Guinness Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Guinness Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting |

Happy Guinness Week!

That’s right.  Instead of gearing up for St. Patrick’s Day with the usual corned beef and cabbage recipes, I have decided to celebrate instead with one of my other Irish favorites — Guinness.  Not the world records, the stout.  :)

(Ok, I’m watching “Friends” as I type, and Chandler’s humor is rubbing off on me.)

For our first recipe, I couldn’t resist bumping this one up on the schedule after I made and loved it again today — Guinness Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting.  Oh my heavens, people.  I’ve had and made a handful of Guinness cakes over the years, but this recipe is the winner by a landslide.  It is ridiculously good.

The chocolate cake is really moist and overflowing with rich chocolate flavor, with a hint o’ Guinness in the background.  But it is made all the better when paired with this heavenly cream cheese frosting.  I thought about going with something different for the frosting, but there’s a reason cream cheese is the classic pairing here.  My friends and I all agreed that they are absolutely perfect together!

So be sure to tune in this week for more great sweet and savory Guinness recipes to come!

Guinness Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting |

Guinness Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This is the best Guinness chocolate cake recipe I've found! It is, of course, made all the better with rich cream cheese frosting.


For The Chocolate Guinness Cake:

  • 2 cups Guinness (or other stout)
  • 2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate unsweetened cocoa powder (or regular unsweetened cocoa powder)
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/3 cups sour cream

For The Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 3 (8 oz.) bricks cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 6 cups powdered sugar


To Make The Cake:

Preheat oven to 350°F.
Butter three 8-inch round cake pans with 2-inch-high sides, and line the bottoms of the pans with parchment paper. Butter paper.

Bring the Guinness and 2 cups butter to simmer in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add cocoa powder and whisk until mixture is smooth and no lumps remain. Transfer the mixture to the freezer and let cool for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, whisk flour, sugar, baking soda, and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt in large bowl to blend.
In a stand mixer, beat the eggs and sour cream on medium speed until combined. Add the slightly-cooled Guinness mixture to the egg mixture, and beat on low speed just until combined. Add flour mixture and beat briefly on slow speed for 10 seconds. Using rubber spatula, fold batter the rest of the way until completely combined. Divide batter equally among prepared pans. (I use a kitchen scale to be sure that the cakes are even.)

Bake cakes until a toothpick inserted into center of cakes comes out clean, about 35-40 minutes. Transfer cakes (within their pans) to rack, and cool 10 minutes. Then carefully turn cakes out onto rack and cool completely. Frost with cream cheese frosting once cooled. Keep cake covered in a sealed container, and refrigerate for up to 3 days, although this cake is best enjoyed the day it is made!

To Make The Frosting:

Using an electric mixer, cream together cream cheese and butter on medium speed for 1 minute or until smooth with no lumps remaining. Add in vanilla extract and salt, and continue mixing until combined. Lower speed to medium-low and gradually add in powdered sugar. Increase speed to medium-high and beat until combined. If frosting is too thick, you can add in a teaspoon or two of water. If it is too thin, you can add in more powdered sugar.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

Guinness Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting |

Guinness Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting |

Guinness Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting |

Guinness Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting |

Guinness Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting |

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  1. Jen @ Savory Simple — March 4, 2013 @ 7:59 am (#)

    What an absolutely beautiful cake!

  2. nicole @ I am a Honey Bee — March 4, 2013 @ 8:12 am (#)

    I love St Patty’s recipes. Can’t beat Guinness in recipes, esp cakes.

    Cake looks lovely!

  3. Cassie | Bake Your Day — March 4, 2013 @ 8:32 am (#)

    Yay Guiness Week! This is one gorgeous cake. I love the way you frosted it!

  4. Kathryn — March 4, 2013 @ 8:39 am (#)

    What a stunner of a cake! I’m not much of a Guiness drinker but Guiness cakes are always so delicious. Can’t wait to make this!

  5. little kitchie — March 4, 2013 @ 9:46 am (#)

    OK, this looks SO good!!! Beautiful cake and the flavors sound awesome!

  6. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — March 4, 2013 @ 10:57 am (#)

    HELLO!! This is faaaaantastic!

  7. Audra | The Baker Chick — March 4, 2013 @ 11:03 am (#)

    Love this Ali. Gorgeous photos of a truly gorgeous cake!

  8. Victoria — March 4, 2013 @ 11:08 am (#)

    I’ve made the epicurious version before – INCREDIBLE. Makes me want some right now!

  9. Rachel Cooks — March 4, 2013 @ 12:54 pm (#)

    Oh my gosh, Ali! That froooooosting. Yum.

  10. Tina | My Life as a Mrs — March 4, 2013 @ 12:56 pm (#)

    GORGEOUS!!! wish I could taste it through the screen lol!

  11. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — March 4, 2013 @ 1:39 pm (#)

    What a stunner!

  12. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — March 4, 2013 @ 2:07 pm (#)

    Oh my gosh I love this!!!! I actually make guiness chocolate cup cakes most St. Patrick’s Days – it’s just the best! This is gorgeous!!!!!!

  13. Tracey — March 4, 2013 @ 2:31 pm (#)

    I love the way your frosted your cake – it’s simple but looks so gorgeous! Looking forward to the other Guinness recipes coming up!

  14. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — March 4, 2013 @ 3:53 pm (#)

    I love how much frosting you used! Wow!! I’m looking forward to seeing what else you have up your sleeve this week ;)

  15. Kare @ Kitchen Treaty — March 4, 2013 @ 4:15 pm (#)

    This looks freakin’ amazing! I’ve never baked with Guinness. I think that needs to change.

