Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes with Kahlua Cream Cheese Frosting

Who wants beer for dessert?

Last week was Ryan’s sister Lauren’s birthday, and I wanted to make something special for her. Usually, people always prepare or buy the usual birthday cakes – red velvet, chocolate, black forest… but I wanted something quite unique to the taste and not overly sweet. I wanted to prepare something that she (and her family) has never tried before. So I searched for cupcake recipes, and I came across this recipe from my friend’s blog. This is a perfect match! First of all, who wouldn’t be interested in eating dessert with beer and liquor as two of the main ingredients? I must admit, the Guinness beer made a HUGE difference on the texture of the cupcakes! I have never had the most moist cupcakes with interesting beer flavor! And I also noticed that the beer flavor gets more pronounced when the cupcakes are kept in the fridge for 3-4 days. Actually, my friend’s recipe used Bailey’s Irish Cream as part of the frosting, but I wanted to try a coffee flavor so I decided to use Kahlua instead. They are still good! If you want to make this recipe (and frosting) perfect, put 1 pound of confectioner’s sugar, as stated. I did not want it to be too sweet that’s why I decreased the amount of sugar, but that also made my frosting soft and runny. But hey! It was still oh-so-delicious!

So, who wants beer for dessert?

Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes with Kahlua Cream Cheese Frosting

modified from thedelishdishblog and smitten kitchen

To make the cupcakes:

  • 1 cup Guinness
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line 24 cupcake cups with liners.
  2. Bring 1 cup Guinness & 1 cup butter to simmer over medium heat.  Add cocoa powder & whisk until smooth. Cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, sift flour, sugar, baking soda and salt.
  4. In another bowl, beat eggs & sour cream with an electric mixer.
  5. Add Guinness mixture to egg mixture & beat just to combine.
  6. Add flour mixture & beat briefly on slow speed. Use spatula to fold everything in.
  7. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 to 3/4 of the way.  (Will end up with 20-24 cupcakes).
  8. Bake about 15-17 minutes (test with toothpick to make sure they are done).
  9. Cool completely the cupcakes before frosting.

To make Kahlua Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1 8-oz package cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 pound box confectioners sugar
  • 3 Tbsp Kahlua
  1. With a mixer beat cream cheese on medium speed until light & fluffy. Gradually beat in heavy cream (use a bit less than the 3/4 cup if you want the frosting to come out thicker).
  2. On low speed mix in confectioners sugar till smooth.  Add in the Kahlua.
  3. Refrigerate till it thickens up for prettiest frosting results.  Otherwise it might be a bit soft & runny like mine, but still delicious.

2 responses

  1. Yeah! Thanks for all the suggestions… Next time I’ll do the whiskey cupcakes and make it so strong so we can have happy hour during our coffee breaks! Lol

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