Guinness Chocolate Cake



I think it’s fairly obvious that I have a love affair with all things Irish.  And I promise I’ll post inspiring ideas from my own culture/heritage too but since it is the month of St. Patty’s Day for now I will continue upon this theme for a bit longer!

I saw this recipe on Facebook awhile back and immediately “saved” it to look back to. After ordering in Guinness to our small neighbouring town liquor store and it arriving this past week I thought I’d dig up the recipe and see what it was like.  The recipe came from Nigella Lawson, one of my favorite culinary gurus…and the recipe also came in grams.  In my kitchen I almost 99% of the time do not cook with a scale (I’m just not nearly as efficient with this form of measuring and with an impatient toddler as my sous chef efficiency and speed are key!), so I’m a wee bit ashamed to admit I abandoned dear Nigella’s recipe and went rogue.


Here’s how I made it:

  • Melt in a saucepan (and then cool): 1 cup butter, 1 cup Guinness, 3/4 cup cocoa.
  • Whisk together (in a large bowl): 1 1/2 cup sugar, 2/3 cup sour cream, 2 eggs, 2tbsp vanilla, 1 tsp salt
  • Mix the above together with 2 cups all purpose flour, and 2 1/2 tsp baking soda.
  • Pour into a greased spring form pan and bake at 350• for 55 minutes. Let cool and top with:

Frosting: 1 brick cream cheese, 1 1/2 cup icing sugar, 3/4 cup whipping cream, 2-4 tbsp Irish cream or Irish whiskey. Whip half the sugar and cream cheese until smoothing out then add the remaining sugar, cream and whiskey.  Beat on high until thick, and luscious!

This cake was fantastic! Moist and rich in flavour.  The frosting added just a slight kick and served with coffee it was delicious! (It didn’t hurt that I tested this for my weekly coffee group of girlfriends so the company was a delight too!). Please try it out, even if your skeptical of Guinness…and if you’re more apt in the way of the scale look up Nigella’s recipe too, I’m sure it’s amazing!

4 thoughts on “Guinness Chocolate Cake”

  1. Hey Rhea!!
    Congrats on the site. I am excited to try some of these recipes on here. My first one is this cake!!
    What size of foam pan did you use? I also wonder if these could be made into cupcakes too?


    1. Thx for the lovely comment!! I used a 9 inch spring form pan and I wouldn’t go smaller, it was very full! I’m pretty sure it would work in cupcake form too! Let me know how it goes for you!!


      1. Cake turned out really well nice and moist for sure! The frosting……omg so amazing. I used the 4 tbsp Irish cream. I could have eaten the whole bowl on its own!!! Yummy. I also shaved some dark chocolate on top just for colour!!
        It went very nicely with our Guinness marinaded ribs!!! 🙂


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