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Recipes | March 23, 2019 | By Jessica Beck

In Celebration of March: The Guinness Cupcake

Our Carlton Senior Living Davis community recently made Guinness cupcakes to celebrate St. Patrick’s day and the month of March!

If your looking for a sweet treat to bring to an upcoming March Madness or MLB Fantasy Baseball Draft party then we have the recipe for you! Dave Lieberman’s shared recipe with the Food Network shows the perfect way to combine a love of beer and baking. Traditionally, a stout beer is the best style to bake with and is the chosen one for this recipe. We share below with you now the Chocolate Stout Cupcake recipe and how it turned out for our residents in Davis!

Chocolate Stout Cupcakes
Prep Time: 15 minutes                    Cook Time: 25 minutes                    Yields: 24 cupcakes 

Ingredients Needed:

  • 3/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa, plus more for dusting finished cupcakes
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch fine salt
  • 1 bottle stout beer (Guinness is recommended and is what Carlton Senior Living used)
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened at room temperature
  • 3/4 to 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 (1 pound) box confectioner’s sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the cocoa, sugar, flour, baking soda and salt.
  3. In another medium mixing bowl combine the stout, melted butter and vanilla. Beat in eggs 1 at a time. Mix in sour cream until thoroughly combined and smooth. Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet mixture.
  4. Lightly grease 24 muffin tins. Divide the batter equally between muffin tins, filling each 3/4 full. Bake for about 12 minutes and then rotate the pans. Bake another 12 to 13 minutes until risen, nicely domed, and set in the middle but still soft and tender. Cool before turning out.
  5. After the icing is made, top each cupcake with a heap of frosting and dust with cocoa.
  6. ENJOY!

Directions to make the icing:

  1. In a medium bowl, with a hand mixer, beat the cream cheese on medium speed until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the heavy cream. On low speed, slowly mix in the confectioner’s sugar until incorporated and smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use. Icing can be made several hours ahead and kept covered and chilled.



Our staff and residents said it was fun to bake and turned out DELICIOUS! Mixing the frosting was a little hard but they were really glad they made it from scratch because it went super well with the cupcakes!


Special thank you to the Food Network, specifically Dave Lieberman for his Chocolate Stout Cupcake recipe.
Also a special thank you to our residents and staff at Carlton Senior Living Davis for making these delicious cupcakes and sharing their thoughts with us!