By far the biggest hit (besides the Beer) at the beer tasting party was the Guinness Truffles. They were devoured. And I’m pretty sure not just by Husband. Truffles are an amazing party food: bite-sized, requires no utensils, always tasty, and can be made ahead of time. Excellent. And these involve beer. Even more excellent.
The inspiration for these came from this awesome blog of deliciousness. I had never even heard of Candiquik before this party but now I’m obsessed. I used to melt dark chocolate on the stove but that got messy and ridiculous and always looked terrible. Not that these look amazing, but it’s progress.
This stuff is microwaveable and dries quickly and perfectly. It’s like magic. It’s too easy to be real. Anyway, I modified her recipe slightly and it was amazing. Ooey, gooey Guinness cake inside a crunchy shell. Yum.
If you wanted a more Guinness-y flavor, you could make my Guinness chocolate cake, but I stuck with a boxed mix. Easier.
adapted from Miss CandiQuik
dark chocolate cake (I used a box mix, baked according to package directions)
2 Tbsp butter, softened
2 Tbsp shortening
2 Tbsp cream cheese, softened
2-3 C sifted powdered sugar
1/4 C Guinness Stout
2 pkgs chocolate CandiQuik
1. Allow cake to cool, then crumble in large bowl. Set aside.
2. Whip together butter, shortening, and cream cheese until fluffy. Add Guinness and salt. Beat well.
3. Gradually add powdered sugar until desired consistency is reached.
4. Mix enough frosting in with the cake to make it gooey (about 3/4 – 1 C)
5. Roll into 1 1/2 inch balls, place on cookie sheet, cover with plastic wrap, and freeze.
6. When dough has hardened, melt CandiQuick in microwave, remove dough from freezer, and dip the truffles in coating, covering completely.
7. Set aside on waxed paper to dry. Garnish with sprinkles. (Hint: if you use sprinkles, you must do it right away, before the coating dries)
8. Voila! Beer and cake conveniently together in a bite-sized package!
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