Skip to main content

Baking with booze: Guinness cupcakes with Bailey’s frosting is the perfect combo

This delicious treat is your new favorite way to enjoy a Guinness

There are some things in the world of food that are just made to go together. Peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and cheese, fish and chips, and yes, Guinness and chocolate cupcakes. If you’ve yet to try the last example, you’re not alone, but oh, are you missing out. This sweet treat combines two of the most beautiful things ever created — chocolate and Guinness — and serves them up in one sinfully scrumptious adults-only dessert, then tops them with Bailey’s. If you aren’t reaching for the cupcake tin right now, we’re sorry to say, but it may be time to seek help.

Guinness works its magic on chocolate similarly to the way coffee does — bringing out the boldness of its flavors, accentuating them with its own rich magnificence. But Guinness brings a whole new hatful of flavors to the table with its stouty, slightly bitter notes, and smooth, creamy hop. When these flavors fuse together with chocolate batter, something pretty magical happens in that cupcake tin, and we can’t get enough. Top it all off with the soft vanilla notes of Bailey’s, and you’ve just found yourself a new all-time favorite dessert.

Guinness cupcakes with Bailey’s frosting

Savory Experiments

(From Savory Experiments)



  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup Guinness stout beer
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • Chocolate sprinkles (optional)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350F.
  2. Line muffin tin with 16 liners and set aside.
  3. Ready the mixer with the whisk attachment, then add flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, espresso powder, and salt to the bowl. Whisk until combined.
  4. Carefully add the mixture the milk, Guinness, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla extract. Mix just until combined.
  5. Pour batter evenly into cupcake liners and bake for 15-16 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcakes comes out clean.
  6. Cool completely before adding frosting.
  7. To make the frosting, ready mixer with a paddle attachment and add the softened butter. Cream for 2-3 minutes until smooth.
  8. Scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl, pour in vanilla extract and mix well.
  9. Add the powdered sugar a bit at a time, fully combining after each addition. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl and mix until well combined.
  10. Slowly pour in the Bailey’s Cream with the mixer on low. Once combined, increase speed to high for 2-3 minutes.
  11. Frost cupcakes and top with sprinkles, if desired.

Editors' Recommendations

Lindsay Parrill
Lindsay is a graduate of California Culinary Academy, Le Cordon Bleu, San Francisco, from where she holds a degree in…
How to make the perfect carnitas, according to a chef
Check out these tips and tricks to make chef-worthy carnitas
Pork carnitas tacos

If you’ve ever had street tacos, whether from an actual street vendor or an upscale restaurant, you’ve likely had carnitas — whether you knew it or not. Carnitas grew in popularity through Mexican street tacos, but people use it in various dishes, from nachos to chimichangas. Carnitas are most commonly known to be pork, but it can really be any sort of meat cooked in its own fat (confit). The word carnitas in Spanish translates to "little meats."

You can learn how to make carnitas at home -- it isn't difficult. However, it’s not just a matter of throwing a chunk of pork in a pot, and then it turns into delicious carnitas. There are some crucial steps to cooking the perfect batch of carnitas. That’s why we reached out to an expert in Mexican cuisine.

Read more
Kolsch-style beers are perfect for spring, and these are our favorites
Perfect for spring, this beer style is known for its hoppy, criso flavor.
Close-up of a glass of beer

If you’ve never heard a Kölsch before, what are you waiting for? Not only is this beer style great any time of year, but it’s also particularly fantastic during the spring months. Made with top-fermenting yeast like an ale before being conditioned at cold temperatures like a lager, this hoppy, crisp beer has its origins in Cologne, Germany. But there’s a little more to it than that.
Kölsch is more than a name

Kölsch is similar to Cognac, Scotch, or Tequila in that, as of 1997, it has a protected geographical indication. Just like those other forms of alcohol that have specific geographic parameters, technically, Kölsch must be brewed within 31 miles of the city of Cologne. This hasn’t stopped American brewers from trying their hand at this fresh, crisp style. While some don’t pay close attention to the rules and call their beers Kölsch, others pay tribute to Germany by calling their brews Kölsch-style beers.
What does Kölsch taste like?

Read more
The best ways to cook Lil Smokies, the perfect appetizer for any gathering
These snacks may be little, but they pack big time flavor
Lil Smokies, pigs in a blanket pork sausages

No matter if it's game day or a Saturday backyard picnic; when it comes time to serve an All-American meaty treat, we suggest you look no further than the sure-fire people-pleaser, Little Smokies (aka Lil Smokies). Aside from vegans and vegetarians, we can't think of a single person who would be disappointed to see a piping hot bowl of Lil Smokies, complete with various dipping sauces.

These bad boys are super easy to make and are great on their own. However, if you're looking to level up your Lil Smokies game, here are some easy recipes that will have the crowd cheering.
What are Lil Smokies?

Read more