Malted Chocolate & Stout Layer Cake

Total Time

Prep: 45 min. + chilling Bake: 35 min. + cooling


16 servings

Updated: Aug. 09, 2023
If you want a dessert that will take the cake at a St. Patrick's Day celebration, look no further! The rich chocolate cake is incredibly moist and has a nice malt flavor that's perfectly complemented by the Irish cream frosting. —Jennifer Wayland, Morris Plains, New Jersey


  • 2 cups stout beer
  • 1-3/4 cups butter, cubed
  • 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup malted milk powder
  • 1 cup baking cocoa
  • 1-1/2 cups sour cream
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3-1/2 cups cake flour
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup Irish cream liqueur
  • 6 large egg yolks, beaten
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup malted milk powder
  • Chopped malted milk balls, optional


  1. Grease and flour three 9-in. round baking pans; set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine beer, butter and chocolate. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until butter and chocolate are melted. Remove from heat; whisk in milk powder and cocoa. Transfer to a large bowl. Let stand 15 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°. Add sour cream and eggs to chocolate mixture; beat until well blended. Combine sugar, flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into chocolate mixture until blended. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  4. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 32-36 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  5. In a large heavy saucepan, bring sugar and liqueur to a gentle boil over medium heat; cook until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat. Add a small amount of hot mixture to egg yolks; return all to pan, stirring constantly. Cook until mixture thickens, about 2 minutes longer, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Cool to room temperature.
  6. In a large bowl with a whisk attachment, cream butter until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Gradually beat in sugar mixture. Add milk powder; beat until fluffy, about 5 minutes. If necessary, refrigerate until frosting reaches spreading consistency.
  7. Place bottom cake layer on a serving plate; spread with 2/3 cup frosting. Repeat layers. Top with remaining cake layer. Spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving. If desired, top with chopped malted milk balls.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 821 calories, 48g fat (29g saturated fat), 220mg cholesterol, 760mg sodium, 90g carbohydrate (64g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.