Chocolate Guinness Cake
Chocolate Guinness Cake
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Chocolate Guinness Cake

30 MIN
55 MIN
1 H






  1. With the rack in the middle position, preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Line two 8-inch (20 cm) springform pans with parchment paper. Butter and flour the sides.
  2. In a bowl, combine the flour and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter with the beer and cocoa powder, stirring with a whisk. Let cool.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the brown sugar, sugar and salt. With a whisk, add the lukewarm butter mixture alternately with the dry ingredients and eggs.
  5. Add the sour cream and stir until the mixture is smooth.
  6. Divide the batter among the pans and bake for about 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of each cake comes out clean. Unmould and let cool.


  1. Place the chocolate in a bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a saucepan, bring the beer, cream and syrup to a boil. Remove from the heat and pour over the chocolate. Let stand for 1 minute.
  3. With a whisk, gently stir the mixture until the chocolate has completely melted. Add the butter and stir until smooth. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until the ganache is spreadable but not too thick. If needed, microwave a few seconds at a time and stir until spreadable.
  4. Cut and discard the rounded tops of each cake. Spread one-quarter of the ganache onto one layer.
  5. Top with the second cake layer and frost with the remaining ganache.


  1. Didn't have stout in the house - used lager instead. Made half a recipe (there's only two of us!). Used two 6" round pans. Did not stack the cakes - froze one for later. Delicious - one of the best chocolate cakes I've had.

  2. A chocolate cake with a twist. Not too sweet and still perfect on the palate. One of “MUST” bake recipes.

  3. can I freeze the cake iced with the ganache? or do you suggest I ice the cake after I take it out of the freezer?

  4. The cake was delicious. I used only 1 cup light brown more and 1 cup butter. It was perfect.I placed it in two 9" pans since above reviews said the cake rose significantly. I will absolutely make this again for another birthday or St Paddy's day.

  5. Forgive my ignorance, but can you define "baking soda"? Where I come from we have "baking powder" or "carb soda". Which do I use?

  6. Very good, not too sweet cake! (made with Guinness). This cake rises a lot. Recipe called for two 8" springform pans. Don't have 2 of them, so I used two 8" regular cake pans, parchment and well buttered/floured sides. Cakes came out of the pans very well. However, they rose about a full 1" above the pan edges! Suggest either making the cake in three regular 8" pans or trying deeper 8" springform pans. Also, this amount of ganache was way too much for the cake, but use it up elsewhere, as it's decadent!

  7. Wow!!

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