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A new St. Patrick’s Day menu

Diana De Cicco is a food editor and writer based in New York City. She has a master's degree from New York University in Food Studies. Her passions are eating, traveling, and eating while traveling.

Be Irish for a Day!

Each year on St. Patrick's Day you can celebrate your Irish heritage, whether or not you are even actually Irish. Preparing a mouthwatering Irish meal paired with a Guiness or Irish coffee is a delicious way to enjoy being Irish for a day and revel in all things green.

Be Irish for a Day!

Chocolate Guinness cupcakes

Makes 12


For the cupcakes:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup plain, thick yogurt
  • 6 ounces Irish stout (like Guinness)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1-1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the cream cheese frosting:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a 12-cup cupcake tin with liners.
  2. Beat eggs and yogurt in a large bowl. Beat in stout and vanilla. Combine cocoa powder, sugar, flour, baking soda and cinnamon in a small bowl. Beat dry mixture gradually into egg mixture until well combined. Beat in butter until smooth.
  3. Pour batter into prepared cupcake tins and bake 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove cupcakes and let cool on a wire rack while preparing frosting.
  4. To make frosting: Beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla until well combined. Beat sugar in gradually until smooth and combined. Spread frosting on cooled cupcakes.

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