Chocolate Guinness Cake Recipe
- 1 cup Guinness (dark beer)
- 1/2 cup butter, cubed
- 2 cups sugar
- 3/4 cup baking cocoa
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2/3 cup sour cream
- 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
- 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1. Grease a 9-in. springform pan and line the bottom with parchment paper; set aside.
- 2. In a small saucepan, heat beer and butter until butter is melted. Remove from the heat; whisk in sugar and cocoa until blended. Combine the eggs, sour cream and vanilla; whisk into beer mixture. Combine flour and baking soda; whisk into beer mixture until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan.
- 3. Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Remove sides of pan.
- 4. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add confectioners’ sugar and cream; beat until smooth (do not over-beat). Remove cake from the pan and place on a platter or cake stand. Ice top of cake so that it resembles a frothy pint of beer. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 12 servings.
1 slice: 494 calories, 22g fat (13g saturated fat), 99mg cholesterol, 288mg sodium, 69g carbohydrate (49g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein
Reviews for Chocolate Guinness Cake
"I made this for a St. Patrick's day dessert. It was easy to make and tasted pretty good. I think the Guinness beer took away some of the chocolate flavor, though. I used dark cocoa powder and still thought it lacked chocolate flavor. I would definitely add more cocoa powder and maybe some extra sugar to sweeten it up a bit. The texture was very moist, though, and my kids loved it!"
"Very moist and tastes OK. Not sure I will make it again though. There is a strong flavor to the cake that I do not really like. Also, I had to add vanilla to the frosting. Otherwise, I didn't change anything. Perhaps it will taste better tomorrow...some things are like that! One thing I really liked about the recipe is that it is quick to make and I did not have to get out my big mixer."
"Delicious! My husband & kids both agree!"
"Very good. Moist and rich. I replace half the cocoa powder with dark cocoa power. I didn't use this frosting recipe."
"Recipe was a complete success! I followed the it ~almost~ exactly. I substituted all-purpose-flour for cake flour. And I find doing personal sized cakes is much better. Took about 20 minutes for mini cakes in the oven. I also made my own cream cheese icing.They were ~very moist~, and surprisingly delicious! Much sweeter than I was expecting, which is fine because I LOVE SWEET!Next time I may make a ganache.Here's a couple pictures of my mini bunt Guinness cakes.https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfp1/v/t1.0-9/11027500_10154008771745830_4021399531285051230_n.jpg?oh=d375f5ed5b255a934507d950008d7722&oe=5656582EIgnore the icing job. I'm not use to piping bags yet. Heeheehttps://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/11760057_10154010651690830_6409580376495519100_n.jpg?oh=15a36790a13cb612ff7daf6b6ca33301&oe=564877EF"
"When I visited Ireland I happened upon a slice of Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake. Soo Goood. Been looking for the recipe ever since I got back to the States. This one is great! First time I made it though was a flop. nothing but a sinkhole. (but still actually tasted great!) Saw lots of other people having the same issue. Cut back on the Baking Soda! 2nd time I only used 1-1/4tsp and it rose perfectly! And Don't use the wisk when adding in flour and baking soda. use a spoon and stir just until everything is all wet.I also like to give a bit of spice to my Cream Cheese frosting, add in some good cinnamon and ground ginger to give it a bit of extra kick. Won't be that perfect frosty white though."
"Had this cake for St. Pat's day and it was so moist and the chocolate flavor was great!! Will be making this again and not just for St. Pat's!! Big hit!"
"MAde this cake for St. Patrick's Day. The cake is absolutely wonderful. The recipe calls for 1 1/2 CUPS of powdered sugar, not POUNDS, as stated in a previous review. This is one of my go to cake recipes. Will make it again...and again...and again!"
"The cake is great! I wish that the recipe would mention that the whipping cream should be whipped 1st. 1.5 pounds of powered sugar just doesn't make a nice frosting. Oh it spreads ok, but you can't taste the cream cheese. When it has a 4.5 star rating I didn't think I needed to read the reviews for tips."
"Cake is easy and delicious. I made it in a bundt pan and it came out great!"
"This is a delicious cake and easy to make, too. I've made it twice for co-workers and it was thoroughly enjoyed both times. I was afraid there might be a strong beer flavor, but the beer only serves to deepen the chocolate flavor. The frosting is delicious as well. Wonderful cake! For the person whose cake fell: I think you may need to bake it longer. Try another 8 to 10 minutes."
