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Stout Chocolate Cake

This Stout Chocolate Cake is a rich and delicious chocolate cake!  The stout makes it perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!

I’ve been wanting to make a chocolate cake with stout in it for as long as I can remember.  (I’m a big fan of cooking with wine and beer…I love the flavours they add).  So when my friend Clare passed along this recipe, I just knew it was going to be good.

Chocolate Stout Cake

Oh this cake.  I can’t say enough good things about it.  It’s such a fun flavour party in your mouth!  I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did.

Chocolate Stout Cake

But I do.  Oh do I ever.  This cake tastes like chocolate and stout at the same time, and at first I didn’t know what to make of that.  But I reminded myself that this wasn’t just a chocolate cake, so it’s not supposed to taste just like chocolate.  It’s a chocolate and stout cake.  And it works.

Chocolate Stout Cake

SO darn good.  And SO perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.  Serve it up after some hearty Guinness Braised Beef…you have the perfect green day dinner!

Here’s the recipe!  Thanks again Clare!


Chocolate Stout Cake

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This Chocolate Stout Cake is a rich and delicious chocolate cake! The stout makes it perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cake 1x
  • Category: Cake


  • 1 cup Guinness (or any other stout)
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cups sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking soda


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare a 9-inch spring-form pan by buttering the inside edges, and lining the bottom with parchment paper.
  3. Pour the stout into a large saucepan over medium heat. Then add the butter and heat until melted.
  4. Remove from heat.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine the cocoa and sugar, then whisk this mixture into the beer and butter.
  6. In another bowl, combine the sour cream, eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth. Then whisk this mixture into the beer/chocolate mixture until fully combined.
  7. In another bowl (you can use the same bowl that you used for the cocoa/sugar mix, that way you get the remnants of the cocoa left there), combine the flour and baking soda.
  8. Add the flour mix to the chocolate mixture, and combine.
  9. Pour the batter into the cake pan and bake for 50 – 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  10. Put the pan on a rack and let it cool completely before removing the cake from the pan.
  11. Garnish with fresh berries, whipped cream, powdered sugar.

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This would be a great dessert to serve for company…it’s a little different, and a lot delicious!
I hope you enjoy it!

Have a delicious day!

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Have a delicious day!

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  1. I can tell by reading the recipe that this is delicious! I too love to cook with wine, spirits, and ale – they really add great flavor! Hope you can stop by the enchanted oven.