Vegan Chocolate Stout Cupcakes

This is not your mother’s chocolate cupcake. Not that your mother would have anything against Vegan Chocolate Stout Cupcakes, topped with chocolate stout frosting and drizzled with coconut flakes. Right? If it’s yummy chocolate vegan desserts you love, take a look at my Vegan Chocolate Glazed Donuts with Sprinkles. While you’re at it, my Vegan Chocolate Wacky Cake is pretty sweet too!

Several chocolate stout cupcakes sitting on a white table with a stout beer behind them.

Sometimes I’m still surprised to see the ingredients I find myself cooking with. I guess it’s the small town girl in me that didn’t even know what a stout was, let alone want to bake with it. But, you know, St. Patrick’s day is around the corner and I just thought these Vegan Chocolate Stout Cupcakes needed to happen.

Personally? I’m not a big beer drinker at all. But if I have a beer, I like a bolder taste. That’s part of what makes these Vegan Chocolate Stout Cupcakes so attractive. There’s a big, bold flavor when you combine chocolate with a stout beer.

Why You’ll Love Vegan Chocolate Stout Cupcakes

As said above, you’re going to love the big bold flavor of these chocolates. But there’s also a crispy crust on the top of these cupcakes with a soft, tender middle inside. Top that off with some chocolate stout frosting and sprinkled with coconut flakes and you’ve got the makings of a perfect vegan dessert!

Of course I used a big frosting star tip to create that gorgeous topping, but you can just use a butter knife to smear on a nice, thick layer. I’m a frosting person so I’d probably opt to have a bowl of frosting on the side to slather on the bottom half of the cupcake too.

But that’s just me.

Look, these Vegan Chocolate Stout Cupcakes are not difficult to make. It’s basically my easy Vegan Chocolate Wacky cake recipe with a few adaptions. The next thing you know, you’ll be sharing these tasty morsels with your friends and shouting, “Top o’ the mahning to ya!”

Oh, if every day could be St. Patrick’s Day.

Do you like vegan St. Patrick’s Day recipes? Check out my vegan shepherd’s pie recipe, green monster hummus, or my vegan Irish soda bread.

Adapting this Recipe

If you know me, I love changing recipes around. It’s kind of the first thing I think about when I see a recipe: How can I change it.  🙂

I encourage you to do the same. When you look at this Vegan Chocolate Stout Cupcakes recipe, do you see ways you might change it up? No? Well, let me share some ideas to get you started:

  • Add some ground, dried ginger to the batter for more kick
  • Skip the frosting and top with vegan coconut whipped cream instead (Be sure to refrigerate)
  • You can sprinkle flaked sea salt over the top
  • Top with chocolate sprinkles
  • If you’re not into stouts, try a different type of beer, or maybe even a hard apple cider might be interesting.

Go with the flow! Just be sure to go along with the basics of this recipe, kind of like the load-bearing wall in the house. As long as you do that, you can really make this recipe your own. It’s just one more thing I love about making my own recipes — the power and control to do things my way.

She did it her way! (sing it with me!)

Several vegan chocolate stout cupcakes sitting next to each other on a white table.

You know, we have a real thing for these Vegan Chocolate Stout Cupcakes. We hope you love them as much as well do. If you decide to give them a go, take a photo and share it with us using #namelymarly on Instagram. We LOVE seeing your photos!

Vegan Chocolate Stout Cupcakes

Vegan Chocolate Stout Cupcakes

A delicious boozy dessert, these Vegan Chocolate Stout Cupcakes are made with stout beer and topped with chocolate stout frosting.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Vegan Chocolate Stout Cupcakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 173kcal
Author: Marly


  • cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup dark stout beer*
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the Chocolate Stout Frosting


  • Heat your oven to 350F. Line cupcake pan with cupcake papers.
  • In a medium bowl combine the cocoa powder, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir to combine.
  • In a mixing bowl add the vegetable oil and stout beer (be sure to pour the beer slowly into your measuring cup so you won’t have too much foam), and vanilla.
  • Next, pour the flour mix into the beer mixture while mixing on medium speed. Continue mixing until the batter is smooth.
  • Spoon the cake batter into cupcake papers. Fill each about 3/4 full. Bake for 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of one of the cupcakes comes out clean.
  • When done, remove from oven and set aside to cool completely.

For the Chocolate Stout Frosting

  • To make the chocolate frosting, cream the vegan butter and cocoa powder with a mixer, for at least one minute.
  • Add the powdered sugar and mix until combined. Add the beer and vanilla and mix again until combined. Add the plant-based milk one tablespoon at a time until you reach a desired, spreadable consistency.
  • Scoop your frosting into a decorator bag and use a large star tip. Swirl the frosting on the top of each cupcake by starting in the middle and working your way around the cupcake from there.


* I was able to purchase a single can of stout beer
Nutrition Facts
Vegan Chocolate Stout Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 173 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Sodium 127mg5%
Potassium 53mg2%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 1g2%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

Finally, if you’re into vegetarian or vegan cupcakes, check these beauties out:

Whatever vegan cupcake you’re biting into, enjoy!

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