Top of the morning to you all! It’s St Patrick’s Day, so what better excuse than to find any recipe with Guinness in it? We road-tested these Black Velvet Baby Cakes….totally and utterly delicious. What’s even better, they’re a one pan wonder – just chuck it in one bowl and mix! Just be warned – they are super crumbly and moist, more like a pud’ and less like a cupcake, so can be a little messy. If you are cavalier in your measuring department, go easy on the liquids – too much moisture and these just fall apart.
100g softened butter, plus extra for greasing
175g light brown soft sugar
100g self-raising flour
50g ground almonds
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
5 tbsp cocoa, plus a little extra for decorating
Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease and line the bases of 6 dariole moulds with baking parchment. Put the butter, sugar, egg, flour, ground almonds, bicarbonate, cocoa and Guinness in a mixing bowl. Beat together until lump-free. Divide between the tins then bake for 20-25 mins until risen and a skewer poked in comes out clean. Cool for 15 mins, then remove from tins and cool completely.
Whip cream with the icing sugar and splash of Champagne, if using, until thick. Spoon a dollop onto the top of each cake and dust with a touch of cocoa.