Chocolate Guinness Cake

Chocolate Guinness Cake

During a recent trip to Ireland, I was delighted to see this chocolate Guinness cake and other desserts flavored with stout on restaurant menus. The bitter, coffee-like flavor of stout marries marvelously with dark chocolate in particular, as in this ultra-moist, slightly earthy cake. Serve a slice with whipped cream or plain vanilla ice cream—and a pint of Guinness.–Tish Boyle

Chocolate Guinness Cake

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  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • Serves 10
5/5 - 1 reviews
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Special Equipment: 9-inch (23-cm) springform pan at least 3 inches (8 cm) deep


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Preheat the oven to 325°F (160°C) and position the oven rack in the center of the oven. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan at least 3 inches deep. Dust the pan with flour and tap out any excess.
Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, if using, and cinnamon into a medium bowl. Whisk to combine, and set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, using the paddle attachment, beat the butter at medium-high speed until creamy, about 1 minute. Gradually add the brown sugar and beat at high speed until very light and creamy, about 3 minutes. Reduce the speed to medium-low and add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as necessary. Beat in the vanilla extract. Reduce the speed to low and add the dry ingredients in three additions, alternating with the stout in two additions and mixing just until blended. Add the pecans and mix just until combined. Remove bowl from the mixer stand and stir a few times with the rubber spatula to make sure the batter is evenly blended. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top.
Bake the cake for 55 to 70 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool the cake in the pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Then invert the cake onto the rack and let it cool completely.
Just before serving, lightly dust the top of the cake with confectioners’ sugar. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Recipe Testers Reviews

This chocolate Guinness cake bakes up like a dream and is filled with the complex flavors of chocolate and coffee and an undertone of smoke. My batter was quite fluffy, almost mousse-like, and required a springform pan to accommodate the volume. I checked the cake for doneness at 60 minutes and the tester came out clean but the top was a bit too done, so I suggest checking it at 55 minutes. I did add the optional salt, though I don’t really think it is necessary. I cut a small piece (just for testing purposes of course) then sprinkled the remaining cake with powdered sugar, wrapped it in foil and promptly sent it to my husband’s office. It needed to be out of the house soon otherwise I might keep tasting. And he has some hungry Irish lads who wanted to give it a go.


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  1. I had tried this cake recipe in mini cake pans and converted it to eggless by using grounded flax seeds. Loved the texture and the taste. Best Guinness cake flavour so far. My cakes did rise initially but sank in the middle. But I think that is because of the changes I had made to the recipe by replacing eggs and using mini moulds. I am planning to bake cakes at a slightly lower temperature next time and measure the baking powder carefully. Please suggest if there is anything else I can try.

    I have been able to bake the Arabian Date Cake from your website with the same changes several times and it is favorite at our home. Thanks for sharing the fail-proof recipes as it gives me more bandwidth to try my changes :)

    1. Hi Sumeet, as you know, baking with flax seed as a replacement for eggs can be tricky because eggs perform so many functions in a baking recipe- they add fat, contribute to emulsification, provide structure and leavening. Try adding 1/8 teaspoon baking powder for each egg replaced by flax seeds. This might help with the rise. Let us know how it works.

  2. Ok, just tried it, I found it very bland, probably due to the fact that the recipe doesn’t call for salt…and I used salted butter. I knew I should have added some.

    1. T, sorry you found it bland. Doing some research, I discovered almost all recipes for chocolate Guinness cake don’t include salt. But you can use 3/4 teaspoon of salt, which I’ll add to the recipe now.

  3. Am I the only one who is wondering when to add the Guinness? The recipe doesn’t say. I put it in just before the dry ingredients and it made a weird texture. Cake looks ok, it’s cooling and I haven’t tried it yet.

    1. T, in step three is says, “Reduce the speed to low and add the dry ingredients in three additions, alternating with the stout in two additions and mixing just until blended.”

  4. I made this for my office/department, and they completely flipped out. Loads of compliments on how amazing it was, so moist, and with a “deep, sophisticated flavor.” Thank you very much for posting this wonderful recipe. I felt like a baking queen today, because of this cake.

  5. I made this today to go along with my St. Patricks Day dinner. All I have to say is there was none left after 6 people fought over who got the last piece. I will be making this again.

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