Guinness Stout Chocolate Cupcakes

by Jess on March 4, 2013

in Dessert, Recipes

Guinness Cupcake

The sky over Bangkok has been low and grumbly for the past two days.  It’s a good reminder of how fortunate we are for the sunshine and warmth here this time of year.  I feel particularly fortunate for our sunshine in March.  March is a month in need of a few “extras”.  For me, it’s no longer a cold winter month, but yet it still seems like a month that is naturally lacking in perks.  No days off work, no big holidays to celebrate.  It needs some love.

That’s where these cupcakes come in.

When in doubt, fudgy chocolate cupcakes with a hint of rich stout can, I’m certain, fill any void.  Add some creamy frosting, and things really start looking up.

Cupcake Liners

This year, I plan to squeeze as much as I can into March.  We’re headed to the beach this weekend which, any way you slice it, is a recipe for a good time.  St. Patrick’s Day will surely provide an excuse for some fun as well.  These cupcakes may be making a repeat appearance, and in honor of my husband and his Irish roots, I’ve been pinning St. Patrick’s Day ideas like crazy.  Irish Stout Ice Cream Floats?  I’ll take two!

Guinness Cupcake Batter

I knew that Guinness Stout Cupcakes had great potential, after last year’s endeavor into Guinness Chocolate Cake.  The flavor of Guinness enhances the chocolate flavor, and in both items I’ve baked with the stout, the result has come out impossibly moist and with a perfectly light crumb.

Frosting Guinness Cupcakes

This great (and timely…seeing as St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner) recipe was a find from Kim at Everyday Mom and came my way, like so much kitchen inspiration these days, thanks to Secret Recipe Club.

Guinness Chocolate Cupcake

Wit March upon us, Kim’s Guinness Stout Cupcakes caught my eye.  The recipe includes a Bailey’s Irish Cream frosting.  Though I wasn’t up for buying a bottle just to use in this recipe, I couldn’t resist providing the frosting recipe below.  I made the exact frosting recipe, without the splash of Bailey’s, but if you have some around, I think it would be a spectacular addition.

Guinness Chocolate Cupcake

Guinness Stout Chocolate Cupcakes
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Simple, rich, moist chocolate cupcakes with the flavor of Guinness Stout, topped with Bailey's Irish Cream Frosting.
Recipe type: Dessert, Cupcakes
Serves: 18
  • ¾ cup of unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ cup (1 US stick) butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 bottle of Guinness stout beer, room temperature (see note)
  • 3 large eggs
  • ¾ cups sour cream
  1. Preheat to 350 degrees F. Grease a muffin tin or line with cupcake liners.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the cocoa, sugar, flour, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In another large mixing bowl, combine the melted butter and vanilla. Whisking the liquids as you pour, slowly add the stout. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Add sour cream and whisk until the mixture is smooth. Add the dry ingredients in 3-4 increments, stirring just to combine between each addition.
  4. Fill the prepared pan so that each space is a bit more than ¾ full (this should make approximately 18 cupcakes). Bake until the cupcakes are just set, 16-18 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through cooking.
Recipe by Jami Schmidt and shared at Everyday Mom. NOTE: It is important that the Guinness and the melted butter both be at room temperature before combining them in order to create a cohesive, smooth liquid. If the Guinness is cold or the butter too warm, the butter will solidify into small pieces when combined.

Bailey's Irish Cream Frosting
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Creamy, light frosting flavored with Bailey's Irish Cream.
Recipe type: Dessert, Frosting
Serves: frosting for 24 cupcakes
  • 3 sticks unsalted, softened to room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Bailey's Irish Cream liqueur
  1. Cream butter until smooth. Slowly add in powdered sugar a bit at a time, scraping down the sides as needed. Add Bailey's and beat until combined and smooth.


Guinness Chocolate Cupcake

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1 melissa@IWasBornToCook March 5, 2013 at 12:47 am

may have to make these in a couple of weeks…
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2 dana March 5, 2013 at 12:57 am

gorgeous! And they look so stinkin’ delicious. Lovely recipe!
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3 SeattleDee March 5, 2013 at 1:06 am

Beer and chocolate??? why not? These cupcakes look over-the-top delicious.
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4 Jess March 5, 2013 at 6:31 am

My thoughts exactly – why not!? And now that I’ve done it, there’s definitely a reason these two were meant to be paired together.


5 Beth @ Good to be the Cook March 5, 2013 at 1:08 am

Just in time for St. Patty’s! Your photos are absolutely gorgeous… stopping by from SRC March reveal and cannot wait to see more from your blog! YUM!


