Saint Patrick’s Day Cupcakes {Beer Mugs}

filed under: Cakes on February 19, 2012

I made these cupcakes last year but never shared the tutorial for them on my blog.  Since they are so easy and SO fun, I couldn’t resist sharing them this year!

Beer Mug Cupcake Recipe

Not only are these beer mug St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes fun and easy to do, but they’re actually made with beer, thanks to this fantastic Chocolate Stout Cake recipe from Sweetapolita!

Simply bake the cake according to direction, except put the batter into a cupcake pan. I did not use cupcake liners, but if you choose to, remember to remove them prior to assembling your beer mug.

Start off by getting a fist-full portion of green fondant.

Roll out your fondant on a clean working surface. If you need to, sprinkle cornstarch to keep the fondant from sticking.

Roll fondant to about 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch thickness, then cut into strips. The strip size will vary, depending on the height and width of your cupcake.

Now you want to add the mugs “panels” .  Just cut out mini portions of fondant and, using a tiny amount of water as “glue,’ adhere the strips to what will become the side of the mug.


Take your fondant strip and wrap it around your cupcake. Overlap the fondant by about 1/2 inch, and adhere edges with frosting or water.

Next you can add the handle! Just take your green fondant and roll out a “snake,” or long rounded strip. Form it into the handle shape and set out to dry. Since I was in a hurry to make these, I put the handles into my oven at 170 degrees for 15-20 minutes. This dried them out enough for them to retain their shape.

Using a small amount of frosting, I attached the handle to the side of the fondant mug.

Beer Mug Cupcakes

To create the beer foam, just put your frosting into a sealable plastic bag and cut off one corner to make a hole. You want a fairly large opening — about 1/4 to 1/2 inch across.

Apply pressure to the bag and pipe out billows of frosting.   For an extra touch, let some drip down over the side. This technique is extremely forgiving, so have fun with it!

Guiness Beer Mug Cupcakes

Hope you love these Beer Mug Cupcakes as much as we do!

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  • colleen says:

    I wish I had seen these last yr when I was trying to make a beer mug cake for my dad’s Bday. I did an Octoberfest-esque bday party for him dubbed Harryfest in June :O) These are so cute

  • HeatherChristo says:

    WHY are you SO talented!!!!???? These are freaking adorable! I love these cupcakes!

  • Christy @ Life of A Modern Housewife says:

    Love it!!! We own bars, so these are awesome!!!

  • Rowaida Flayhan says:

    You are amazing Amanda these are so cute.

  • Krissy's Creations says:

    What a GREAT idea for St. Patrick’s Day! Your so creative! So glad you shared this tutorial 🙂

  • Barbara Blazer says:

    These are so cute, can’t wait to try them…especially the recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  • SamCyn says:

    These are really awesome, thanks for the tutorial! 😉

  • marla says:

    Amanda these are so cute!! Such a creative idea for St. Patty’s day & MUCH better than green beer 😉

  • Luciana says:

    These are so creative! Love Love Love

  • Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles says:

    Too much fun! I love that green color and the frothy beer head!!

  • Kristin Morris says:

    I adore these!!!! And since I am part Irish, I will be making these for a “no green beer allowed” family get together! Super super adorable. Your just so dern creative!

  • susan says:

    I forgot how cute these are! And I am sure they taste as good as they look.

  • Jen M O says:

    These are too cute!

  • Carmen Quinquilla says:

    I love them. Adorable!!

  • Paula says:

    Love these….what a cute idea!

  • Cookin' Canuck says:

    These are flippin’ adorable! So much better than green eggs on St. Paddy’s Day.

  • Blessedmama says:

    What a fun way to have a cupcake! I love it. Maybe my kids will have root beer versions. 🙂

  • Kat says:

    Mmm, I bet these would be perfect with Irish cream buttercream! You always have the cutest ideas!

  • Erin says:

    Those are beyond cute!

  • Jenn (Cookies Cupcakes Cardio) says:

    So cute! The stout cake totally makes it complete!

  • Elise Walsh says:

    These are so awesome. I just stumbled upon your site and now I must learn how to do this!

  • meatballs says:

    Those are really cute! I love that the mug is edible too!

  • Sue says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial! So cute!

  • Cupcake and Talk says:

    I love this cupcake. So cute. I’m glad you decided to share it again.

  • Sherry says:

    Super cute but where did you find cupcake pans that bake the cakes straight down the sides and not tapered in near the bottom?

    • Amanda says:

      YOu can do a few things: 1. Just trim the edges of your cupcakes so that they are not tapered 2. Use free standing upright cupcake liners 3. Bake a cake and simply use a round cookie cutter and cut out little discs. Hope that helps!

      • Penny P. says:

        Thanks for the tips. I didn’t see this answer when I posted my question about the same issue. I’ll look for those free standing upright cupcake liners.

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