Yay for PB & J Cupcakes

Peanut butter and jelly is such a comforting flavor combo. Whenever I make a pb & j sandwich, I’m reminded just how good they are and ask myself why I don’t enjoy them more often. So simple. So classic. And with my sweet tooth, it only makes sense that I should try trading in loaf […]

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes

Peanut butter and jelly is such a comforting flavor combo. Whenever I make a pb & j sandwich, I’m reminded just how good they are and ask myself why I don’t enjoy them more often. So simple. So classic. And with my sweet tooth, it only makes sense that I should try trading in loaf bread for cake. Want to go from lovable lunchable to a delish dessert? Let’s get to it!

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Hummingbird Cupcakes

Hummingbird cupcakes are a classic Southern dessert. Filled with fruit and nuts, these party-ready cupcakes will make everyone hum with excitement! INTRO I first shared this Hummingbird Cupcake recipe from my friend Megan of the blog Stetted several years ago. Given their springy flavors, I thought you all might need a refresher on how delicious …

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Hummingbird cupcakes are a classic Southern dessert. Filled with fruit and nuts, these party-ready cupcakes will make everyone hum with excitement!

Frosted hummingbird cupcake next to a fork on a white plate

INTRO

I first shared this Hummingbird Cupcake recipe from my friend Megan of the blog Stetted several years ago. Given their springy flavors, I thought you all might need a refresher on how delicious these cupcakes are! 

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The Absolute Best Vanilla Cupcakes

The Absolute Best Vanilla Cupcakes
Absolutely perfect vanilla cupcakes with vanilla frosting are super moist, buttery and melt in your mouth. Topped with silky smooth vanilla buttercream frosting – a classic combination!
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A square image of a vanilla cupcake with vanilla frosting with another in the back left and one to the right.

The Absolute Best Vanilla Cupcakes

Absolutely perfect vanilla cupcakes with vanilla frosting are super moist, buttery and melt in your mouth. Topped with silky smooth vanilla buttercream frosting - a classic combination!

READ: The Absolute Best Vanilla Cupcakes

Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Meringue Buttercream

Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Meringue Buttercream
These soft, sweet cupcakes packed with fresh chopped strawberries are topped with a silky smooth meringue buttercream loaded with fresh strawberry flavor. During peak strawberry season these cupc…

A square photo of a strawberry cupcake without a wrapper topped with strawberry meringue buttercream and a fresh strawberry.

Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Meringue Buttercream

These soft, sweet cupcakes packed with fresh chopped strawberries are topped with a silky smooth meringue buttercream loaded with fresh strawberry flavor. During peak strawberry season these cupcakes are an absolute must!

READ: Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Meringue Buttercream

Coconut Cupcakes with Toasted Coconut Frosting

Coconut Cupcakes with Toasted Coconut Frosting
These light and fluffy coconut cupcakes are bursting with fresh coconut flavor! With fresh ground coconut, coconut milk, and coconut extract these cupcakes have it all. Topped with coconut frosting, toaste…

A square photo of coconut cupcakes topped with coconut frosting and toasted coconut.

Coconut Cupcakes with Toasted Coconut Frosting

These light and fluffy coconut cupcakes are bursting with fresh coconut flavor! With fresh ground coconut, coconut milk, and coconut extract these cupcakes have it all. Topped with coconut frosting, toasted shredded coconut, and candy eggs these adorable cupcakes make the perfect Easter treat!

READ: Coconut Cupcakes with Toasted Coconut Frosting

Guinness Cupcakes

Rich, chocolatey cupcakes are made even better with Guinness! Top these Guinness Cupcakes with vanilla buttercream for a decadent St. Patrick’s Day dessert. Last week I decided that I don’t make nearly enough cupcakes these days. Back in the early days of my blog, I feel like I made every flavor combination possible and if …

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Rich, chocolatey cupcakes are made even better with Guinness! Top these Guinness Cupcakes with vanilla buttercream for a decadent St. Patrick’s Day dessert.

Guinness cupcake on a white plate with a bottle of Guinness in the background

Last week I decided that I don’t make nearly enough cupcakes these days.

Back in the early days of my blog, I feel like I made every flavor combination possible and if you ever flip through cupcake archives here on My Baking Addiction, you’ll see that I am sooo not kidding.

There’s pretty much something for everyone. From Doctored Cake Mix Cupcakes and Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes to adorable Bunny Butt Cupcakes that are the cutest for Easter.

Since I have so many cupcake recipes already on the blog, I thought I’d start giving some of them a little refresh starting with these Guinness Cupcakes that I posted many years ago.

They’re simple, rich, delicious and perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!

