Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes with Baileys Frosting

18 Dec

Sunday is the Ground Zero end of year party so I thought I would bring some cupcakes to celebrate. Chocolate Guinness cupcakes sound weird, but they’re pretty much just chocolate cupcakes, with a bit of extra depth. I’m not a beer drinker but I can’t even taste the beer in these.

It’s from this recipe on Epicurious – I’ve made it before but this is the first time in cupcake form. The recipe makes a LOT. If I make the whole amount, I have to use a bowl so big that I could conceivably sit in it. If you don’t have a sittable bowl, I’d recommend halving the recipe.


  • 2 cups Guinness
  • 450g unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 cups plain flour
  • 4 cups white sugar
  • 1 TBSP baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/3 cups sour cream


  1. Preheat oven to 175C. Butter three 8-inch round cake pans with 2-inch-high sides. Line with parchment paper. Butter paper. Bring 2 cups stout and 2 cups butter to simmer in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add cocoa powder and whisk until mixture is smooth. Cool slightly.
  2. Whisk flour, sugar, baking soda, and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt in large bowl to blend. Using electric mixer, beat eggs and sour cream in another large bowl to blend. Add stout-chocolate mixture to egg mixture and beat just to combine. Add flour mixture and beat briefly on slow speed. Using rubber spatula, fold batter until completely combined. Divide batter equally among prepared pans. Bake cakes until tester inserted into center of cakes comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Transfer cakes to rack; cool 10 minutes. Turn cakes out onto rack and cool completely.

Since I made mini cupcakes I only baked them for 12 minutes. The half-recipe made about 60 cupcakes.

The frosting recipe I used was:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 TBSP Baileys

Last time I iced it with a Tia Maria buttercream frosting but I left the Tia Maria at Shoreham after our fishing weekend, so I just went with Baileys.I was originally also going to attempt a Chambord one as well, but that didn’t turn out so I had to trash it.

This is a great basic buttercream frosting recipe – last time I made it James actually ate the leftover frosting out of the bowl. And when I stared at him, he just TURNED HIS BACK ON ME and kept eating.

I topped them with chocolate buttons. For flair!

The cake is very rich and I was worried that the full sized cupcakes would be too much so I opted for mini cupcakes. Having made them, I have to say that I’m not a huge fan of cupcakes in the mini form. I mean, they’re very cute, but there’s too much fiddling around moving the batter into the liners. I’m pretty sure I lost a dozen cupcakes or so to spillage.

Also just a mouthful. I want more cupcake! I’m pretty sure James feels the same way, because he just loaded himself up with 3 or 4 cupcakes before he went upstairs.

As a precaution I pre-packed the cupcakes, ready for Sunday afternoon.

I’m quite pleased with the cupcake stacker (though it seems designed for mini cupcakes – I wouldn’t be able to use the layers for regular-sized cupcakes).

I don’t know if that’s enough of an incentive to brave the whole mini cupcake process again. I swear it added about 40 minutes to the cooking time. Also two of the spoons I used to portion out the cupcakes drowned in the batter when I wasn’t looking, and I had to fish them out later. I kept getting batter all over my hands – I’ve washed them repeatedly and they still smell like chocolate!


Very Rough Nutritional Guide:
1 mini cupcake: 119 calories, 57% fat, 4% protein, 38% carbs, 1% alcohol
(probably a bit less than this because like I said, I lost a few cupcakes worth in spillage)


3 Responses to “Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes with Baileys Frosting”

  1. joanium December 21, 2010 at 8:49 am #

    Yum, yum, yum. I love cupcakes! I had a Baileys cheesecake last weekend. We shared it between two people but we really should have done a threesome 🙂

    • pamperedhousewife December 21, 2010 at 9:18 am #

      Yes, I often get ambitious when eating eating cheesecake! I remember James and I went to a cafe where Joel was working and he cut us a HUGE slice of cheesecake – about twice the size of a regularly generous serve of restaurant cheesecake. The two of us tried to finish it but couldn’t. =(

  2. Annabel Cominsky December 24, 2010 at 8:42 pm #

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