I have a friend of Irish descent whose birthday is this week, so in honor of his big day — and St. Patrick’s Day — I made these manly cupcakes featuring Dechutes Brewery’s Black Butte Porter. A porter is similar to a stout beer  (last year his cake was made with Guinness) but not technically the same.  I chose this particular porter for the cupcakes because it pairs well with chocolate.


3/4 cup Hershey’s special dark chocolate cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
a pinch of salt
1 bottle of dark beer (porter or stout)
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 large cage-free eggs
3/4 cup light sour cream

How I Made Them:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare two muffins tins (this recipes makes 24 cupcakes) with festive liners.

Sift together the dry ingredients in a large bowl.  In a standing mixer, combine the stout, melted butter, vanilla, and sour cream.  Mix on low-medium speed until smooth, then add the eggs one at a time, mixing completely in between.

Add the flour mixture in batches, mixing at low-medium speed until thoroughly blended.  You will have a thin batter.

Fill the cupcake liners about 3/4 full.  Bake for 25 minutes or until a cake tester comes away clean.

Let the cupcakes cool completely before frosting them with a basic cream cheese frosting: beat 8 ounces of low-fat cream cheese and 1 1/3 cup of confectioner’s sugar together and flavor with a 1/4 tbs of cinnamon and a little vanilla.

How They Turned Out:

Birthday cakes fit for the manliest of men.

Porter Cupcakes