Guinness stout being poured into a mixing bowl for guinness cupcakes

COOKING WITH GUINNESS STOUT

If you’ve been around here for a while, you know that I’m not a beer fan. 

Honestly, I’m not really an alcohol fan in general. I’ll occasionally mix up a drink with pineapple vodka or have a sip of tiramisu martini, but I particularly loathe beer.

Although I do not like to drink beer, I do like to cook with it, especially when it’s Guinness. There is something about this dark, thick stout beer that enhances some dishes and really imparts a fabulous flavor.

Dry ingredients for guinness cupcakes arranged on a marble counter

I mostly use Guinness in savory recipes, such as Guinness Stew, Slow Cooker Beef and Barley Stew or Irish Beer Cheese. But some time ago I learned about using Guinness in chocolate cupcakes and was all over it!

I mean, how could we go wrong with rich, chocolatey cupcakes? 

Whisk stirring together the dry ingredients for guinness cupcakes in a large glass mixing bowl

DO THESE CUPCAKES TASTE LIKE GUINNESS?

If you are like me and don’t like to drink beer: don’t worry, these cupcakes don’t actually taste like beer!

Don’t panic as you’re making them though. The batter smells very strongly of Guinness, but the finished product is a moist, light cupcake full of chocolatey goodness that is enhanced by the stout. 

Batter for guinness cupcakes in a metal mixing bowl

Topped with a crown of Homemade Buttercream Frosting, these cupcakes are downright perfect. 

In fact, I might have to think about how to add Guinness to other chocolate recipes now. 

Batter for guinness cupcakes in a cupcake tin, ready to be baked

HOW TO MAKE GUINNESS CUPCAKES

If you’re like me and like to keep a few bottles of Guinness handy just for cooking, then you may just already have everything you need to make these cupcakes:

  • 1 bottle Guinness 
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
Baked guinness cupcakes ready to be frosted

These cupcakes use oil instead of butter, which gives them a beautiful crumb and helps keep them super moist. It also means they’re quick and easy to whip up because you don’t have to cream any butter and sugar together.

In a large bowl, mix together the Guinness, milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla. Beat in the eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla. 

In a separate bowl, whisk together the cocoa, sugar, flour, and baking soda. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.

Overhead shot of several guiness cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting arranged on a white platter

Portion the batter into 24 muffin tins lined with paper cups and bake for about 25 minutes. They’re done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with just a few moist crumbs clinging to it.

Let the cupcakes cool in their tins before whipping together the vanilla buttercream frosting and piping it onto the cupcakes.

Frosted Guinness cupcake on a white plate with a platter of cupcakes in the background

(If you really want to go above and beyond with the St. Patrick’s Day theme, you could use Baileys instead of milk in the buttercream!)

I like to finish these Guinness Cupcakes with a sprinkling of chocolate jimmies. 

Bake up a batch of these rich cupcakes to share with your neighbors this St. Paddy’s Day and see if they can guess the secret ingredient that makes them so decadent! 

Plated Guinness Cupcake with a bite taken out of it
Guinness cupcake on a white plate with a bottle of Guinness in the background

Guinness Cupcakes

Yield: 24 cupcakes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Rich, chocolatey cupcakes are made even better with Guinness! Top these Guinness Cupcakes with vanilla buttercream for a decadent St. Patrick’s Day dessert.

Ingredients

  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle Guinness Stout
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • Homemade Buttercream Frosting

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the Guinness, milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Mix in the sour cream.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the cocoa, sugar, flour, and baking soda. Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet Guinness mixture.
  4. Butter 24 muffin tins and divide the batter among the muffin tins.
  5. Bake 25 minutes, until risen and set in the middle but still soft and tender. Cool before turning out of the tins. Pipe or spread the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes.

Notes

adapted from Dave Lieberman on Chow.com

Nutrition Information
Yield 24 Serving Size 1 cupcake
Amount Per Serving Calories 202Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 29mgSodium 94mgCarbohydrates 30gFiber 1gSugar 18gProtein 3g

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Homemade Buttercream Frosting

Yield: Enough frosting for 24 cupcakes or a 9-inch layer cake
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Homemade Buttercream Frosting is one of the best basic recipes to have on hand.

Ingredients

  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • Tiny pinch fine sea salt
  • 1 ½ pounds (24 ounces) powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon clear vanilla extract (this helps maintain the bright white color)
  • 2-3 tablespoons heavy cream or milk

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium-high speed for 6-7 minutes.
  2. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add in the salt and powdered sugar, and continue beating until the sugar is fully incorporated.
  3. Add in vanilla and cream or milk and mix on low speed until incorporated.
  4. Turn the mixer back up to medium-high speed and beat the buttercream for an additional 6-7 minutes.
  5. If the buttercream is too thick, add in a bit of milk, one teaspoon at a time until you reach the desired consistency.