"Help! - I have made this twice following the recipe exactly and it falls in the middle each time. The cake is delicious but I can't serve it with the sunken middle. Any suggestions how to solve this problem? Thanks."
"One of the best, if not THE best chocolate cake I have ever had! Had a dinner party for 8 and everyone loved it! Served the leftovers at a tailgate the next day -- everyone loved it there as well!"
"This was great. It had a delicious chocolate taste that was really enhanced by the beer. I made it for a St Patricks day dinner and everyone loved it! To whiskeydrinkingcowgirl. A cake falls when the ingredients have not been mixed properly. I would make sure all the ingredients are well mixed."
"One of the best cakes I have ever made. And maybe the easiest recipes to follow (except the part about using a small saucepan - medium works better to handle all of the ingredients). I wouldn't change a thing about this recipe- it comes out great every time! And everyone loves it!!"
"What more needs be said, this cake was incredible!"
"This cake is awesome! I also listened to the advice some gave and whipped most of the whipping cream to make the frosting fluffier and not so runny. It seems to make way too much for the cake though, so I dip plain cookies in the leftover frosting."
"I've made this cake 3 times and it's fallen every time. Has it happened to you and do you have any advice how to keep it from falling? We love the cake and the frosting hides the hole in the middle."
"OMG this is a great cake! I don't bake much, but decided this looked easy and I had the Guinness anyway. Boy am I glad that I saw this recipe. Hubby asked if we could just make this enough that we have it to eat every day, all the time LOL I don't have a spring form pan, so I made it in a 8x8 and it turned out great."
"Delicious ending to a fantastic St. Patty's day dinner of Guiness Corned Beef and Cabbage! Used a 9 in round cake pan and came out perfectly. Also didn't use the cream, used light cream cheese, and added vanilla to the frosting. Yum!!"
"I've made this for the last two St. Patrick's Days and it is great! I do the frosting a bit differently. I whip the cream separately. I also whip the cream cheese and sugar separately and then fold them in together. I add a bit of Baileys Irish Cream to the frosting too, delish!"
"I never review recipes, although TOH has so many! This cake is AWESOME!! Agree with recent reviewer: use a large saucepan as you add a lot of ingredients to it. Will make this every St. Patrick's Day!"
"Good.... but I think I prefer my Guinness Chocolate Cheesecake: http://thedipnchip.weebly.com/guinness-chocolate-cheesecake.html"
"Made this into cupcakes so it was less time consuming for a cooking class in my Cooking School. Everyone loved them!"
"This Cake turned out moist and really tasty! The Guinness adds a subtlety to the flavor of the chocolate that makes it really shine."
"This cake is moist and delicious! Great for St. Patrick's day!"
"No way this recipe can continue in a small saucepan. I had to transfer contents to a laree casserole dish prior to adding the flour."
"OMG, I don't consider myself an experienced baker and am often intimidated by cake recipes, though I have tackled a few. I am also an instant gratification baker and involved, complicated, chemistry like bake goods scare me to death. I just finished this cake! Easy, Perfect and beautiful. Everyone loved it......really raved about it...think I will do another next week for Saint Patrick's day. Novice bakers take note, This cake will wow them."
"With all the terrific reviews, I probably don't need to convince you to try this recipe! After making it once, I have been asked to make this over and over. I don't mind doing so, since this cake is so easy and always a hit. If you have some homebrewed stout, this is a great use for it!"
"This is the best chocolate cake I have ever had! Wonderfully moist & not too sweet. It getS more most after a day or 2"
"By far one of the BEST cakes ever. Moist & flavorful....delicious."
"My adult son asked me to make this cake for his birthday. It's easy to make & it turned out fabulous. Everyone loved it. My husband says it's now his favorite cake too!"
"Really good! Easy! That's if you have Guinness handy!!!"
"My husband couldn't wait for it to be done! It smelled great baking. I followed the recipe to a tee, and couldn't of been more satisfied with the outcome. This is definitely a keeper! ( Of course Guiness is my husband favorite beer helped a little. But taste was barely there)."
"My husband has been making this for 3-4 years thanks to Nigella Lawson! Her recipe was talked about on NPR and he tracked down the recipe. Love it!"
