Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes with Bailey's Icing

Every year for St. Patrick's Day I make these cupcakes. The Guinness makes the cupcake very moist and less sweet than your average cupcake. Of course, they are delicious on their own, however, the best part of the cupcake is always the icing right? For these cupcakes I make a simple buttercream with Bailey's icing, just to make them that more Irish. There are lots of different recipes you can find online, I personally like Dave Liebermans' 'Chocolate Stout Cupcake' recipe from the Food Network. 

 Mixing up the cupcake mixture

Mixing up the cupcake mixture

Recipe for Cupcakes:

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 can of Guinness
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sour cream

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In large mixing bowl, mix together cocoa, sugar, flour, baking soda and salt. In separate mixing bowl, combine Guinness, melted butter and vanilla. Beat in eggs. Mix in sour cream. Add wet mixture to dry ingredients and mix. Lightly grease or use muffin cups and divide batter equally between two dozen muffin trays. Bake for about 24 minutes, moving the trays half way through so the bake evenly. Test with toothpick to make sure they are cooked all the way through and cool. 

 Ready to bake!

Ready to bake!

Recipe for Icing: 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp Baileys

Directions:

This icing recipe is just from memory as it is one I have been using for a long time just with Bailey's added. You can also opt for a cream cheese icing here with Bailey's if you prefer. When I make my signature buttercream icing, I soften the butter in the microwave and then slowly add the icing sugar. Taste it and look at consistency, if it needs more sugar add it slowly. Then add the Bailey's at the end and mix. Make sure you do not add too much so the icing still holds its shape. After the cupcakes have cooled, ice cupcakes. 

 Ready to ice!

Ready to ice!

 The finished product

The finished product