The Ode to Guinness Continues: Guinness Cupcakes

Baking with beer is one of my favorite things. Beer manages to keep cakes extra moist while leaving a hint of its own flavor within the dessert. Every year for St. Patrick’s Day, I whip up a batch of Guinness cupcakes. Much like the idea behind a Guinness milkshake with chocolate syrup, Guinness and chocolate pair together alarmingly well. The dry stout and the deep chocolate flavors are simply meant to be together. A subtle after taste of Guinness paired with a thick, sugary cream cheese frosting make these cupcakes something you’ll want to bake year round.

Guinness Cupcakes (Recipe Taken from Chowhound)
Total Time: 50 mins
Active Time: 25 mins
Makes: 24 cupcakes


  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle Guinness stout
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa, plus more for garnish
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

For the frosting:

  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 pound confectioners’ sugar
  • Cocoa powder, for dusting
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the Guinness, milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Mix in the sour cream.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the cocoa, sugar, flour, and baking soda. Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet Guinness mixture.
  4. Butter 24 muffin tins and divide the batter among the muffin tins.
  5. Bake 25 minutes, until risen and set in the middle but still soft and tender. Cool before turning out of the tins.

To make the frosting:

  1. Beat the cream cheese in a bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the heavy cream. Slowly mix in the confectioners’ sugar.
  2. Top each cupcake with a heap of frosting and dust with cocoa.

One response to “The Ode to Guinness Continues: Guinness Cupcakes

  1. Oh man, this looks even better than your last post! Please stop making me drool; it’s not attractive.

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