Guinness Cupcakes with Guinness Frosting


A friend of mine suggested that I try Guinness cupcakes as my next baking adventure, and they came out amazing.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
24 cupcakes



  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle Irish stout beer (such as Guinness®)

  • ½ cup milk

  • ½ cup vegetable oil

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • 3 large eggs

  • ¾ cup sour cream

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda


  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder, or more to taste

  • ¼ cup Irish stout beer (such as Guinness®)

  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • ½ cup cream cheese, softened

  • 2 ½ cups sifted confectioners' sugar, or more as needed


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease two 12-cup muffin tins or line cups with paper liners.

  2. Whisk stout beer, milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract together in a bowl until evenly blended. Beat in eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in sour cream. Whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, and baking soda in a separate bowl. Gradually mix the flour mixture ingredients into the beer mixture.

  3. Spoon cupcake batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling each 3/4 full.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until cupcakes are risen and set in the middle but still soft and tender, about 25 minutes. Cool in the tins, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, about 1 hour.

  5. Whisk cocoa powder and stout beer together in a bowl. Beat in butter and cream cheese using an electric mixer until well combined. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar, 1 cup at a time, until frosting has desired sweetness. Spread or pipe frosting onto cooked cupcakes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

298 Calories
13g Fat
43g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 298
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 42mg 14%
Sodium 136mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 30g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 30mg 2%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 103mg 2%

* 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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