Each year, Scharffen Berger and TuttiFoodie.com celebrate chocolate by holding the Chocolate Adventure Contest. Cupcakes were the focus of the 2010 competition, and craft beer was a part of both the first and third place winning cupcakes that were crowned on March 5, 2011.
The rules were simple; create a cupcake using Scharffen Berger chocolate and include one or more of the following 14 “adventure” ingredients: stout beer, ricotta, buttermilk, coconut milk, saffron, molasses, adzuki bean, fresh beet, sweetened condensed milk, chili pepper, bee pollen, Meyer lemon, almond flour or Sumatra coffee beans.
Out of 2,000 entries, Eileen Barbee of St. Charles, Missouri, took home the grand prize of $10,000 for her You Make Me Want to “Stout” cupcakes. These special cakes were made using only one of the adventure ingredients, stout beer. Barbee chose to work with Left Hand Brewing Company’s Milk Stout.
Milk stouts contain lactose, a sugar derived from milk, which is not fermentable by beer yeast. This sugar gives this style its sweetness, and full body. Sounds like the perfect ingredient to add to a cupcake to us!
Try your hand at making these amazing cupcakes; Scharffen Berger provided the three winning recipes. Or, add your favorite stout to your next batch of cupcakes.
What stout would you add to a cupcake recipe?
Meghan Storey, the Brewers Association’s Web Editor, has been lucky enough to work in the world of craft beer for the past three years. She holds a degree in Print Journalism from the University of Mississippi, and has recently relocated to Nashville, TN. She loves to introduce friends to new craft beers and food pairings. Since beginning work on CraftBeer.com she can be found adding beer to just about everything she cooks.