Guinness Cupcakes with Bailey’s Frosting and Chocolate Drizzle

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

Cupcakes get an incredible deep chocolate flavor from some Guinness, and they're topped off with a rich Irish Cream frosting and a chocolate sauce drizzle.

These were my first cupcakes made using beer, and man they are GOOD!  Don’t be scared of the Guinness in these, you really don’t taste the beer, what it does is accentuate and intensify the chocolate flavor 🙂

I’m a beer drinker, generally not the darker beers, but I’m loving baking with them!

Cupcakes get an incredible deep chocolate flavor from some Guinness, and they're topped off with a rich Irish Cream frosting and a chocolate sauce drizzle.

Can we back up a little bit and talk about mixers?  My old stand mixer was a 11 year old Kitchen-Aid that my grandma gave to me since she didn’t use it any more.  I fell in love and used it for just about everything… baking, breads, mixing sauces, shredding meat etc.  Well my husband made me a deal last week that if I sold the old one, we could get a brand-spankin new one!  Ummmm, deal!!

Cupcakes get an incredible deep chocolate flavor from some Guinness, and they're topped off with a rich Irish Cream frosting and a chocolate sauce drizzle.

Look at that beauty!  I’m trying to decide if I should name her lol.  I am completely sold on the 5 qt glass bowl… it’s heavy duty, without being too heavy to hold, and the pour spout is so convenient.  And I love being able to see if everything is being mixed well, plus glass just cleans up soooo nicely!  And THIS nifty paddle is so awesome, it scrapes the side of the bowl for you 🙂

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

You 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.

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 bowl).  Pour in your liquid mixture and beat for about 1 minute.

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.

Cupcakes get an incredible deep chocolate flavor from some Guinness, and they're topped off with a rich Irish Cream frosting and a chocolate sauce drizzle.

Yep, I’m a bit of a sloppy baker, as you can see by my chocolate batter all over the muffin pan lol.  Once the cupcakes are cooled, you can make your frosting…. mmmmm that frosting!

Cream your butter until light and fluffy, then add the powdered sugar.  It’ll be dry and clumpy at this point.  Now add the Bailey’s and heavy cream and continue beating for another couple of minutes until it’s well combined.

I used a star tip and disposable piping bag to frost my cupcakes, but use any tip and design you want 🙂

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

Cupcakes get an incredible deep chocolate flavor from some Guinness, and they're topped off with a rich Irish Cream frosting and a chocolate sauce drizzle. Ahhhh, I just love a good cupcake! 🙂

I added some Wilton Green Cake Sparkles to make mine even more festive.  Then I just had to have a little more chocolate, so I whipped up a Bailey’s chocolate sauce to drizzle over the top.  Wowwwww… it’s optional, but you guys… you should try it!

Cupcakes get an incredible deep chocolate flavor from some Guinness, and they're topped off with a rich Irish Cream frosting and a chocolate sauce drizzle.

Cupcakes get an incredible deep chocolate flavor from some Guinness, and they're topped off with a rich Irish Cream frosting and a chocolate sauce drizzle.

They’re delicious either way you make them… with or without the chocolate sauce!

Cupcakes get an incredible deep chocolate flavor from some Guinness, and they're topped off with a rich Irish Cream frosting and a chocolate sauce drizzle.

Now here’s what you’re probably wondering… how soft and moist are they?

Cupcakes get an incredible deep chocolate flavor from some Guinness, and they're topped off with a rich Irish Cream frosting and a chocolate sauce drizzle.

Sooooo soft, fluffy, moist, fudgy, and so chocolatey!  If you’re a chocolate lover… you just have to try these 😀

Cupcakes get an incredible deep chocolate flavor from some Guinness, and they're topped off with a rich Irish Cream frosting and a chocolate sauce drizzle. Recipe adapted from Food.com

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Cupcakes get an incredible deep chocolate flavor from some Guinness, and they're topped off with a rich Irish Cream frosting and a chocolate sauce drizzle.
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5 from 4 votes
Guinness Cupcakes with Bailey's Frosting and Chocolate Drizzle
24 cupcakes
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Cupcakes get an incredible deep chocolate flavor from some Guinness, and they're topped off with a rich Irish Cream frosting and a chocolate sauce drizzle!
Author: The Chunky Chef
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
  • Bailey's Irish Cream Frosting:
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 3 - 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar depending on your tastes
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 Tbsp Bailey's Irish Cream original - although flavored ones would work as well
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream
  • Bailey's 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
  1. 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.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners and set aside.
  3. To the bowl of a stand mixer (or large bowl), add salt, flour, granulated sugar, and baking soda. Stir together to mix.
  4. Add in cooled beer mixture and beat (slowly at first - then on medium speed) for about 1 minute.
  5. Add in eggs and sour cream, beat on medium speed for another 1-2 minutes. Batter will be slightly runny.
  6. Pour batter to fill each muffin cup about 2/3 of the way.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes (mine took 20 minutes).
  8. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes and then remove to cool completely on a cooling rack.
  9. For the Frosting:
  10. Make sure cupcakes are completely cooled before frosting.
  11. In a stand mixer (or with hand mixer), cream butter until it is light and fluffy.
  12. 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.
  13. Add Bailey's and heavy cream and beat another 2-3 minutes.
  14. Add frosting to a piping bag fitted with a star tip (or whichever you prefer) and frost cupcakes as desired.
  15. For the Chocolate Sauce:
  16. 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.
  17. Remove from heat, add chocolate chips and stir until they are melted.
  18. Drizzle over cupcakes as desired.
Recipe Notes

** Decorate with green sprinkles or cake sparkles if desired.

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57 comments on “Guinness Cupcakes with Bailey’s Frosting and Chocolate Drizzle”

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

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

  3. 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 🙂

  4. 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!

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

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

  7. These look absolutely delicious!

  8. 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

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

  10. 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! 🙂

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

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

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

  14. 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/

  15. 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!

  16. 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.. 🙂

  17. 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 !

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

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

  20. 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.

  21. 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!

  22. 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!!

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

  24. 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. 🙂

  25. 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! 😀

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

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

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

  29. 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 🙂