Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes with Baileys Irish Cream Butter Frosting (High Altitude)

Serves 24
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 34 hours
Total time 34 hours, 30 minutes
Occasion Birthday Party
By author - adjusted for high-altitude
A rich chocolatey and a very tender moist cupcake that has been adjusted for high-altitude. The rich flavor of the Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur frosting in a decadent combination with the mild hint Guinness Stout beer in the cake.



  • 1 cup Guinness Stout Beer (bottled)
  • 1 cup butter (organic - two sticks)
  • 3/4 cups unsweetened cocoa (Hershey brand)
  • 2-1/4 cups + 3 Tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1-3/4 cup organic sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 large eggs (organic)
  • 2/3 cups sour cream (organic)

Baileys Irish Butter Cream Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter (organic)
  • Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar (sifted, plus more as needed)


My inspiration for making these decadent gems was for beer lov'en Denny, a co-worker, for his birthday. This cupcake recipe received rave online reviews as its very moist and the hint of stout beer is prevalent, but not enough that it's overpowering. I have adjusted this recipe for high-altitude, as I live at 6,035 feet in CO. The rich Baileys Irish Cream liqueur butter frosting is decadent, so if you are a little "shy" with frosting, frost lightly, but you will love the chocolate, beer and Irish cream flavor combination. The extra step of melting the butter, beer and chocolate, is WELL worth the added time. This is definitely a cupcake that guys will love and won't be shy to hold and eat! A little cupcake with a manly beer flavor!  If you are at sea-level, SUBTRACT 1/4 cup and 3 tablespoons of flour and ADD 1/4 cup of sugar.


Step 1 Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line muffin pan with 24 paper liners
Step 2
Bring beer and 1 cup of butter to a boil in a saucepan. Remove from heat and stir until butter has metlted. Set aside.
Step 3
Mix in cocoa and combine thoroughly. Set aside.
Step 4
Whisk together, flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
Step 5
In a large bowl, beat eggs and sour cream with hand mixer or paddle attachment on low until combined. Slowly add the cocoa-beer mixture, then the flour mixture and mix until combined and smooth. Let batter rest for 15 minutes.
Step 6
Using a #16 level scoop will fill the standard size cupcake 2/3 full.
Step 7
Bake for 17 minutes. (Check for doneness at 13-14 minutes).
Step 8
Cool cupcakes completely before frosting.
Baileys Irish Cream Butter Frosting
Step 9 Whip 1/2 cup of butter with hand mixer or whisk attachment until fluffy, 2-3 minutes.
Step 10 On low speed, slowly beat in confectioners' sugar 1 cup at a time until frosting is smooth and spreadable.
Step 11 Add 3 tablespoons of the Irish liqueur; adjust thickness of frosting by adding more sugar, or butter. If the frosting is stiff and sugary, add a tablespoon of butter at a time until desired consistency. If too wet and buttery, add more sugar until desired consistency. Spread or pipe frosting on cupcakes.
Step 12 ENJOY!
Denny Butts Birthday 6-17-14
Step 13 ***
Step 14
These are for you Denny, hope you like them. . . Happy Birthday!
Step 15
. . . put in some decorative paper shreds . . .
Step 16
. . . another view . . .
Guinness Cupcakes
Step 17
Quick, easy and themed.
Cuinness Cupcakes

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