"made this without any modifications and it was perfect and everyone wanted the recipe and seconds"
"FANTASTIC! Have made it several times & it is always a big hit with everyone...and so easy to make. Arranging the frosting is fun!"
"Served this cake for St. Pat' Day party...my husband tried to sneak a piece to take home but got caught and lost it to Marilyn!! It was very good!"
"What a delicious cake, entire family and St. Patrick's Day guests LOVED it! So pleased!"
"Made this last year, but with canned cream cheese icing and was a hit. This year, I made plain vanilla icing and it was still great. Turns out so moist and so good."
"oops...I meant to say "whipping cream" in my previous post!"
"OMG!!! This cake is awesome! Key to getting the frosting right is to make sure the whipping is really cold. Recommend putting in the freezer for about 15 mins before you use it. I will totally make this again! Enjoy!"
"I made the recipe as directed. The cake is moist as said in other reviews. I used a bundt pan for baking. My husband thought this cake was Devine. I love the fact this is an easy yummy cake!"
"This recipe was a nice surprise. The cake was moist and had a good balance of both chocolate and Guinness tastes. I also added half heavy cream and half baileys to the frosting but I think next time I will try something else. It was ok tasting but I didn't exactly love it either. Next time I think a little powdered sugar sprinkled on top may taste good all by itself, I don't think you really need the frosting at all. Thank you for this wonderful beer cake recipe!"
"This is a cake for special occasions. I have made it for birthdays, St. Patrick's Day and parties. Not only great reviews but requests for "doggie bags" to take some home."
"I am not a cake lover but made this for company and it is but to die for. Nice and moist."
"For the frosting I would suggest whipping the cream first, doing so until stiff peaks appear. Remove to a chilled bowl and set in the fridge. Proceed with cream cheese and confectioner's sugar, then fold in chilled whipped cream. For flavor, add a touch of Bailey's. I also wonder how this would work if you omitted the cream cheese and confectioner's sugar and just whipped the heavy ceam, then added the Bailey's. Might be interesting!"
"I love this! I could eat the entire cake myself... Luckily nobody will let me because they loved it too!! MAKE THIS!"
"Since making this cake last year for St. Patrick's day it has become my "signature" cake. People love it, it's easy and always turns out well. I've taken to mixing Bailey's in the frosting, instead of 1/2 cup whipping cream I do a 1/4 of each. I'm making it again tomorrow for my mom's boss birthday, sans Bailey's since it will be enjoyed at school."
"Cake was so good and stayed moist for days. Easy and quick recipe. Frosting tasted a little dull on its own (not sweet), but was perfect once on top of the cake. Hubby loved this and will be made again in our house!"
"Made this got great reviews, can't even taste the beer. It is so moist."
"I've made this twice and both times it was excellent. I noticed some comments on the icing being a bit runny. I didn't have heavy whipping cream so I used half and half creamer, and I just added a few tables spoons at a time until I got the right consistency. It was probably about 1/3 of a cup more or less. The half and half worked great and I got the right consistency with less than the recipe calls for."
"We served it to company, and it was a hit! We (in the kitchen) got to lick the serving utensils - that is all that was left of it!"
"It is a challenge to bake long enough, but not overbake and cause cake to dry out. Otherwise our family liked this cake. Made it for our St. Pat's day meal and my son thought a little Bailey's to the topping would have been great. I liked the cake as is."
"easy to make, interesting ingredients and directions for the cake and frosting. The cake is dense and moist with a slight bitter quality from the beer. It is not overly sweet and the frosting is perfect."
"Loved this! This was one heck of a moist, dense, chocolate cake! Thanks!"
"Super easy cake to make but the frosting was too runny to create froth. Enjoyed the cake very much the first day but really dried out in the fridge overnight (and I had it wrapped in plastic wrap). Disappointing overall."
"One of the best cakes I've ever made!"
"This is definitely a keeper! The cake is so moist it almost doesn't need frosting!"
"I made this recipe into an Irish car bomb cake it was amazing. I added Jamison and baileys to the frosting!!! Very yummy!"
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"Love it! Moist and delicious. I added a cap of Irish creme liqueur to the icing recipe just to add a tinge of color and it taste AMAZING!"
"I made it into 2 dozen cupcakes. The batter makes the perfect amount for 2 dozen and there is plenty of frosting. Very nice Guinness undertone with the chocolate :) Yum!"
