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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