Celebrate the luck of the Irish with the best of both worlds: dark chocolate Guinness cupcakes with smooth Baileys Cream frosting!

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About Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes with Baileys Frosting

It’s not very often that my friends on Facebook link recipes to me that they think would be good for my website, but when they do, I prefer Dos Equis I always file it away for later. Because if there’s internet buzz around a recipe, of course I’m game for seeing what all the fuss is about. Especially if the recipe sounds delicious. Especially if there’s alcohol involved. Especially if I can make bad beer puns, even if it’s for a completely different brand of beer.

What is the slogan for Guinness beer, anyway?

“The king of beers”?

No, that’s not right.

“This is our beer”?

Ehh, still no.

“A better beer deserves a better can”? “It’s Miller time”?

“It’s Miller time”?

Okay, I had to google it. Apparently the US slogan for Guinness is: “Out of the darkness comes light.”

Well my, my, Guinness, aren’t we poetic!

So a friend suggested I try this recipe with Guinness and Baileys, and I had to oblige – especially since dark chocolate Guinness cake is a thing of internet legend. It always seems to crop up right around Saint Patrick’s Day, as if us Americans have all agreed that this is only time we’re willing to tackle the wily Irish beer that is Guinness. And even then, we’re going to need eggs, flour, sugar, and a dash of Bailey’s Cream to chase it down with. Which I’m totally okay with.

I can’t remember the last time I tried Guinness, but I did sneak in a sip of it in it’s true form while baking these cupcakes, and wow. Once I picked my face up off the floor, I think I could see the appeal. Especially wrapped in the arms of chocolate cake batter.

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This recipe was originally designed to be a fully fledged cake, but you know what? I’ve made a lot of cakes recently and felt like I needed to switch it up a bit. I also noticed that I haven’t actually featured a real deal holy field cupcake recipe before, which seemed like a bit of a tragedy for a blog that’s already seven months old. So I moved a few ingredients around and transformed a dense boozy cake into luscious tipsy morsels.

As for how it turned out? I’ll be honest with you – I tried both the raw batter and the baked cupcakes, and the experience completely different with both. The batter tasted like any chocolate batter I’ve ever had, with just the slightest bite of alcohol, and at the time I was a little worried. Was I making Guinness cupcakes that wouldn’t taste like Guinness? I was so close to adding Guinness right then and there, but I steadied my hand and decided to let the internet guide my way, because every single recipe I looked at suggested only 1 cup of beer. No more, no less.

Now that they’re baked, I’m certainly glad I hesitated, because there’s something magical that happens to these cupcakes while they’re in the oven. The Guinness flavor winds up front and center, fighting for attention with the chocolate. It’s actually the Guinness that makes the chocolate taste like dark chocolate.

Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes with Baileys Frosting! Celebrate the luck of the Irish with the best of both worlds: dark chocolate Guinness cupcakes with smooth Baileys Cream frosting! | HomemadeHooplah.com

And what more can I really say about the frosting? It’s delicious sweet cream cheese a hint of smooth coffee. It tastes just as good as it sounds. It tastes so good I may have skimped a bit on frosting the cupcakes just so there’d be a little extra frosting left over in the bowl for me to eat.

That’s called baker’s privilege, my friends.

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Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes with Baileys Frosting! Celebrate the luck of the Irish with the best of both worlds: dark chocolate Guinness cupcakes with smooth Baileys Cream frosting! | HomemadeHooplah.com
4.18 from 68 votes

Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes with Baileys Frosting

20 mins prep + 15 mins cook
353 kcal
Yields: 24 cupcakes
Celebrate the luck of the Irish with the best of both worlds: dark chocolate Guinness cupcakes with smooth Baileys Cream frosting!

Ingredients 

Dark Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes
Baileys Cream Cheese Frosting

Instructions

Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare muffin tin(s) with cupcake liners, then set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, pour in beer and butter sticks. Set heat to low and allow butter to melt in the beer.
  • Once butter is melted, slowly whisk in sugar until it has completely dissolved, then do the same with the cocoa powder.
  • Remove saucepan from heat and allow chocolate mixture to cool for at least 5 minutes.
  • In the meantime, sift together flour and baking soda in a large bowl, then set aside.
  • Using a stand mixer (or hand mixer + large bowl), add in sour cream, vanilla, and eggs. Beat on low until combined.
  • Test that the chocolate mix is warm (not hot) to the touch, then slowly blend the chocolate with the sour cream and eggs, keeping mixer speed on low.
  • Increase mixer speed to medium and scoop in the flour, one cup at a time. Be careful not to overmix. Once combined, run a spatula around the bottom and sides of the bowl to ensure there are no clumps. Batter will be watery - this is okay.
  • Pour cupcake mix into the prepared cupcake cups (about 3/4 full).
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick tester comes out clean.
  • Place muffin tin on wire cooling rack to cool for 5-10 minutes, then pop cupcakes out and place on wire rack to cool completely. Wait until cupcakes are cooled before applying the frosting.
For the Baileys Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Using a stand mixer (or a hand mixer +large bowl), add butter and beat on high speed until smooth and creamy, roughly 2 minutes.
  • Drop speed to low and slowly add the powdered sugar. Frosting may be and clumpy at this stage - that is okay
  • Keeping speed on low, slowly beat in cream cheese. I'd recommend cutting the cream cheese into 4-5 pieces and mixing in one piece at a time.
  • Finally, add in the Baileys Irish Cream and whip until smooth. This frosting is very forgiving and easy to balance to your tastes. You can add up to 6 tablespoons of Baileys (total) or up to 5 cups of powdered sugar (total) to get the flavor and consistency you'd like.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupcake | Calories: 353kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 158mg | Potassium: 86mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 544IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I'm not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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47 comments

    • Deb

    This recipe says to use a 6 slot muffin tin. Is this a mistake, should it be 12 cup ?

