Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheese Frosting

Yes, you read that right, there is ale in the cupcakes and Bailey’s in the frosting! I guess it’s safe to call these grown-up cupcakes, and boy are they good!!

St. Patrick’s Day inspired me to create this skinny adult treat. Pinterest can be such a time suck, but it also sparks creativity. After seeing this chocolate stout cake on Ambrosia Baking, a light bulb lit up in my head. I could mess around with my last chocolate cake recipes and use beer in the mix. I found the Double Chocolate Stout in Trader Joe’s, but Guinness would work too.

As for the frosting, I knew I wanted to use Bailey’s, but I couldn’t imagine just how good they would be when combined.

Folks, this was a big success, so if you have a St Patrick’s Day party to go to I highly recommend bringing these. You can double the recipe for more.

Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Baileys Cream Cheese Frosting
Servings: 12 • Serving Size: 1 cupcake w frosting • Points +: 5 pts • Smart Points: 8
Calories: 188.9 • Fat: 6.3 g • Protein: 3.3 g • Carb: 31.1 g • Fiber: 1.5 g • Sugar: 19.4 g
Sodium: 214.3 mg (without salt)


For the Bailey’s frosting:

  • 5.5 oz 1/3 less fat Philly Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 tsp Bailey’s Irish Cream

For the cupcakes:

  • 3/4 cup + 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 7 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup stout
  • 4 oz unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 cup reduced fat sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tbsp canola oil
  • cooking spray


Combine all the frosting ingredients in a medium bowl and mix until smooth with an electric mixer. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Preheat oven to 350°. Line a cupcake tin with 12 liners and lightly spray liners with oil (to prevent sticking).

In a large bowl sift together all the dry ingredients; sugar, flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking soda.

In a medium bowl combine the wet ingredients (egg through canola oil) and beat until smooth.

With a mixer, slowly add the sifted flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Pour into cupcake liners and bake 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting.