Twisted Cupcakes

This St. Patrick’s Day was definitely one to remember. So when the day was over, I couldn’t help but try and prolong the celebration. Monday was a good friend’s birthday, so I whipped up a batch of homemade Guinness Cupcakes with Bailey’s frosting, inspired by my favorite holiday. I have never been a great baker so I was a little wary trying such a bold recipe. But all went well, and the cupcakes came out fantastic! So if you’re feeling a bit nostalgic or just love to celebrate like the Irish then here’s a great recipe for you.

Guinness Cupcakes with Bailey’s Frosting


  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup Guinness stout
  • 23 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup sour cream


  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 pinch table salt
  • 3 tablespoons Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • green sprinkles


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and fill with paper liners.
  2. In a saucepan, heat the butter, Guinness, cocoa and brown sugar. Whisk while everything melts together mixture becomes smooth. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature (I stuck the bowl in the fridge to hurry this step along).
  3. In a large mixing bowl stir together salt, flour, white sugar and baking soda. Add the cooled Guinness mixture and beat on medium  then add eggs and sour cream and beat on medium until smooth.
  4. Divide the batter evenly in the cupcake pan. Bake in preheated oven 20-25 minutes  (until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cake comes out clean). Cool in pan 20 minutes, then remove and transfer to a cooling rack until completely cooled.
  5. Meanwhile, in another mixing bowl whip the butter until very light and fluffy. Add salt, and slowly add powdered sugar. (Add only a 1/2 cup at a time and beat on low to prevent a mess). Add Bailey’s and milk until spreadable consistency is achieved. You can always add more than the recipe calls for. I think I added at least another tablespoon of Bailey’s and milk, otherwise the frosting tastes extremely sweet).
  6. Frost cupcakes with Bailey’s frosting and add sprinkles!



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