Chocolate Guinness Cake

Chocolate Guinness Cake

If you want a delicious, decedent dessert this St. Patrick’s Day, look no further than this chocolate Guinness cake. I used Nigella Lawson’s recipe…she knows what she’s doing, especially when it comes to sweets. This cake has a deep chocolaty flavor with just the slightest hint of bitterness from the stout. The cake is then topped with a silky cream cheese frosting, yum!


  • 1 cup Guinness 
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 cups superfine sugar
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda


  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream


Preheat the over to 350F. Butter a 9 inch springform pan.

Pour the Guinness into a large saucepan, add the butter and heat until the butter is melted. Whisk in the cocoa and sugar until smooth. In a measuring cup, whisk the sour cream, eggs and vanilla together then add it to the chocolate Guinness mixture. Whisk in the flour and baking soda until combined. 

Pour the cake batter into the greased pan and bake for 45 minutes to an hour or until a cake tester comes out clean. Leave to cool completely in the pan on a cooling rack. Once cooled, remove from the pan and place the cake on a cake stand or platter.

For the frosting, lightly whip the cream cheese in a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment until smooth. Sift the confectioner’s sugar in and mix until combined.

Add the cream and mix again until silky smooth.

Frost the cooled cake, slice and enjoy!

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