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


Chocolate Stout Cupcakes

Chocolate Stout Cupcakes
  • Author: Sarah Fennel
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 14 cupcakes 1x


For the cupcakes

  • 1/2 cup dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons dark stout, such as Guinness*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the frosting

  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup Guinness*
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • flaked sea salt, for garnishing (optional)


  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 3/4 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!


*Make sure to pour the Guinness slowly. You want to measure fully without foam!



Lauren Elizabeth

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

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


do you think i can switch the stout to bourbon?

Sarah | Broma Bakery



These cupcakes look scrumptious and utterly decadent ♥♥♥


Trying this recipe for the first time – twice now when I add the butter to the wet ingredients the mixture turns chunky. Any suggestions?

Sarah | Broma Bakery

Make sure your butter is at room temperature and very soft–should fix the problem. 🙂

Erica Wilson

These cupcakes are absurdly delicious! I used a local brewery’s stout, and added a bit more than called for (closer to 1/3 cup in the frosting, just to make it slightly thinner and I could actually taste a hint of the stout – more of a preferential thing. These are dense, moist, and delicious! Maybe one of the best chocolate cupcakes I’ve had…and as a baker, trust me, I’ve had a lot of mediocre chocolate cupcakes before finding the ones that make your tastebuds sing. This chocolate cupcake will make your tastebuds sing!

Sofi | Broma Bakery

Hi Erica! That is AMAZING! So happy to hear that you enjoyed these! Nothing like a chocolate cupcake in our opinion!

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