Chocolate Guinness Cake

Makes: one 8 or 9-inch cake   Prep Time: 15 minutes   Bake Time: 40-50 minutes   Total Time: 1 hour


  • 1 cup stout or porter beer (I used Guinness!)
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
for the icing:
  • 1/2 stick butter, at room temperature
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°.  Grease an 8 or 9 inch springform pan and place a layer of parchment in the bottom.
  2. In a saucepan combine beer and butter and place over medium heat until butter is melted.  Whisk in cocoa and both sugars.  Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
  3. With a mixer combine eggs, sour cream and vanilla until very well mixed and no clumps remain.  Add this mixture to the cooled butter/beer mixture.
  4. In a large bowl combine flour, baking soda, and salt.  Slowly add this mixture to the chocolate mixture.  Whisk until well combined.
  5. Pour batter into your prepared pan and bake for 40-50 minutes.
  6. While the cake is baking, beat butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy.  About 3 minutes.  Add vanilla and mix until incorporated.  Slowly add powdered sugar until you achieve the sweetness and consistency that you like.
  7. When the cake comes out of the oven allow it to cool completely on a wire rack.  Once cooled, spread frosting evenly over the top of the cake.
  8. Enjoy!