Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Rich and moist Guinness chocolate cupcakes, topped off with a sweet cinnamon cream cheese frosting. Perfect for St Patrick’s day celebrations.

Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe from

Happy March! It’s funny how people say that at the beginning of many months. I’m pretty sure no one says happy February or January though. The worst two months of the year. Why welcome them with happy and open arms. I’d rather fast forward and skip right on over the brutal weeks of Winter.

But March… well, even if the saying goes ‘in like a lion, out like a lamb’ that won’t stop me from loving March. It means many things, from birthdays, to the beginning of Spring (only 20 more days to go!!) and thus obviously the end of Winter, and celebrations of all kinds… sports, holidays etc. It’s definitely worth being happy about and welcoming with open arms. Thankfully we’re not kicking things off with a major storm. It’s turning into a dud for us here but yes, there are still two more weeks of Winter and up here we’ve even had April Fool’s Day storms so… not holding my breath until the birds are chirping and the grass is green.

Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe from

Until then, we can totally celebrate St Patrick’s day in all of it’s glory. Green, chocolate, minty things, beer everything, potatoes! You get the idea.

I made a version of these cupcakes years ago and wanted to redo them. Make a smaller batch and just generally play around with the recipe – tweaking it if you will.

If you’re looking for a fun holiday cupcake to whip up for yourself or friends, these are definitely the ones you want. Not only are these chocolate Guinness cupcakes moist but they’re super flavorful. You can whip these up by hand or in a mixer, your call. I don’t want to take the stage away from the cupcakes but I completely loved this frosting. It’s so creamy and has just the right amount of sweetness. The cinnamon really compliments the chocolate cupcakes so well. These cupcakes are definitely a must make!

Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe from

Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Rich and moist Guinness chocolate cupcakes, topped off with a sweet cinnamon cream cheese frosting. Perfect for St Patrick's day celebrations.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate, Cupcake
Servings: 8 cupcakes



  • 1/4 C unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 C unsweetened cocoa powder sifted
  • 3/4 C all purpose flour
  • 1/4 C Guinness
  • 1/4 C sour cream


  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 C unsalted butter softened
  • 3 C powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a regular cupcake pan with 8 liners.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Mix in egg and vanilla, followed by sifted dry ingredients. Slowly incorporate Guinness and sour cream, mixing until batter is smooth and streak free.
  • Using a large cookie scoop, add one scoop to each prepared liner. Bake cupcakes for 18-20 minutes. Allow cupcakes to rest in pan for 3-5 minutes or until easy to handle. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • When ready to frost cupcakes, in a large bowl or stand mixer, beat together frosting ingredients until smooth. Add frosting to a prepared pastry bag with piping tip or frost as desired.


An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

More St Patrick’s Day recipes:
Soft Guinness pretzels with sea salt
Beef and Guinness pies with puff pastry
Mini Bailey’s cheesecakes with chocolate whipped cream
Slow cooker Guinness beef stew
Guinness ice cream float
Braided pesto bread
Pesto chicken lasagna rolls
Bacon-basil pesto and chicken pizza
Beer pretzel bowls
Creamy garlic mashed potatoes

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42 Responses to “Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting”

  1. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — March 2, 2014 at 9:00 am

    We have birds chirping here on sunny days and I seriously think they’re mistaking the sun for spring/summer. They should crawl back into hibernation or something, lol…ugh I completely forgot about St. Patty’s Day. Oops. I don’t remember holidays that I don’t get the day off for anymore, LOL I live by my work calendar sometimes. Super cute cupcakes!! I love the bottle cap on top for decoration – so clever!!

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      Rachel — March 3, 2014 at 2:28 pm

      And I sometimes live by your calendar to know about holidays too ;)

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    Layla @ Brunch Time Baker — March 2, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Yes hello march! I can not believe February is finally over! It’s still pretty cold here on the east coast, but like you said hopefully by end of march the weather will be nice and spriny!!

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      Rachel — March 3, 2014 at 2:29 pm

      Fingers crossed the weather will only improve from here on out!

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    Jenn @ Deliciously Sprinkled — March 2, 2014 at 10:40 am

    YAY, for only 20 more days until SPRING! Can’t wait :) These cupcakes look delicious and are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day! Thanks for sharing, pinned :)

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      Rachel — March 3, 2014 at 2:29 pm

      Thanks Jenn!

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    Zainab @ Blahnik Baker — March 2, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    I wish the start of March was more sunny. It’s a snow storm day here but I am happy we are getting closer to Spring!! These cupcakes are perfect! Love the small batch.