Notes

  • This recipe will make enough frosting to generously frost 24 cupcakes or one 9 inch layer cake.
  • You can easily adjust the consistency of this recipe by simply adding in more heavy cream or milk.
  • If you are a fan of shortening in your buttercream, simply omit one stick of butter and replace with 1/2 cup shortening.
  • Clear vanilla extract is used in this recipe to keep the frosting nice and white. If you don’t mind a slight color change, feel free to use pure vanilla extract, but decrease the amount to 2 teaspoons.
  • Covered and refrigerated frosting can be stored for up to three days. Simply bring it to room temperature and beat with an electric mixer until smooth. You may need to add a couple of teaspoons of heavy cream or milk to revive the consistency.
  • If you choose to dye your frosting, go easy with the dye. Remember, you can always add more color, but you can’t remove it.
  • If you garnish with sprinkles, make sure you do this immediately after you frost your baked goods. Once the top layer of the buttercream crusts, nothing will stick

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Nutrition Information
Yield 24
Amount Per Serving Calories 225Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 33mgSodium 13mgCarbohydrates 29gFiber 0gSugar 28gProtein 1g

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Cocoa Cupcakes

It’s cold outside and these cocoa cupcakes are a fun way to stay cozy and cute inside. They are  reminiscent of hot chocolate but presented as a sweet little cake with cocoa frosting and the tiniest marshmallow bits to top them off and tie the whole look together. The best part is these cupcakes are […]

Cocoa Cupcakes

It’s cold outside and these cocoa cupcakes are a fun way to stay cozy and cute inside. They are  reminiscent of hot chocolate but presented as a sweet little cake with cocoa frosting and the tiniest marshmallow bits to top them off and tie the whole look together.

Chocolate Cupcakes

The best part is these cupcakes are super easy to pull together and you can mix all the ingredients for the cupcakes in one bowl. I always love that.

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Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcakes

Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcakes
These easy-to-make turkey cupcakes are absolutely adorable (and delicious)! It’s a great project to do with kids, a fantastic way to use up leftover Halloween candy (and a great excuse to make my favorite chocolate cupcakes…

Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcakes

These easy-to-make turkey cupcakes are absolutely adorable (and delicious)! It's a great project to do with kids, a fantastic way to use up leftover Halloween candy (and a great excuse to make my favorite chocolate cupcakes and chocolate buttercream), and I guarantee that guests will gobble them up!

READ: Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcakes

Lemonade Cupcakes

Take a big bite of sunshine! These lemon cupcakes are a fun take on your favorite summertime drink. And they are super easy to make and decorate … which I love. Obviously, lemons are the star of this sweet treat. A combination of lemon juice and lemon zest add all the flavor you need to […]

Lemonade Cupcakes

Take a big bite of sunshine! These lemon cupcakes are a fun take on your favorite summertime drink.

Lemon Cupcake Ingredients

And they are super easy to make and decorate … which I love.

Lemons and zest

Obviously, lemons are the star of this sweet treat. A combination of lemon juice and lemon zest add all the flavor you need to feel like you’re enjoying a tangy drink … just a little fluffy instead of fluid.  One large lemon = up to 4 tablespoons lemon juice and 1 tablespoon lemon zest. 

Cupcakes Batter

Cupcake Liners

Scoop the batter evenly into 18 baking cups. I recommend going with yellow cupcake liners to really finish off the look. But a light pink color would look good, too.

Lemon Cupcakes

Once the cupcakes are baked and cool, pipe yellow-tinted buttercream frosting right on top. You can also create a two tone look with a light and darker shade of yellow. Fill two separate decorating bags with two shades of frosting. Snip off the tips. Then place the two icing bags into one larger icing bag fitted with your favorite tip. I used an Ateco #827 tip to pipe tall swirls of buttercream.

Lemon Cupcakes

Place a thin slice of lemon right into the side of your buttercream frosting. 

You could stop right here and have cute little lemonade cupcakes. But let’s make them even cuter.

Lemonade Cupcakes

Yes! I like it. Lemons, striped straws, and adorable little price tags for effect. But you could totally change the price if you wanted to actually sell your cupcakes.

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Strawberry Mimosa Cupcakes

These cupcakes have a slight tartness from the strawberries, the citrusy taste of orange, and yes, a little hint of champagne. You won’t get drunk from these cupcakes, but you will get a sugar high.

These cupcakes have a slight tartness from the strawberries, the citrusy taste of orange, and yes, a little hint of champagne. You won’t get drunk from these cupcakes, but you will get a sugar high.