Black velvet cupcakes

12 Jun

black velvet cupcakes The Hungry Mum

Red velvet anything is my favourite. I don’t have an overly sweet tooth but when I am in a bakery/cafe/ on Pinterest and see the magical words ‘red velvet’ I am hooked.

I thought I would mix up my red passion for black with this recipe for black velvet cupcakes. Fun fact for those who don’t know – black velvet is a cocktail made from Guinness and champagne. Interesting, huh? I’m absolutely #TeamChampagne (see my pink champagne recipe here and The Hungry Dad is partial to a Guinness come the colder months but the two combined doesn’t float my boat. Having never tried it, however, maybe I shouldn’t be so harsh in my judgment.

In any case, when I saw a black velvet baking recipe on the BBC Good Food site I knew it would be a perfect recipe to make for Sydney’s cold weather. I transformed their recipe from puddings into big cupcakes. 

The Hungry Mum - Black velvet cupcakes

The stout comes through quite nicely and marries well with the chocolate. Try these adult-only cakes at your next soiree and let me know how they go.


200g softened butter

175g light brown soft sugar

1 egg

200g self-raising flour

100g ground almonds

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

10 tbsp cocoa

300ml Guinness

thickened cream, for garnish

The Hungry Mum  Black velvet cupcakes


Preheat oven to 180C and line 12 cupcake moulds with wrappers.

Beat butter, sugar, egg, flour, ground almonds, bicarbonate, cocoa and Guinness in bowl of electric mixer until lump-free.

Scrape into cupcake wrappers and bake until a skewer comes out clean – timing will depend on your oven and the size of your cakes. Check after 16 minutes.

Remove to wire rack to cool completely, then beat thickened ream beaten until it holds its shape and dollop on top of each cake.


33 Responses to “Black velvet cupcakes”

  1. Sophie June 12, 2015 at 1:22 am #

    oooh I love a recipe where you just mix everything up and plop it into wrappers! Nice and simple! Now… to find some guinness!

    • thehungrymum June 12, 2015 at 3:14 am #

      thanks Sophie! Is so simple. When I went to the bottle-o and asked for a small bottle of Guinness the guy said, are you cooking something? #Yep

  2. Katalina @ Peas & Peonies June 12, 2015 at 2:51 am #

    These look good and definitely sound decadent, I would love to enjoy now with my tea.

    • thehungrymum June 12, 2015 at 3:22 am #

      It would go so well with a cup of tea! Good thinking 😉

  3. houseofbedlam June 12, 2015 at 11:27 am #

    You had us at Guiness!

    • thehungrymum June 13, 2015 at 3:33 am #

      Excellent! It is such a devisive brew but you’re obvs #teamStout

  4. cheergerm June 12, 2015 at 11:34 am #

    Very nice combo here, I tried a black velvet yonks ago and it was actually not too bad, (Although I never did try it again.) But will try it in a cupcake, oh yes.

    • thehungrymum June 13, 2015 at 3:32 am #

      You;re braver than me! I prefer my champers plain, maybe with a lovely strawberry as a garnish. But try the cake – is a great flavour.

  5. My Kitchen Stories June 13, 2015 at 12:29 am #

    Ha this is the perfect way to use Guinness and a black cupcake has got to be good.

    • thehungrymum June 13, 2015 at 1:22 am #

      It is very black, isn’t it?! Have a great weekend 😉

  6. Jess @ June 14, 2015 at 8:37 am #

    These cupcakes look amazing! Love the idea of adding Guinness to the cupcake!

    • thehungrymum June 14, 2015 at 9:14 am #

      Thanks Jess! They are quite boozy so watch out 😉

  7. moniquetheurbanmum June 15, 2015 at 12:50 am #

    what a sublime combination, and then topped with thickened cream, couldn’t get much better…Guinness on the shopping list this week. x

    • thehungrymum June 15, 2015 at 2:18 am #

      Excellent news! Hope you love these cupcakes 😉

  8. atasteofmadess June 15, 2015 at 1:35 am #

    I haven’t made cupcakes in FOREVER! Yours look so good 🙂

    • thehungrymum June 15, 2015 at 4:06 am #

      You need to make these ASAP – they are so quick and taste soooogood!

  9. Melisa R June 15, 2015 at 2:48 am #

    Dark Velvet! I love it! I like that the recipe is really simple too.

    • thehungrymum June 15, 2015 at 4:05 am #

      Thanks – life is too short for making over-complicated cupcakes!

  10. Mike June 15, 2015 at 7:06 am #

    OMG! This looks great.

    • thehungrymum June 15, 2015 at 7:27 am #

      ta! what could be better than a cupcake spiked with booze? #nothing

  11. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella June 15, 2015 at 10:00 am #

    I’ve never tried a Black Velvet cocktail but now I really want to. I feel like it would taste like black licorice or something just based on its looks!

    • thehungrymum June 17, 2015 at 2:30 am #

      Yeah, the words bitter and hard to drink come to mind for me! Maybe I should try one 😉

  12. Linda June 15, 2015 at 4:53 pm #

    Looks delicious! I love the ingredient list…and the Guinness too! Pinned it 🙂

    • thehungrymum June 17, 2015 at 2:31 am #

      Hey, thanks Linda! Hope you get a chance to make these cupcakes.

  13. Sarah 'n Spice June 15, 2015 at 10:23 pm #

    I had no idea what a black velvet was, how awesome! I love that you turned it into a cupcake, genius!!

    • thehungrymum June 16, 2015 at 12:44 am #

      I love turning booze into baking! Think that is a secret talent of mine 😉 #OpensBottle

  14. kidgredients June 15, 2015 at 11:56 pm #

    Now I’ve got to convince Mr Kidgredients to let me have a guinness for cooking…they are most definitely reserved for drinking around here!

    • thehungrymum June 16, 2015 at 12:43 am #

      I hear ya! I had to make a special trip to the bottle-o to buy one bottle 😉

  15. Michele @ Two Raspberries June 17, 2015 at 4:44 am #

    Love this! cupcakes are always the best! 😉

  16. The Hungry Mum October 20, 2015 at 8:36 pm #

    Reblogged this on the hungry mum.

  17. Nicole - Champagne and Chips October 22, 2015 at 11:19 am #

    I am with you – absolutely #TeamChampagne (but then you knew that 🙂 ). The idea of corrupting Champagne with Guiness has me a little sad. However corrupting cake with Guinness and count me in! I much prefer the idea of black velvet over red velvet, all that food colouring has me a little concerned. These look lovely.

    • The Hungry Mum October 26, 2015 at 1:31 am #

      Awww, ta! I can’t imagine ruining a perfect glass of champers with something as bitter as stout x

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