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Guinness Cupcakes With Bailey’s Frosting Recipe

I try to keep the recipes on this site fairly dad-centric. Whether it be something dads would like to cook, eat or make with the kids. How about some dessert, but not just any dessert… One of the best desserts of all time! How about some Guinness cupcakes with Bailey’s frosting?

With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, I’ve decided to pull out a holiday favorite of mine. Crack a Guinness, pour a shot of Bailey’s, because…

We’re gonna make cupcakes baby!!!

But not just any cupcake, we’ve got a manly cupcake. Our cupcakes are going to have beer and liquor in them. These little beauties are for all the dads who needed an excuse to learn how to make one of the most perfect desserts in the world.

Guinness cupcakes

Guinness Cupcakes with Bailey’s Frosting Recipe

Cupcake Ingredients:


  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  •  1 cup sugar
  •  1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 oz Guinness
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • Preheat oven to 350



1. Whisk together cocoa, sugar, flour, baking soda and salt.

2. In another bowl, combine the Guinness, melted butter and vanilla.

3. Beat in eggs and sour cream until combined and smooth.


4. Slowly add dry ingredients into the wet mixture.

5. Line muffin pan with paper liners.

6. Fill each about 3/4 full. Bake for 20-25 minutes until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.

7. Allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Butter
  • 2 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Bailey’s Irish Cream

Bailey's frosting

  1. Cream butter until fluffy.
  2. Slowly add powdered sugar.
  3. Add Bailey’s until right consistency is achieved.
  4. Transfer to piping bag and frost cupcakes.
  5. Dust with a little cocoa powder if desired.

What Are Your Favorite Cupcakes?!


  1. uhmm yes! i would love to eat all of these! 🙂 my fave cupcakes are a butter rum kind, but i will def have to give these a try.

  2. I made these cupcakes for my office and everyone LOVED them! So delicious. I do have to say that while the cake is amazing, I didn’t like the icing. I followed the recipe but found it to be way too sweet and that the Bailey’s didn’t mix in well. Could just be my tastebuds though. Instead, I made a simple cream cheese frosting with half a cup of icing sugar so it wasn’t very sweet and you could really taste the cream cheese. Loved this combo together, the sour cream cheese really balanced out the sweet chocolate. Just thought I would share incase anyone else isn’t a fan of super sweet or boozey icing. Overall, awesome recipe! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  3. Love these cupcakes and they get eaten fast. These are definitely best with a Bailey’s cream cheese frosting!

  4. I thought 1/4 cup of butter was a bit light for frosting 12 cupcakes. I used 1/2 cup (1 stick) and 1 cup of powdered sugar, plus the Bailey’s. It was plenty sweet and I had a little extra left over!

  5. Made a double batch (ended up with 24 cupakes and a 4 inch cake) for our office and my brother’s birthday, these are absolutely fantastic! Great flavor! I ended up modifying the frosting, used 1 part butter and 3 parts cream cheese, I only ended up using half the amount of baileys, and also added a teaspoon of vanilla extract so they weren’t overly boozy. The flavor still comes through really well. Received many compliments about how moist the cake was, people were more surprised about the sour cream than the Guinness!

  6. autumn shropshire says:

    THANK YOU! Made them yesterday for a party and they were a hit!

  7. Hi! I made these cupcakes last night, and while the flavor is fabulous, the consistency of the cupcakes is very crumbly and won’t hold together to even pull the cupcake liner off. Bummer! But nothing a fork can’t solve. Thanks for sharing!


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