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Chocolate Beer Cupcakes With Whiskey Filling And Irish Cream Icing

Rated as 4.81 out of 5 Stars

"These cupcakes are made from scratch with a stout beer, then filled with an Irish whiskey-chocolate filling and topped off with some Irish cream icing. These are perfect for St. Patrick's Day."
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1 h 35 m servings 387
Original recipe yields 24 servings (2 dozen cupcakes)


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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.
  3. Bring Irish stout beer and 1 cup butter to a boil in a saucepan and set aside until butter has melted, stirring occasionally. Mix in cocoa powder until smooth.
  4. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a bowl until thoroughly combined.
  5. Beat eggs with sour cream in a large bowl with an electric mixer on low until well combined. Slowly beat in the beer mixture, then the flour mixture; beat until the batter is smooth.
  6. Divide batter between the prepared cupcake cups, filling each cup about 2/3 full.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean, about 17 minutes.
  8. Cool the cupcakes completely. Cut cores out of the center of each cupcake with a sharp paring knife. Discard cores.
  9. Bring cream to a simmer in a saucepan over low heat; stir in bittersweet chocolate until melted.
  10. Mix in 2 tablespoons butter and Irish whiskey until butter is melted; let mixture cool to room temperature. Filling will thicken as it cools.
  11. Spoon the filling into the cored cupcakes.
  12. For frosting, whip 1/2 cup butter in a bowl with an electric mixer until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes.
  13. Set mixer to low speed and slowly beat in confectioners' sugar, 1 cup at a time, until frosting is smooth and spreadable. Beat in the Irish cream liqueur; adjust thickness of frosting with more confectioners' sugar if needed.
  14. Spread frosting on filled cupcakes.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Types of alcohol I used are: Red Stripe Beer instead of stout, Jameson Whiskey, and Baileys Original; my filling isn't really that thick when I cooked mine so if it's kind of thin it's okay. I actually added a lot of Baileys to my frosting because the butter would never get fluffy enough but it turned out fine.
  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 387 calories; 20.3 48.8 3.3 61 253 Full nutrition

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I made this recipe from Brown Eyed Baker's blog. It is fantastic. I followed the recipe just as written on her blog and came out with a moist cupcake, slightly bitter filling, and a sweet butte...

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Yeah...icing tastes good but started piping and I ran out. Tried to just smear it around and salvage some but still wasn't enough. If it wasn't midnight I'd make more. So I'll just be short a co...

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I made this recipe from Brown Eyed Baker's blog. It is fantastic. I followed the recipe just as written on her blog and came out with a moist cupcake, slightly bitter filling, and a sweet butte...

Made them for my bf's birthday party and they were absolutely a hit. I had enough for 24 + one larger cupcakes, but had to make another half batch of the icing for as many.

These cupcakes were great!!!! I was skeptical about the syrup part, but it worked out great! It didn't harden crunchy, it was smooth. These are definately sweet and I upped the anti with the ...

So far, folks love these...a perfect Patty's Day treat. A few notes on prep: FILLING: Melting chocolate is tricky business. Heat the cream slowly on low heat but make sure it is really simmering...

I made these cupcakes a couple days ago. I followed the recipe completely. These (hands down) are the best cupcakes I've ever had. I tinted the frosting pink and took them to work for a Valentin...

AMAAAAAAAAZING cupcakes!!!! I skipped the filling, as I had a lot of baking (and a lot of parties) to do. The cupcakes themselves were DIVINE, and rich-tasting. I didn't change a thing otherwise...

I just made these cupcakes last night and...WOW! They have been a big hit so far! I had an issue with the butter not getting fluffy enough so I added more Bailey's as mentioned in the Cook's N...

I followed the recipe exactly except doubled the frosting and added more baileys to it. I used a cupcake corer and had exactly the right amount of filling. I did use all the frosting from the ...

I made these cupcakes for a friend's birthday which is the day before St. Patrick's Day. I made the cupcakes exactly as written with modifications for our high altitude (over 5,000 ft.). The...