    • Nancy Lyter
    • 5 stars

    Made these today , and they are delicious! I made mini-muffins, and it made about 72 of them. I baked them for 11 minutes. Great for tonight’s potluck!

    • becky

    Wow. Just made a batch of these and zero chocolate flavor, not great texture. Very disappointed. So surprised as the photo and recipe looked good. Hmm…

    • Nancy Rivera
    • 5 stars

    I made these last year, and took them to work. They were a huge hit. question of the day, this week so far, “are you making those cupcakes again?”. Yes, yes I am. Thank you for sharing your recipe. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!! 🙂

    • Kat
    • 5 stars

    I love these!! After making them even my guy who’s doesn’t like sweets devoured some. I’m sure they’ll be a hit at work tomorrow.

    • Rina

    Could you use a butter cream instead of cream cheese im not a fan?

    • Terry
    • 5 stars

    If you really want to bump this up a notch…brush some Irish whiskey glaze on top before frosting. I’ve made the Irish car bomb cake with the Guiness, whiskey glaze, and Baileys cream cheese frosting….and it’s a winner every time!.

    • Maggie
    • 5 stars

    OMG just put the cupcakes in the over the batter is incredibly good tasting. . I wanted to just spoon it up. Can’t wait to taste the cakes!

    • Elizabeth

    I’m going to make these tomorrow and they look wonderful. One question: why do you add the cream cheese after the sugar when making the frosting? I am a longtime baker but have not seen that technique. It’s always interesting to learn new ways of doing things and I was wondering if this gives a different result than adding it to the butter at the start.

      • Chrisy

      Hey Elizabeth! I drafted this recipe early in my “baking career,” so I’m not sure I had a real reason for this method other than to mix the powdered sugar early so that there’d be more room in the bowl to maneuver around 😀 I’m not that graceful in the kitchen and somehow manage to get powdery ingredients everywhere, so the less full the bowl is when I need to mix it, the better!

    • Kim

    Can I make these a day ahead? Do they need refrigeration?

      • Chrisy

      Hey Kim! Yes, they can be made a day ahead, and refrigeration is recommended when storing them.

    • Abbey

    I made these cupcakes last Halloween (with some festive food coloring added to the icing) and have had a request for them again for a coworkers bday. They were a major hit and simple to make. Thanks for sharing them.

    • Thanks for writing in, Abbey! I’m so glad they turned out well 😀 Love the idea of adding color, too!

    • Carrie

    I had hoped to take these to Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow afternoon! After following your recipe exactly, these were a disaster. Things looked good until they were baking. Every cupcake bubbled up, and then BOOM. They all deflated, one after another. I ended up with a tin full of dense, concave shells unfit for consumption. Now I am scrambling to find a substitute. So bummed!

    • I’m so sorry the cupcakes didn’t turn out right Carrie! Do you know when you bought your baking soda? It can go bad, and it can cause baked goods to go flat if it’s past it’s prime. I hope you were still able to find something to make for Thanksgiving!

    • Serene

    Hi Chrisy,

    My batter turns out super thick instead of watery, I’ve followed the amount needed and steps. The cupcakes was kinda hard and compact. Not sure what went wrong. 🙁

    • I’m sorry it didn’t turn out! Wondering what might have happened… did you use packed flour by chance? Flour can be moody – most recipes are designed to use fluffed flour and measured in a special way (video here http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipe/measuring-flour.html). Sometimes “2 cups of flour” can end up being almost be “3 cups of flour” if it’s packed too tight.

        • Serene

        Thanks Chrisy,

        I’ll try out again.. 🙂

        Thanks for the awesome recipe..

      • Erin @ Platings and Pairings

      These would be PERFECT for St. Patty’s day – But really any day works for me 😉

      • Alexandria

      Ever since I got my Kitchen Aid mixer I’ve convinced myself I am some sort of master baker! I’m always looking for new sweets to make. the fact that these contain a little alcohol is exciting!

      • Kelly girl UPcycled

      Ohh my gosh! I love those tasty micro brews, love chocolate, love Baileys…sounds like a win-win-win to me 😉

        • Chrisy

        I agree Kelly! Since I made the cupcakes, I’ve been working on the rest of the Guinness. It’s definitely growing on me 😀

      • Caroline

      Those look delicious! My family would love them I’m sure. The perfect dessert for St-Patrick’s day.

        • Chrisy

        Thank you Caroline! I hope they like them!

      • Sagan

      Mmmm! I have a couple cans of Guinness leftover from someone bringing them to my house and I was wondering what to do with them… clearly I MUST make cupcakes!

      Thanks for sharing this recipe!

        • Chrisy

        Sounds like a plan to me! I’d love to hear how they turn out.

      • Stephanie Louise (@StephLouiseATB)

      Um…yes!!! & your photos are absolutely stunning!

        • Chrisy

        😀 Thank you Stephanie! Just looking at the photos makes me want to go grab another cupcake…

      • Ilona @ Ilona’s Passion

      Bailey’s frosting must be so good. I have to make them some day:)

        • Chrisy

        The frosting was probably my favorite part 😀 Makes me wonder what else it would be good on.

          • Donna McKenzie

          I just made the BAiley’s frosting with the 4 cups powders sugar and the 4 tbs of baileys it’s yummy, making the cupcakes now.