Guinness Black Bottom Mint Cupcakes

Guinness Black Bottom Mint Cupcakes

Guinness Black Bottom Mint Cupcakes

I have been waiting for the opportunity to make Guinness cupcakes!  I absolutely love Guinness beer.   Back in our single days, my sister and I would spend our weekends hanging out at the local Irish pub, kicking back our share of Black and Tan’s.  There something so comforting about the smooth, deep, earthy flavor of Guinness beer.

Since having kids, I cut way back on my Guinness consumption.  I am just not able to sit and truly enjoy a beer such as Guinness.  This regal stout requires your time and attention.  You have to sit and appreciate the foamy head atop the dark chocolate-colored stout.   The flavor is more pronounced when it’s not quite room temperature-which goes against what us Americans are used to when it comes to beer.   And don’t you dare gulp down your Guinness.  Savor it, like a good cup of coffee!  Man, I love Guinness!

Guinness Black Bottom Mint Cupcakes

We have a book about the Guinness family and the history of this iconic stout.  On the cover is a glorious picture of Guinness resting in a glass like the one in these pictures.  I found myself craving a black and tan.  I couldn’t imagine why.  It finally occurred to me that the picture from the book has been imbedded in my subconscious!  I needed a Guinness and I needed it now.  I did what I usually do with alcohol-I baked with it!   It’s become a habit really.  Last week I made Kahlua and Cream Chocolate Mocha Cookies which were amazing.  I’ve used bourbon in butterscotch bars and brownies, bourbon cream in root beer cupcakes and I even baked beer in bread!  Yes, there seems to be a theme in my baking, don’t you think so too?

Guinness is the most natural addition to chocolate cupcakes.  It deepens the chocolate flavor and makes the cake superbly moist.  Normally, I’m a fool for buttercream.   But in an effort to live on the edge, I decided to make a cupcake without any adornments.  Black bottom cupcakes fit the bill!    These are genius really.  You add a dollop of sweetened cream cheese to the center of your cupcakes and the creamy center spreads and bakes perfectly.  No frosting needed.  I added mint chips and mint extract to the cream cheese filling just for kicks.  The end result was outstanding.  I think these cupcakes do Guinness proud.  But don’t take my word for it, go bake some for yourself.  And I assure you, you don’t have to be a Guinness drinker to appreciate these cupcakes.  I promise these cupcakes will make anyone melt.

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Guinness Black Bottom Mint Cupcakes
  • 1 cup Guinness Beer
  • 1 cup butter
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 8oz block cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons mint extract
  • ¾ cup mint chips ( I used Andes)
  1. Combine beer and butter in a saucepan. Melt butter over medium heat. When butter has melted, whisk in cocoa powder. Remove from heat and let cool.
  2. With a hand mixer, beat together cream cheese, sugar, egg, salt and extract. Stir in mint chips. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a mixer, beat eggs and sour cream until blended. Slowly beat in the beer mixture, just until combined. Carefully stir in flour mixture and continue beating until well mixed.
  5. Line cupcake pans and fill each cup ⅔ full with chocolate batter. Drop a tablespoon full of cream cheese mixture in the center of each cupcake. Bake in a pre heated 350 degree oven for 20 minutes. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
  6. Makes 30 cupcakes.


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42 Responses

  1. I’ve made these cream cheese things before. They’re great! Love the addition of beer and mint. Interesting!

    • Thanks Shiloh. I really liked them too!

  2. I can just imagine how delicious these are! I like the addition of the mint chips and cream cheese! :)

    • They were chocolatey and moist and creamy all at the same time! Thanks Liz!

  3. 1These look wonderful and inviting!
    I don’t like beer, but I have tried chocolate Guinness cake before and we did love it

    • You can’t really taste the Guinness but boy does it make cake moist! Thanks Winnie!

  4. I have wanted to try Guiness in cupcakes forever! These look REALLY good!

    • Dorothy, you should go get some Guinness!! Yummy!

  5. Mint and chocolate belong together and cupcakes are a great way to get them together. Using Guinness, though, is a great idea! I so agree with your assessment of how it would interact with the chocolate. This is a great recipe, Tanya, and your post well-presented.

    • Wow, thank you John! I enjoyed this post, it was fun to write and even better to eat (the cupcakes of course!)

  6. Mint + Guinness + Chocolate + Cream Cheese= Heavenly dessert :) These look so delicious. I love making chocolate cupcakes with Guinness, enhances the flavor so much!

    • Guinness is amazing in cake isn’t it? Thanks for stopping over Liz!

  7. Oh my goodness. These look so good!!

  8. Ummmm….these sound DIVINE! and St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect excuse to make (and eat ) some of these. Thanks for sharing your recipe with us. I saw your post over at “What’s Shakn'” blog party.

    • I thought they were so good, thank you! St. Patty’s day and Guinness are peas in a pod! Thanks for coming to visit!

  9. These look amazing Tanya!! I’m hosting a St. Pattys themed baby shower next weekend, and I think these just got added to my list :)

    • Lisa, they would absolutely be perfect!

  10. Love your “theme” in your recipes! I also love how you put the mint in this recipe…YUM!

  11. Back for Seconds

    Guinness is actually the only beer I like. I prefer wine or hard liquor, haha! These look absolutely incredible! I love black bottom cucakes, and adding Guinness is brilliant. You, my dear, are being featured tonight! Thanks for being a part of the Back For Seconds Social – you help make it so much fun!!! :)

  12. Chocolate and Guinness are such a great combination! I just made cake balls using Guinness Chocolate cake this week…. these look AMAZING!

  13. TANYA. YES. I love these boozilicious cupcakes! Totally perf for St. Patty’s Day and they look AWESOME. Drooling over the minty addition.

    • Why thank you Hayley! I was awfully pleased with the min too!

  14. Thank you so much for linking this recipe up at Recipe Sharing Monday! The new link party is up and I’d love to see you back. Have a great week. :)

    • I am thrilled to hear these met your expectations! Thanks for sharing!


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