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Chocolate Guinness Cake

Updated on September 27, 2014

How about a little Guinness with that Cake?

All eyes will be definitely smiling when you serve up this Guinness Cake to your family and friends. I know you must be thinking, beer and cake ... ewww... gross!

However, the Guinness Stout lends a fabulous flavor to the cake very similar to your all-time favorites which include coffee. The final result is a decadent, rich and extremely moist chocolate cake. Did you know that a stout has a subtle hint of chocolate. So adding Guinness Stout to your cake only intensifies the flavor creating one spectacular dessert you will want to make over and over again.

When I was a kid, I was lucky to have a Grandmother who made this Guinness Cake for us. As soon as she pulled it out of the oven, my cousins and I flocked to it like bees to honey. She rarely had anytime to ever top the cake since we just loved it warm and fresh out of the oven. Sometimes we would allow her to sprinkle it with a little confectionery sugar.

I have included three variations of this delightful Guinness Cake. I saved the best for last, it is the "Chocolate Guinness Cake" my Grandmother made. Love you Nana!

Chocolate Guinness Cake
Chocolate Guinness Cake

Guinness Stout turns this chocolate cake into a deep, dark and intensely rich dessert. The Irish cream caramel sauce is the perfect finish for this deliciously decadent chocolate treat.

  • Prep time: 20 min
  • Cook time: 2 hours
  • Ready in: 2 hours 20 min
  • Yields: 6


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch-process) plus additional for dusting
  • 1 1 /4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • softened
  • 1 1/2 cups packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cups room-temperature Guinness Stout
  • Lightly sweetened whipped cream


  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350 F. with rack in the middle.
  2. 2. Butter and flour an 8-inch square cake pan (2 inches deep).
  3. 3. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. 4. Beat together butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy. Add eggs one and at time, beating well, then beat in vanilla.
  5. 5. Add flour mixture and beer alternately in batches, beginning and ending with flour mixture and mixing until just combined.
  6. 6. Pour batter into cake pan and smooth top, then bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 45 to 55 minutes.
  7. 7. Cool in a pan on a wire rack 1 hour. Transfer cake to a cake plate.
  8. Caramel Sauce Directions:
  9. 1. Heat sugar and water in a 10-inch heavy skillet over medium heat, and cook, swirling skillet occasionally so sugar melts evenly, until it is a dark amber.
  10. 2. Add whiskey and carefully cook, swirling skillet occasionally so sugar melts evenly, until it is a dark amber.
  11. 3. Add whiskey and carefully ignite with a kitchen match (use caution: whiskey will ignite in a ball of flame). When flame dies out stir in cream and bring to a boil (don't worry if the caramel seizes -- just stir until the sauce is recombined).
  12. 4. Boil until liquid is reduced by 1/3, then remove from heat and whisk in butter. Remove from heat and keep warm, covered.
  13. Serve cake with caramel sauce and whipped cream.For Caramel Sauce Ingredients:
  14. 1 cup sugar2 tablespoons water1/3 cup Irish whisky such as Jameson or Bushmills1/2 cup heavy cream2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  15. Recipe adapted from:by Ian Knauer
  16. Photo: Lara Ferroni
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Guinness Cake with Guinness Whipped Cream
Guinness Cake with Guinness Whipped Cream
  • Prep time: 20 min
  • Cook time: 40 min
  • Ready in: 1 hour
  • Yields: 8

Chocolate-Stout Cake with Guinness Whipped Cream

  • Butter
  • for greasing pan
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • plus more for pan
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 cup Guinness stout
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3 extra-large eggs
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup vegetable oil


  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a bundt pan. Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large bowl.
  2. 2. Pour the Guinness and molasses into a medium pot and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and whisk in the baking soda. The mixture will rise and foam.
  3. 3. In another large bowl, whisk the eggs and two sugars until combined, then the oil. Whisk in a little of the Guinness mixture to temper the eggs, then whisk in the remaining.
  4. 4. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Pour the liquid ingredients into the well, whisking slowly until just incorporated. Be careful not to over-mix or the cake will be tough. Pour the batter in the pan and bake until the cake pulls away from the side of the pan, the top starts to crack and a cake tester comes out mostly clean when inserted in the middle, about 30 minutes. Cool cake on a wire rack, covered with a dry kitchen towel to keep it moist. After 30 minutes of cooling, invert onto a cake platter.
  5. How to make the whipped cream:
  6. 2 cups heavy cream 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup Guinness.Using a whisk, whip the cream until slightly thick. Add the sugar and Guinness and whip until peaks form. Serve each slice of cake with scoops of whipped cream.
  7. Cake adapted from Sunday Suppers at Lucques: by Suzanne Goin

The KitchenAid Artisan Series Stand Mixer is best for tackling heavy tasks like kneading and mixing tougher dough. While this workhorse performs these duties well, it also does an admirable job at whipping egg whites or heavy cream.

This mixer comes with a 5-quart stainless-steel bowl and three attachments: a flat beater, whisk and dough hook. It comes in 25 color choices.

