St. Patrick’s Day desserts should be a delicious way to top off your feast! Look no further than these Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Irish Cream Frosting. This recipe is easy, simple to make, and will wow your guests!
The combination of chocolate and stout gives the cupcakes a rich, decadent flavor that everyone will love. Top them with a smooth Irish cream frosting and they will be irresistible!
What is St. Patrick’s Day?
St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday that celebrates Irish culture and heritage. It falls on March 17th each year and is typically celebrated with parades, food, drink, and lots of fun!
According to Wikipedia, today’s Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations have been greatly influenced by those that developed among the Irish diaspora, especially in North America. Until the late 20th century, Saint Patrick’s Day was often a bigger celebration among the Irish Americans than it was in Ireland.
Irish Desserts for St. Patty’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday that many people celebrate with parades, parties, or just spending time at home with family and friends. One of the best ways to enjoy this festive occasion is by making delicious treats like these chocolate stout cupcakes for your St. Patrick’s Day dessert!
You could also try some other recipes such as Irish soda bread cake, green velvet cheesecake bars, or even some pistachio cupcakes. These are all great options for St. Patrick’s Day desserts!
If you are looking for an indulgent St. Patrick’s Day dessert to make for your St. Patrick’s day festivities this year, be sure to try these Chocolate Stout Cupcakes topped with Bailey’s frosting! They are sure to please.
This St. Patrick’s Day dessert of Chocolate Stout Cupcakes is wow-worthy!
Guinness Beer Desserts
There are so many different ways to enjoy Guinness beer on St. Patrick’s Day, but one of our favorite ways is in dessert form! These chocolate stout cupcakes with creamy frosting are the perfect way to celebrate the sweet side of the holiday.
After a filling and probably a bit heavy, meal for your St. Patrick’s Day feast, a dessert may not sound very good. But making cupcakes is a great compromise. They are small, light and very tasty. Just a few bites of this indulgent sweet will top off your meal in a special way.
You can even make these cupcakes in a mini muffin pan and have one bite cupcakes for a very light St. Patrick’s Day dessert!
Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Irish Cream Frosting
These Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Irish Cream Frosting are just as good as they sound! The recipe is easy to follow and the ingredients can be found in any grocery store.
The cupcakes themselves have a rich chocolate flavor, which is complemented by the subtle hint of coffee in Guinness beer. The buttercream frosting gets its sweetness from confectioners’ sugar while also being accented with Bailey’s Irish Cream liqueur that gives it an extra kick!
This dessert will be sure to impress everyone at your next St. Patrick’s Day party or potluck dinner.
Ingredients for Guinness Beer Cupcakes
- Stick unsalted butter
- 1 bottle Guinness Stout
- Light brown sugar
- Vanilla extract
- Dutch-processed cocoa powder
- Granulated sugar
- All-purpose flour
- Baking soda
- Table salt
- Sour cream
And for the Irish Cream frosting you’ll need:
- Unsalted butter
- Confectioner’s sugar
- Table salt – just a pinch
- Irish Cream – Bailey’s preferred
- Green Jimmies for decoration – gotta have a little green on the dessert!
How to Make this Recipe for Guinness Cupcakes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray a 24 cup muffin tin with non-stick spray or fill with paper liners and set aside.
In a medium saucepan over low heat, whisk the butter, stout, brown sugar, and vanilla and heat until butter is melted and the mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk the cocoa, granulated sugar, flour, baking soda, and salt.
Beat eggs into cooled stout mixture one at a time. Mix in sour cream until thoroughly combined and smooth. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the stout mixture one cup at a time until combined.
Divide the batter equally between the 24 muffin tins filling about ¾ full. If you want smaller cupcakes, you can stretch this recipe to 30 cupcakes by filling a little less than ¾ full. You can also make cupcake bites by using a mini muffin tin. Just reduce cooking to about 12 – 14 minutes total.
Bake for 12 minutes then rotate the pans and bake for another 12 minutes until dome-shaped and a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Cool for 20 minutes in the tin then remove and transfer to a cooling rack to completely cool.
Using a hand or stand mixer, cream butter until very light and fluffy. Turn speed to low and add salt and confectioners’ sugar ½ cup at a time until completely incorporated and smooth. Add Irish Cream one tablespoon at a time until smooth and spreadable. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use. Icing can be made several hours in advance and kept chilled.
Top cupcakes with Irish Cream frosting and decorate with Green Jimmies for a festive St. Patrick’s Day dessert.
I dare you to NOT eat one right away!
What is so Great About Bailey’s Irish Cream Frosting?
Adding the Irish cream to your frosting adds an extra layer of flavor and texture that makes this frosting unique. You also add a hint of whiskey with the Bailey’s which adds to the fun. The recipe is easy and you can use it on any cake or cupcake, or even cookies!
