How to make a Guinness chocolate cake

Guinness chocolate cupcake by Hilah Cooking
Guinness chocolate cupcake by Hilah Cooking

We all love a chocolate cake, and it can be even tastier if it is made with Bailey’s Irish cream as shown in another recipe here.

What about a chocolate cake made with Guinness though? Could that be as delicious? You would think that a stout would go far better with savoury dishes such as a stew (click here for a Guinness stew recipe).

Guinness chocolate cupcake by Hilah Cooking

However, we should know better. As with so many things Irish, Guinness has the ability to surprise us. It can actually be used as an ingredient in a chocolate cake and it tastes fantastic.

Just in case anybody was worried that they might miss the Baileys, it is used for frosting in the video we have chosen to show.

The recipe and video we have used comes from Hilah Cooking who have made cupcakes.

Recipe for Guinness chocolate cupcakes


• 6 ounces Guinness or another stout beer
• ½ cup vegetable oil
• 1 egg
• 1 cup sugar
• 1 cup flour
• ½ teaspoon baking soda
• ⅓ cup cocoa
• For the frosting:
• ½ stick (4 tablespoons) soft butter
• 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
• 2-4 tablespoons Irish cream liqueur


1. Preheat the oven to 350 and prepare 12 standard cupcake cups by oiling them or using paper cup liners.
2. For the cupcakes: beat together the beer, oil, egg and sugar until smooth. Sift the dry ingredients in and combine. It might look lumpy, but that’s okay; I think it’s just beer bubblies.
3. Divide the batter between the cups, using a scant ⅓ cup of batter for each.
4. Bake for 22 minutes or so, until they pass the toothpick test. They might be a little flat-topped but I’m not sure how to get around that. It’s okay.
5. Remove them from the pan and cool on racks.
6. For the frosting: Beat the soft butter on medium speed until creamy and fluffy. Add the sugar a few tablespoons at a time. When you’ve added about a cup and it’s looking really stiff, add a couple tablespoons of the liqueur and beat it some more. Add some more sugar and go until you like the consistency, adjusting it with more liqueur or sugar. You should end up with about a cup and a half of icing.
7. Frost the cupcakes and decorate them with little chocolate dealies or sprinkles or some cute-ass green shamrock sprinkles.

Check out the video from Hilah Cooking

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