the cake to make sure it comes out clear. If that’s the case, they’re ready to be taken out.
- Allow for full cooling of the cupcakes.
- When you’re finished, core each cupcake, saving the cores to crumble later. They’ll come in handy as outside decorations. Put two or three cherries in each hole.
- You may either pipe the whipped cream on (for prettier cupcakes) or distribute it out with a spatula as I did. Attach a cherry, and some of the cake crumbles to the centre. Aren’t these cupcakes adorable?
- Okay, other than the name, these Castle Black Forest Cupcakes might not fit the “Castle Black” feel. They don’t look as scary or ominous as my Red Wedding Cake, but they sure will make your Game of Thrones premiere party guests fall in love!