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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

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Guinness (dark beer)
  • 1/2 cup 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
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Directions

  • 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!

  • LUV4PAWS
    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