Chocolate Stout Cake

September 22, 2008 at 8:47 pm | Posted in Dessert | 19 Comments
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Happy Birthday to You!

Happy Birthday to You!

Happy Birthday Dear Hubby!

Happy Birthday to You!

For my hubby’s birthday this year I made a Chocolate Stout Cake with Guinness.

Yep, it’s a beer cake.

It’s pretty good too.  Not my personal favorite, but fun to try.

And perfect for any beer lover.

Chocolate Stout Cake (make with Guinness)

from Bon Appetit, October 2006


  • 2 cups Guinness stout
  • 2 cups unsalted butter, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 1/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 Tbsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream


  • 3 cups whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 pounds semisweet chocolate, chopped

For Cake

Preheat oven to350 degrees.  Butter and flour three 8 inch cake pans with 2 inch high sides.  (I used three 9 inch cake pans with 1 inch sides)  Line with parchment paper rounds.  Butter rounds.

Bring stout and butter to simmer in large saucepan over medium heat, stirring to melt butter.  Add cocoa; whisk until mixture is smooth.  Cool slightly.

Beat eggs and sour cream in large mixing bowl fitted with paddle attachment.  Add chocolate mixture and beat until just combined.  Sift in flour, sugar, baking soda and salt.  Beat to blend.  Divide batter among pans.  (I had enough batter left over for and additional 36 mini cupcakes).

Bake cakes until tester inserted into the center comes out clean.  About 35-45 minutes.  Transfer to rack; cool 10 minutes.  Turn out onto rack; remove parchment and cool.

For Icing

Put chopped chocolate into a large bowl.  Heat cream until simmer and pour over the chocolate.  Set sit 3 minutes; whisk until smooth.  Chill until spreadable, stirring often, about 3 hours.


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  1. It looks beautiful, perfectly flat and symmetrical.

  2. “Stout Cake” — that’s my “something new” I learned today. Looks like he had a happy, happy birthday.

  3. Just hand over the cake and no one will get hurt…

  4. Feliz Cumpleanos! I made this into cupcakes not too long ago but just haven’t gotten around to posting it yet! You beat me to it! 🙂 Glad to see he had a great & yummy birthday!

  5. what an awesome birthday cake for a man! i’m sure it was a hit. 🙂

  6. Gretchen- That’s funny! I made the left over batter into mini-cupcakes and brought them to work…they were a hit! Can’t wait to see your post and thoughts on this one.

  7. looks yummy! I’m curious to know what it tastes like!

  8. Happy birthday! The cake looks fabulous! 🙂

  9. Just came across your blog from Canela & Comino. I’ve been searching out new food blogs to follow lately and I am loving yours so far!

    The chocolate cake looks so great. I just got back from a trip to Ireland and I’ve got Guinness on my mind! 🙂

  10. Ooh sounds so good. Your cake is perfect and beautiful. Can you taste the beer very nuch?

  11. cake WITH BEER? im sold.

    Kelly Turner

  12. That’s a kicking cake! Any guy would love it. It’s so dark and looks very moist. Nice job!

  13. The cake looks great! I am not a beer fan, but a lot of my friends would love it!

  14. That’s a pretty rockin’ cake! Yummy! 🙂

  15. I love the candles!

  16. Hi! I’m new to your blog but you had me at hello with Guinness cake – can’t wait to make it for the next birthday! Thanks for sharing!

  17. Oh how fun! Happy belated to Hubbie too! What a lucky guy!

  18. This cake looks SINFUL!!! I have made a similar version in the past…also for my hubby, but the icing was a bit different. Happy b-day to your husband, he looks to be in heaven!


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