Black Hawk Stout Cupcakes

Black Hawk Stout Cupcakes

Black Hawk Stout Cupcakes

You’re never too old for cupcakes—especially when they’re made from beer and whisky. My friend had a birthday party recently, and I brought these to ensure I would be supplied with the correct amount of chocolate to sustain me during the evening. They were dense and moist, thanks to the addition of Black Hawk Stout, and the whiskey in the frosting added a nice, subtle heat.

Black Hawk Stout Cupcakes


1 egg

1/3 cup canola oil

1 cup buttermilk (I used dried)

2 cups flour

2/3 cup white sugar

2/3 cup brown sugar

½ cup cocoa

1 tsp. salt

1 Tbsp. baking soda

2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup Black Hawk Stout, room temperature


Preheat the oven to 350°F.  Place cupcake liners in a muffin tray.

Add the egg, oil, and buttermilk to a large bowl and mix well.

Add the flour, both sugars, cocoa, salt and baking soda to a separate bowl and mix to combine.

Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Once everything is well blended, add the beer a little at a time, mixing after each addition. Then add the vanilla.

Fill the cupcake liners about 2/3 full. Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Let cool completely before frosting.

Whiskey Buttercream Frosting


1 cup butter, room temperature

3 ½ cups powdered sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 Tbsp. whiskey (to taste)



With a mixer, beat the butter until it is creamy. Slowly add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, beating on medium-high until it each cup is well incorporated. The frosting will be thick.

Once all the sugar is incorporated, add the whiskey and vanilla. Beat on high for 2-3 minutes until the frosting is smooth and light.

Spread or pipe onto cooled cupcakes and enjoy!


Dried buttermilk works just as well as regular buttermilk, and won’t leave you with liquid buttermilk languishing in your fridge.

To make an easy frosting piper, place the frosting in a Ziplock back and snip off one of the corners. Squeeze the frosting through the hole and onto the cupcakes.

Tastes great with Black Hawk Stout!

Where’s the party?

Do you have any chocolate and beer recipes to share? How did the Black Hawk cupcakes go over? Let us know, and send us a photo of the party!

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