Chocolate Guinness cupcakes recipe

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makes: 24
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 10 min
Cooking: 18 min
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  • Our easy chocolate Guinness cupcakes are the perfect way to celebrate St Patrick's Day...

    Celebrate St Patrick’s Day with these easy chocolate Guinness cupcakes that are rich and delicious (and finished with a circle of icing sugar and a glittery shamrock, of course!). This is the ONLY thing you’ll want to bake for the all-important 17 March. This cupcake recipe makes for a really moist batch of cupcakes that will fast become a real family favourite. They’re really easy to make and make a real difference to your usual cupcake recipe, so a great one to try if you want a treat – and they’re not just for St Patrick’s Day. Using Guinness, these grown up cupcakes look and taste great. This recipe makes 24 cupcakes, so it’s a great recipe to make if you’ve got a crowd to feed or want something really special for a birthday party or get together. If you really want to make these look extra special on St Patrick’s Day, then top them off with edible glitter and shamrocks!


    • 250ml Guinness
    • 250g butter
    • 100g dark bitter chocolate, broken up
    • 400g caster sugar
    • 150g tub of sour cream or creme fraiche
    • 2 medium eggs
    • 275g plain flour
    • 1 tbsp baking soda
    • 200g white fondant
    • To decorate: (optional)
    • Chocolate buttercream
    • green fondant icing
    • Shamrock stencil, cut out of paper, or icing/cookie cutter
    • edible green glitter
    • cocktail sticks


    • To make this cupcake recipe, gently heat the Guinness, butter, chocolate and sugar together. Mix in the eggs and sour cream then add in the flour and baking soda. Beat so it’s smooth with no lumps.

    • Pour the mixture into 12 cases and bake at 160C, gas 3 for 18 minutes.

    • Remove from the oven and leave to cool. Once cooled you might like to decorate your cupcakes with some chocolate buttercream icing and fondant icing shamrocks. You could also cut out a circle of white fondant icing and sprinkle edible glitter over a stencil cutout of a shamrock for a chic, simple finish.

    Top tip for making Chocolate Guinness cupcakes

    The mixture will look very runny, but that's how it's supposed to look - it still bakes well!

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