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Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes for St. Patrick’s Day - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Going out on St. Patrick’s Day has never really been my thing. Larger crowds at bars and restaurants I can normally go to without much of a wait tends to frustrate me, and after an hour or so, I’m just not having fun anymore. Plus, I’m not a big beer fan, so making it green doesn’t really help.

Just because I don’t like going out on St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t mean I don’t want to celebrate, though! I like to dress up in my favorite green outfit, go to the parades and even eat something shaped like a shamrock. Usually, I’ll go over to a friend’s house or have people over to my place.

I was trying to think of something fun and festive I could do this year and I asked some friends, “What if I baked cupcakes, but used beer in it or something?”

Needless to say their eyes lit up and I had my answer. I would make beer cupcakes.

Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes for St. Patrick’s Day - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Like I said before, I’m not a big beer fan, but if I am going to drink beer I prefer darker beers like a stout or a porter. It being St. Patrick’s Day, I thought Guinness fit pretty well.

I have an awesome chocolate cake recipe that I use often; it’s a tried and true favorite. Unfortunately, I’ve never tried it with beer. How much beer should I add to it? Would the beer mix well with the oil and vinegar in my chocolate cake recipe? The more I thought about it, the riskier tampering with my chocolate cake recipe sounded.

So, I did the next logical thing, I went to Pinterest. And that’s where I found it, Sugar Dish Me’s Death by Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes. Her cake recipe sounded delicious and the photos made the cake look nice and moist (which is important, because who likes dry cupcakes?).

I used her cake recipe and my simple ganache recipe to make these decadent Guinness chocolate cupcakes. Even for a girl who isn’t a beer fan, these were delicious!

Check out the recipe and whip up a batch of your own today!



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup Guinness
  • ¾ cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup sour cream


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 6 – 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons Guinness
  • Sea salt for sprinkling if desired

Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes for St. Patrick’s Day - Quicken Loans Zing Blog


  • Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees and line your cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine and whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda and salt.
  • In a medium saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in the Guinness and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat and whisk in the cocoa powder. Let cool.
  • Add your eggs and sour cream to the dry ingredients and beat together while your butter, beer and cocoa mixture cools.
  • Add in the butter, beer and cocoa mixture to the dry ingredients and beat together until combined.
  • Evenly divide batter into the cupcake liners and bake for 15-20 minutes.
  • While your cupcakes are cooling, you can start your ganache. In a small saucepan, heat the heavy cream.
  • Pour chocolate chips and corn syrup into a small mixing bowl.
  • Pour the heated cream over the chocolate chips and stir until melted and combined.
  • Add in 2 tablespoons of Guinness and stir until combined.
  • Gently dip the tops of the cupcakes into the ganache.
  • Sprinkle with sea salt if you wish.

These cupcakes are moist and chocolaty with a hint of stout. It’s perfect for a St. Patrick’s celebration at home.

Do you have any St. Patrick’s Day recipes? Share them in our comment section!

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