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Chocolate Guinness Cake is a rich chocolate cake spiked with Guinness ale and topped with cream cheese icing. This easy chocolate cake recipe makes the perfect St. Patrick’s Day dessert!

With St. Patrick’s Day approaching, I decided to update this old post for an Irish dessert. This rich, dense chocolate cake flavored with an Irish brew seemed perfect for the holiday.

Chocolate Guinness cake topped with cream cheese icing on a white cake stand

Chocolate Guinness Cake

Green desserts seem to be the trend when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day treats. But a delectable chocolate cake flavored with some Guinness definitely qualifies as celebratory Irish fare. The hubby is not a fan of mint, unless for toothpaste, or lime, so to celebrate his Irish heritage, this Chocolate Guinness Cake is the way to go.

slice of Chocolate Guinness Cake on a white dessert plate with a fork next to the cake

Irish Dessert for St. Patrick’s Day

This chocolate Guinness cake recipe is from Nigella Lawson, one of my favorite chefs.  She adds some Guinness stout to her chocolate cake recipe and tops it with a cream cheese icing fluffed up to imitate the head of foam on your favorite brew. It’s perfect

The first time I made this chocolate Guinness cake, it received mixed reviews, but both Katie and hubby loved it. Nick is not fond of cream cheese in anything, so I think that skewed his viewpoint. And Tom said it was fine, not exactly a glowing endorsement, but I did notice he ate a slice every night till it disappeared.

I thought it was excellent!  Note that the middle was sunken a bit with my most recent effort, but since the cake was cooked through (often under cooking causes an indentation along with a gooey raw middle), it just became a well for more frosting. No one complained about that! I could have easily trimmed it flat or flipped the cake over, but I thought of those options after I starting icing. Oops. This Irish dessert still looks pretty, at least I think so!

overhead image of a cream cheese frosted Guinness infused chocolate cake

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Chocolate Guinness Cake

Chocolate Guinness Cake

A rich, dense chocolate cake made with Guinness stout and topped with a fluffy cream cheese frosting

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Yield 12 servings


For the cake:

  • Butter for pan
  • 1 cup Guinness stout
  • 10 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

For the frosting:

  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Butter a 9-inch springform pan and line with parchment paper.
  2. In a saucepan, combine Guinness and butter. Place over medium heat until butter melts, then remove from heat. Add cocoa and sugar, and whisk to blend.In a large bowl, combine sour cream, eggs and vanilla; mix well. Add Guinness mixture to bowl and whisk. Add flour and baking soda, and whisk again until smooth.
  3. Pour into prepared pan, and bake until risen and firm, 45 minutes to one hour. Place pan on a wire rack and cool completely in pan.
  4. Sift powdered sugar into medium bowl to break up lumps. Add cream cheese and blend until smooth. Add heavy cream and vanilla, and mix until smooth.
  5. Remove cake from pan and place on serving dish. Ice top of cake only, so that it resembles a frothy pint of Guinness.


Recipe adapted from Nigella Lawson.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 473 Total Fat: 22g Saturated Fat: 13g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 91mg Sodium: 422mg Carbohydrates: 63g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 46g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 5g
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88 comments on “Chocolate Guinness Cake”

  1. love guinness cake! this looks wonderful!

  2. I can never keep Guiness around long enough to bake or cook with it! This sounds delightful though. I may have to hide away one and make this. Great SRC choice!

  3. LOVELY!!!!
    Liz you make such awesome dessert sweetheart that now I have no more words to describe how amazingly delicious and awesomely beautiful they look and sound….
    I only wish if I could dig my for into this rich beauty right now…

  4. YUM! I love stout cakes and the cream cheese frosting just sets this one on fire! Delicious!

  5. Delicious! I’m constantly surprised at how delicious stout is with chocolate. We used to live near an artisan chocolatier who made stout chocolate truffle….and it was incredible! A surprising taste that was amazing!