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      Rachel — March 3, 2014 at 2:29 pm

      Thanks so much! :)

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    What Jessica Baked Next... — March 2, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    These look delicious! Perfect for St Patrick’s Day! :)

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      Rachel — March 3, 2014 at 2:29 pm

      Thanks Jessica!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — March 3, 2014 at 7:22 am

    Even though March isn’t quite spring weather I’m so glad we finally made it… I’m ready for winter to be over! Oh, and I’ll take a few of these:-)

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      Rachel — March 3, 2014 at 2:30 pm

      And maybe we can somehow trick mother nature into letting us have an extended spring-fall this year? Wishful thinking I’m sure.

  7. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — March 3, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Boozy chocolate cupcakes. Say no more, my friend. Say no more!!

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      Rachel — March 3, 2014 at 2:31 pm

      Haha! I’m glad you approve ;)

  8. #
    Julia — March 3, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Cinnamon paired with Guinness, I’m liking it!

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      Rachel — March 3, 2014 at 2:31 pm

      Thanks Julia! :)

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    DessertForTwo — March 3, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    Yay! Small batch recipe!
    I’m with you: I’m so excited for March and I’m welcoming it with big open arms. The snow is going to melt soon, right? right?!
    Until then: chocolate :)

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      Rachel — March 4, 2014 at 7:27 am

      Yes – chocolate to get us through to Spring for sure :)

  10. #
    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — March 4, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    that frosting is seriously perfection, as are boozy boozy cupcakes! loves :)

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      Rachel — March 4, 2014 at 3:13 pm

      Thanks Christine :)

  11. #
    Jennie @themessybakerblog — March 4, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Yes, out with winter. I’m so happy spring is just a few days away. I miss warmth and purdy flowers. I love the addition of the cinnamon in the frosting. I bet it tastes lovely with the Guinness. Love this!

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      Rachel — March 5, 2014 at 7:40 am

      Thanks Jennie! :)

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    Jocelyn@BruCrewLife — March 5, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    I’m so excited that March is here too!! Goodbye winter, hello spring! Although, like you, we’ve had our share of late season snow. But still, spring will be here soon!! These cupcakes are definitely the best way to celebrate Saint Patty’s Day!! Pinned!

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      Rachel — March 6, 2014 at 7:37 am

      Thanks so much Jocelyn! Glad I’m not the only one ready to kick winter to the curb.

  13. #
    Meghan — March 10, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Love these!! And the frosting is perfection!

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      Rachel — March 11, 2014 at 7:46 am

      Thanks Meghan! :)

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    Katherine — March 13, 2014 at 8:53 am

    I’m so glad spring is within sight too! I made these for my 52 weeks of cupcakes this week and they were so good! I may have dreams about the frosting!

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      Rachel — March 13, 2014 at 11:05 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed them :)

  15. #
    Jodee Weiland — March 15, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    This recipe looks so delicious! I love cream cheese icing and with cinnamon, it adds a whole new dimension to delicious. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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      Rachel — March 15, 2014 at 5:45 pm

      Thanks Jodee!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — March 15, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    These cupcakes look and sound too good :) especially the frosting, yum!

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    Renee @ Awesome on $20 — March 16, 2014 at 3:15 am

    I love the combination of chocolate and cinnamon, so I bet the addition of Guinness makes these even better. I can almost taste the deepness. I can’t wait to try these.

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      Rachel — March 16, 2014 at 8:05 am

      Thanks Renee. Enjoy!! :)

  18. #
    Simone — March 17, 2014 at 7:27 am

    These look amazing! I hope you don’t mind me linking you in my latest post :)

  19. #
    Deanna — December 30, 2014 at 12:24 am

    Whoa, but, these are fan-freaking-tastic. I made them tonight and I swear, these are the best cupcakes I’ve ever had. Thanks!

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      Rachel — December 30, 2014 at 8:04 am

      So glad to hear it! Thanks for sharing :)

  20. #
    Cristina — February 14, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    I just made these a few hours ago.the cupcake itself was tasty but the frosting came out really thin with chunks of butter or cream cheese. I used the right amount of everything so I’m not sure what happened. Did I not mix it well? Thank you for the recipe though. I’ll try again another day.

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      Rachel — February 15, 2015 at 9:07 am

      It sounds as though you didn’t beat your cream cheese until completely smooth. As for it being thin, you can always add additional powdered sugar if you run into that issue.

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    Mai — March 14, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Thank you for this recipe! I made it for my hubsand’s birthday as Guiness is his favorite beer and everyone loved it. Very rich tasting cupcake and a perfect frosting to go with it. I will definitely be making this again along with along with a few others of yours I have already tried.

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      Rachel — March 15, 2015 at 9:58 am

      So glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing :)

  22. #
    Nancy — March 19, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Loved the cupcakes! Absolutely delicious combination. I doubled the cupcake portion and left icing the same. Had to pile on the icing which I’m not used to doing but was yummy!

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      Rachel — March 20, 2015 at 8:43 am

      So glad you enjoyed them!

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