Guinness Chocolate Cake

March 17, 2013 — 6 Comments


Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I hope you’ll have room for dessert after your corned beef and cabbage. I’ll be having a slice of this delicious cake. Normally I don’t much enjoy the taste of Guinness, but this cake is an exception. It is very easy to make, just a single layer and the ingredients are all mixed together on the stove. The creamy frosting goes on top to resemble a freshly poured pint of Guinness.

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Guinness Chocolate Cake

Recipe adapted from Nigella

Cake Ingredients

  • 9 ounces Guinness stout
  • 2 sticks plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar 
  • 5 ounces sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons baking soda


  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare a 9 inch springform pan by greasing the sides generously with butter and lining the bottom with parchment paper. 
  2. Pour the Guinness into a large saucepan over medium heat. Slice the butter into the saucepan and stir until it is completely melted. Turn the heat off. Whisk in the cocoa powder and sugar until it is fully combined.
  3. In a small bowl, beat the sour cream, eggs and vanilla until smooth. Pour the mixture into the saucepan and stir until well combined.
  4. Whisk the flour and baking soda into the batter. Stir until there are no lumps. Note: the batter will have bubbles in it, this is okay and will not affect the outcome of the cake.
  5. Pour the batter into the pan. Bake for 35 minutes. Use a cake tester to check for doneness, the cake may need a few more minutes.
  6. Remove the cake from the oven and cool inside the pan on a wire rack.
  7. While the cake is cooling, prepare the frosting. Remove the cake from the pan once it has cooled.

Frosting Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 ounces heavy whipping cream


  1. In your mixer bowl, beat the cream cheese until it is smooth and creamy. 
  2. Sift the powdered sugar and add it to the cream cheese. Beat on low until combined.
  3. Pour the cream into the bowl. You might not need all 4 ounces, depending on how thick or thin you would like your frosting.
  4. If the frosting is too runny, you can add more powdered sugar.
  5. Frost the top of the cake.



6 responses to Guinness Chocolate Cake


    Michelle, I’ve been drooling over all the Guinness chocolate cake recipes out there and yours is no exception. It looks delicious! So dense, rich and decadent – the perfect chocolate cake. I need to get a six pack of Guinness stat!


    I totally forgot to comment on this when I made it. I made this 2 weeks ago for a dinner party and boy was it a hit! I can’t wait to make this one again. So rich and dark and luscious… This recipe’s a keeper for sure!


    Once again this amazing cake is in my oven for my Christmas dessert… I just love this recipe 🙂 It’s so quick and easy to make and it’s always a big hit with friends and family. Thanks again and Merry Christmas!


      Hi Camille, I am so glad you enjoy this cake. I have been meaning to tell you that I used your chocolate crinkle cookie recipe and the cookies were delicious. I brought them to a holiday party and they were a hit. Thank you so much for your amazing recipes 🙂


    this cake is the best! I used a Lefthand Stout and it worked perfect. There was enough batter to make a layer cake. Cakes are tough to bake at this elevation and this recipe was a hit. Very moist & delicious. Baking another one this week for my husband’s 40th!

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