Happy St. Patty's Day! I know the internet is littered with similar recipes, but I couldn't refrain from taking part. It's fun to cater your menu around the holidays and these cupcakes turned out so well, that I had to share them. This is my EASY version of the impressive originals. The cake is dark and flavorful with a slightly bitter taste from the Guinness and is complemented perfectly by the sweet and subtle whiskey flavored chocolate frosting.
1 Chocolate cake mix
2 T. cocoa powder
1 t. instant coffee powder
1/2 C. applesauce
1 1/3 C. Guinness
Preheat oven to 350. Spray and flour cupcake pans.
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and beat until smooth. Fill the cupcake pans 1/2 way full with the batter. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick skewered into the center of the cupcakes comes out clean. Cool before frosting.
Chocolate Whiskey Frosting
1 Container of your favorite chocolate frosting
1 1/2 T. Whiskey
Gently fold together the two ingredients in a medium sized bowl. If you'd like your frosting to taste more like Whiskey, add more, but the frosting will become more like a ganache, instead of a firmer cake frosting.