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Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes

My husband isn’t a big fan of sweets. Usually when I bake a big batch of cupcakes or other dessert, he just loads it up and takes it to the fire station. My husband does occasionally like to enjoy a beer- especially craft beers- so I thought maybe he would be interested in cupcakes if I added a special ingredient to them. These Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner.

Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Servings: 24 cupcakes
Calories: 361kcal
Author: Emily Grace


For the cupcakes:

  • 1 cup Guinness stout
  • 1 cup butter unsalted, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder Dutch-process
  • 2 cups flour all-purpose
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoons salt
  • 2 eggs

For the Vanilla Buttercream Frosting:

  • 2/3 cup butter unsalted, softened
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla


For the cupcakes:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 24 cupcake cups with liners. 
  • Bring the Guinness and butter to a simmer in a saucepan over medium heat. 
  • Add the cocoa powder and continuously whisk until the mixture is smooth. After the mixture is smooth, allow to cool slightly.
  • Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. 
  • In a stand mixer, beat the eggs and sour cream on medium speed until combined. 
  • Add the Guinness-chocolate mixture to the egg mixture and beat until just combined. 
  • Add the flour mixture and beat briefly on low. 
  • Divide the batter among the cupcake liners and bake about 17 minutes.

For the Frosting:

  • Beat the butter and powdered sugar until well combined. 
  • Add the vanilla, and slowly add the milk 1 tablespoon at a time until the mixture reaches a fluffy, smooth texture. 
  • Pipe frosting onto each cupcake.


You can substitute Guinness for the milk in the frosting, if desired.


Serving: 1cupcake | Calories: 361kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 266mg | Potassium: 73mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 46g | Vitamin A: 460IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg
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Carole from Carole's Chatter

Saturday 21st of March 2015

Fabulous cupcakes! I do hope you'll swing by to Food on Friday to bring this to the Chocolate party! Cheers from Carole from Carole's Chatter


Friday 20th of March 2015

YUM-O!!!! Love these!

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