  6. This cake looks fantastic! I have never had stout with chocolate and after seeing your cake, I think I need to change that soon!

  7. What an awesome cake, Liz! I love cream cheese icing and I love how that sits so thick and perfect on top of that slice! What a great assignment you got. Love to discover new blogs, too!

  8. Not only it looks beautiful but this cake has beer in it? Wow! While I don’t bake any cake and drool over your sweets, you are constantly baking something yummy. I have a lot to catch up in terms of baking. 😉

  9. Intriguing post using Guiness, and judging by the comment count a pretty popular click or maybe it’s just you 🙂
    Great SRC post!

  10. Pretty flower pattern of cheese frosting. The cake sounds amazing!

  11. The cream cheese frosting looks and sounds super delicious! chocolate and guinness … umm. I would like my share NOW! 😉

  12. I love Guinness cake so much! Isn’t it just so delicious with the frosting?? I love the kind of coffee flavor the cake gets with the Guinness… mmmmmm

  13. Very tempting, and I like the fluffed up cream cheese frosting.

  14. GAH! This is amazing! Chocolate guiness cake?! WHOA…I am on overload right now…deeeeeelish

  15. This is such a unique and delicious looking cake. I can only imagine how thick and moist it is, and that cream cheese frosting is really gilding the lily…but I wouldn’t have it any other way. 🙂

  16. What an unique beer flavored chocolate cake and it looks so delicious, moist and love those cream cheese frosting especially. 😉

  17. This is a very elegent looking cake and I love that your frosted just the top.

  18. Interesting… I would have never thought to add Guiness beer to a chocolate cake. Your photos look beautiful, though I’m not a huge fan of chocolate cake. I’d love that frosting!!

  19. Lovely! I love the look of that slice. It sure looks mouth watering. Can’t wait to have one. Thanks a lot for the recipe. Hope I can bake it just like the way it is.

  20. I hope you enjoy it, Bear Giant! Thanks for stopping by~

  21. I just thought I’d let you know I featured this recipe on my blog today! Have a great day!! 🙂

  22. It looks perfect!
    May I have a slice, please?

  23. This looks like sin on a plate. Yum.

  24. One of my favorite cakes to eat and make! A great way to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day and a little Guinness!

  25. What a yummy cake to serve for this festive holiday time!

  26. The cake sounds great… and so do those onion rings:@)

  27. Oh Liz this looks fantastic! I have some Guinness left over from a new recipe I just made, I’ll have to try this one soon!

  28. Oh that cake is so good, I know it well. Guinness really paris so well in bothswet and savory recipes. And you can still go goreen after drinkign to make Guinness beers lol!

  29. This is definitely a winner in my books, I adore Guinness and when I’ve used it in stews it bakes into a rich thick sauce and I can well imagine how wonderful it is aired with chocolate. And then there is the cream cheese icing, so delicious. I love Nigella too, I used to love her show, particularly when she would sneak down in her dressing gown to steal a bite of her food!

  30. What a luscious, fluffy cake! I love it!

  31. Love Guinness and love this cake! We don’t make it often, but always devour the whole thing in record time when we do. 🙂 Yours looks excellent — good recipe. Thanks!

  32. This is my kind of cake, and I love that thick layer of dreamy frosting!

  33. I love Nigella her cakes are always the best and this one looks amazing 🙂

  34. I set out to make this last year in a bundt pan. The pan had some scratches and the cake didn’t release well at all. Not willing to toss the cake I made cake truffles instead. Waste not want not! Hopefully this year I’ll have better luck.

  35. I’ll substitute the green for the Guinness in cake any day! Cream cheese and cream in frosting works for me, too =)

  36. Another Nigella fan here! And this cake looks insanely good! Thanks for mentioning my Guinness Double Malted Chocolate Milkshakes!

  37. what a wonderful cake to celebrate St Patricks Day! love it!

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