Chocolate and Beer Cupcake: Manly Cupcake for Father’s Day

Cupcakes aren’t exactly masculine. Many guys think they’re only for tea parties and kids parties. This is fair enough as cupcakes are usually dainty and made to look pretty.

My challenge here was to ‘man up’ a cupcake. There’ll be no pink frosting in beards here. This is a manly cupcake – it’s a beer cupcake! It’s not fancy, it’s brown from top to bottom and it has beer in it. I think most blokes would feel comfortable taking these to their man caves.

I chose to bake with beer as I thought it would be an interesting flavour to work with and a bit of fun. I like the idea of the bitterness it brings to the cupcake which works well with the chocolate.

My favorite is the frosting. It has good amount of beer taste that complements the chocolate in the cupcake. My kitchen smelt like a brewery after cooking these but that was mainly because I experimented with reducing beer on the stove and using it in a batch of cupcakes. The outcome was too bitter though.

Father’s Day is less than a week away for what seems to be most countries. We don’t celebrate it here until September but this one’s for my international visitors.

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Father's Day cupcakes



Beer Cupcake and Frosting

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 12

A manly cupcake for men. Brown from top to bottom – chocolate and beer with beer frosting. Original recipe by Michelle


150g (1 cup) plain flour

50g (1/2 cup) unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tsp bicarb soda

50g dark or milk cooking chocolate

55g (1/4 cup) butter, softened

110g (1/2 cup) white sugar

110g (1/2 cup) brown

60ml (1/4 cup) vegetable oil

125ml (1/2 cup) full-fat sour cream

2 large eggs, room temperature

180ml (3/4 cup) stout, room temperature


675g (4 1/2 cups) icing sugar

115g (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened

1/2 tsp salt

4 tbsp stout

small bag of Maltesers, optional

Manly Cupcake Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Line a 12 hole muffin tray with paper cases.
  2. Measure out the stout and set aside. Sift the flour, cocoa powder and bicarb soda into a small bowl and stir with a fork to ensure everything is well combined. Set aside.
  3. Melt the chocolate as per the instructions on the pack using either a microwave or double boiler. Set aside to cool slightly. Meanwhile add the butter and the sugars to a stand mixer or large bowl and beat until well combined.
  4. Add the melted chocolate to the butter and sugar mixture and mix until just combined. Add the eggs and mix until well combined. Then add in the oil, vanilla ad sour cream and mix until well combined. Add the sifted dry ingredients half at a time beat until just combined. Pour in the stout half at a time, mixing with a spoon until just combined between additions.
  5. Pour the mixture into the cases, filling them two thirds. Bake for 18-22 minutes, or until when pierced with a skewer it comes out clean.
  6. Cool in the tray for a couple of minutes then place them onto a cooling rack until completely cool.
  7. Frosting: Sift the icing sugar into a a stand mixer or large bowl and add the butter, salt and stout. Mix on low speed until combined and then mix on high speed for 3-5 minutes, scraping down the sides occasionally. If the mixture is too firm, add a little more stout or water to soften it. If it is too soft add a bit more sifted icing sugar to thicken it up.
  8. Pipe or spread the frosting onto the cupcakes and top with crushed Maltesers


These cupcakes aren’t suitable for children as they contain alcohol.

Did you know you can also bake cupcakes in the air fryer? Here are chocolate air fryer cupcakes.

This recipe is from Michelle McKinnon at

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Ava Gardner

Hi! My name is Ava and I love baking. I love the process of creating something from nothing, and the satisfaction of taking a bite of something I made myself. I love trying new recipes and experimenting with different flavors. Baking is my form of self-care; it's how I relax and unwind after a long day. That's why I founded!

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