The ultimate in boozy desserts is here: Guinness chocolate cupcakes topped with a decadent Guinness chocolate frosting and flaked sea salt!

Chocolate Stout Cupcakes

I grew up in a Patriots household. Every Sunday was Football Sunday at our house. And with Football Sunday, there came a party. It was pretty much dads and their kids, though sometimes my aunt and grandmother would make an appearance to balance out the gender ratio.

But for the most part it was dudes and kids. And while the dads drank their beers and watched the game, we kids would go and play. The game would be on every TV in the house (living room, bedroom, kitchen, basement), so one could always tell what was going on.

We had a lot of TVs now that I think of it. But in truth it was less glamorous than it seemed. My dad has always had a knack for turning trash into treasures, so most of these TVs were ones we found on the side of the road. 

Chocolate Stout Cupcakes

I digress. So we kids would play, sometimes in the basement, sometimes outside, sometimes hopping up and down on the beds in the bedrooms. We played hide and seek, tag, touch football, video games, and sometimes we’d bake (clearly I had a hobby from a young age).

One time we tried to make a pumpkin pie. It tasted like gummy shoestrings. We didn’t bake for a while after that.

So for me, football is more than just a game. It’s getting together on Sundays with your friends, and having like the best time ever running around a basement and hiding in your washer/dryer.

Chocolate Stout Cupcakes

So in honor of the Patriots playing the Seahawks this week, I present to you a dessert fit for a Super Bowl Party: Chocolate Stout Cupcakes. There’s Guinness in both the cupcakes and the frosting, which guys will love. But it’s also richly chocolatey, so ladies will swoon over them.

The frosting alone is reason enough to make these. I couldn’t stop eating it off the tops of the cupcakes. On the bright side, at least I waited until after their photoshoot. Because I can’t tell you how many times I end up biting off a piece of this here or stuffing broken cookies in my mouth there, all in the midst of shooting.

And if you’re not a fan of sea salt, you can top these babies with crushed pretzels, chocolate sprinkles… the possibilities are endless.

Go Pats!

Chocolate Stout Cupcakes

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Chocolate Stout Cupcakes
 
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Serves: 14 cupcakes
Ingredients
For the cupcakes
  • ½ cup dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1¼ cups sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons dark stout, such as Guinness*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the frosting
  • ¾ cup (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup Guinness*
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • flaked sea salt, for garnishing (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 14 cupcake tins with dark cupcake molds. Set aside.
  2. In a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the cocoa powder, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt on low speed until combined. In a separate bowl, whisk the butter, eggs, Guinness, and vanilla extract. Add the wet ingredients to the dry in batches, beating on medium speed until the batter is smooth and shiny, about 20 seconds. Pour into cupcake molds, filling about ¾ of the mold, and bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
  3. While the cupcakes are cooling, make the frosting. Cream the butter and cocoa powder for 2-3 minutes, until the cocoa powder begins to lighten in color. Add in the powdered sugar, milk, Guinness, and vanilla extract and beat until light and fluffy, about 1 minute.
  4. Frost the cupcakes by scooping the frosting into a piping bag with a large star tip. Swirl the frosting around the cupcake, starting from the middle and working your way outwards. Continue to spiral the frosting up like a pyramid until the cupcake is frosted. Sprinkle with flaked sea salt, if using, and serve!
Notes
*Make sure to pour the Guinness slowly. You want to measure fully without foam!

 

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These cupcakes look so incredibly rich I just want to dive right in. I love Guinness in cakes (and to drink!) I think these would be perfect for St Patrick’s Day. Yum!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Wouldn’t they? I’ve gotta think of how I can reinvent them by then!

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You raise a stout cupcake to the Patriots, while I’ll raise an espresso one to the Seahawks! Cheers, Sarah! Your cupcakes and photography are perfection, Sarah. It’s as if I could reach right through my screen and grab a few! I’ll take the salt please….. nice swirl!

