Guinness Black Bottom Cupcakes Recipe

Guinness Black Bottom Cupcakes with Irish Cream Cheese Filling

If you are a devotee of Guinness Chocolate Cake, then you will delight in our recipe for Guinness Black Bottom Cupcakes with an Irish Cream filling!  We took the classic recipe for black bottom cupcakes and gave them a festive Saint Patrick’s Day makeover.


Guinness Black Bottom cupcakes

Traditional black bottom cupcakes are made of chocolate cake with a cream cheese filling.  When you bite into the cupcake, the best of two dessert worlds are experienced as chocolate cake meets cheesecake!  Instead of chocolate cake batter, we used our recipe for Chocolate Guinness Cake, and swirled in an Irish cream cheese filling!  The addition of Guinness Stout beer to chocolate cake imparts a wonderful richness to the chocolate flavor.  The beer also makes the cupcakes moist and airy.  For the cream cheese filling, a little Bailey’s Irish Cream liquor is mixed in for a little extra holiday cheer.  We provided baking instructions for standard sized cupcakes and large muffin size.



Guinness Black Bottom Cupcakes Recipe:

Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
55 mins
Servings: 30 cupcakes or 12 large muffins

  • Irish Cream Cheese Filling:

    1 package 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
    1/3 cup sugar
    1 large egg
    ¼ cup Bailey’s Irish Cream liquor*
    1/8 teaspoon salt
    1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, roughly chopped

  • Guinness Cupcakes:
    eggs room temperature
    2/3 cup sour cream
    3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
    1 cup Guinness stout beer**
    1/2 cup butter, softened
    2 cups granulated sugar
    3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    2 cups all-purpose flour
    1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

  • *Can substitute another brand of Irish Cream liquor

  • ** Important Tip - Pour the Guinness beer in a cup and let stand until all the foam and carbonation is gone and has flattened out.  Your cake will over expand and collapse while baking if you do not use flat beer.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Lightly grease cupcake/muffin tins or line with cupcake liners.

  2. Guinness Black Bottom cupcakes filling ingredients 350x350


  4. In a medium sized bowl, use a hand mixer to beat the cream cheese, sugar, egg, Irish cream liquor and salt until smooth.  Set aside about ¼ cup of the chocolate chunks for later.  Stir in the remaining chocolate chunks and set aside.

  5. Irish Cream Cheese Filling Prep

  6. Guinness Black Bottom cupcakes ingredients

  7. In a small bowl, combine the eggs, sour cream, and vanilla extract; set aside.

  8. In a large saucepan over medium-low heat, add the Guinness beer and butter.  Heat just until the butter is melted; remove from heat.

  9. Off the heat, whisk in the sugar and cocoa powder into the melted butter mixture until blended.  Add the prepared egg mixture and whisk again until the eggs are well combined.  Add the flour and baking soda and whisk together until smooth.

  10. Guinness Black Bottom cupcakes mixed

  11. Divide the Guinness cake batter equally between the muffin tins, filling each approximately 1/2 full.  Next add a large heaping tablespoon of the Irish Cream Cheese filling in the center of the Guinness batter. (Muffin tins should end up no more than 2/3 full)  

  12. *Note: If you would like a marbled effect instead: Use a knife or toothpick to gently swirl the Irish Cream filling and Guinness together. 

  13. Sprinkle the tops with the reserved chocolate chunks.

  14. Guinness Black Bottom Cupcakes marbled

  15. Place filled muffin tins on middle and bottom rack of oven. Bake for approximately 10 minutes and then rotate the pans between oven racks.  Bake for another 12 to 13 minutes until the cupcakes have risen and the internal temperature registers approximately 205 to 209 degrees F. on your cooking thermometer.  If you do not have a cooking thermometer, you can insert a tooth pick into the cupcake and pull out.  If the toothpick comes out clean then cupcakes are done.  Cooking for additional one minute increments if needed until cupcakes are done

  16. Remove from oven and let cupcakes completely cool on a wire rack before turning out.

  17. Makes 12 large muffins or 30 cupcakes.


Guinness Black Bottom Cupcakes out of the oven

Guinness Black Bottom cupcake plated


shamrockAdditional St. Patrick’s Day Recipes:

Irish Colcannon Potatoes – Mashed Potato with Kale and Bacon
Colcannon is true Irish soul food.  The dish consists of mashing together buttery mashed potatoes with cooked kale or cabbage and leeks for flavoring.


Corned Beef and Cabbage
My family and I look forward to enjoying corned beef and cabbage dinner as part of celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day every year.  This is a great no-fuss meal to serve on Saint Patrick’s Day or any day that you desire.


Guinness Beef Stew – Irish Beef Stew
Most every pub you visit in Ireland will offer Beef and Guinness Stew on the menu.  Stewing the beef in Guinness stout beer tenderizes the beef and adds a robust, malty flavor to the stew.
Irish Soda Bread
Here’s a wonderful traditional Irish Soda bread recipe that can be found in homes and markets all over Ireland.  In the United States, Irish Soda bread is popular to accompany Corned Beef and Cabbage when celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day.
Chocolate Guinness Cake
Chocolate Guinness Cake is a wonderfully dense and moist chocolate cake that is not overly sweet yet the chocolate flavor is still rich with a hint of malt. This is great dessert idea to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day or enjoy any time of the year.
Guinness Black Bottom Cupcakes


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