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Irish Guinness Chocolate Cake

This rich and fudgy chocolate cake is made with stout Guinness beer and chocolate Guinness ganache.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: bundt cake, chocolate cake, Guinness beer recipes, Guinness chocolate cake, Irish chocolate cake
Servings: 1 Bundt cake


  • Bundt cake pan


  • 2 cups cake flour or unbleached flour
  • 4 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tsp of each baking soda, and baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 stick room temperature butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 3/4 cup Guinness stout beer room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Chocolate Guinness Ganache

  • 4 oz semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp Guinness beer
  • a couple of pinches of salt


  • Spray or oil the bundt cake pan. Sprinkle with a little flour or cacao powder. Dust any excess off and set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • In a medium bowl sift together flour, cacao powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, use a mixer to cream together the butter and sugar.
  • Add the eggs and the milk. Mix until completely incorporated.
  • With a rubber spatula mix the dry ingredients 1/2 at a time into the wet. (I like to do this so the mixer doesn't cause the flour to get everywhere.)
  • After you mix it together with the spatula. With your mixer on low pour in the 1/4 cup of boiling water and 3/4 cup of Guinness. Add the vanilla extract. Mix until smooth on medium speed about 1-2 minutes,
  • Pour cake batter into the oiled cake pan and bake for about 45-55 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean.
  • Let the cake cool for a bit, then remove by running a rubber spatula along the edges to loosen.

Chocolate Guinness Ganache

  • Pour chocolate chips into a heat-safe bowl.
  • In a small saucepan heat the cream and beer on medium-low until small bubbles start to form around the edges.
  • Pour the hot mix over the chocolate chips and let sit for a couple of minutes.
  • Add a couple of pinches of salt and whisk everything together until smooth. Drizzle the ganache over the cake warm or allow to cool and thicken before putting on the cake. You can also drizzle each individual piece before serving.