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Guinness Cupcakes

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Chocolate, Guinness and Baileys Irish Cream all in one delicious bite! If this is your kind of dessert, then try our Guinness Cupcakes with a smooth Baileys Frosting. Perfect for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Before we get to the recipe, lets talk about Guinness – my favorite beer! There are different versions of this fantastic Irish beer. For this recipe, we use Guinness Draught because it is perfect for desserts with its creamy texture, sweet smelling aroma with coffee and caramel flavors. Then we introduce Baileys Irish Cream which is a great compliment to Guinness with cream, cocoa, and Irish whiskey. The perfect cupcakes! Ok, now lets move on to our recipe that includes 12 Tips on making Guinness Cupcakes and step by step instructions.

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12 Tips for Making Guinness Cupcakes

  1. Check ingredients to ensure they are not expired.
  2. Use Guinness Draught for drinking and baking! 
  3. Bring all ingredients to room temperature for a fluffy baked good. Plan ahead for about 30 to 60 minutes depending upon the temperature of your kitchen and humidity. 
  4. Accurately measure all ingredients. 
  5. Do not over mix the batter. Instead mix together the ingredients until just combined. Over mixing can result in a dense cupcake or the cupcake collapsing in the middle. 
  6. Ensure all ingredients are incorporated in the batter. Use a spatula to mix in any loose flour, sugar, butter that might be on the bowl side or on the bottom. 
  7. Fill the cupcakes using an ice cream scoop or similar measuring cup to ensure equal amount of batter in each cupcake.
  8. Preheat the oven and take a temperature with an oven-safe thermometer. Accurate temperature is important for the perfect cupcake!
  9. Place the cupcakes in the center of the oven.
  10. Do not open the oven door early in the baking time as it can cause the cupcakes to collapse in the middle. 
  11. When opening the oven door, the temperature can reduce. Verify that the oven is at the proper temperature before adding the next batch of cupcakes to bake. 
  12. Let cupcakes cool for 10-minutes before removing from the cupcake pan. For cupcakes filled with too much batter, a butter knife along the edge can help with removing it. 

How to Make Guinness Cupcakes From Scratch

Lets get started with making our delicious Guinness Cupcakes with Baileys Frosting!

  1. Cupcake Pan: Line your cupcake pan with plain liners. Keep the fancy liners to place the baked cupcakes into after decorating. 
  2. Sift Flour: Sift the flour and dry ingredients removing any lumps. No one wants lumps in their cupcake!
  3. Dry Ingredients: Combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Wet Ingredients: In a smaller bowl, add melted butter, Guinness, and vanilla. 
  5. Eggs and Sour Cream: Whisk in the eggs one at a time and then the sour cream. 
  6. Mix Everything Together: Using a mixer, slowly blend the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just mixed.
  7. Fill Cupcakes: Fill each cupcake about a third full with the batter.
  8. Bake: Bake in a 350 degrees preheated oven for 15 to 18 minutes. Do the toothpick test to ensure they are done. It should come out clean. 
  9. Cool and Frost: Leave the Guinness Cupcakes in the cupcake pan for 10-minutes. Then remove from the pan and cool completely on a cookie rack. Frost with Baileys Frosting and decorate! Place in a festive cupcake liner if desired. 

How to Frost Guinness Cupcakes Without a Piping Bag

When frosting cupcakes, I do not use a piping bag. For me that is just one more item to clean! But of course we want them to look nice. I start with a thinner frosting by using 1 ½ cups of Powdered Sugar. Below is how I decorate them.

  1. Drop a generous spoonful of frosting into the center of the cupcake.
  2. Using the back side of the spoon, smooth the frosting starting from the center to the outer edges.
  3. Add some fun decorate sprinkles!
  4. Place finished cupcake into a decorative liner. 
  5. Store in an airtight container.

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Guinness Cupcakes

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Chocolate, Guinness and Baileys Irish Cream all in one delicious bite! If this is your kind of dessert, then try our Guinness Cupcakes with a smooth Baileys Frosting. Perfect for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
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Course: Dessert, St. Patrick’s Day
Cuisine: American, Irish
Keyword: Guiness Cupcakes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Bring ingredients to room temperatures: 30 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 169kcal
Author: Bernice

Equipment

  • Medium bowl
  • Cupcake Pan
  • Flour sifter
  • Cookie cooling rack

Ingredients

Cupcakes Dry Ingredients

  • 2 cups Flour sifted
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • ¾ cup Baking Cocoa sifted
  • 1 ½ tsp Baking Soda sifted
  • ½ tsp Salt

Cupcakes Wet Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Kerrygold Butter melted
  • 1 cup Guinness Draught
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla
  • 3 Eggs Beaten
  • ¾ cup Sour Cream

Instructions

Oven Preparation

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line cupcake pans with liners.

Ingredients Preparation

  • Bring all ingredients to room temperature for a fluffy baked good.

Guinness Cupcakes Instructions

  • Sift the flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda removing any lumps.
  • In a stand up mixer, combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl
  • In a smaller bowl, add the melted butter, Guinness, and vanilla.
  • Whisk in the eggs one at a time and then the sour cream.
  • Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just mixed.
  • Fill each cupcake about a third full using an ice cream scoop or similar type scoop.
  • Bake in a 350 degrees preheated oven for 15 to 18 minutes. Do the toothpick test to ensure they are done. It should come out clean.
  • Leave the cupcakes in the pan for 10-minutes. Remove and cool completely on a cookie rack.
  • Frost with Baileys Frosting and decorate.
  • Store in an air-tight container once fully cool.

Recipe Notes

Calories are approximate based upon serving size. Bring all ingredients to room temperature for a fluffy baked good.
Tips
  1. Bring all ingredients to room temperature for a fluffy baked good. Plan ahead for about 30 to 60 minutes depending upon the temperature of your kitchen and humidity.
  2. Accurately measure all ingredients.
  3. Do not over mix the batter. Instead mix together the ingredients until just combined. Over mixing can result in a dense cupcake or the cupcake collapsing in the middle.
  4. Ensure all ingredients are incorporated in the batter. Use a spatula to mix in any loose flour, sugar, butter etc that might be on the bowl side or on the bottom.
  5. Fill the cupcakes using an ice cream scoop or similar measuring element to ensure equal amount of batter in each cupcake.
Nutrition Facts
Guinness Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving (24 g)
Calories 169 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 34mg11%
Sodium 165mg7%
Potassium 70mg2%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 193IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

9 comments

  1. 5 stars
    After touring the Guinness factory in Ireland this past summer, I was delighted to see this post! Who knew there were Guinness cupcakes?! My daughter and I will try this recipe! Thank you.🍀☘️

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