Chocolate Guinness Cake Recipe

Chocolate Guinness Cake is a wonderfully dense and moist chocolate cake that is not overly sweet yet the chocolate flavor is still rich with a hint of malt from the Guinness beer.  Guinness Stout Beer is a great dessert beer with its chocolate and caramel notes, so it makes sense that it goes well as an ingredient in this chocolate cake.

 

This is great dessert idea to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day or enjoy any time of the year.  The cake batter is stirred over the stove and does not require using a high speed mixer, so it is a very easy to make.  I have provided both cake and cupcake baking instructions.  My son-in-law has declared this is his favorite cake! 

 

 

 

Chocolate Guinness Cake Recipe:

Guinness Chocolate Cake Recipe

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 10 to 12 cake servings or 24 cupcakes

Cake Baking Time: 45 to 50 mins - Cupcake Baking Time: 12 to 13 mins

Ingredients:

eggs, room temperature and beaten
2/3 cup sour cream
3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup Guinness stout beer*
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
Cream Cheese Frosting (see recipe below)
Unsweetened Cocoa powder (garnish)

* Important Tip - Pour the Guinness beer in a cup and let stand until all the foam and carbonation is gone and has flattened out.  Your cake will over expand and collapse while baking if you do not use flat beer. 

 

Instructions:

Cake Preparation:

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper.  Grease the parchment paper and sprinkle it lightly with granulated sugar.

In a small bowl, combine the eggs, sour cream, and vanilla extract; set aside.

In a large saucepan over medium-low heat, add the beer and butter.  Heat just until the butter is melted; remove from heat.

Off the heat, whisk in the sugar and cocoa powder into the melted butter mixture until blended.  Add the prepared egg mixture and whisk again until the eggs are well combined.  Add the flour and baking soda and whisk together until smooth.

Pour the cake batter into the prepared springform pan.

Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or the internal temperature registers approximately 205 to 209 degrees F. on your cooking thermometer.

Remove from oven and let the cake cool completely in the pan on a wire rack.  When the cake has cooled, remove the sides of the springform pan.  Remove the cake from the pan and place on a serving platter.

Prepare the Cream Cheese Frosting.  Frost only the top of the cake with the Cream Cheese Frosting so it resembles a frothy pint of beer.  Dust the top with cocoa powder for garnishment.

Cakes frosted with a cream cheese frosting should always be refrigerated until ready to serve.

Makes 10 to 12 servings.

 

Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 (8-ounces) package cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups powdered (confectioners’) sugar
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

In a large bowl, using a high speed mixer, beat the cream cheese until fluffy.

Add powdered sugar, cream, and vanilla extract.  Continue beating until frosting is smooth (but do not over beat).

NOTE:  If icing seems too thin, add powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time.  If it seems too thick, add some milk, 1/4 teaspoon at a time, until icing reaches desired consistency (it doesn't take much liquid to thin it out).

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use.  Frosting can be made several hours ahead of time and refrigerated.  This frosting will keep well in the refrigerator for several days, but you may need to re-beat it for the best texture.

 

Cupcake Preparation:

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Lightly grease 24 muffin tins or line with cupcake liners.

In a small bowl, combine the eggs, sour cream, and vanilla extract; set aside.

In a large saucepan over medium-low heat, add the beer and butter.  Heat just until the butter is melted; remove from heat.

Off the heat, whisk in the sugar and cocoa powder into the melted butter mixture until blended.  Add the prepared egg mixture and whisk again until the eggs are well combined.  Add the flour and baking soda and whisk together until smooth.

Divide the batter equally between the muffin tins, filling each approximately 3/4 full.

Place filled muffin tins on middle and bottom rack of oven.  Bake for approximately 12 minutes and then rotate the pans between oven racks.  Bake for another 12 to 13 minutes until the cupcakes have risen and the internal temperature registers approximately 205 to 209 degrees F. on your cooking thermometer.

Remove from oven and let cupcakes completely cool on a wire rack before turning out.

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Prepare the Cream Cheese Frosting.  Top each cupcake with a heap of Cream Cheese Frosting and spread to edges.  If desired, dust the top of each frosted cupcake with cocoa powder for garnishment.

Cupcakes frosted with a cream cheese frosting should always be refrigerated until ready to serve.

Makes about 24 cupcakes.

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Additional St. Patrick’s Day Recipes:

shamrockIrish Colcannon Potatoes – Mashed Potato with Kale and Bacon
Colcannon is true Irish soul food.  The dish consists of mashing together buttery mashed potatoes with cooked kale or cabbage and leeks for flavoring.


Corned Beef Bubble and Squeak
Bubble and Squeak is a traditional Monday lunch in England to take the leftover potatoes and vegetables from Sunday supper and fry it up to enjoy for lunch the next day.  The odd name is said to come from the noises made while cooking it.

Guinness Beef Stew – Irish Beef Stew
Most every pub you visit in Ireland will offer Beef and Guinness Stew on the menu.  Stewing the beef in Guinness stout beer tenderizes the beef and adds a robust, malty flavor to the stew.

Irish Lamb Stew
Traditionally Irish lamb stew is cooked with lamb meat (neck bones or shanks) and root vegetables such as potatoes and onions with water.  The stew is cooked over low heat until the meat is fall apart tender.

Irish Soda Bread
Here’s a wonderful traditional Irish Soda bread recipe that can be found in homes and markets all over Ireland. In the United States,  Irish Soda bread is popular to accompany Corned Beef and Cabbage when celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day.

Corned Beef and Cabbage
My family and I look forward to enjoying corned beef and cabbage dinner as part of celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day every year.  This is a great no-fuss meal to serve on Saint Patrick’s Day or any day that you desire.

Irish Sausage Rolls
In Ireland, sausage rolls are very popular.  You can find them served at pubs, at home parties, and can even be purchased ready made at bakeries.


Source:
I slightly adapted this recipe from Nigella Lawson’s Chocolate Guinness Cake recipe.
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