If you want to spend less, the KitchenAid K45SS Classic (*Est. $200) is nearly as powerful but only has a 4.5-quart mixing bowl.

KitchenAid KSM150PSER Artisan Series is such a wonderful appliance. You will wonder how you lived without one.

Spring Form Pans

Available in many shapes and sizes. So easy to use, just un-clip the lever and remove the sides of the pan. Create perfect cakes every time.

My Grandmother's Chocolate Guinness Cake

Chocolate Guinness Cake
Chocolate Guinness Cake

Hope you enjoy this delicious Chocolate Guinness Cake as much as we do.

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 45 min
  • Ready in: 1 hour
  • Yields: 8


  • 1 cup Guinness stout
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tb unsalted butter
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tb pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt


  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. 2. Line the spring form pan with buttered parchment paper. The cake batter will be runny and once the cake is baked the middle of the cake will sink ever so slightly.
  3. 3. Whisk sour cream, eggs, salt and vanilla in a bowl and set aside.
  4. 4. Gently heat Guinness Stout and butter in a medium pan until butter is melted. Pour the rest of the Guinness Stout in a glass and enjoy. My Grandpa was the lucky recipient of this treat.
  5. 5. Whisk in cocoa powder and sugar. Add the sour cream mixture into the Guinness mixture and mix until well combined.
  6. 6. Add in flour and baking soda to this mixture.
  7. 7. Pour batter into the lined cake pan and bake for 50 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
  8. 8. If your family allows, cool cake on a rack. Serve with cream cheese icing, whipped cream or just a light dusting of confectioners' sugar right before serving.

Cake Stands

Display your work of art on a Cake Stand. The Guinness Chocolate Cake looks fabulous on a White Cake Pedestal.

More Guinness Recipes

Here are a few sites with some great recipes using Guinness.

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You know, Chocolate Guinness Cake is not just for St. Patricks Day.

Guinness Cake
Guinness Cake

You can enjoy a rich and flavorful Chocolate Guinness Cake anytime of the year. Consider making a Guinness Birthday Cake for the Beer lover in your family. Oh, and how great would it be to bring one to a Super Bowl Party or to a summer picnic. A Guinness Cake is great dessert for any occasion. What do you think?

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      LouisaDembul 3 years ago

      i've never tried Guinness cake with caramel sauce, sounds fantastic!

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      Ellen Gregory 3 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      This sounds really good. I'll bet the Guinness just take the edge off the sweetness. Very interesting recipes.

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      AnitaJax 3 years ago

      My but that sounds yummy. I may just make one of these for dessert tonight.

      Thanks for the recipes!

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      All of your Guinness cake's look delicious.

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      Erin Mellor 3 years ago from Europe

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      @tvyps: Thanks so much for the blessing. I'll have to see what I can do about Christmas. :)

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      This looks very tasty...especially when I don't have anything sweet in my house right now. I would like some for Christmas...hint hint...haha! Blessed.

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      kevkev227 lm 5 years ago

      This looks great...I am very comfortable with the idea of Guinness with dessert. One of my favorite snacks is Guinness and cookies :)

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      pinkrenegade lm 5 years ago

      Everything look absolutely mouth-watering but I like Chocolate Guinness Cake with Irish Cream Caramel Sauce specially.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      My goodness, this looks far, far too delicious. Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      jlshernandez 5 years ago

      Looks so tempting. I will have to try this for the Memorial Day weekend. I love baking. Blessed****

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      WaynesWorld LM 5 years ago

      No but yours looks... AWESOME!!!!!

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      GeekGirl1 5 years ago

      I am intrigued by this Guinness cake. It looks so rich and sweet, so mouth-watering.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Chocolate Guinness Cake, what next?

      It sounds like it would be lovely, thanks for sharing! :)

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      This sounds quite interesting and worthy of a virtual taste. Yumm!

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      Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

      Not something I would have thought to do -- put Guinness in a cake -- but it's a great idea.

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      Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

      This recipe sounds absolutely wonderful, and it is your grandmother's I will try first. Angel blessed.

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Fabulous lens and great recipes, very mouth watering. Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012. Hugs

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      Faye Rutledge 5 years ago from Concord VA

      Oh my, these cakes look wonderful!!

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      Patricia 5 years ago

      Yum! This cake looks delicious! Blessing this lens!

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      VisFeminea 5 years ago

      Fantastic! I can't wait to try out these recipes, thank you!

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      Rob Hemphill 5 years ago from Ireland

      Wow, chocolate and Guinness together - what more could you want?

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      Ribolov LM 5 years ago

      Wauuu, lens and cakes looks amazing!

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      waterlily78 5 years ago

      That looks beyond amazing, beautiful!

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      I'm smiling just looking at that tasty-looking cake!

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      Ah, yet another fabulous dark chocolate cake from a treasured family recipe. I will be tryin' this one, fer sure.

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      7thStone 5 years ago

      Yummy lens, now I want cake!

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      Chazz 5 years ago from New York

      Can't wait to try this!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      looks delicious, i like to try some

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is a great lens, I can't wait to make the cake.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Your lenses make me hungry. This looks amazing. Will have to try.