Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes

The perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day is to dive into one of these moist and rich chocolate cupcakes baked with Guinness beer, topped with a silky Irish cream frosting, and drizzled with an Irish cream chocolate sauce!  Hands down, one of my favorite cupcakes of of all time!

These Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes are great for more than just St. Patrick’s Day, and SO delicious!  We love easy sweets like my Funfetti Cake Batter Dip, and Copycat Wendy’s Frosty.   This is one of my Desserts you’ll definitely want in your recipe box!

chocolate cupcakes made with guinness in gold and green wrappers

GUINNESS CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES

Do you all celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?  Do you wear green, drink green beer and search for leprechauns?  How about celebrating by enjoying some boozy chocolate cupcakes?  Oh yeah, that’s my idea of celebrating!

Not that we don’t still do the other things, but a great cupcake is hard to pass up.  And let me tell you, these cupcakes are FABULOUS.  I’ve eaten a lot of cupcakes in my time here on Earth, and these are in my top 3… of all time!

Don’t let the beer throw you; I promise, you don’t taste it.  It deepens and intensifies the chocolate flavor, much like coffee does in other chocolate baked goods.

how to make guinness chocolate cupcakes

HOW TO MAKE GUINNESS CUPCAKES

These cupcakes may look all fancy-schmancy, but they’re really not, I promise you.

  1. Start by melting the butter, cocoa power, brown sugar and beer in a saucepan, whisking to incorporate.  Once they’ve all melted together, remove it from the heat and let it cool until almost room temperature.
  2. While it’s cooling, go ahead and pre-heat your oven and measure out your dry ingredients into the bowl of your stand mixer (or a large mixing bowl).  Pour in your liquid mixture and beat for about 1 minute.
  3. Add your eggs and sour cream and beat another 1-2 minutes.  Pour into lined muffin tins and bake for 20-25 minutes (mine took 20).  Cool completely before frosting.

HOW TO MAKE IRISH CREAM BUTTERCREAM FROSTING

  1. Cream your butter until light and fluffy, then add the powdered sugar.  It’ll be dry and clumpy at this point.  
  2. Now add the Irish cream and heavy cream and continue beating for another couple of minutes until it’s well combined.
  3. Add frosting to a piping bag fitted with a star tip (or whichever you prefer) and frost cupcakes as desired.  Alternatively, you can spread the icing on with a butter knife.

Tip:  To make adding the frosting to the piping bag easier, place it inside a tall cup and fold the top down a little.

How to easily add frosting to piping bag

COOKING TIPS FOR CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES

  • THE SOUR CREAM – I know it’s a bit unconventional, but it makes these cupcakes ultra moist!  I tested, and full fat sour cream worked the best.
  • ROOM TEMPERATURE INGREDIENTS – for the best results when baking, your cold ingredients should be at room temperature so they can incorporate fully into the batter.
  • REAL BUTTER – this isn’t the time to use shortening or margarine.  Those perform differently in baking recipes, and this recipe was only tested using real butter.
  • FRESH INGREDIENTS – some of these are obvious, like using non-expired eggs, but did you know using older baking soda/baking powder can affect the way your cookies bake?  Over time, leavening agents, (which is what baking soda and powder are) lose their efficacy, and won’t give your baked goods that great texture you’re looking for.
    • If you’re unsure if your baking soda or powder are still good, drop a pinch in some hot water.  If it fizzes, it’s still good!  If not, then you’re in need of some new ingredients.

Chocolate cupcakes made with Guinness in green wrappers

VARIATIONS OF THIS RECIPE

  • SALTED CARAMEL – instead of the chocolate sauce, try a drizzle of caramel, either store-bought, or homemade.
  • CREAM CHEESE FROSTING – cut back the butter to about 1/2 cup, and add about 6 oz of cream cheese to the frosting.
  • IRISH WHISKEY SAUCE – instead of adding more Irish cream to the chocolate sauce, opt for some Irish whiskey instead to make this a spin on an Irish car bomb shot!
  • ALCOHOL-FREE – although you can’t taste the beer in the cupcakes, you CAN taste the alcohol in the frosting and chocolate sauce.  For the cupcakes, swap the beer with brewed (and cooled) coffee.  For the frosting, add milk or cream to replace the Irish cream, and for the chocolate sauce, use either brewed coffee or water.  Bear in mind, none of those substitutions have been tested, as this recipe has only been tested as written.

St. Patricks Day dessert - chocolate cupcakes with Guinness

MAKING CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES AHEAD OF TIME

These cupcakes taste the best when freshly made, but can be made a day or two in advance.

Just make sure to store them in an airtight container so they don’t dry out.

STORAGE

Cupcakes should be stored in an airtight container at room temperature, and be consumed within 4-5 days.

