The ultimate boozy Irish inspired pairing! Enjoy the deep flavor of Guinness Extra Stout in a classic chocolate cupcake topped with Baileys infused buttercream frosting. The perfect dessert for St. Patrick's Day!
☘️😎. I've been wanting to make these Guinness chocolate cupcakes for years! Finally, in 2023, I've managed to remember to try, test, and share this delectable recipe. Oh, and add a little Baileys buttercream frosting on top because duh. An undeniably delicious pairing!
The Best St. Patrick's Day Dessert
Festive, tasty, AND boozy?? Yup, these Guinness chocolate cupcakes are the ultimate sweet treat for St. Patrick's Day. Topped with Baileys buttercream frosting, you'll find it hard to have just one! Plus, you can make them ahead of time (see freezing and storage) for a stress free holiday. Win win for everyone!
Tips and Tricks
The Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes - I've found the best way to infuse Guinness flavor into the cupcakes without overpowering them is to simmer the stout on the stove top with the butter for a few minutes. Then remove it from heat, whisk in the cocoa powder until smooth, and let cool until ready to use. That way, the Guinness imparts it's flavor into the fat of the butter and the chocolate in the cocoa powder 🙌🏻.
The Baileys Buttercream Frosting - Two things here.
First, the butter really does need to be softened around room temperature. If you don't have the time to leave your butter out on the counter or you're making the frosting last minute, no worries! Cube up the sticks of butter, put them in a microwave safe bowl, and heat them in 10 to 15 second increments. When soft to the touch but NOT melted, it's ready to go!
Second, sift the powdered sugar! Lumpy buttercream is the worst. This step will guarantee you soft, creamy, fluffy buttercream every time.
Commonly Asked Questions About This Recipe
Nope! The Guinness Extra Stout is simmered on the stove and then baked into the cupcakes, working as an infusion. It's totally cooked off, leaving behind deliciously deep, rich flavor without any alcohol effects.
Again, nope! However, unlike the cupcakes themselves, the alcohol content in the frosting is not cooked off. Having said that, you'd have to eat an obscene amount of the buttercream to feel any kind of alcohol effect. At that point you'd probably not feel well from the amount of sugar you've consumed rather than the Baileys 😂.
See my freezing and storage notes below 👍🏻.
Freezing and Storage
You can easily make these Guinness chocolate cupcakes ahead of time (without the baileys buttercream frosting)! Place them in an airtight container or sealable freezer bag. They can be refrigerated up to a week and frozen up to a month. The frosting can be made a day or two before decorating your cupcakes but be sure to allow it to warm up to room temperature before using.
Looking for more Baileys infusion recipes? Check out these Baileys Brownies or even this Baileys Irish Coffee. Or do you just need more St. Patrick's Day fooding in general? Head on over to my Irish Inspired recipes for more ideas!Print