Guinness Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

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St. Patty's Day is upon us (well.... almost!). If you've been observing Lent, your time is almost up. Were you giving up sweets? Alcohol? Guinness? Let's just say, hypothetically, that you were giving up all three things. What would you do on the day those treats were suddenly back on menu?

You'd make these cupcakes. Obviously.

I've been making cupcakes with sparkling water or diet soda for a while now... and have dabbled in the liquor infused cupcakes (like Frangelico and Kahlua)... but hadn't yet tried beer.

I have to say, the Guinness is amazing. Seriously. Even though the recipe for the cupcake batter omits eggs, oil, and butter, the cupcakes are still extremely moist. Perhaps we have the heavy, rich consistency of Guinness to thank for that, eh?

My sincere advice: Make these. Then eat them. Eat them with a pint of Guinness in front of you to wash it down. Glorious!

(From CalorieCount)

for Guinness Cupcakes:
  • 12 Ounces Guinness
  • 1 box German Chocolate Cake (or regular Chocolate)
 for Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese
  • 2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • Wilton gel food coloring (Kelly Green)
  • Optional yellow pearls or white glitter dust
  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Combine Guinness and cake mix. Mix well, then transfer to lined cupcake tins and bake for 19-22 minutes, removing when a toothpick or fork comes out clean.
  3. Meanwhile, beat cream cheese with an electric mixer for 2 minutes. Add Vanilla Extract and continue to mix. 
  4. Slowly add the powdered sugar and mix well. 
  5. Use a toothpick to add coloring. Swirl toothpick in gel food coloring, then swirl into the frosting. Repeat this 2-3 times, using fresh toothpicks, and mixing well in between to test color.
  6. Use a bag to pipe frosting onto cupcakes. I ended up with three designs here: (1) I used a star tip and, from the outside of the cupcake, slowly spiraled my way into the center, then added an extra squeeze to create a puff in the center. (2) I used a star tip and slowly did small, individual puffs/dots by placing the tip down, squeezing quickly, then picking it up and repeating across the top until covered. (3) I created a 3 leaf clover, using a star tip and beginning from the outside of the clover, squeezing and pulling in, creating each "leaf" individually. I then switched to a small circle tip to create a small, curved stem.
  7. Add yellow pearls or white glitter dust if desired.


  1. Yay I tried them and they are so yummy!!

  2. pinned it! http://pinterest.com/pin/63965257177482955/

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog! These looks so good!

    Susan @ Oh My! Creative

  4. These look fantastic! Really love the icing.

  5. Beautiful and yummy,thanks for joining us at Creative Mondays :)

  6. Delicious! That frosting makes me want to go get a spoon. :)

  7. So awesome! Thanks for linking up in my St. Patrick's Day Ideas & Recipe link up! You rock. I just gave you a pin and following you on Pinterest! Have a super week! Susie


  8. These are too cute! I would love for you to link up at my linky party via: http://ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com/2012/03/show-me-what-you-got-linky-party-5.html

    Mrs. Delightful

  9. These are beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday! I hope you'll stop back soon :)

  10. Thanks so much for sharing these at Scrumptious Sunday - they look so good! Have a great day!!

  11. Beautiful cupcakes! Thanks so much for linking up to Things That Make You Say Mmmmm this week!

  12. Ooooh these look tasty. I've made a Guinness cake before, and it was incredible, so I can't even imagine how great these cupcakes were. Bonus points for linking up multiple times for the challenge! :-)

    Erin @ The Great Indoors

  13. I just wanted to let you know I made these cupcakes last year and they were a big hit and plan to make them again this year. I found the recipe on pinterest. I have a blog and I posted the recipe and a link to your blog on it. You have been credited appropriately. It is www.lookfortheoccasion.com under the "Occasions" tab. If you don't want to be on my site I can take it down. If that is the case please let me know ASAP. Thanks.


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