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT FOR THIS RECIPE

  • Stand Mixer – not required, but it makes whipping the frosting a lot easier!
  • Muffin Pan – I love this brand of bakeware, and it’s a breeze to clean.
  • Squeeze Bottle great for drizzling the chocolate sauce.
  • Cupcake Storage/Carrier – I love using this to transport cupcakes, but it’s also great for storing them on the counter.

Bite taken out of chocolate cupcake with Guinness

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Recipe originally published in March 2015, and has been updated in February 2020 with additional information and new photos.

chocolate cupcakes made with guinness in gold and green wrappers

Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes

Rich chocolate cupcakes made with Guinness, topped with Irish cream frosting!
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Servings 24 cupcakes
Calories 423

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup Guinness Stout beer
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup light brown sugar - packed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

IRISH CREAM BUTTERCREAM FROSTING

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter - room temperature
  • 3 - 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar - depending on your tastes
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 Tbsp Baileys Irish Cream - original - although flavored ones would work as well
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream

IRISH CREAM CHOCOLATE SAUCE

  • 1/3 cup Bailey's Irish Cream
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions
 

MAKE THE CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES

  • Heat the butter, Guinness, cocoa powder and brown sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk until melted. Remove from heat and let cool to almost room temperature.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners and set aside.
  • To the bowl of a stand mixer (or large bowl), add salt, flour, granulated sugar, and baking soda. Stir together to mix.
  • Add in cooled beer mixture and beat (slowly at first - then on medium speed) for about 1 minute.
  • Add in eggs and sour cream, beat on medium speed for another 1-2 minutes. Batter will be slightly runny.
  • Pour batter to fill each muffin cup about 2/3 of the way.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes (mine took 20 minutes).
  • Let cool in pan for 5 minutes and then remove to cool completely on a cooling rack.

MAKE THE BUTTERCREAM

  • Make sure cupcakes are completely cooled before frosting.
  • In a stand mixer (or with hand mixer), cream butter until it is light and fluffy.
  • Add salt and 1/2 of powdered sugar. Beat on low speed until sugar is slightly incorporated, then add remaining 1/2 of the powdered sugar. Frosting will look dry at this point.
  • Add Bailey's and heavy cream and beat another 2-3 minutes.
  • Add frosting to a piping bag fitted with a star tip (or whichever you prefer) and frost cupcakes as desired.

MAKE THE IRISH CREAM CHOCOLATE SAUCE

  • Add Bailey's, cocoa powder and corn syrup to a small sauce pan and heat to a boil, whisking to incorporate. Once it boils, reduce heat and simmer for approximately 3 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, add chocolate chips and stir until they are melted.
  • Drizzle over cupcakes as desired.

Notes

** Decorate as desired.
Author The Chunky Chef
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72 comments on “Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes”

  1. Hi these sound amazing. Would love to make these for a friend here in Ireland. Im wondering if there is another buttercream that would compliment the cake recepie as I don’t want to buy a full bottle of baileys.

    • Hmm, I’m not entirely sure, as I’ve only tested this recipe as it’s written… and we LOVE the combo of Guinness and Baileys together. Maybe Jameson or Kahlua? I don’t know if you can get these in Ireland, but here in the US you can get little 50ml bottles like this. I know Baileys does sell smaller bottles, called mini’s if you didn’t want to invest in a full bottle.

  2. Hi Amanda. Thank you for this recipe. I tried posting a query earlier but it appears not to have gone through. Apologies for repeating this; are2 eggs enough for 24 cupcakes?

  3. I made these for my son in law’s B’day in Maine last week and they were a big hit. We kept out 6 that night and I froze the rest.  I found out my SIL was going to the freezer and eating them frozen bc he just couldn’t wait for the defrosting process to happen.  I had used foil muffin cups and he couldn’t defrost them in the microwave 🙂  
    They are so tasty and moist.  
    I’m back home in OBX and making an Irish Guinness stew  for company this weekend and these will be my dessert. 
    Thank you!!!!  

  4. Your introduction to Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes dear Amanda, made me drool. Thank you for sharing this exquisite recipe for making these rich chocolate cupcakes made of Guinness beer and Irish cream as a topping. I recreated the same at home and followed all the points from your recipe to the smallest detail and it came out tasting delicious and moist. Waiting for more such delightful recipes.

  5. This is the perfect dessert for a St Patrick’s Day party. I am totally going to make these!

  6. Boozy cupcakes?? Yes, please! They look perfect. 🙂

  7. My kids and I love making St. Patrick’s Day themed food and these are no exception! Excited to enjoy these; they look delicious!

  8. YUMMY!! These guinness chocolate cupcakes are AMAZING!! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  9. My kids loved these!! They are so good!

  10. These Chocolate Cupcakes are would disappear in our house!

  11. I made a two-layer cake with this recipe and it came out great! The caramel flavor in the stout comes through and it’s delicious. I made a Guinness chocolate ganache for the filling.

