Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Guinness Cupcakes with Irish Cream Frosting

Guinness Cupcake with Irish Cream Frosting
Just in time for St. Patrick's Day here is a tried, tested, and true recipe for Guinness Cupcakes with Irish Cream Frosting!

I made these for Valentines Day but the Irish liquor theme is perfect for an adult St.Patrick's Day.  You could even dye the frosting green to make it more festive and instead of hearts, pipe some little shamrocks!

These cupcakes are so good! The bitter edge of the Guinness is perfectly balanced by the sweetness of the Irish cream.

*Recipe notes: The Irish cream frosting is really strong and literally the best frosting I've ever tasted. The alcohol evaporates overnight so make the frosting ahead of time if you don't want the frosting to be very strong.

Guinness Cupcakes decorated for Valentines Day
Guinness Cupcakes with Irish Cream Frosting
from Une-Deux Senses

Guinness Cupcakes

1 cup stout beer/ Guinness
2 sticks unsalted butter
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt
2 large eggs
2/3 cup sour cream


Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a cupcake tin with liners and set aside.

Combine Guinness and butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the cocoa and whisk until smooth. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.

In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. In the bowl of an electric mixer beat together the eggs and sour cream to blend. Add stout mixture and beat to combine. Mix in dry ingredients on low until incorporated.

Divide batter among cupcake liner about 2/3 full and bake until an inserted toothpick comes out clean, about 15 minutes. Cool completely.

Irish Cream Frosting

8 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature (1 stick)
3- 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
4 - 8 tbsp. Irish cream

To make the frosting, place the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat on medium high until light and fluffy. Gradually add powdered sugar until incorporated. Mix in Irish cream until smooth. Add more if necessary until frosting has reached a good consistency for piping or spreading. Frost the cupcakes as desired and enjoy!