Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Frosting

Add a little luck of the Irish to chocolate cupcakes frosted with buttercream frosting by adding stout beer and Irish Cream liqueur to your ingredients.

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 15 min
  • Servings 24

Ingredients

Cupcakes

1
box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ German chocolate cake mix
3
eggs
1/2
cup vegetable oil
3/4
cup stout beer

Frosting

1/2
cup butter, softened
4
cups powdered sugar
1/3
cup milk
1
vanilla bean

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups.
  • 2 In large bowl, beat cake mix, eggs, oil and beer with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.
  • 3 Bake about 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove cupcakes from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • 4 In medium bowl, beat butter and powdered sugar with electric mixer on medium-low speed until combined. Gradually beat in milk. Cut vanilla bean in half and scrape out seeds. Discard bean; add seeds to frosting. Beat on medium speed until fluffy. Pipe or spread frosting on cupcakes.

Expert Tips

If you don’t have a vanilla bean handy, you can substitute 1 teaspoon of vanilla.

Want to make mini cupcakes? Place mini paper baking cups in mini muffin cups. Make batter as directed and bake about 12 to 15 minutes. Cool 5 minutes before removing from pans. The recipe will make about 72 mini cupcakes; if you need to reuse the muffin pans, cover and refrigerate the remaining batter until ready to bake, and cool the pans between batches.