  12. I made these last year & am again this year. Party Favorite. These are moist & amazing 

  13. WOULD LOVE TO MAKE THESE CUPCAKE FOR A BIRTHDAY PARTY CAN THEY BE MADE AND ICED THE DAY BEFORE AND STORED IN FRIDGE.

  14. Hi….can’t wait to try the Guiness cupcakes……is it necessary to keep them refrigerated because of the frosting?

    • Hi Beverly 🙂 Even with the buttercream frosting, they’re okay at room temperature for a few days. The milk is stabilized by the sugar, which makes it okay to keep at room temp. If you’d prefer to refrigerate however, there’s nothing wrong with that either… it really comes down to personal preference 🙂

  15. Made 6 doz of these today. LOVE your recipe. worked a treat. Thank you for sharing. The only thing i did a little different was with the icing i had no baileys, criminal i know, so i added frangelico. just as good i think 🙂 Off to check out more of your cupcake recipes!

  16. Oh wow! These look gorgeous! The sound of these cupcakes is amazing! Love it!

  17. Totally irresistible! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  18. These look absolutely delicious!

  19. This is a very special cupcake, it looks delicious! Your post is awesome and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Happy Spring!
    Miz Helen

  20. Great photos and such a fun recipe! I can smell the fragrance of these right through the screen! Yummy! 😀

  21. The cupcakes look delicious and your stand mixer is beautiful! 🙂 I haven’t tried beer in a chocolate cake yet but I used cider which was nice. Will try beer or guiness one day. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  22. I’m a sucker for a good cupcake and these look delicious! Thanks for sharing on Oh My Heartsie Girls WW

  23. Drooling! These look great! Thank you for joining us at #purebloglove. We enjoying having you every Thursday at 8PM, EST through Sunday night. ~Cydnee

  24. Sounds like something my husband would really like! Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop!

  25. These look amazing. Who knew you could make cakes with beer!!
    Julie
    Thank you for linking up with #wordlesswednesday
    co-host – http://www.julieinthemaking.com/

  26. What a great recipe!! never baked with Beer be…might have to try!! Thanks for linking up with My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday – Party!! I love having you!! Pinned!

  27. So, time permitting I did not have enough to make these by scratch so I improvised. I used the Duncan Hines triple chocolate cake recipe in the box. I substituted on cup of water for the cup of Guiness to the cake batter. Baked them per the recipe on the box and they turned out fabulous – your frosting recipe is spot on. Delicious … thanks for sharing.. 🙂

  28. mmm.. This is just fantastic Amanda ! The cupcakes looks so pretty and yummy and may i say i love ur new kitchen aid .. that purple color is gorgeous !

  29. Wow! Congrats with new ‘baby’, wonderful and beautiful mixer! 🙂

  30. Wow, these cupcakes look amazing and sound just delicious. And yes, you should name that mixer 😉

  31. Hi. Visiting from #FoodieFriDIY! These cupcakes look and sound awesome! Pinned! I can’t wait to try these out. Also, I LOVE the purple KitchenAid.

  32. Oh my goodness, I am sitting here drinking a veggie juice and drooling over these cupcakes, lol! They are gorgeous, and I absolutely love the guinness chocolate syrup drizzled on top, that just takes it to the next level!

  33. I love guinness cupcakes, and love the addition of baileys frosting… more booze is always better! We don’t really celebrate st patrick’s day here but doesn’t mean I can’t have celebratory cupcakes!
    Your new stand mixer is gorgeous, I’m so jealous!!

  34. Wow this cupcake is definitely party ready! So pretty and my perfect for St Pats!

  35. First, I like the color of your Kitchen Aid.
    Second, I love the color of your Kitchen Aid.
    Third, I really love the color of your Kitchen Aid.
    Sorry about that, Amanda – that’s my favorite color. 😀 Anyway, I don’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but I’d love to have cupcakes. 🙂

  36. I love the idea of Guinness flavored cupcakes for St. Patty’s day! And, the Bailey’s frosting sounds tasty too. They came out beautifully, and I love the green touches without going over the top. Happy FF, and have a fun-filled St. Patty’s day! 😀

  37. Wow, these look fantastic!! Definitely pinning! Love your pretty purple mixer, I chose navy to go with my kitchen’s color scheme 🙂

  38. Thank you for sharing this yumminess at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. I featured you on facebook and google plus ♥

  39. Beer, Bailey’s and cupcakes !?! How could you go wrong! Congrats on the mixer.

  40. HOW FESTIVE!!! I like to celebrate with green beer- (and hunting for leprechauns) 😉 These look SO good, I had no idea you could make cupcakes with beer! If my husband didn’t down all of our Guinness from that stew I made, I’ll give these a whirl, ha!! LOVE your mixer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Thank you girl!! Growing up I always had green milk, but once I was a lot older… green beer! Lol too funny about your husband drinking all the Guinness… I’m actually saving the rest of the beer to make your stew 😀 That mixer… ahhhh I’m in love 🙂