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Looking for the PERFECT boozy dessert to bring to St. Patrick’s Day festivities? Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes with Creamy Bailey’s Icing make a lovely sweet treat. The cupcakes, which call for a cup of Guinness, mix up quickly before baking. Whip up the icing next, which features Bailey’s Irish Cream. Decorate with festive sprinkles and serve at any gathering. Not to worry: There’s a kid-friendly icing for these Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes, too!
Since living in Baton Rouge for college–the amount of time doesn’t matter at this point, y’all, just know it was a while ago–I’ve become a fan of St. Patrick’s Day and all the shenanigans it encompasses.
I realize that’s a strange time to say I fell in love with St. Paddy’s, but I did. I have no Irish blood running through my veins, though my name is derrived from “Eireann,” meaning Ireland. (Or if you dig farther, like I had to do for an etymology course in high school, it means “peace.”)
I attended my first St. Patrick’s Day parade–The Wearin’ of the Green–in Baton Rouge during college. Granted, the years I lived on the parade route, I slept through the parade. However, I enjoyed the festivities, nonetheless.
When we moved back to Baton Rouge after our stint in Nashville, I was overjoyed we could celebrate this gloriously green holiday.
The added bonus was we had various friends who lived on the parade route, all of whom hosted parties. Which meant we spent an entire Saturday bouncing from party to party and offering boozy cupcakes to our cohorts. As you do. 😉
… Words cannot express how much I adore this dessert.
The cupcakes are oh-so-chocolate-y and insanely moist. Like, enough so that I have to mention it here, even though I loathe the worst moist.
The icing is strong, even though it only calls for a tablespoon of Bailey’s Irish Cream, and this dessert is perfect for a crowd. I mean, the combination of Irish Cream and dessert is one of my favorites and has been for a while. (I’m lookin’ at you, too, Chocolate Chip Irish Cream Pound Cake and Irish Cream Biscuits with Boozy Chocolate Ganache.)
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- Cupcake tin.
- Glass bowls.
- Hand mixer.
- Cookie scoop (for scooping the batter into the cupcake tins.)
- Green cupcake liners (for making ’em extra festive!)
How do I make the BEST Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes?
Don’t skip the beer. Trust me on this, y’all. It makes the chocolate so much richer, and the alcohol bakes out, so you don’t need to worry about that!
That said, if you don’t use Guinness, that’s OK, but replace it with another full-bodied stout beer that’s NOT flavored.
How do I make this recipe even more decadent?
Brush the cupcakes with Irish Whiskey before icing.
It’s insanely good, should you be into whiskey.
How do I make this boozy cupcake recipe kid-friendly?
The beer will bake out of the cupcakes as they cook, so you shouldn’t fret about the beer. The purpose of the stout is to give the chocolate some extra punch and to let the cupcakes be insanely moist.
For the icing, simply add milk or a little half-and-half instead of Irish Cream.
If you’re hesitant to serve kids these cupcakes, even though the beer cooks out, I suggest whipping up my Sour Cream Funfetti Cupcakes instead. Just be sure to use St. Patrick’s Day-colored sprinkles to add to the festiveness.
How can I successfully make these cupcakes for my party without stressing out?
First and foremost: Take a breath!
Secondly: Plan ahead. Bake the cupcakes the night before and store on the countertop covered.
Make the icing in the morning and ice before the party or let your guests ice their cupcakes and decorate ’em, too!
Other Festive St. Patrick’s Day Recipes
- Mashed Potato Beef Hand Pies
- Homemade Irish Cream Liqueur
- Guinness Braised Beef
- No Churn Guinness Brownie Ice Cream
- Irish Corned Beef Nacho Bites
Ready to make these beauts for your St. Patrick’s Day festivities?
Scroll on down, and be sure to let me know what you think of ’em!
Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes
- 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup crema di mascarpone cheese, (can substitute cream cheese), at room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup Guinness Extra Stout Beer
Creamy Bailey's Icing
- 1/2 cup crema di mascarpone cheese
- 1 tablespoon Bailey's Irish Cream
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners, and set aside.
- Get out two mixing bowls for the batter.
- In the larger of the two bowls, combine the flour, soda, powder, salt and cocoa. Whisk together until incorporated.
- In the smaller bowl, cream together the eggs, mascarpone, and sugar using a hand mixer or a stand mixer.
- Add the Guinness to the wet ingredients and stir until combined.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk until just combined.
- Pour the batter into cupcake liners.
- Bake at 375 for 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- While baking the cupcakes, stir and combine all ingredients for the icing using a hand mixer.
- When cupcakes have cooled completely, ice.
Please note that you might have to bake your cupcakes for a bit longer. In my older oven, I had to bake them for 22 minutes for them to be cooked all the way through.
To make this recipe KID FRIENDLY: Substitute milk for Bailey's in the icing. You don't need to worry about the Guinness in the cupcakes, though, because as the cupcakes cook, the alcohol will evaporate and give an extra chocolate-y punch.
To make this recipe EXTRA DECADENT: Brush the cupcakes with Irish Whiskey before icing.
- USA Pan Cupcake and Muffin Pan
- Parchment Paper Cupcake Liners
- Duralex Glass Bowl Set
- KitchenAid 7-Speed Digital Hand Mixer
- Le Creuset Revolution Large Silicone Spatula
- Norpro 2-Tablespoon Scoop
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Serving Size:1 frosted cupcake
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 168 Total Fat: 6g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 41mg Sodium: 232mg Carbohydrates: 26g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 21g Protein: 2g
What do you normally do for St. Patrick’s Day?
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The photos and recipe for these Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes were originally published on March 14, 2012. The photographs, along with the text of this blog post, were updated on February 26, 2018.