Your story reminds me not specifically of the super bowl, but more about Christmas…. and how we spent it at our grandparents, with a TV on in every room with the Dallas Cowboys playing. It was the WHOLE family from aunts to uncles, sisters, moms, dads, brothers, grandparents, cousins (twice removed) and probably a neighbor or two from down the street. Pandemonium! But it was fun! Running around, yes, and driving the adults crazy!

Thank you for your inspiration, Sarah! And congrats on so much success this weekend! xo

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Sounds like a plan, Traci! And our memories do sound similar. All those people warming the house with their presences… love it!

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These look to die for! Beer + chocolate = everyone is a happy camper! My mom is obsessed with Tom Brady and used to always tell me I should go out with him. Oh yeah. I’ll just got and do that, thanks. Like he has no other women interested in him. Ha ha ha! Oh moms.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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I mean, good for your mom for believing in you. He is the most dreamy, ever. You only have every other woman in New England wanting the same thing. Ha!

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I’m drooling over here, Sarah! These look AMAZING! I love your creativity of adding stout to cupcakes. And that frosting is gorgeous! I could totally go for this for breakfast right now!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Chocolate for breakfast = living the life

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These cupcakes looks incredibly fudgy and rich! I love the addition of Guinness. I bet it’s an amazing flavor rush. Pinning!

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Stout and chocolate were made for each other! These are so beautiful and tempting. I think I might have to add by my Super Bowl menu 🙂

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Oooh let me know if you did!

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Cupcakessss forever. And that flaked sea salt – I’m in love!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Sea salt is my fave garnish!

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Oh my! I love chocolate stout cupcakes (basically anything chocolate) and sea salt on top. Chocolate sprinkles would be fun, too. Is it too early to have this at 6.30am?

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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No, not at ALL!

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ladies love guinness too!! creative dessert, sarah!

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Girl these are absolutely fantastic. I am in love!

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I love chocolate stout cake so these must be absolutely delicious. Love the sea salt topping – it must make a good contrast to the rich sweetness of the icing. Looking forward to trying this – gorgeous photos, too!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you, Geraldine! Yes, the sea salt was a great contrast 🙂

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Sarah, I’ve seen these gorgeous cupcakes all over IG! so beautiful!! love the rich chocolate and dark stout!!! Winning!!! Go Hawks! 😛

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Teehee! So glad you enjoy them, Alice! 🙂

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Say WHAT! These are a must make for the guys this month!

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Absolutely love these. Have you ever made smitten kitchen’s car-bomb cupcakes? so insanely good but they take a solid few hours to make with all the different elements. I only do it once a year – St. Patrick’s Day! Love having these as a more practical year-round recipe 🙂

Here’s smitten kitchen’s: http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2009/01/car-bomb-cupcakes/

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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I haven’t! Wow, they look increeedible. Yep, pinning for St. Patrick’s. Thanks, Carolyn!

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The frosting looks incredible Sarah!!

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Oh man, these cupcakes are beyond gorgeous!! It’s so funny because I made a Guinness cake this weekend when I saw your IG picture of these. I can’t believe how crisp these photos are. I am resisting the urge to try and reach through my screen!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Ha! Thank you, Amanda. Hope yours turned out well!

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Yes to everything! I want to stuff my face with as much of those cupcakes as humanly possible. I’ve been making Guinness brownies with butterscotch fudge for the past three Super Bowls. Chocolate and stout are a perfect match!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Oh my god. Send me the recipe?

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Girl. I’m obsessed! That sea salt is beyond pretty, but even more so, I’m totally loving the immaculate frosting job on these. They look soooo good!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thanks, Medha! It was nerve-wracking, haha!

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The sea salt is perfect. I wouldn’t change a thing. Except football. Eh. I’m more of a trashy tv gal 😉

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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In that case, did you watch the Bachelor last night!?

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These cupcakes are coming just in time for SuperBowl! Can’t wait to try them! They are beautiful!

