Guinness Chocolate Cake

This cake. For me it rivals Beatty’s Chocolate Cake, which really says something. It’s ridiculously moist and chocolaty, with just a slight  hint of malty flavor from the Guinness. Comes together quickly and easily with just a few ingredients – and there is no layering and frosting to contend with. You just pour on a simple ganache topping and let it do it’s thing…hardened enough to stay stable when sliced, but pliable enough that it was soft and luxurious to take a bite of.

A perfect sweet treat for St. Patrick’s Day, but really – I don’t see myself limiting a cake of this magnitude to one holiday in March. It’s just that good, and that easy. I’ve already eaten one piece for breakfast, and am resisting every urge to eat another.

If you didn’t want to use beer, you could certainly use coffee (which the original recipe calls for). But if you guys know me, I’m always on the lookout for a recipe that incorporates beer in some fashion. And this one is definitely a keeper. One I’ll be making again, and again, and again.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!

Source: adapted from Averie Cooks


  1. Posted March 17, 2014 at 8:57 AM | Permalink

    I’m glad you like my cake recipe and think it rival Beatty’s! And after being doctored up with the beer…mmm! I would love a slice 🙂

  2. Posted March 17, 2014 at 9:38 AM | Permalink

    I’m not much for beer, but a chocolate stout is something I will nurse at least. Chocolate Guinness cakes are so lovely, dark and complex. Great recipe for St. Patrick’s day!

    Don’t forget to wear green, or you might get pinched! 🙂

  3. Posted March 17, 2014 at 2:17 PM | Permalink

    Your recipe looks very good!
    I have written down the recipe, i’m gonna make it!

  4. Posted March 17, 2014 at 8:18 PM | Permalink

    i never baked with guinness but it looks great!

  5. Posted March 17, 2014 at 9:42 PM | Permalink

    I love cooking with beer. This cake looks delicious!

  6. Posted March 18, 2014 at 12:14 AM | Permalink

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day! This cake is hands down the most enticing Guiness cake I have seen yet. I think I was sold as soon as you said “ganache”. So yummy, I’d have a piece for breakfast too! : )

  7. Posted March 18, 2014 at 1:18 AM | Permalink

    Looks soooo delicious!!!!

  8. Kim in MD
    Posted March 19, 2014 at 11:09 AM | Permalink

    That is one gorgeous chocolate cake! I have never baked with beer, but I need to rectify that problem immediately! 🙂

  9. DLTKandS
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 10:04 AM | Permalink

    Has anyone made this recipe with coffee instead of the Guinness? My husband is allergic to all alcohol, so we don’t cook with it at all. I have been craving good moist homemade chocolate cake, and this one looks so good (just don’t want to put hubby in the hospital) 😉

    • Posted March 23, 2014 at 10:08 AM | Permalink

      The recipe I adapted it from used coffee instead of beer, so it would be fine! Enjoy!

  10. Posted March 28, 2014 at 10:58 AM | Permalink

    Just made this cake and it smells and tastes absolutely amazing! I made it in a round tin (22cm diameter) and it needed about 30min for the top to set and toothpick to come out clean. 🙂

    • Posted March 28, 2014 at 11:18 AM | Permalink

      So glad you love it! Definitely one of my new favorites too. Enjoy!

  11. Erin
    Posted August 9, 2014 at 11:02 PM | Permalink

    I made this cake tonight for my Dad’s 65th birthday dinner, and only modified it by topping it with your Beer candied bacon. The effect was one of the most decadent foods I’ve eaten in a long time… everything was a HIT. I also made the Hawaiian chicken and coconut rice, delicious as well! I only found your website a few days ago and there aren’t many recipes I don’t want to make, thank you!!

    • Posted August 11, 2014 at 12:22 PM | Permalink

      I think this is the best idea I’ve ever heard of. Totally adding it as an optional ingredient on the cake! Can’t wait to try it myself. Thanks so much for the comment, glad you’re enjoying the recipes! 🙂

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