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Side photo of Guinness Chocolate Cake with chocolate shavings sitting on parchment paper.
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Guinness Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Guinness Cake. A rich chocolate cake infused with a deep dark stout that's imbued with subtle hints of coffee and chocolate. This flavor combination makes the perfect chocolate cake.

Category Desserts
Cuisine Irish
Keyword Guinness Chocolate Cake, Irish Dessert, St. Patricks Day Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
If baking 8 or 9-inch Springform 1 hour
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Mean Green Chef

Ingredients

Cake

  • 1 cup (119 ml) Guinness Extra Stout
  • 1/3 cup (76 grams) butter
  • 1 cup (100 grams) natural cocoa, unsweetened
  • 1 1/2 cups (300 grams) sugar
  • 1/2 cup (90 grams) dark brown sugar, packed firmly but not to firmly
  • 3/4 cup (213 grams) Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (240 grams) all-purpose flour, unbleached
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pink Himalayan sea salt or Kosher sea salt, finely ground

Glossy Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 package (8 oz/225 grams) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups (200 grams) confectioners' sugar (powdered sugar)
  • 1/2 cup (158 ml) heavy cream

Instructions

Cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F/175°C. Grease 6 mini pans or an 8 or 9-inch springform pan with butter or Crisco and line the bottoms with rounds of parchment paper. 

    Mini springform pans lined with parchment paper and ready for Chocolate Guinness Cake.
  2. In a small heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat the Guinness and butter until butter is melted. 

    Stout and butter for making Chocolate Guinness Cake being prepared for the stove top.
  3. Remove from the heat; whisk in sugar and cocoa until blended. 

    Ingredients for making Chocolate Guinness Cake being blended in a blue pot.
  4. Combine the eggs, sour cream and vanilla and mix by hand until well blended. 

    Ingredients for making Chocolate Guinness Cake being blended in a large glass bowl.
  5. Whish the egg mixture into the saucepan and stir until combined.

    Batter for Chocolate Guinness Cake in a blue pot that has just come off of the burner.
  6. Blend flour and baking soda; whisk into beer mixture until smooth. 

    Ingredients for making Chocolate Guinness Cake being blended in a large glass bowl.
  7. Pour batter into prepared pan(s) and bake for 20 minutes in small pans. If using 8 or 9-inch springform pans bake up to 60 minutes. 

    Overhead shot of Guinness Chocolate Cake batter ready to be baked.
  8. Remove from oven and cool on wire rack for 20 minutes. Remove from Springform pans and allow them to sit until thoroughly cooled. 

    Overhead shot of freshly baked Guinness Chocolate Cakes fresh from the oven.

Glossy Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. In a large bowl beat the cream cheese and frosting on medium-low until fluffy. Pour in the cream and vanilla. Then beat until glossy about 40 seconds.

    Cream cheese frosting ingredients being whipped in a glass bowl.
  2. Ice the top of the cakes to resemble a frothy pint of Guinness! We topped ours off with a bit of shaved dark chocolate. 

    Overhead view of Guinness Chocolate Cake with chocolate shavings sitting on parchment paper.

Recipe Notes

  • Prep time is approximate. 
  • Allow to cool completely and then frost and serve. 
  • Leftover instructions can be found up top in this post.