Categories: Recipes

Chocolate Guinness, Bailey’s, and Whiskey Cupcakes

by Julie Horton - Thursday, February 5, 2015 Cycling in Ireland with ExperiencePlus!

Looking for an inspired Valentine’s Day gift for the love of your life? We have the perfect idea – A bicycling tour of Ireland presented with this decadent Irish Inspired Cupcakesand delicious chocolate cupcake featuring Guinness, Bailey’s, and Jameson’s whiskey. This recipe truly captures the spirit(s) of Ireland!

Though there has never been an official ExperiencePlus! poll, we think that cycling in Ireland is a favorite destination if you simply want to have fun! Sitting in a pub warmed by a peat fire, sipping a hard cider or Guinness, listening to music and singing with locals after a day on the bike. Heaven – kind of like these cupcakes.

Cupcake Ingredients:
1 cup Guinness
1 stick and 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter
2 cups dark brown sugar
3/4-cup sour cream
2 eggs
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1-teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups of flour
2 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda

Frosting ingredients
1 stick of unsalted butter at room temperature
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
Bailey’s Irish Cream
Jameson’s Irish Whiskey

Frosting directions
1. Put the stick of room-temperature butter in a large mixing bowl and beat at medium-to-high speed for a few minutes.
2. Add a few short “glugs” of Bailey’s and a tiny bit of Jameson’s and mix at a low speed.
3. Gradually spoon the confectioners’ sugar into the bowl, mixing on a low speed.

Cooking Instructions
1. Preheat the oven to 350 and line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.
2. Combine the Guinness and the butter, chopped into one-inch chunks, in a large saucepan and heat to melt the butter.
3. Remove from heat and whisk in the cocoa and sugar.
4. In a bowl, whisk the sour cream and the eggs and vanilla then add to the beer mixture.
5. Sift together the flour and baking soda, and fold in the batter.
6. Pour into muffin molds and bake or 25 minutes or until inserted cake tester comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes, remove them from the muffin tin and let them cool completely on a rack.


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Julie Horton - Julie Horton is the Purveyor of Cycling Adventures at ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours. She bicycled in more than 20 countries on a year long, self-supported bicycle tour around the world, which covered more than 14,000 miles. Her career in the adventure travel industry began back in 1994 when she started leading hiking tours in the USA, Europe, and far flung locations like Nepal and Thailand. After 10 years on the trail her desire to get back on the road led her to ExperiencePlus! in 2004. Her passion for traveling by bicycle and sharing the possibilities and plans with our travelers makes her "work" at ExperiencePlus! fun and gratifying. She looks forward to sharing her enthusiasm for traveling by bike with each of you and hearing of your adventures. Email Julie(at)

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