Chocolate Guinness Cake

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Guinness Chocolate Cake - rich, moist, chocolate cake spiked with stout beer. Malty, sweet, and perfect for a St. Patrick's day party.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Get in the mood for St. Patrick’s Day with this rich, chocolatey, moist, out-of-this-world chocolate guinness cake, adapted from Nigella Lawson by Simply Recipes contributor Garrett McCord. And for more ideas, see our St. Patrick’s Day recipes section. ~Elise

Chocolate + Stout Cake

I’m not a big chocolate person. Nor am I a huge stout drinker. Yet, combine the two together for Guinness chocolate cake, and you have my attention.

The two ingredients have a lot of dark, husky flavor notes in common and combined with a bit of flour, sugar, and sour cream they blend into a rich as old money dessert that’s perfect for any St. Patrick’s day party.

A simple cream cheese frosting blends perfectly with the slightly bitter crumb and makes it all the better. This stout cake is best served with you guessed it – a pint of stout or porter beer, such as Guinness, so be sure to buy a six pack so you have enough to drink with your slice of cake.

This chocolate Guinness cake recipe is a riff on the classic Nigella Lawson recipe, but with some of the white refined sugar replaced with dark brown sugar which brings out some of the malty, twangy flavors of the beer; and a bit of salt added to highlight the chocolate. For something sweeter use all white sugar and add a tablespoon more of cocoa powder.

From the recipe archive. First posted 2012.

Chocolate Guinness Cake Recipe

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  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour
  • Yield: Makes one 8 or 9-inch cake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Guinness extra stout
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened natural cocoa
  • 1 1/2 cups superfine sugar
  • 1/2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cream cheese frosting recipe

Method

1 Preheat oven, prepare pan: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 8 or 9-inch springform pan with butter and line the bottom with a round of parchment paper.

2 Heat Guinness, butter, add cocoa and sugar: In a large saucepan place the stout and butter. Cook over medium-high heat until the butter has melted. Add the cocoa powder and sugars and whisk together. Take off heat and allow to come to room temperature.

3 Beat sour cream, eggs, vanilla, then add to stout butter mixture: In another bowl beat together the sour cream, eggs, and vanilla extract until very, very well combined. Add to the butter-stout mixture and whisk together.

4 Whisk flour, baking soda, salt, add to stout-butter mixture: In another bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to the stout-butter mixture and whisk together until it just comes together.

5 Bake: Pour into the prepared pan and give the pan a few short drops onto the countertop to shake the air pockets in the batter to the surface and out of the cake. Bake at 350°F for 50-60 minutes.

6 Cool: Allow to cool on a wire rack. Run a knife around the edge to separate the cake from the pan and pop the ring off the springform.

7 Frost: Spread frosting on the cooled cake and serve.

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Chocolate Guinness Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting on Cake Stand

Garrett McCord

Garrett McCord is a professional writer and recipe developer whose work has appeared in many print and online publications such as Gourmet Live, Saveur, Huffington Post, Smithsonian, and NPR. Past clients also include numerous food companies, wineries, and distilleries. Garrett writes about cocktails on his website, Coupe de Grace.

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  1. Zakir

    This is so yummy!!! Thanks for the recipe

  2. Emily

    Delicious cake but it definitely needs to be made in the 9 inch pan.

  3. candace

    I’m wondering if children can eat this cake?

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  4. Bevy

    What if you don’t have or can’t found super fine sugar

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  5. VincyBaker21

    This recipe is perfection. Simple yet amazing. It is the first recipe i’ve ever used for Guinness Chocolate cake and I have never seen the need to experiment with any other recipe. I always get great reviews whenever I make Guinness Chocolate cakes and cupcakes.

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