"This was a good, dense cake. The surprise on my family's faces when I told them the "secret" ingredient was priceless! Thanks for sharing!"
"Easy and delicious!"
"best chocolate cake I've ever had!"
"I baked this cake for my husband to take to work for his office meeting. He called and told me "Hands down, my favorite cake you've ever made." He also told me everyone in the office loved it too. I can't wait to try it now!"
"Very moist cake. Has a hint of the Guinness Stout flavor. Great cake to celebrate Irish!"
"OMG This is the best chocolate cake I've had since my mom's Black Midnight Cake which was much harder to make. Excellent!"
"I have had so many requests - it's moist, the frosting is not too sweet - everyone raves about it."
"This is amazing! And don't worry if you don't like Guinness or dark beers like that. The beer adds a great flavor to the cake without being overpowering."
"The cake s very moist. Topping is a little runny and you don't need as much as recipe makes. but very good."
"Cake was not very exciting. I had hoped that the Guinness would make it unique and interesting, but it was really not at all noticeable."
"A very nice chocolate cake. The beer doesn't loom large in the overall flavor. I used 1 cup sour cream instead of 2/3 cup, which may have made it a bit more moist."
"I have made this 6 or 8 times and every time it has turned out fabulous. Not sure why some people have had such bad luck making it. It is the best cake I have ever made!"
"Excellent!!! My husband hates chocolate cake but LOVES this cake! It is best when made the day before serving and kept in the fridge so the flavors can blend. The first time I made it we served it still a little warm and you couldn't taste the Guinness but the next day when my husband and I had another slice it was so much better because the flavors had blended."
"Very moist cake; made using a cupcake pan without cupcake papers then and topped with strawberries and ganache using 6oz of semi-sweet choc & 1 cup heavy whip cream melted in pan. I then hand dipped each cupcake and served in a cupcake foil. Looked and tasted awesome!"
"LOVE this cake!! Oh my goodness! I have made it quite a few times and every time I do, I am asked for the recipe!"
"Great taste. My husband requested it again for this weekend so I'll be making it today."
"This cake was fantastic and so moist. I could eat the frosting alone. It was so good!"
"Can I substitute Pepsi/Coca Cola for the beer?"
"I made this for my wifes birthday. It was great! I used a bundt pan, but didn't prepare it well enough and it sort of fell apart, so we ate that one and made another one which came out nice. YUM Yum."
"I have an 87 year old friend who told me several years ago that every birthday she and her brother would ask for a similar cake as a special treat. Her mother made them. She said she no longer had a recipe for a beer cake. When I saw this, I decided I have to make one for her. We are going on a retreat soon and I am going to surprise her with this cake. "
"Fantastically moist cake with yummy icing. I have a bottle of Guinness waiting to be made into another cake (if only I had the sour cream on hand!)."
"This was a hit at out campclub potluck.My husband has now chosen this cake to be his birthday cake. I didn't really taste beer (I don't care for beer), just deep, dense chocolate cake. The icing was perfect too."
"Was very moist and yummy. My family loved it."
"Very moist! Everyone loved it and could not believe how moist it was. It disappeared in one day!"
"This cake was horribly dry and the worst cake I've ever made. I'm known for making great cakes and I am so glad I didn't have to take it somewhere. I felt terrible that I had to throw it away. And I followed the recipe exactly.."
"I served this to a group of friends and they all said it was to die for and wanted the recipe!"
"Not a good cake for children, the taste of the Guinness was a bit too strong."
"This is basically the old Texas sheet cake (baked in a bundt pan instead of the cookie sheet) and it can be made using cola (like Coke or Pepsi) or Dr Pepper. It can also be make using water. I know the beer will give the cake a malty flavor but the water or soda will work too."
"YUM! That's all I need to say.To the folks needing an alternate to the beer, the beer is what makes this cake so moiste and flavorful. Sorry."
"make a chocolate ganache to drizzle over the top by (6oz semisweet chips, melted & 1 cup heavy cream melted on the stove)...the cake recipe is beyond words, the best cake I've ever had. so dense & just a hint of guiness. my husband has already asked for this to be his birthday cake...in July! :)"
"I think that white icing is WAAAYY too sugary sweet. If you're looking for something more decadant...make a chocolate ganache: 6oz semi-sweet chocolate chips & 1 cup heavy cream, simmer both together & melt the chips, pour it over the completely cooled cake = amazing! Serve it with some sliced, fresh strawberries...friends will BEG you for the recipe!"
