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Beer Cupcakes


Chocolate, buttercream frosting and a certain tasty ingredient bring this decadent cupcake together.



  • Cupcakes:
  • 1 cup Guinness beer
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cups sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips
  • Buttercream:
  • 2 cups unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5-6 tablespoons Guinness beer
  • 5-6 cups confectioner's sugar
  • Chocolate sprinkles

Let's get Cooking...

  1. Make the cupcakes: Pour the beer into a pot set to medium heat. Add the butter and stir until completely melted. Remove the pot from the heat, and whisk in the cocoa powder and sugar, and set aside.
  2. Mix together the sour cream, eggs and vanilla in a bowl until fully combined. Add the egg mixture to the beer and combine well. Add the flour and baking soda and whisk together. Add the mini chocolate chips, if using.
  3. Pour the batter into a muffin tin lined with muffin liners, and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, or until fully cooked. Transfer the cupcakes to a wire rack and cool completely.
  4. Make the buttercream: Place the butter in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and beer and mix until combined. Add the confectioner's sugar one cup at a time, then beat for 2-3 minutes. Place the buttercream in a piping bag fitted with a large, star-shaped tip.
  5. Pipe a swirl of buttercream onto each cupcake, decorate with chocolate sprinkles and enjoy!