Pot o' Gold Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes


When it comes to St. Patrick's Day cupcakes we instantly think of Guinness cupcakes. The Irish beer is a perfect addition to dessert. This cupcake idea comes with a festive surprise inside to wow anyone who takes a bite.

Hands On Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 45 mins


  • 2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup butter

  • 1 cup Guinness stout

  • ¾ cup special dark cocoa powder (such as Hershey's)

  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules

  • 1 ½ cup granulated sugar

  • ½ cup packed brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoon vanilla

  • 3 eggs

  • ¾ cup sour cream

  • 1 ½ cup butter, softened

  • 5 cup powdered sugar

  • 6 tablespoon Irish cream liqueur or caramel-flavor coffee creamer

  • cup butterscotch-caramel sauce (such as Mrs. Richardson's)

  • ½ cup assorted green and/or gold sprinkles


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line twenty-four 2 1/2-inch muffin cups with cupcake liners. In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and 3/4 teaspoon salt.

  2. Melt the 1 cup butter in a saucepan over medium-low. Once melted, remove from heat and stir in Guinness, cocoa powder, instant coffee, and granulated sugar. Continue stirring until smooth.

  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer combine brown sugar and 1 teaspoon of the vanilla. Add melted butter mixture and beat on medium-low until cooled. Reduce to low. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition until eggs are incorporated.

  4. With mixer on medium, add flour mixture alternately with sour cream, beating until combined and scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. (They will be nearly full.)

  5. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centers comes out clean. Let cool in pans 5 minutes; remove to wire rack. Let cool.

  6. For frosting: In the bowl of an electric mixer beat the softened butter on medium-high until creamy. Reduce speed; add powdered sugar, liqueur, caramel sauce, and the remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla. Increase speed to medium-high; beat until frosting is smooth and fluffy.

  7. Push the large end of a large pastry tip into center of each cupcake, twist to remove a plug of cupcake; set plugs aside. Fill each cupcake with approximately 1 teaspoon of the sprinkles. Trim off half the cupcake plugs and place in holes to seal in sprinkles. Pipe or frost cupcakes. Makes 24 cupcakes.

    Pot O' Gold Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes
    Carson Downing

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

395 Calories
23g Fat
43g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 395
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 79mg 26%
Sodium 328mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Total Sugars 34g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0.1mg 1%
Calcium 36mg 3%
Iron 1.1mg 6%
Potassium 120mg 3%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 24.5mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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