St Patrick's Day cupcakes recipe

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St Patrick's Day cupcakes
  • healthy
Preparation Time15 mins
Cooking Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories473 Kcal24%
Sugar57.2 g64%
Fat20.6 g29%
Saturated Fat6.4 g32%
Protein2.9 g6%
Carbohydrates67.6 g26%

These delicious St Patrick’s Day cupcakes are great if you’re planning to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, which is on the 17th of March. 

Stout, light brown sugar, and sour cream make the cupcake sponge extra moist. Topped with a rich Irish cream-infused frosting, this is definitely one of our favourite St Patrick’s Day recipes. Finish with green sugar sprinkles and serve. This recipe is for 12 cupcakes.


  • 100g soft butter
  • 100ml stout
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 150g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 200g light soft brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 75ml sour cream

Irish cream frosting:

  • 200g soft butter
  • 450g icing sugar, sifted
  • 3-4 tbsps Irish cream liquor
  • Green sugar sprinkles to decorate (optional)
  • Green food colouring (optional)




  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C/350 F/Gas Mark 4. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper cases. Place the butter, stout and cocoa powder in a saucepan and place over a gentle heat, stir until the butter has melted and the mixture is smooth. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  2. In a large bowl sift together the flour, salt, baking powder and sugar. Add the cooled stout mixture and beat for 1 minute using an electric whisk on a medium speed. Add the egg and sour cream and beat for a further 2 minutes.
  3. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared tin. Bake for 20-25 minutes until cooked through and springy to the touch. Transfer the cakes to a cooling rack and leave to cool completely.
  4. For the frosting, cream the butter in a bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the icing sugar a little at a time then beat in the Irish cream liquor. Add the food colouring if using (start with a little and add more depending on the shade of green you want). Spoon or pipe the icing on the cooled cakes and sprinkle with green sugar to decorate.

Top tips for making St Patrick’s Day cupcakes

If you opt for green food colouring, you might want to add a couple of tablespoons of icing sugar to make sure the buttercream keeps its form. Choose gel food colouring too as you’ll use less and it will give you more vibrant colour.

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Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodTo and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodTo, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create how-to videos exclusively for GoodtoEat - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies