Chocolate Guiniess Cupcakes with Bailey’s Cream Cheese Frosting

It seems that the Chocolate/Stout/Irish Cream combo is pretty popular in baked goods this time of year. Adding rich foamy Guiniess to chocolate cake batter adds such an amazing flavor and I don’t think I need to sell you on Bailey’s Cream Cheese Frosting right? I did my best to make this frosting as boozy and Irish Cream-y as possible in honor of my heritage, (I’m a quarter Irish you know!) The end result is a light and fluffy chocolate cake with a hint of rich stout- the frosting is creamy and smooth with just a little bite. In short- a  festive bit of cupcake heaven.


One of the reasons I think the texture of these was so perfect is because I didn’t use an electric mixer. After reading through the recipe I realized you really didn’t need one so I did the whole thing with a whisk. In my opinion, mixing by hand can help avoid over-beating the batter which can lead to dry and dense cakes. With a whisk, you are able to just mix the ingredients until they are  incorporated which results in a perfect soft and crumbly texture.

The cream cheese frosting is the perfect consistency to practice the frosting swirl I demonstrated a couple weeks ago! With the cute little swirled center, you have a perfect spot for housing a variety of toppings. Festive sprinkles would be adorable, but I chose to use some cake crumbs from a cupcake in the batch that was a little busted looking. Didn’t see the video on how to make the “swirl”? Check it out here.

Chocolate Guiniess Cupcakes with Bailey’s Cream Cheese Frosting

Chocolate Guiniess Cupcakes with Bailey’s Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: 12 cupcakes


  • 1 cup stout, Guinness?
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder?, dutch process is best
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour?
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1½ tsp. baking soda?
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • 2 large eggs?
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 8 oz package of cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tablespoons of butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 4-8 tablespoons of Bailey's Irish Cream Liqueur


To make the cupcakes:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line pans with paper liners. Combine the stout and butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the cocoa powder and whisk until mixture is smooth. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt, and whisk together. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and sour cream until creamy. Add the stout-butter mixture and mix just to combine. Mix in the dry ingredients slowly whisking until just until incorporated.
  3. Divide the batter evenly between the cupcake liners, filling them about ¾ full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 17 minutes. Allow to cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

For Bailey's Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. Combine the cream cheese and butter in a large mixing bowl and beat until creamy. Gradually add the powdered sugar until well mixed. Add in the Bailey's a tablespoon at a time until the texture is smooth, creamy, and spreadable. Frost as desired. Decorate with cake crumbs or sprinkles.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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Cake Recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen


  1. These cupcakes are fabulous! Awesome idea for St. Patrick’s day!

  2. I just made these last night to post on friday as well, I shared them with some friends a t a local restaurant and they LOVED them! anne

  3. I’ve been looking for a suitable St. Patty’s dessert recipe and this, with its Bailey’s cream cheese icing (how many ways can you say, “Yes, please!”?), definitely fits the bill! Thanks for sharing!

  4. How funny that we posted such similar recipes today! These cupcakes look fabulous, Audra, and your way of describing them made me absolutely drool! Delicious recipe and a fun, festive way to ring in St. Pat’s Day!

  5. Yummy looking cupcakes. Wan to come over Saturday for some corned beef and cabbage? Just bring these O:-)

    And look at that cute little Bailey’s bottle!

  6. Yes I do! I LOVE Corned Beef. Too bad I gave up meat for lent. I can cheat on St. Patty’s Day right?

  7. Wow I never win anything. I am so excited. Thank you so much. I can’t wait to make something out of it. You rock!

  8. Stout Chocolate Cupcakes make an appearance every St Patrick’s Day. I was sort of dreading their return until I realized I wasn’t limited to the ubiquitous Guinness…Ross brewed a wonderful Dark Cherry Stout that would probably be marvelous in a chocolate cake base! The cherry accent may not work with the Bailey’s frosting, but you never know. Maybe a whiskey or bourbon frosting instead…

  9. Your boozy cupcakes with the boozy frosting are amazing and perfect for St. Patt’s Day! I love the frosting swirl!

  10. Hi Audra have just woken up, opened Foodbuzz. Your cup cakes sound perfect..I shall make them for St Paddys Day. There is a bottle of guiness sitting on my bench. I am going to get up and back. Great fun.
    Have to go and buy some baileys to complete the cakes. Oh well a trip to the wine shop. They open at 9. Our staff will love me. Thanks for your post


  11. Perfect timing, they look yummy. I’m making them for St. Pat’s, I hope mine look as pretty as yours !

  12. I made these for my office last night and brought them to work today….the guys are ultra impressed! they were a huge hit. Thanks for the idea!

  13. Thank you for the fabulous frosting recipe! Mmmmmm. Way to not wimp out on the Baileys.

  14. When making these do you melt the butter in the beer all the way before adding the cocoa?

  15. Made these……excellent! Added all the Baileys. Please adjust recipe instructions to reflect that this recipe makes 24 cupcakes, not 12 as indicated. Happy baking everyone!

  16. Making these right now. The batter tastes amazing! Only problem is that the recipe says “yields 12” so I tripled it… but I’m getting about 72 cupcakes out if it!?!?
    I mean, not a terrible problem to have but ahhhhhh! I’m surrounded by cupcakes! My waistline can’t handle it!

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