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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.

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

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.

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!

More Delicious Recipe for St. Patrick’s Day!

Guinness Braised Beef Stew

Guinness Braised Beef Stew

Mini No Bake Grasshopper Pies

Mini No Bake Grasshopper Pies

Have a delicious day!

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    February 19, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Looks SO delish!

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    Elaine - visual meringue
    February 19, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    That looks freakin’ fantastic!!!!

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    February 19, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    As interesting as the Cheese & Beer Quick bread I make; Chocolate though that is a whole different story … yum

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    Barbara Hurst
    February 19, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    My goodness this looks wonderful, my mouth is watering.

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    February 19, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    My husband would probably just love this! I’m pinning it for later use. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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    February 19, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Jo – this looks delicious! and your photography blows me away – stunning!!!!

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    Caroline Csak
    February 21, 2013 at 8:00 AM


    this is one of my favourite cakes to make – I like it because it’s not too sweet, but really chocolatey.(and really easy to make) It’s REALLY good with cream cheese icing, and when you make it as cup cakes, it looks like little guinnesses!

    Being a Guinness World record holder (longest game of netball ever, Calgary, 2011) I hosted a Guinness dinner for our international dinner club – it’s amazing how many ways you can slip the stuff into different dishes. Don’t really love it in it’s raw state (out of the bottle) but it does lend itself to a lot of things..

    You should check out last years St Patrick’s Day Guinness ad — it’s hilarious. Or maybe it’s just me, having grown up in the UK, watching “One Man and His Dog” sheep dog trials, every Sunday…
    I’ve included a link, but if it doesn’t work google “round up your mates” and you should be able to watch it
    Caroline, Calgary

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    DeDe@ DesignedDecor
    February 21, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    This cake looks amazing!

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    February 22, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    This looks SoOo GOOD!!! 🙂

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    February 22, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    This looks so great and as a fan of Stout, Black and Tans and all thick beers I bet this will taste awesome. Just printed the recipe – thank you!

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    February 22, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    OH.MY.YUM. can’t wait to try!

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    February 25, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    THIS is GORGEOUS and yummy looking with those raspberries on it!! Would love it if you would link up at my Trendy Tuesday party going on right now!!!

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    February 26, 2013 at 5:59 AM

    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.

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    March 6, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Yes, please! I am going to try and make this gluten free!


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    November 26, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    This cake is wonderful! It is like a fancy bakery would make! Not too sweet or heavy or light. It is just perfect.

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