"Any ideas for non-alcoholic substitute for the beer in this recipe?"
"My family loved this cake. It wasn’t to chocolate for them. I didn’t add the cream to the frosting and it was just right. Yes it is a thick and heavy but they liked it."
"I can not use the beer is there anything I can use instead?"
"Loved the cake! Very moist and the frosting was wonderful. Used a bundt cake pan, and it turned out perfect."
"Loved the cake - made it without frosting and it was decadent and rich. Just has a hint of malt flavor from the Guinness. This cake is going to be a new addition to our yearly March menu for sure. Twelve servings makes for a very large piece of very rich cake - I think you could get at least 18 servings. I've also seen this cake with a peanut butter cream cheese frosting - and that sounds yummy."
"Absolutely loved this cake, as did the people I served it to. I did make a few low-fat adjustments. Used low-fat sour cream, low-fat cream cheese and light butter. The frosting was awesome on this cake. This is a keeper"
"This cake is beyone words! It is sooo Delicouse and addicting ; ) This cake will definetly be made in our house again and again!!"
"What's not to love? Guinness + chocolate = YUM! "It was great, we love it!" says my 6 yr old. The cake came out perfect, great crispy edges, and the frosting was a nice compliment, although just as good without it. Will definitely make this again!"
"This cake was not moist at all. I was very disappointed. Thick,heavy and kinda hard.I cooked it only 40 minutes. I liked the frosting.The cake had a good flavor,not to sweet. I could't serve this until I could figure out what went wrong. Sorry!!!!"
"cake was too thick and heavy. frosting was very thin; kept adding more 10x but couldn't make it 'frothy-looking'. didn't like flavor."
"Made it last night on a whim (had some dark beer in the fridge similar to Guinness) -- delicious! I cut the sugar some and added a handful of dark chocolate chips. I didn't make the frosting -- it is delicious on its own and VERY moist! WILL make again! :)"
"I can't wait to try this! I read over the reviews and see that some of the reviewers seem to be worried about the alchohol content. It cooks out...it's there for flavor."
"My family says this is the best cake they have eaten in years!!!"
"I wanted to make it, but with 3 1/2 cups of sugar and the high fat content (heavy whipping cream and cream cheese), I have to pass"
"Delicious, moist and perfect with frosting."
"non-alcholic beer (e.g. KALIBERfrom the brewers of Guinness) work the same as it's alcholic buddies?"
"Very moist and dense...yum! Didn't really taste the Guinness, though. So easy to make!"
"I made the cupcakes which called for milk in the frosting - too runny - next time it will be the cake. Everyone said, "Best cupcakes I have ever had!" Great for March 17th!!! A+"
"I made this for St. Patrick's Day and everyone loved it! Very moist and it was even better the next day after it had been refridgerated."
"Really enjoyed this cake. Very easy to make and makes fairly fast. Did it for a family gathering and everybody enjoyed it. The guinness gives it a lovely kick. I didn't have a springform pan so I used a bundt pan and it came out PERFECT!! Will make it again and again."
"This is so easy and with it's dense consistency and exceptional flavor it will be a favorite for serving guests."
"Is there a substitute for the beer? Thanks"
"This cake was delicious!! And so easy to make."
"This is the best chocolate cake I ever tasted. I love the crunchy edge. Excellent!"
"Moist and not too sweet. The frosting is truly "the icing onthe cake""
"Made this for a family get together and it was a hit! I took home an empty plate.*Note that the beer should be included with the cake ingredients rather than the topping ingredients."
"I baked this last night and served it while still warm. Delicious. My mother said she loved it more without the icing. I will make this again next week! Absolutely delicious."
"Loved the frosting, I made the cake in a bundt pan and it looked beautiful:) Moist with good, albeit somewhat mild, flavor. Easy to make and frost. Lots of requests for the recipe!"
"Very good. It is moist and fairly dense. The icing sets if off and compliments the chocolate. There is just a hint of the Guinness in it so you know it isn't just your ordinary chocolate cake. I would make it again."
"so excited to try this recipe looks delicious!"