Guinness Cupcakes with Nutella Cream Frosting

Joyce Newman


If you're looking for an alternative to green anything for St. Paddy's Day, I think this is the dessert for you! The combination of the Guinness beer, dark chocolate and the Nutella cream frosting makes for a very moist, light, not so overly sweet cupcake. This is a favorite!


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15 Min
20 Min



  • 2 1/2 c
    all purpose flour
  • 2 c
  • 3/4 c
    cocoa powder (i use hershey's special dark)
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground ginger
  • 1/2 c
  • 12 oz
    guinness beer
  • 1/2 c
    canola oil
  • 1/2 Tbsp
    pure vanilla extract
  • 3
    eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 c
    buttermilk, measured out and room temp for 20 minutes

  • 1/2 c
    butter, unsalted and room temp
  • 8 oz
    cream cheese, softened to room temp
  • 3 c
    confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 c
    nutella spread
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp
    milk or cream

How to Make Guinness Cupcakes with Nutella Cream Frosting


  1. Set out butter, cream cheese, and buttermilk to become room temperature. (20 minutes)
    Preheat oven to 350*
    Line muffin tins with cupcake liners. (About 24)
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt and ground ginger; set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, with a whisk attachment,(or any large mixing bowl, if you're using a hand held mixer), combine the Guiness, milk, oil and vanilla extract. Beat on medium speed until combined. Add the eggs one at a time, beating for about 1 minute each. Add the buttermilk and beat until well combined.
  4. Slowly add the dry mixture and beat until just incorporated. The batter will be thin and it may even be a little bit lumpy, but that's okay.
  5. Divide the batter evenly between the cupcake liners.
    Bake for 20-25 minutes, rotating the pans half way through. The tops should spring back when lightly touched and a toothpick should come out clean.
    Remove pans from oven and allow the cupcakes to cool for about 10 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack. Cool completely before frosting!
  7. In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment (or any large mixing bowl if you're using a hand held), beat together the butter and cream cheese until smooth. (About 3-5 minutes on medium speed). Add Nutella, salt, and vanilla extract; beat until well combined.
    On low speed, slowly add confectioner's sugar. Once the sugar is blended into the butter mixture, increase the speed to medium and beat until well combined. If the frosting looks too thick, add about 1-2 teaspoons of milk or cream and beat to combine.
    Either pipe out the frosting or use a small off-set spatula. Decorate as desired. Use chocolate candy, malt balls, or a St. Patty's Day decoration.

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About Guinness Cupcakes with Nutella Cream Frosting

Course/Dish: Cakes, Chocolate, Other Desserts
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Irish

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