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Guinness Cupcakes

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Guinness cupcakes

St. Patricks Day is just a few days away, and since this is The Keenan Cookbook you better believe we’ll be sharing some Irish inspired recipes with you this week.

First up are these Guinness cupcakes, a subtly chocolate cupcake with a cream cheese frosting meant to evoke thoughts of a pint of Guinness with it’s frothy head.

I’m not a big fan of drinking Guinness, preferring paler ales, but I do enjoy cooking and baking with it. (See our Guinness Irish Stew or Pulled Pork)

Guinness cupcakes

St Patrick’s Day holds special meaning for Rachel and I.

This time last year we were anxiously awaiting the arrival of our Baby Boy, who, luck of the Irish, was due on March 17th. Of course that day, a beautiful and sunny one, came and went with no Baby, but it’s still a special day none the less. For 9 months we counted down to St Patrick’s Day as the day our lives would forever change (for the better). Turned out it was 9 months and 1 week later that happened ;).

Baby Boy’s 1 year birthday is coming up, and with it I’ve been getting very nostalgic (so please bear with me). I can remember exactly what I was doing this time last year. I was working as hard as I could to finish up the nursery, which I had gutted and rebuilt, for Baby Boy. If not for the amazing help of my father in law I’d probably still be up there hanging sheet rock and spackling. 🙂

This St Patrick’s Day I won’t be preparing a nursery. I’ll be outside, weather permitting, taking my Boy for a nice walk. I’ll tell him all about how we anxiously waited for him to come on that day, and how he kept us waiting.

Then I’ll give him a big hug (he likes to hug his Daddy, and give Mommy kisses) and hold his hand as we stand on the porch and watch the birds, cars, or anything else of interest, as he points them out to me and babbles. Life is good, especially with my little guy in it. 🙂

Guinness cupcakes

Guinness Cupcakes


  • 1/2 cup Guinness stout
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 cup superfine sugar (regular granulated sugar is fine if you don't have)
  • 3 tablespoons light sour cream
  • 1 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • For the topping:
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
  • 4 ounces light cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk


  1. Preheatoven to 350 degrees. Insert cupcake liners into a 12 tray cupcake pan.
  2. In a large saucepan over medium low heat, combine Guinness and butter, whisking until melted. Add cocoa and sugar and whisk to blend.
  3. In a small bowl, combine sour cream, egg and vanilla; mix well. Slowly add Guinness mixture, stirring to prevent cooking the egg. Add flour and baking soda, and whisk again until smooth. Pour into cupcake liners, about 1/4 cup each.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean, rotating the pans halfway through baking time. Allow to cool completely.
  5. For the topping: Using a food processor or by hand, mix confectioners’ sugar to break up lumps. Add cream cheese and blend until smooth. Add milk and mix until smooth and spreadable.
  6. Top cupcakes with icing so that they resemble a frothy pint of Guinness.

Guinness cupcakes

Be sure to check back on Thursday for our family Irish Soda Bread recipe!

What are your favorite Irish or St Patrick’s Day recipes?


3 thoughts

  • March 13, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Aw, happy almost birthday to Baby Boy! I hope you guys have a special birthday-themed post planned. 🙂

    And oh, Happy St. Patrick’s Day from one very Irish blogger. 😉

    • Chris
      March 14, 2012 at 8:03 am

      Hey Tara! Yes, we are going to be doing a puppy theme (not overboard) since this boy loves doggies and always points them out when on walks. Pics to come I’m sure 🙂
      And Happy St Patricks Day to you too 🙂

  • March 13, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    I completely agree! I don’t drink beer but cooking with it is fun and gives off lovely flavors. I remember how moist the cupcakes were when I made something similar a few years back.

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