Guinness Chocolate Cake is a moist cake with rich chocolate flavor and a hint of Guinness Beer. It’s topped with cream cheese frosting and each bite taste amazing.

Guinness Cake being sliced on a platter.
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Whether you are looking for a new St. Patrick’s Day dessert or just something to enjoy year-round, this recipe is a must try. It’s one of the best chocolate cake recipes with the perfect mixture of ingredients.

If you love this flavor, you should also make Guinness Brownies. I absolutely love them and have made them for years.

Why We Love This Recipe

This delicious recipe that originated with Nigella Lawson is super easy to prepare. It uses mostly pantry ingredients that you likely already have on hand.

It’s easy to adapt to make cake layers or you can make a single layer Chocolate Guinness Cake like we did. It is a tasty dessert for anyone that loves chocolate.

Ingredients

Ingredients for Guinness Cake - eggs, vanilla, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, flour, Guinness beer.

Cake

  • Large eggs. Room temperature is best.
  • Vanilla Extract. Pure vanilla is suggested for best flavor.
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder. Make sure to use unsweetened.
  • Baking soda. Best Baking Soda Substitutes
  • All Purpose Flour. Spoon the flour into the measuring cup to accurately measure the flour.
  • Guinness Beer. This gives the cake a deep, roasted flavor.

Frosting

  • Powdered Sugar. Sift until you don’t have any lumps.
  • Cream Cheese. Make sure to use room temperature cream cheese.
  • Heavy Whipping Cream. This needs to be chilled.

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Step By Step Instructions

  • Step 1. Go ahead and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Then grease a 9-inch round cake pan. Line the pan with parchment paper.
  • Step 2. Use a large bowl and whisk together the sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla.
Cake batter combined in a bowl until smooth.

Step 3. Add the cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir until just combined. Once it’s mixed together, alternate between adding flour and the beer. Don’t overmix.

Cake batter spread into a pan.

Step 4. Next, pour the cake batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Oven times vary so keep a close eye on this. Allow to cool on a wire rack to cool completely before adding the frosting. 

Mixing bowl with cream cheese being beat.

Step 5. While the cake cools, make the frosting. Use a large mixing bowl and beat the cream cheese with a handheld mixer until light and fluffy. You can use a stand mixer if you prefer.

Powdered sugar added to cream cheese mixture.

Step 6. Next, add in the powdered sugar, heavy whipping cream and vanilla extract.  Mix until the frosting is smooth and the desired consistency.

Frosting spread on cake.

Step 7. Finally, remove the cake from the pan. It should be easy using the parchment paper. Place on a serving plate or cake stand. Carefully spread the frosting on the cake using an offset spatula. Do not frost the sides.

Cake sliced and served.

Step 8. Now, it’s time to slice and enjoy.

Guinness Cake being sliced on a platter.

Storage

Cover leftovers in plastic wrap or place inside an airtight container. Refrigerate up to 3-4 days.  

Guinness Cake sliced on a plate.

Expert Tips

  • Room temperature. Make sure that all refrigerated items are at room temperature before making this cake to ensure that all the ingredients combine thoroughly and smoothly.
  • Use fresh baking soda and baking powder. This will ensure your cake bakes properly.
  • Don’t overmix the batter. This will make the cake dense instead of soft and fluffy.
  • Keep the oven closed. Repeatedly opening the door and checking on the cake will interfere with the baking process
  • Don’t skip sifting the powdered sugar. This will help to make your frosting smooth and lump free.
  • Make ahead of time. Bake the cake and freeze up to 2 months. When ready to enjoy, remove from the freezer and thaw overnight in the fridge. Then frost as normal.

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Guinness Chocolate Cake

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Guinness Chocolate Cake is a moist cake with rich chocolate flavor and a hint of Guinnes Beer. It's topped with cream cheese frosting and each bite taste amazing.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 382

Ingredients

For the Cake:

For the Frosting:

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Instructions

For the Cake:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a 9-inch round cake pan and line the pan with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla until thoroughly combined.
  • Stir in the cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt until just combined.
  • Then alternate between adding in the flour and the beer in starting with the flour and ending with the beer until both are combined. Mix each batch until just combined, being careful not to over mix the batter.
  • Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • Then place the pan on a wire rack to cool completely before topping with frosting.

For the Frosting:

  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cream with a hand held mixer until light and fluffy.
  • Add in the powdered sugar, heavy whipping cream and vanilla extract.  Mix until combined and the frosting is smooth.

To Serve:

  • Carefully remove the cake from the pan with the parchment paper and place on a serving plate or cake stand.
  • Scoop the frosting onto the top of the cake and then spread it around with swirls so that the frosting looks like the frothy top of a pint of Guinness (do not frosting the sides of the cake).
  • Then the cake is ready to slice, serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate any leftover cake in an airtight container or covered in plastic wrap for up to 3-4 days.  
Make sure that all refrigerated items are at room temperature before making this cake to ensure that all the ingredients combine

Nutrition Facts

Calories 382kcal, Carbohydrates 48g, Protein 4g, Fat 20g, Saturated Fat 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat 6g, Monounsaturated Fat 5g, Trans Fat 0.1g, Cholesterol 58mg, Sodium 297mg, Potassium 94mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 37g, Vitamin A 439IU, Vitamin C 0.1mg, Calcium 54mg, Iron 1mg

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  1. Kathy says:

    5 stars
    Love this recipe!