Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes with Irish Cream Frosting


These chocolate Guinness cupcakes make a good St. Patrick's Day dessert. Very light and moist. The Baileys frosting is a showstopper!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hr
66 mini cupcakes



  • 1 ¼ cups butter

  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 cup Irish stout beer (such as Guinness Extra Stout), room temperature

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ⅔ cups white sugar

  • 2 eggs


  • 1 ½ cups butter, softened

  • 3 ½ cups confectioners' sugar

  • ¼ cup Irish cream liqueur (such as Bailey's)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 3 mini-muffin tins or line cups with paper liners; this recipe makes about 66 mini cupcakes.

  2. Melt 1 1/4 cups butter in a saucepan over low heat, add cocoa powder, and whisk until smooth. Stir in beer and vanilla extract. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

  3. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt and sift into in a large bowl. Mix in sugar. Add beer mixture and stir until thoroughly combined. Add eggs, stirring until well incorporated. Spoon batter into the prepared mini-muffin cups, filling each 3/4 full.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until tops spring back when lightly pressed, 10 to 11 minutes. Cool in the tins for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool, about 20 minutes.

  5. For the frosting:

    Beat 1 1/2 cups butter and confectioners' sugar in a bowl using an electric mixer. Add Irish cream liqueur, 1 tablespoon at a time, and beat until light, fluffy, and white in color, about 10 minutes. Top cooled cupcakes with frosting.

Cook's Note:

Add up to a 1/3 cup more Guinness for a fuller flavor. For the frosting you can also add up to a 1/2 cup total of Baileys without destroying the structure, just be sure to incorporate the liqueur 1 tablespoon at a time.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

132 Calories
8g Fat
15g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 66
Calories 132
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 26mg 9%
Sodium 92mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 1g
Calcium 9mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 22mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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