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St. Patrick’s Day desserts should be on your menu this year. In the traditional Irish spirit, we’re making an easy beer cupcakes recipe.

These St. Patrick’s Day dessert cupcakes are festive and delicious.

Loaded with your favorite Irish stout beer and topped with Irish cream frosting, everyone is sure to love these treats!

Chocolate Beer Cupcakes - St. Patrick's Day Dessert with Irish Cream Frosting

Chocolate Beer Cupcakes

So you’re looking for an easy beer cupcakes recipe.

These chocolate beer cupcakes are ideal for St. Patrick’s Day desserts because we’re using Guinness.

It’s an Irish stout beer.

This gives the cupcakes a rich, strong flavor that blends well with the chocolate flavors.

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St. Patrick's Day Dessert - Chocolate Beer Cupcakes Recipe

What is St. Patrick’s Day and Why Do We Celebrate It?

St. Patrick’s Day is a worldwide celebration of Irish culture. In remembrance of patron Saint Patrick, it’s a cultural and religious celebration held on March 17th. 

Held on the anniversary of Saint Patrick’s death, the day commemorates the arrival of Christianity in Ireland during the fifth century.

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in countries with people of Irish descent.

However, it has morphed into much more, these days. It is a holiday for celebration, drinking, and full of delicious foods.

It’s celebrated in the United States by most people – regardless of religious beliefs.

Wearing green clothing and feasting on Irish dishes, desserts, and alcohol are just a few of the ways people celebrate.

Chocolate Beer Cupcakes – St. Patrick’s Day Desserts

The flavors of chocolate and stout beer go so well together, we just had to make these easy St. Patrick’s Day desserts.

This is a recipe you’ll want to make every year to celebrate.

They’re quite easy to make and boast a rich, delectable flavor. 

Whether you’re Irish or not, you’re going to love these cupcakes!

St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes - Guinness Beer Cupcakes with frosting.

Why Guinness Stout Beer?

Guinness chocolate cupcakes are made using the dark Irish dry stout that originated in Dublin, Ireland, in 1759. It is an instant classic for St. Paddy’s day.

The Irish stout goes perfectly with chocolate, to make the most decadent tasting cupcakes.

Topped with Irish cream frosting, and these can’t be beat!

Just toss a chocolate coin and a few sprinkles on top and everyone will love them. 

It is also widely available, being brewed in nearly 50 countries, and available in more than 120 countries worldwide.

Perhaps that is what makes this beer perfect for your St. Patrick’s Day desserts. 

Guinness stout chocolate beer cupcakes for St. Patrick's Day

Easy Beer Cupcakes Recipe

Gather your St. Paddy’s day chocolate beer cupcakes ingredients and make this easy recipe.

It’ll only take about 40 minutes or so, and it will be great for your green holiday celebrations.

Is There A Non-Alcoholic Version?

Yes! If you want to make your St. Patrick’s Day desserts without alcohol, there are two simple swaps to make.

This is noted in the recipe below. Simply swap out the beer with a dark brewed coffee, and swap out the liqueur with milk. 

It’s totally easy, and acceptable to make this recipe without alcohol, and probably best if you’re planning to bring them to work for St. Patrick’s day!

Don’t forget to grab chocolate coins and green sprinkles to finish off your cupcakes!

St. Patrick's Day Dessert - Chocolate Beer Cupcakes Recipe

Beer Cupcakes Recipe with Irish Cream Frosting - St. Patrick's Day Desserts

Scrappy Geek
Easy chocolate beer cupcakes recipe using Guinness stout, complete with Irish cream frosting. Perfect for St. Patrick's Day!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Irish
Servings 24 people


Beer Cupcakes

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup Guinness Stout Beer For non-alcoholic, use 1 cup strong brewed coffee
  • 1 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking soda

Irish Cream Frosting

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 8-oz package cream cheese softened
  • 6 tbsp Irish Cream Liqueur Non-alcohol: use milk
  • 5 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 24 count chocolate coins
  • 1/4 cup green or gold sugar sprinkles


Beer Cupcakes

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.; line 24 muffin cups with cupcake liners
  • Combine sugar, beer, butter, and cocoa powder in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until butter is melted.
  • In a separate large bowl, combine eggs and sour cream; beat at medium speed with a mixer until smooth.
  • Gradually add chocolate mixture, beating until combined.
  • In a small bowl, stir together flour and baking soda; gradually add to chocolate mixture, beating until smooth.
  • Spoon batter into the cupcake tin
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center of cupcakes comes out clean
  • Allow to cool for 10 minutes, remove from pan and cool completely on a wire rack

Irish Cream Frosting

  • In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed until creamy
  • Add Irish cream (or milk) and beat until smooth
  • Gradually add and beat in confectioners' sugar until the frosting is smooth and reached your desired consistency
  • Spread or pipe onto the cooled cupcakes
  • Top with chocolate coin and sugar sprinkles

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