Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Irish Whiskey Frosting

Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes

For the next several days, we’re getting new floors installed on the whole first floor of our house. Life is anything but pretty, frilly and cupcake-y at the moment. But, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, and because who doesn’t love chocolate and beer when life turns upside down, I give you cupcakes. Rich and chocolaty, melt-in-your-mouth cupcakes with a touch of stout and a swirl of whiskey-laced cream cheese frosting.

Oh baby.

Chocolate Cupcakes

The thought never occurred to me that beer and liquor in a baked good would be a delicious combination, but you guys. It’s out of this world! The flavors are subtle but add a nice, unexpected kick to the delicious decadence of the rich chocolate and fluffy frosting. And before you know it, you’ve gobbled up one after another like a greedy little leprechaun … they’re always after me lucky cupcakes!


Make these easy, delicious and festive cupcakes with a kick for your own St. Patrick’s Day party or just to try something new! They’re fabulously fun and easy, and the flavor is unlike anything you have tasted before. Not to mention, they’re even more fun to eat all dressed up in their luck-of-the-Irish best!

Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Irish Whiskey Frosting

Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Irish Whiskey Frosting

Yield: 24 cupcakes


Chocolate Stout Cupcakes

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 (11-12 oz) bottle stout beer, recommended: Guinness
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sour cream

Irish Whiskey & Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 to 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Irish whiskey
  • 1 16 oz. box confectioners' sugar


  1. Chocolate Stout Cupcakes
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the cocoa, sugar, flour, baking soda and salt.
  4. In another large mixing bowl, combine the stout, melted butter and vanilla. Beat in eggs one at time. Mix in sour cream until thoroughly combined and smooth. Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet mixture.
  5. Lightly grease two muffin tins. Divide the batter equally between muffin tins, filling each 3/4 full. Bake for about 12 minutes and then rotate the pans. Bake another 12 to 13 minutes until risen and set in the middle but still soft and tender. Cool before removing cupcakes from pan.
  6. Irish Whiskey & Cream Cheese Frosting
  7. In a medium bowl with a hand mixer, beat the cream cheese on medium speed until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the heavy cream and Irish whiskey. On low speed, slowly mix in the confectioners' sugar until incorporated and smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use.
  8. Frosting can be made several hours ahead and kept covered and chilled.
  9. Enjoy!

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  1. That’s so cute!!!

  2. This is the second booze-laden recipe I have come across this morning – St. Paddy’s day is upon us!!

  3. Top of the Morn’ Georgia !

    What lovelies you have prepared for us … is the leprechaun hat edible too ;) ?

    Happy St. Patrick’s !

  4. I just posted a similar cupcake today so I can vouch for how good booze and cupcakes are :) I live the festive touches you added too :)

  5. Oh my. These sound wonderful. I planned on making something similar this week, but I know it won’t look as great as this!

  6. I’ve had stout cupcakes before and I can attest that they are fabulous! Yours look absolutely amazing, though–what wonderful pictures you take!

  7. Oh I need at least four of these babies, we are packing to move…ahh booze and chocolate!!

  8. These almost look too adorable to eat….almost! So festive!

  9. Georgia these are just too cute and certainly look dleicious. I like that Irish Whiskey Cream Cheese frosting. Going to pin this. Have a great day.

  10. Irish whiskey frosting? Oh my heavens, I wish I could taste it through the screen. These look dreamy, Georgia!

  11. My mom has been baking with liquor for years and as you’ve discovered, it’s AMAZING! These look wonderful and festive to boot.

  12. So cute, festive, and tasty!

  13. I really like what you did here. Not only do the cupcakes have some amazing flavor ingredients, your festive plating and decorations are spot on!
    Impressive post-buzz buzz!

  14. oh my goodness, these sound sooo good + of course, perfect for St. Patrick’s day. yum!

  15. These look amazing! So cute first of all, but the boozed up cake and frosting sound delicious! What more can you ask for in a St. Patty’s day Dessert!

  16. Aww how cute are these! They’re adorable and they look like the perfect treat to have on St. Patty’s day! I love the boozy desserts hehe ;)

  17. these are ADORABLE Georgia! Love the one with the little hat. A perfect st patty’s day treat. :)

  18. These are so adorable and festive! What a great way to celebrate St. Patty’s with these. Thanks for the recipe!

  19. What cute little cupcakes! And, I love those leprechaun hats!

  20. Freaking. Adorable.

  21. Oh my goodness, what cute little hats! Love this idea…and it looks really tasty too :)

  22. These are so cute! And festive. I don’t actually like beer, but I love the look of these cupcakes. :)

  23. Very fun and I bet they are scrumptious!
    Stout and whiskey, I love it;-)

  24. Sweet presentation and a very tempting cupcake indeed. Enjoy those new floors when the installation is complete!

  25. Very very cute, Georgia! Irish whiskey frosting sounds something that I would love to taste. I love today’s presentation!

  26. Oh my, these are adorable; what a creative and pretty way to present them (and with all the noise and mess that comes with floor installation I guess you need them)

  27. Nothing that I love more than a boozy cupcake. I’m sharing something similar tomorrow. Hope you have a Happy St. Pat’s day, Georgia!

  28. Your cupcakes are adorable!!! I can see these being quickly snaffled up on St Patricks day. I love the glittered hat too.

  29. these are adorable! I just happened to buy a bottle of Irish whiskey for another recipe …….. hmmmmm

  30. Great looking cupcakes, so delicious! I love the little hat. Perfect, cocktail and dessert all in one :) Happy St Patrick’s Day!

  31. stout and whiskey? I know who’s trying to win the favors of the clovers goddess ;) This is a winner! and adorable.

  32. These look amazing!! They sound delicious and look so cute:) Thank you for stopping by my blog. I’m so glad to discover your beautiful blog. YEA! Another food blogger from TX.

  33. Georgia…I LOVE these!!! Beer and chocolate pair well together! And the whiskey cream? Perfect! You have such a wonderful knack with food styling, too! : )

  34. OMG!!!!
    This is heavenly Georgia!!!
    Beer…. Men here you have it…Enjoy!!!!
    And on top of everything else they look super adorable1!!!

  35. These are simply gorgeous – you are so talented in presentation, recipe everything!
    Wow :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  36. These look beautiful. I’m especially loving the glittery decorations.

  37. These are the cutest ever cupcakes for this time of year!

  38. Cute little cupcakes, and so festive too!:) St Patrick would be proud ;)

  39. I’ve used both beer and alcohol in baking, but never in the same recipe. The thought just never occurred to me, but why not!? All kids of mixed drinks use both. This is such a great flavor combination, and super cute for St. Patrick’s Day as well!

  40. Oh, Georgia, those are adorable! I bet they tasted absolutely amazing too.

  41. I have to keep this recipe for an Irish friend of mine! So cute.
    :-) Mandy

  42. They look amazing!! And what a tempting title. :-)

    And thanks for stopping in at Cranberry Morning. Sweet potatoes and parsnips are my new must-have in a pot roast.

  43. How crazy cute are these? Love the way you decorated them.

  44. 5 stars
    Today I was looking for a cupcake recipe..something with whiskey! And these look just great, especially with your fun decoration :)

  45. wow, i’ve heard of Bailey’s frosting, never Irish Whiskey. YOu have outdone yourself, I love the decoration on the cupcakes. These look sensational! Love your blog!

  46. These look absolutely perfect!!

  47. Liquor in baked goods is seriously the best–nothing like it! Gives such a great flavor. These cupcakes are absolutely adorable. Shoot, I need to hurry up with the St. Patty’s Day baking!

  48. So adorable and pretty!

  49. My husband isn’t big on dessert, especially those with chocolate. He’s crazy. But cupcakes with beer and whiskey? I think I could get him on board with that!! :D They look so delicious. A perfect dessert for Saturday night!

  50. Those cupcakes are gorgeous! Love the fun little hat garnish. I’m not a huge chocolate person, but I have to try that frosting.

  51. My inner Irish is very happy right now with these yummy treats.

  52. That is SO SO SO cute and so creative!

  53. They are so cute! Very festive and sound delicious – I’m a big fan of chocolate and cupcakes! Perfect for St.Patrick’s Day. Yum!

  54. How cute are these?? And delicious of course! Perfect St. Patty’ s Day treat! Any dessert with booze is an A+ in my book ;-)

  55. 5 stars
    Fabulous cupcakes!!! That big dollop of frosting is a gorgeous addition to these winners….I love a boozy cake :)

  56. Anonymous says:

    Any idea what i could substitute for the stout if making for kiddos?

  57. Hobby Lobby! It’s an arts & craft store in Texas. Micheals, AC Moore and Walmart have similar things this time of year!

  58. 5 stars
    These look and sound delicious…I love the decoration too…where on earth do you find a sparkly Irish Leprechaun hat cupcake topper?!?!

  59. 5 stars
    These are the most adorable cupcakes ever!

  60. I love st patty’s day. awesome cupcakes, I made similar ones but with bailey’s instead of whiskey. delicious.

  61. 5 stars
    Ooohh I love how adorable these look! And I bet they are delicious as well.

  62. Oh beautiful! My hubby likes making dishes with whiskey, I am thinking a whiskey frosting would be perfect! Sláinte Terra

  63. 5 stars
    These cupcakes are adorable! I love the decorative hat– so creative. Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

  64. 5 stars
    I much prefer making cupcakes to a large cake and this one is a winner and I have to save it. What cute presentation!

  65. I would have made these as they look delicious, except for this ingredient “1 bottle beer”? What size bottle? Not everyone lives in the USA, and bottles are different sizes in different countries. The ounces or ml would have been helpful.

  66. Use one 11-12 oz. beer.

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