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Chocolate Guinness Cake

One bite and everyone will propose a toast to this silky-smooth chocolate Guinness cake. The cream cheese frosting reminds us of the foamy head on a perfectly poured pint. —Marjorie Hennig, Seymour, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 Bake: 45 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 cup Guinness (dark beer)
  • 1/2 cup Kerrygold Salted Butter, cubed
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 large eggs, beaten, room temperature
  • 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


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9-in. springform pan and line the bottom with parchment; set aside.
  • 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.
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 45-50 minutes. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Remove cake from the pan and place on a platter or cake stand.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add confectioners’ sugar and cream; beat until smooth (do not overbeat). Frost top of cake. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 494 calories, 22g fat (13g saturated fat), 99mg cholesterol, 288mg sodium, 69g carbohydrate (49g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • cat
    Aug 15, 2020

    unfortunately i have to rate it before i can ask a question... sounds delicious and i want to make it, but what brand/kind of cocoa powder is everyone using? from reading up on cocoa powders, dutch seems to be the best/most flavorable, bug of course the most expensive. appreciate any feedback!

  • CyndiZWR
    Mar 18, 2020

    I made this cake for my birthday celebration last week and, wow, it was a huge hit! Everyone raved about it. It was moist, rich and oh so yummy! After reading reviews for the frosting, I mixed a couple teaspoons of the cream with the cream cheese and sugar, whipped the remaining cream, then folded the two together. Perfection! Thanks again, TOH, for another fabulous recipe!

    Jan 1, 2020

    AMAZING flavor. Rich and delicious. Made it for Christmas and everyone loved it.

  • pajamaangel
    Nov 25, 2019

    So delicious! The guinness gives this cake a rich chocolate flavor that we all loved. The cream cheese frosting was so good I saved the leftover for serving on other desserts.

  • CarrieBerry4Chad
    Sep 5, 2019

    I've made this for St. Patrick's Day a few different times and it always turns out moist and big hit with everyone!

  • Dana
    Mar 28, 2019

    i made this cake for St. Paddy's day and everyone loved it! it was moist and so good.

  • kerrbear
    Mar 18, 2018

    Awesome cake. Love to make

  • Dkawaller
    Mar 17, 2018

    My guests loved the cake. Easy to make and came out exactly like the picture. Will definitely make again.

  • twoakita
    Feb 20, 2018

    I love this cake and so does everyone else. I've made it twice and each time it sinks in the middle. No one has given me a reason. Would someone please tell me why it sinks and how to fix it.

  • sstetzel
    Sep 22, 2017

    Hi Debra,My guess would be your cocoa powder, different brands vary in color intensity. This recipe yields around 5 cups of batter, that should easily fit in a 9" springform pan.Hope this helps!Sue StetzelRecipe Support SpecialistTaste of Home Magazine