Death by Chocolate Guiness Cupcakes

Death by Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes

I need to gather my thoughts for a minute…

Because these cupcakes left me kind of speechless.

If you are making treats for Valentine’s Day, these need to go to the top of your list.          They are.           Insane.

I turned these little devilish things out over the weekend for my brother’s birthday. He’s a chocolate on chocolate cake kinda guy, so I knew going in that I was heading in a delicious super chocolate direction. Baking with beer is something I’ve wanted to try for awhile now and I figured my brother’s birthday was a perfect opportunity to play with that concept a little bit. Plus his birthday falls on the week of Valentine’s Day, so booze-soaked dessert seemed sort of appropriate.

Guiness Chocolate Cupcakes

I’m pretty sure Chad would be thrilled if I made these over and over and over again. These are guy-friendly cupcakes.

The cake is pretty similar to my Chocolate Buttermilk Cake. Not quite as sticky but still crazy moist and rich. The Guiness has notes of chocolate and espresso in it anyway so it complements the chocolate cake in a pretty great way.

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I think that the Whiskey Chocolate Ganache on top was my most favorite part. I’m pretty sure I’ll be putting it on all kinds of things. Some that make sense like WAFFLES. And some that don’t like… ummm well, I can’t actually think of anything.

death by chocolate cupcakes

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Death by Chocolate Guiness Cupcakes
 
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Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup Guiness Stout
  • ¾ cup Dutch process unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅔ cup sour cream
  • **1 cup butter
  • **3½ cups powdered sugar
  • **1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • **1/2 teaspoon salt
  • **2 teaspoons vanilla
  • **4 tablespoons heavy cream, as needed to desired consistency (see note)
  • ***1/4 cup heavy cream
  • ***3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ***2 tablespoons butter
  • ***2 tablespoons bourbon whiskey
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 325. Line a muffin pan with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in the Guiness and bring to a simmer. Remove from the heat and whisk in the cocoa powder until smooth. Let cool slightly for a few minutes.
  4. While the chocolate/butter/beer cools, using an electric mixer on low, beat the eggs and sour cream into the flour mixture. Pour in the chocolate and continue mixing until combined, about 1½- 2 minutes.
  5. Distribute the batter evenly between the muffin cups.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes, or until a pick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let the cupcakes cool completely.
  7. To make the chocolate buttercream, beat the butter for a minute until it's fluffy. Sift in the powdered sugar ½ cup at a time, beating a little in between each addition. Sift in the cocoa powder and beat until it's combined. Add the salt, vanilla, and 2 tablespoons of the heavy cream. Continue mixing until smooth. Add the last 2 tablespoons of heavy cream (or Bailey's; see note), more if needed, to reach the desired consistency.
  8. Pipe the frosting onto each cupcake.
  9. To make the chocolate whiskey ganache, heat the heavy cream in a small saucepan until it simmers (be careful not to burn!). Remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate chips until smooth. Whisk in the butter. Then whisk in the whiskey.
  10. Drizzle the ganache over the frosted cupcakes. Let it cool and set before serving.
Notes
When making the chocolate buttercream, you COULD make it chocolate Bailey's buttercream by using 1-2 tablespoons of Bailey's Irish Cream Liqueur in place of 1-2 tablespoons of the heavy cream.

Chocolate Guiness Cupcake Recipe slightly adapted from THIS recipe at Brown Eyed Baker (her cupcakes are filled and call for a different frosting and look yum-mmmmy). Whiskey Chocolate Ganache is from the same place. The Chocolate Buttercream is from my favorite chocolate buttercream recipe (You may remember it from HERE) found at Savory Sweet Life via THIS link.

chocolate Guiness cupcakesRemember yesterday when I said you could be in love with chocolate? Now you get it.

34 Responses

  1. I did a cupcake competition in November of 2011…such a long time ago :( Anyhow one of the cupcakes I made was a Guiness chocolate cupcake…it really was to die for. My title was “Chocolate Stout Cupcake with Guiness Frosting & Guiness Chocolate Caramel Drizzle” My drizzle…I could have made love to it it was so damn good. I remember these cupcakes because I made some last year for my friend because he loved the sh*t out of them. I can still taste it when I think about them…god I miss cupcakes :( haha
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    • I was gonna ask you for that recipe because I remembered you making those before! No Guiness in my frosting here but I’d still like to try your recipe! We loved these things. Chocolate errywhere.

  2. Oh my GOD Heather these cupcakes look to die for! I make a similar chocolate Guinness cake by Nigella Lawson and it’s one of the best chocolate cakes I’ve ever tried. I would do anything for one of these right now! :-)
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    • These cupcakes were insanely good. Did you post the recipe for the Nigella ones?
      P.s. I am chomping at the bit for that bread you teased on Facebook earlier!!

    • I do, too. Because They Are All Gone. Gah. I sent 8 home with my brother and left a few with my mom and now I wish I’d been a little stingier…

    • Hey, Allison! Um actually I use what’s on sale. I used Hershey’s Special Dark here. It’s a dutch process blend and is easy to find and tastes delicious :) Ghirardelli makes awesome cocoa powders, too!

  3. YUM! I have been making a Guinness cupcake for years, often with an Irish Creme or Jameson frosting. People are VERY appreciative when these show up at a party. Thanks for sharing!
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    • Hey, Amber! The cupcake recipe here came from Brown Eyed Baker– I just adjusted the method a little bit. My friend Michelle (who left a comment here somewhere… :))shared a Guiness cupcake recipe last year and it’s been in my head ever since. You’re totally right– the reception was awesome. Thanks!

  4. Chocolate heaven! I love that you made these NOW and didnt wait for St. Patrick’s Day, which is when I usually see Guiness in more recipes! That is pure birthday love right there. What a lucky brother! I want to stick my finger in that buttercream. It looks so delicious! Photos are fabulous :)
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    • Hey Sandra!! These seemed brother-birthday appropriate to me. I could have saved them for St. Patty’s week but baking with beer and putting whiskey in the chocolate seemed like a V-Day Man Dessert to me. So here it is :) I seriously could have eaten the whole bowl of buttercream. You have no idea.

  5. Holy cow. If there’s one awesome thing in this world, it’s when booze and dessert get married and have an awesome, tasty child. (I swear I’m not a cannibal). These cupcakes look ROCKING.
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    • Thanks! I’m all about booze in my dessert.

  6. Heather these are so stunning! I heard somewhere it is or was national chocolate day and what a way to celebrate. I hope you are doing well! Take care, BAM
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    • Hey, Bam! Askimet keeps spamming your comments… I just found this! I had no idea it was national chocolate day, but these are DEFINITELY a good way to celebrate just about anything!!

  7. Michele Conner

    Heather, I didn’t realize this was your recipe until I went to print it out….I too love to cook with booze, whether sweet or savory! Going to try this soon, since I just bought muffin tins! Your pictures look terrific and I love the way the frosting shines! Can’t rate a recipe until I try it…but I am betting it will be a fiver@ Thanks!

    • Thanks, Michelle!! These cupcakes were a hit. Can’t wait until I have an excuse to indulge in this much chocolate again. Let me know how you like ‘em!!

  8. Lauren

    Oh my these were soooo very yummy! I made these for my husband’s birthday. I threw him a surprise party and they were a huge hit! Thanks so much for the recipe. I can’t wait to make them again.

    • Yayyyyy! That’s awesome, Lauren!! Surprise parties are so FUN!!! It is maybe my favorite thing ever when people use my recipes and report back. And happy belated birthday to your other half!!

    • Thanks so much Peter! These are probably my favorite cupcakes ever ever in the world!

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