The best part? This frosting is not too sweet and it pairs perfectly with the chocolate stout cupcakes. Whether you are looking for a fun St. Patrick’s Day dessert or just want to try something new, these chocolate stout cupcakes with Bailey’s frosting are sure to please!
Can I put Bailey’s Irish Cream in Coffee?
Yes! Serve these cupcakes with a nice mug of coffee and add in some Bailey’s if you like. Or, you can use Bailey’s as an ingredient in your favorite coffee anytime to make it extra delicious. Coffee with Bailey’s Irish Cream by itself is good for dessert.
Do you Refrigerate Bailey’s Irish Cream?
Bailey’s Irish Cream is best when refrigerated and served chilled. It will last for up to two years in the refrigerator, so keep it cold!
Can You Freeze Bailey’s Irish Cream?
It might seem like a good idea to try and freeze your Bailey’s Irish cream but don’t do it! The alcohol content of the cream will cause it to freeze and expand, which could lead to the container breaking.
Bailey’s Irish Cream is best when stored in the refrigerator. The producer recommends a storage temperature between 0 – 25 degrees C or 32 – 77 degrees F.
What is Bailey’s Irish Cream Nutrition Information?
We’ll use a measured pour of Bailey’s Irish Cream for 1 fluid ounce.
Interestingly the bottle has no nutritional information on it. However, Carb Manager states 1 fluid ounce of Baileys, or 31.1 grams, contains 101.7 kCal or calories. They state it contains 6.2 grams of sugar and 4.9 grams of fat per serving.
This St. Patrick’s Day dessert recipe calls for about 2 fluid ounces of Bailey’s, so it is more about the flavor than the calories with the addition of the Irish cream for this recipe.
Alcohol Free Substitutions
While baking does remove some of the alcohol in your food it does not remove all of the alcohol. If you are okay with alcohol in the cupcakes then proceed with the recipe.
If you want to reduce the amount of alcohol, then you can remove it from the frosting. Use heavy whipping cream in place of the Irish cream using a one for one measurement substitution. This will remove the four tablespoons of alcohol in the frosting.
If you want alcohol-free cupcakes for the wee ones, then I suggest you find a delicious chocolate cupcake recipe appropriate for them. Just remember to sprinkle the green jimmies on top to make it St. Patty’s Day festive for them!
What are other Easy St. Patrick’s Day Meal Ideas?
Start your meal with an easy appetizer to engage your guests when they arrive. Think about cutting up some cheeses or making a charcuterie board.
Add this delicious, bright, and easy Simple Green Salad to your meal or buffet.
Then for the main course make the Best Slow Cooker Recipe for Guinness Beef Stew. Serve it over these amazingly creamy Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic.
You can add a loaf of Irish Brown Soda Bread so your guests can sop up all the delicious stew flavors. It’s also great for breakfast or a snack!
You can set all this up for an easy St. Patrick’s Day buffet if you like.
Enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day Celebration with Friends
Happy St Patrick’s Day! We hope you enjoy a delicious St. Patrick’s Day dessert by making these rich Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with our favorite Irish cream frosting! Share them with your friends for a delicious finish to a great St. Patrick’s Day Feast!
P.S. If you know someone celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and in need of recipe ideas, forward this to them and post it on your favorite social media! When you make the recipe, come back and rate and comment below! Thanks!
Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Irish Cream Frosting
- 1/2 cup 1 stick unsalted butter
- 1 bottle Guinness Stout
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 3 large eggs
- ¾ cup sour cream
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- 4 cups confectioner’s sugar
- 1/8 tsp table salt
- 4 tablespoons Irish Cream
- Green Jimmies for decoration
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 24 cup muffin tin or fill with paper liners and set aside.
- In a medium saucepan over low heat, combine the butter, stout, brown sugar, and vanilla and heat until butter is melted and mixture is smooth whisking often. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk the cocoa, granulated sugar, flour, baking soda, and salt.
- Beat eggs into cooled stout mixture one at a time. Mix in sour cream until thoroughly combined and smooth. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the stout mixture one cup at a time until combined.
- Divide the batter equally between the muffin tins filling about ¾ full. Bake for 12 minutes then rotate the pans and bake for another 12 minutes until dome shaped and a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Cool for 20 minutes in the tin then remove and transfer to a cooling rack to completely cool.
- Using a hand or stand mixer, cream butter until very light and fluffy. Turn speed to low and add salt and confectioners’ sugar ½ cup at a time until completely incorporated and smooth. Add Irish Cream one tablespoon at a time until smooth and spreadable. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use. Icing can be made in advance and kept refrigerated.
- Top cupcakes with Irish Cream frosting and sprinkle with Green Jimmies.