Mini Guiness Cupcakes

31 January 2010
Nothing like an overload of sugary sweets to fill your weekend here at {So Wonderful, So Marvelous}.  I made these mini Guiness cupcakes for my husband's surprise 30th birthday beer tasting party.  They were a huge hit, they stayed very moist and they pack just enough of a Guiness punch without being overpowering.  Fair warning, we had many requests for the recipe and they are wholly addictive.  It has a Guiness cream cheese frosting as well to mimic the famous foam that tops a real Guiness.  They would be fantastic for a manly chocolate Valentine's treat and they couldn't be easier to make!

Guiness Cupcakes
12 oz. Guiness
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil
1 TB of vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
3 large eggs
dash cinnamon
pinch of salt {I used vanilla salt, but any would do.}
3/4 cup sour cream
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder {use a good quality here, it makes a difference}
2 cups of sugar
2 1/2 cups of flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
- Combine Guiness, milk, oil, & vanilla in the bowl of your mixer.  Beat in the eggs one at a time until well incorporated.  Then, mix in sour cream.
- Whisk together in a large bowl all dry ingrediants.  Gradually mix into the wet ingrediants.
- Butter {or use baking spray} mini muffin tins & add batter.  To make this super easy, you can fill a gallon size Ziploc with the batter and cut the corner off to fill the muffin tins.  I find this is much easier to control than trying to fill with a spoon.
- Bake 15 - 20 minutes for mini cupcakes, test with a toothpick. {Probably 25-30 minutes for normal size.}  Cool before turning out onto wire racks.

Guiness Cream Cheese Frosting
8 ounces of cream cheese, softenend
1/4 - 1/3 cup heavy cream
2-3 ounces of Guiness
1 pound of confectioners sugar
cinnamon for dusting

- Allow the cream cheese to sit out for at least 30 minutes to soften.  Do not microwave!
- Whip the cream cheese. 
- Beat in the heavy whipping cream & Guiness {start with the lowest amounts here}
- Slowly add the confectioners sugar and add more whipping cream & Guiness if needed for consistency.  It should be in between a stiff frosting and a thick glaze.  It should ooze a little to spread, but not drip down the cupcakes. Fill into a pastry bag fitted with a large round tip & pipe on top of each cucake.
- Dust with a tiny bit of cinnamon.

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bridget {bake at 350} said...

Oh my gosh...I bet those are delicious! Perfect for your beer tasting party! I love the toppers, too!

Jeanne said...

Beautiful cupcakes! They really do look like guinness with foam on top! Yum!

Maggie said...

Wow, I have never even thought of adding Guiness to cupcakes...great idea!!


TidyMom said...

WOW I love it!!.....and the toppers are awesome too!!.....could serve these with my beer cheese dip! LOL

Jules said...

YOu just singlehandedly changed this Irish girl's life.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Kate said...

Your cupcake toppers are fabulous! I love making cocktail flavored cupcakes. I've never tried beer in the batter or the icing. It's funny, I gave up beer after the college days. But this is a beer I have to try!!

kitchen koala said...

Looks great! I've never tried Guiness before, but I bet those cupcakes are yummy! :)

Alexis said...

are you kidding me...Guiness Cupcakes! I had an "elegant kegger" for my husband's 40th, these would have been perfect, especially since our last name is Murphy. Loved your Dr. Seuss party I saw on Birthday Girl. I can't wait to look around your blog more! I think I am going to have to make the cupcakes for St. Patrick's Day.

Jill said...

Am going to make these for my boyfriends birthday. Have you tried making them in paper cups? Do you think that they will stick to the paper? I HATE when that happens! lol. Let me know if you can!

Anonymous said...

I make a Guiness cake and was wanting to make cupcakes for a girlfriends birthday! Can't wait to try this receipe. Thanks for sharing!
Mizz Lizz

Kelly said...

These were so SOO yummy, now I can finally make them, yay!

The Bryan-Stewarts said...

I love the idea of Guinness frosting, but mine was too runny, even with putting in a whole stick of butter.

Michelle said...

Hi there! What a bummer. Last time I made them with a Guiness cream cheese frosting and I think it turned out much better. It was thicker. The new recipe can be found at:

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