Delicious Guinness and Coffee Crunch Cupcake Recipe

Food blogger Naomi Robinson shares her Guinness-inspired recipe for the ultimate coffee dessert.

These delicious Coffee Crunch cupcakes are built on a vanilla cupcake base, then topped with a creamy coffee buttercream frosting. Enjoy with a fresh Guinness Niro Cold Brew Coffee Beer, which will help bring out the rich flavors – a perfect match!

This latest addition to the Guinness family swirls with notes of espresso, chocolate and caramel, the drink is fragrant with a distinct coffee smell, the perfect balance of bitter and sweet and a roasted coffee flavor.

This infusion is ideal for a barbecue with friends, a lazy Sunday brunch or an afternoon treat!

Coffee lovers, look no further, this Cupcake Coffee Crunch recipe by @bakersroyale is packed with a rich, creamy coffee flavor, much like our Guinness Nitro Cold Brew coffee beer. The two are a match made in heaven! Click the link for the full recipe.

— Guinness US (@GuinnessUS) June 28, 2022

Coffee crunch cupcakes


Little cake

  • 3 cups (360 g) cake flour
  • 2 cups (390g) sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp table salt
  • 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter, softened (about 65F)
  • 1 1/2 cups (114g) buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup (150 g) neutral oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract


  • 4 teaspoons instant coffee, divided use
  • 3 tablespoons milk, divided use
  • 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter
  • 4 cups (454g) icing sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt


  • Chocolate Caramel Chocolate Bar

Credit: Naomi Robinson “Bakers Royale”


To make cupcakes:

  • Heat the oven to 350F.
  • In large bowl, mix cake flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt until well blended; put aside.
  • In a large bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, butter until light and fluffy.
  • Add flour mixture to butter, stir over low heat until flour is absorbed. Increase the speed to medium and beat until the mixture resembles wet sand.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients, buttermilk, oil, eggs and vanilla extract. Turn mixer to medium, beat just until combined.
  • Line the cupcakes with liner and fill them 2/3 full. Bake until the top is golden brown and a skewer inserted into the center comes out with no wet batter.
  • Remove cupcakes from pan and transfer to wire rack to cool completely before frosting.

To make the frosting:

  • In a small bowl, whisk together 1 tablespoon of milk with the 2 teaspoons of instant coffee. Put aside.
  • In a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter over medium heat until creamy, about 3 to 4 minutes. Turn off mixer, add 1 cup icing sugar, mix on low until sugar is absorbed, then increase speed to high and beat until well combined. Repeat three more with the remaining confectioners powdered sugar.
  • Add milk and instant coffee mix, remaining 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules, vanilla and salt, beat until well blended and creamy.

Frost the cupcakes as desired. Sprinkle with crushed caramel and chocolate bar. Enjoy!

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Check out Naomi’s blog “Bakers Royale” for more delicious recipes.

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