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You photos are amazing…I feel as if I could almost reach into my laptop screen and scoop off a finger full of frosting.
I can’t wait to try these. After the week the Patriots have had to endure with all the media sensational spin, these will be a great treat for a SuperBowl party and hopefully, a win. GO PATS!!!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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We won we won!! Let me know if you end up trying them… I’ve made them TWICE now!

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What beautiful pictures!! These cupcakes sound amazing. Love the addition of the stout.

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Gorgeous! This is going to be next up on my list to make, for sure.

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I’m soo delayed on my blog reading lately, can’t believe I missed these beauties!! I don’t really have a team to root for this weekend. I feel like out in the west coast, no one likes the patriots, and if you’re in the Bay Area, no one likes the Seahawks! I’ll just hang by the food table and enjoy my time.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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It’s so true! And what I learned? In the Midwest, no one likes the Patriots either. At our Superbowl party, the guys couldn’t have cared less. Growing up in such a Patriots Nation, I was shocked!

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Can’t wait to try these. They look fabulous. One question, is the flaked sea salt easy to find?

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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You can find it at most specialty grocery stores. If you can’t find it, though, you can use a small sprinkling of sea salt! Otherwise, it’s totally optional 🙂

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I just finished baking. They are beautiful and taste totally fab. I couldn’t find the flaked sea salt , so I used my coarse grain. Works just as well. Thanks Sarah! Keep them coming.

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Wow! That frosting looks so amazing! I sure wouldn’t mind these every Sunday! Go Pats!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Right? I’ve made them twice already….

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Howdy Sarah,
I’m making your yummy cupcakes right now! While reading through the recipe, I’ve noticed you call for baking powder and baking soda however, you don’t list baking soda in the ingredients. How much should I add?

Big thanks!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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My apologies, Carolyn! If you’re using dutch process cocoa powder, just use baking powder. If you’re using regular cocoa, use baking soda. With either, use 3/4 teaspoon! Happy baking 🙂

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Yum! They came out awesome! Big hit! Thanks! ☺️

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These look beautiful. I hate beer, but for some reason, I love baking with Guinness. I’d definitely give these a try.

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As soon as I read that you are Patriots fans my search for a stout cupcake was over. My family is also a Patriots family. So I tried these cupcake and OMG. They are a touchdown hehe.
Thank you so much for sharing!
GO PATS!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Heck yeah, Tonya! Patriots Nation! So so so glad you found these cupcakes. They’re dangerous!

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Made these cupcakes for the office with a porter from Deschutes Brewery in OR, and they were AMAZING. People were telling me that these were the best cupcakes they’ve ever had. The beer keeps the frosting from being too gaggingly sweet, and makes it more of a malty, rich, dark chocolaty flavour. I topped it with some crispy white chocolate pearls. I’ll definitely be making these again!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thanks so much for commenting Jocelyn! I’m SO glad everyone enjoyed them. Best cupcakes they’d ever had? GAH! That’s amazing 🙂 Thank you again and let me know what you make next!

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Hello! I am hoping to make these tomorrow for a friend’s birthday. Should the cocoa powder used in the frosting also be dutch-processed? Thanks!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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I prefer it, but with the frosting it doesn’t matter as much 🙂 Happy baking Britni!

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I made these last night for St. Patrick’s Day and they were delicious! I always hesitate with cupcake recipes because they are often so dry, but these were a hit– both yesterday and today. I am so glad I found your site!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Oh woohoo! Love to hear that. Thank you Judy!!!

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Wow, wow, wow! These cupcakes were amazing!! I made minis and topped them with a Bailey’s buttercream for my brother’s 45th birthday. They came out moist, springy, rich, and all around delicious. Everyone loved them! I will definitely be saving this recipe as my new go-to chocolate cupcake :). Next time I will try them with the Guinness chocolate frosting. Thank you so much for sharing!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Oh my god, Bailey’s buttercream sounds INSANE! So glad you enjoyed, Lauren. Thank you!

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do you think i can switch the stout to bourbon?

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Definitely!

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