Guinness cupcake for Dad? Sugar Blossom Bake Shop has you covered
Tired of buying your dad beer for Father's Day? Why not switch up that tired tradition and buy him a beer cupcake instead? Thanks to pastry chef Lei Shishak at Sugar Blossom Bake Shop in San Clemente, you can do just that.
From June 10 to 19, Shishak will offer these rich, brown-and-bubbly little Guinness cupcakes, ready to serve at any family gathering featuring man-centric activities geared to celebrate paternity in its many-splendored glory. Yes, this year, being a dad matters. And beer cupcakes are the fresh-baked proof.
Opened about a year ago, Sugar Blossom is Shishak's homage to her favorite things: quality, all-natural ingredients and the tender, warming feelings that accompany a good sweet treat. After all, she dropped out of a fast-paced career in New York City finance to enroll in the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. Before opening Sugar Blossom, she was the executive pastry chef at Michael Mina's Stonehill Tavern at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point.
That's pastry-chef street cred to be sure. And your dad deserves nothing but the best. Also, if you want to make these boozy dreamcakes yourself, Shishak has been kind enough to share her recipe after the jump. It hasn't gone through the Test Kitchen, but it looks good.
Yield: 24 cupcakes
1 cup Guinness
½ cup and 2 tablespoons butter
¼ cup cocoa
2 cups sugar
¾ cup sour cream
2 cups cake flour, sifted
2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
Preheat oven to 325 degrees, high fan (if you have a convection oven).
Heat Guinness in a large saucepan and add butter. Heat until butter is melted, and then remove from heat. Whisk in cocoa and sugar.
In separate bowl, beat sour cream with eggs. Add sour cream mixture to Guinness mixture in saucepan. Finally, beat in flour and baking soda.
Pour batter into cupcake pan and bake until cake springs back to touch (approximately 14 minutes). When cool, frost with mounds of Guinness meringue and torch.
2 tablespoons meringue powder
¼ cup water
¼ cup Guinness
12 tablespoons sugar (separate 6 tablespoons and 6 tablespoons)
Combine meringue powder, water, Guinness and 6 tablespoons of the sugar in a 5-quart KitchenAid bowl. Whip on high for 3 minutes. Add the remaining 6 tablespoons sugar and whip on high for an additional 5 minutes.
-- Jessica Gelt
Photo: Sugar Blosson Bake Shop