If you're looking for an alternative to green anything for St. Paddy's Day, I think this is the dessert for you! The combination of the Guinness beer, dark chocolate and the Nutella cream frosting makes for a very moist, light, not so overly sweet cupcake. This is a favorite!
1Set out butter, cream cheese, and buttermilk to become room temperature. (20 minutes)
Preheat oven to 350*
Line muffin tins with cupcake liners. (About 24)
2In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt and ground ginger; set aside.
3In the bowl of a stand mixer, with a whisk attachment,(or any large mixing bowl, if you're using a hand held mixer), combine the Guiness, milk, oil and vanilla extract. Beat on medium speed until combined. Add the eggs one at a time, beating for about 1 minute each. Add the buttermilk and beat until well combined.
4Slowly add the dry mixture and beat until just incorporated. The batter will be thin and it may even be a little bit lumpy, but that's okay.
5Divide the batter evenly between the cupcake liners.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, rotating the pans half way through. The tops should spring back when lightly touched and a toothpick should come out clean.
Remove pans from oven and allow the cupcakes to cool for about 10 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack. Cool completely before frosting!
6DIRECTIONS FOR FROSTING
7In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment (or any large mixing bowl if you're using a hand held), beat together the butter and cream cheese until smooth. (About 3-5 minutes on medium speed). Add Nutella, salt, and vanilla extract; beat until well combined.
On low speed, slowly add confectioner's sugar. Once the sugar is blended into the butter mixture, increase the speed to medium and beat until well combined. If the frosting looks too thick, add about 1-2 teaspoons of milk or cream and beat to combine.
Either pipe out the frosting or use a small off-set spatula. Decorate as desired. Use chocolate candy, malt balls, or a St. Patty's Day decoration.