Drunken Cupcakes

The holiday season is upon us.  Yes, indeed- Christmas trees, Mariah Carey songs, and delicious baked goods fill the air.  As a newly single woman who was looking forward to her first family Christmas with her sweet husband and two dogs, I must admit… I fucking hate that Christmas is coming.  All it means to me this year is bigger thighs.

Speaking of bigger thighs, I made some goodies to contribute to those last night for the Christmas Potluck we are having at work. To make sure I could get through anything else holiday-themed without punching someone in the face, I spiked them with booze. That’s right- double duty cupcakes. Liquor and sugar in a one-stop-shop.

My baby girl was eager to snatch a taste, but I told her she wasn’t allowed to have chocolate:

Anyway, here is the recipe for these. They are probably one of the most moist cupcakes I have ever made (which is saying a lot- I make a mean strawberry cupcake). I recommend enjoying alongside a supplementary glass of Guinness.

(Adapted from http://www.suzybakes.com/cupcakes/guinness-cupcakes-with-baileys-frosting/)

Guinness Cupcakes with Bailey’s Frosting

For the cupcakes

1 bottle Guinness (12 oz)
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
2/3 cup sour cream

Baking Temperature: 350 degrees
Baking Time: 17 minutes

  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  2. Bring Guinness and butter to a simmer in large saucepan over medium heat.
  3. Add cocoa powder and whisk until mixture is smooth. Cool slightly.
  4. Using electric mixer, beat eggs and sour cream in a large bowl.
  5. Add Guinness-chocolate mixture to egg mixture and beat until just combined.
  6. Add flour mixture and beat on slow speed.
  7. Using rubber spatula, fold batter until completely combined.
  8. Divide batter among cupcake liners, filling them 2/3 to 3/4 of the way. Bake cake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, rotating them once front to back if your oven bakes unevenly, about 17 minutes. Cool cupcakes on a rack completely before frosting.

For the frosting (I like it less sweet, so I altered the recipe here)

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
3 to 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
4 tablespoons Bailey’s Irish Cream

  1. Place the butter in a large mixing bowl and beat until creamy and whipped.
  2. Gradually add the sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition (about 2 minutes after each), until the icing is thick enough to be of good consistency. You may not need to add all of the sugar.
  3. After all sugar has been added, add Bailey’s and milk and blend until just combined.
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5 thoughts on “Drunken Cupcakes

  1. meagen says:

    These are brilliant! Chocolate, Guiness and Baileys!! I can’t wait until I have time to try and makes these! Thanks for sharing!

  2. trixfred30 says:

    Amazing recipe! More booze than cake…

  3. I made a version of these for mardi gras a couple of years back! I’m not the biggest “cake” fan, but I LOVED the guiness cupcakes. Very decadent!

    I also added whiskey into the mix by giving them a whiskey caramel center. If you feel like making your teeth completely rot… ha ha

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