6 angela@spinachtiger March 5, 2013 at 2:05 am

I love your pictures and these cupcakes look so good, I want to make them right away.


7 Jess March 5, 2013 at 6:30 am

Thank you, Angela. I couldn’t resist these – they were every bit as tasty as they look.


8 Ashley March 5, 2013 at 3:17 am

We’re totally on the same page right now : ) Over the last two weekends I made a stout cake and then separately some cupcakes with irish cream frosting haha. I love it!
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9 Jess March 5, 2013 at 6:30 am

I can’t believe it took me so long to discover these, Ashley – I’m totally in love! I definitely have been thinking of stout cakes too – hoping yours will be up on your blog!


10 Claire @ Claire K Creations March 5, 2013 at 4:55 am

Oh my goodness I wouldn’t mind one of these with my breakfast. Would that be bad?
March is full of excitement for me. It’s my Birthday month!
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11 Jess March 5, 2013 at 6:29 am

YAY! That would definitely bring some cheer to the month! Happy early birthday, friend!


12 Camilla @ Culinary Adventures March 5, 2013 at 5:31 am

I always laugh that it takes me till March to make Guinness chocolate cupcakes. I do an “Irish Carbomb”; morbid name, but so delicious. Guinness chocolate cupcakes + Bailey’s ganache filling + Whiskey buttercream frosting. Yum. Nice pick for this months SRC.
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13 Jess March 5, 2013 at 6:33 am

I agree Camilla – rather morbid name, but great concept. Love the idea of adding the Whisky buttercream. That’s a triple delight of a sweet treat!


14 Lisa~~ March 5, 2013 at 8:18 am

Total deliciousness and I can only imagine the chocolate Guinness combo, going to have to give your cupcakes a try. Great looking recipe.

If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my SRC entry Loaded Potato Soup.



15 Katie (The Muffin Myth) March 5, 2013 at 3:17 pm

I’ve never made cake or brownies or cupcakes with guinness, but there are so many recipes out there it *must* be good. Maybe I’ll whip up a batch as a little St. Patty’s day treat. You’re right about March, too. It’s warmed up a lot, and our light is coming racing back (thankfully) but we’ve still got snow in the 2 week forecast. Enough! I’m ready for spring and long weekends and warm weather. But maybe just some chocolate guinness cupcakes to tide me through until then.
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16 Kate March 5, 2013 at 11:57 pm

I am in love!!! These look so delicious. I am in Group B and stopping by for a quick peak…pinning this one!
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17 sally @ sallys baking addiction March 6, 2013 at 4:18 am

NO LIE – I made Guinness cupcakes over the weekend! :) Your photos are to die for. I made a regular Irish cream frosting, not with Bailey’s but oh my gosh! That sounds fabulous ;)
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18 Lesa @ Edesia's Notebook March 6, 2013 at 4:28 am

Great minds think alike with using stout in this month’s SRC. These cupcakes look delicious and I love the irish cream frosting. Yum! I make Irish Cream brownies with a similar frosting.
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19 sarah k @ the pajama chef March 6, 2013 at 5:23 am

my husband made beer cupcakes w/ whiskey frosting once… so good. i imagine these are incredible! great SRC pick, and beautiful photos.
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20 Elizabeth@ Food Ramblingse March 6, 2013 at 5:55 am

LOVE THESE! what a great recipe- yay for src :)
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21 Margaret March 8, 2013 at 10:40 pm

Stout in a cupcake. Interesting!
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22 Jenna March 9, 2013 at 9:28 pm

I love finding new St. Patrick’s Day recipes. A co-worker made Bailey’s cupcakes last year for St. Patty’s day. Guiness cupcakes with Bailey’s frosting sounds like an even more appropriate St. Patrick’s Day recipe. Great choice!
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23 John March 10, 2013 at 4:59 am

I’m not big on beer, but this looks very tasty. Awesome recipe!
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24 Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste March 13, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Yes, yes, yes! These look incredible!
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25 Amanda March 30, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Help!!! I tried making these and I left the can of Guinness out for a couple of days so that I was room temperature.the butter was also melted then room temps true and the butter still solified :( does the beer have to be open for a certain amount of time before pouring it into the butter/vanilla combination?


26 Jess March 31, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Oh no, Amanda! Did you whisk as you were combining them? I didn’t have that problem, but I read notes from others who did! I didn’t open the beer early at all – just left it on the counter at room temp. I’m thinking that a solution might be to put both the beer and the butter together in a pan over low heat so that they both warm together – surely that would be a way to insure that they are the same temperature.


27 Amanda March 31, 2013 at 11:39 pm

Great idea!! I will try that :)


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