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Guinness cupcakes recipe

Guinness cupcakes recipe

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These Guinness cupcakes are a real treat for Guinness lovers and are great for St Patrick's day celebrations. They are light in texture and topped with a decadent cream cheese icing, making them look like a pint of iconic Guinness! See method

  • Serves 12 (makes 12)
  • 30 mins to prepare and 25 mins to cook
  • 376 calories / serving
  • Vegetarian


For the cake

  • 125g (4oz) butter, softened
  • 175g (6oz) light muscovado sugar
  • 1 tbsp malt extract or black treacle
  • 3 eggs
  • 35g (1 1/2oz) cocoa powder
  • 175g wholemeal flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 100ml (3 1/2fl oz) Guinness

For the icing

  • 75g (3oz) butter, softened
  • 180g (6oz) full-fat cream cheese
  • 150g (5oz) icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp Irish cream liqueur, whisky or Guinness

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    23g 33%
  • Saturates

    13g 67%
  • Sugars

    29g 32%
  • Salt

    0.3g 6%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 39.6g Protein 4.7g Fibre 2.4g


  1. Heat the oven to gas 4, 180°C, fan 160°C.
  2. Beat the butter, sugar and malt or treacle together until light and creamy. Gradually stir in the eggs, adding a little flour if the mixture starts to separate.
  3. Sift the cocoa powder into the mixture, then add the flour, baking powder and Guinness and beat lightly until evenly mixed.
  4. Divide the mixture between the wells in a 12-hole muffin tin. Bake for 20-25 mins, until risen and firm to the touch. Allow to cool on a wire rack.
  5. For the icing, beat the butter and cream cheese together until smooth. Then beat in the icing sugar and the alcohol until the mixture forms soft peaks. Chill for 30 minutes, if necessary. Then spread over the cupcakes and scatter on some green sugar sprinkles.

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As part of a healthy balanced diet, we recommend this recipe for a special occasion or treat.

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