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Chocolate Guinness Cake Recipe
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Chocolate Guinness Cake Recipe

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One bite and everyone will propose a toast to this moist, chocolaty cake. The cream cheese frosting resembles the foamy head on a pint. —Marjorie Hennig, Seymour, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 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 King Arthur Unbleached 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

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 494 calories, 22 g fat (13 g saturated fat), 99 mg cholesterol, 288 mg sodium, 69 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 6 g protein.


  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.
Originally published as Chocolate Guinness Cake in Country Woman February/March 2011, p41

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 494 calories, 22 g fat (13 g saturated fat), 99 mg cholesterol, 288 mg sodium, 69 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 6 g protein.

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Reviewed Apr. 20, 2014

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.

Reviewed Mar. 29, 2014

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.

Reviewed Mar. 18, 2014

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.

Reviewed Mar. 18, 2014

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!!

Reviewed Mar. 17, 2014

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!

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