Saint Patty’s Day is on its way!

Saint Patrick’s Day is coming, people! Do yourself a favor and steer clear of the green beer. Instead, impress your friends with chocolate and beer! That’s right. Chocolate. And beer. Trust me on this one. They’ll love you for it.

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Don’t be afraid of this recipe. I’m not a stout beer drinker (much to my husband’s disappointment), but I’m a huge fan of these cupcakes. The addition of the beer to a chocolate cupcake adds just a touch of interest without being overbearing.

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The added bonus here is that any stout lovers in your house (or in your circle of friends) get to drink the leftovers! It’s a cupcake AND a party!

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And the cream cheese frosting? The perfect compliment to the dark, rich cake.

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Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes
1 cup Guinness or other stout beer, room temperature
1 stick butter, melted
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 eggs
3/4 cup sour cream (light works fine)
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine Guinness, melted butter, vanilla, eggs, sour cream, cocoa and sugars. Mix on low speed until combined. Sift together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Add to wet ingredients and mix until combined, stopping once to scrape down the bowl.

Line a muffin tin with paper liners and fill 2/3 full with batter.

Bake for 10-13 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool for five minutes in the tin, then remove to wire rack to cool completely. Frost with cream cheese frosting. Makes 24 regular-sized cupcakes.

Cream Cheese Frosting
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
4 tablespoons butter, room temperature
1/2 cup heavy cream (milk works, too)
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 pound powdered sugar

Beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Mix in cream and vanilla. Incorporate powdered sugar one cup at a time until smooth. If necessary, adjust consistency by adding either more cream (to thin it out) or powdered sugar (to make it thicker).

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18 thoughts on “Saint Patty’s Day is on its way!

  1. Peter says:

    I read somwhere that Guinness spends 70% of it’s marketing budget on the run-up and day of St. Paddy’s day.

    This cupcake is black Irish beauty…rivalled only by pretty Irish maidens. ;)

  2. Jen says:

    Your cupcake is beautiful and looks delish too! What tip did you use to get that beautiful frosting?

  3. bakingobsession says:

    Gorgeous photos! Delicious treats!

  4. Bookmarking this now – I think hubby would love these.

  5. How do you get your icing on so perfectly?! These cupcakes are so much more beautiful than the ones in the market with the kelly green icing!

  6. pam says:

    I love chocolate and beer. Bookmarked!

  7. My husband keeps trying to get me to like stout beer too, but it just never happens. I think you have just saved me with these amazing cupcakes. Now I can tell me I’d LOVE to have stout beer. :)

  8. RecipeGirl says:

    I’m made a chocolate guinness cake before so I’m with ya on the cupcakes. They look amazing with that icing on top too!

  9. Olivia says:

    The icing on the cupcake literally looks perfect to me. It kind of looks like the wilton rose, just flatter.

  10. bakingforthecure says:

    How beautiful! The frosting is just perfect! sounds delicious.

  11. NAOmni says:

    I love Guinness infused creations…I’ve stumble upon quite a few of them…

    NAOmni

  12. Emily says:

    These look great. Just wondering how many the recipe makes? Is it 12 or 24 cupcakes?

    Thanks!
    Emily

  13. oneordinaryday says:

    Your piping is wonderful. The icing looks almost like a flower from the top. Great job!
    Michelle
    http://oneordinaryday.wordpress.com/

  14. Zoe Francois says:

    Fantastic!!! They are gorgeous and the flavors are amazing together! Plus, they aren’t green! ;) wonderful!

  15. Jen says:

    How many cupcakes did this recipe make?

  16. Kevin says:

    Great looking cupcakes!

  17. emiglia says:

    I love these pictures! The cupcake posed on top of the Guinness can is really clever.

  18. Amber says:

    I made these but changed the frosting, I added some Bailey’s to kick up the Irish in the cake! Delicious..

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