  16. Kathy - Panini Happy — March 4, 2013 @ 4:23 pm (#)

    Can you believe I still have never actually tasted Guinness? I really need to fix that someday. Maybe I’ll let a gorgeous chocolate stout cake like this one usher me in. It looks incredible! :-)

  17. dixya @ food, pleasure, and health — March 4, 2013 @ 5:19 pm (#)

    this does look delicious- any given day i would take a slice of this cake rather than cabbage and green beer :)

  18. Sister Spice — March 4, 2013 @ 5:24 pm (#)

    Looks like a perfect excuse to try Guinness for the first time! Yum!

  19. Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — March 4, 2013 @ 8:07 pm (#)

    This looks heavenly!! I dont generally drink guiness, but I could definitely love this!!

  20. taylor @ taylormade — March 4, 2013 @ 8:25 pm (#)

    wow! this cake looks phenomenal. I’m a big guinness fan, and adding chocolate never hurts!

  21. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — March 4, 2013 @ 10:08 pm (#)

    I don’t usually like Guinness, but I can totally get on board with a cake like this! It’s gorgeous!

  22. Alley @ Alley's Recipe Book — March 4, 2013 @ 10:56 pm (#)

    you should try Guinness cake with Bailey’s frosting… so good! i’ve had people asking me to make those cupcakes again since last st. patrick’s day. :)

  23. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — March 5, 2013 @ 8:15 am (#)

    Wow! THat is seriously an amazing looking cake. I have actually never baked with beer, but I am convinced I need to give it a try! And all the frosting coming out of the layers…swoon!!!!

  24. Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking — March 5, 2013 @ 8:17 am (#)

    That is one gorgeous cake Ali! I’ve been meaning to make a Guinness cake this year, yours is so calling my name!

  25. katie — March 5, 2013 @ 10:39 am (#)

    Yum! This cake looks divine!

  26. Doreen Guilfoyle — March 5, 2013 @ 11:37 am (#)

    Oh. My. GOODNESS! And, I mean Guinness Goodness! Wow. This sounds AMAZING! And, perfect timing for my Irish husband’s upcoming birthday this week! THIS will be his birthday cake for SURE! Thank you for the inspiration. :) LOVE your blog. LOVE IT! Will definitely need to blog about his bday cake and give props to you! Thanks!
    ~doreen at

  27. Megan — March 5, 2013 @ 11:48 am (#)

    This is just heaven covered in frosting!! Have I told you lately I love you?

  28. Christy @ My Invisible Crown — March 5, 2013 @ 2:52 pm (#)

    I love you’re doing Guinness Week and this cake! Oh my! My favorite dessert/cake combo is chocolate and cream cheese. Sounds amazing! I also read your Aldi posts. I’ve never shopped at Aldi. My mom does. We only have 1 locally and it isn’t anywhere close to me but now I’m totally curious and next time I’m in the area I’m stopping in! Hope you’re doing well. It’s been a while. :)

  29. Meghan — March 5, 2013 @ 9:56 pm (#)

    I’ve made Guinness chocolate cupcakes before but instead of regular cream cheese frosting I made Bailey’s cream cheese frosting. It was amazing. Try it!

  30. Erin @ Texanerin Baking — March 8, 2013 @ 7:39 am (#)

    What a fun week! And I love the amount of cream cheese frosting on this. All other frosting? Eww. But put some cream cheese in there and just give me the bowl and a spoon. No cake needed! ;)

    But if I did need a cake, I’d want it to be this one. :)

  31. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe — March 12, 2013 @ 3:29 pm (#)

    Oy vey, come to mama! Guinness beer is way too rich for me to consume on its own, but I can totally get down with enjoying it via a moist and decadent chocolate cake. And the cream cheese frosting!

  32. Sarah T. — March 18, 2013 @ 10:36 am (#)

    I made this cake on Friday for my hubbie’s birthday and OMG was it awesome! He’s not a huge fan of anything cream cheese (yeah, I don’t get it either…) so I just used a chocolate frosting – though I did sneak in a thin layer of cheesecake frosting in between and I can see how frosting the whole cake in that would take it over the top. It was a bit hit with our whole family and we had fun playing “guess the secret ingredient” (the Guinness of course). Will definitely make this again!! Loved it!
    Now, to try the Guinness floats once I have my baby (due in 3 weeks)!

  33. mnbrookie — September 13, 2013 @ 6:51 pm (#)

    I made this cake for a bridal shower. It was a HUGE hit! Thanks for posting the recipe.

  34. dot — March 9, 2014 @ 7:22 am (#)

    this looks great for St.Paddys day company. My question is can I serve it to kids-2 to 12?? Does the alcohol bake off? If not I can always serve cupcakes to them, but Id rather know for sure

    • Ali — July 18th, 2014 @ 3:41 pm

      Hi Dot,

      Sorry for the late reply. Alcohol never completely boils off when baking/cooking. But the amounts would be very trace when divided amongst the entire recipe. Still, serve (or not) at your discretion.


  35. Melanie | Melanie Makes — April 5, 2014 @ 9:56 am (#)

    Making this today for my husband’s birthday cake. I have no doubt he’ll be in absolute Guinness heaven. Thanks, Ali!

    • Ali — April 5th, 2014 @ 9:58 am

      Awesome. Hope you enjoy! :)


    • Anaitha — April 23rd, 2014 @ 10:30 am

      How did it turn out.

  36. Giovana — November 22, 2015 @ 2:42 pm (#)

    How can I make it double layer?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 23rd, 2015 @ 10:53 am

      Hi Giovana! To make this two layers, we think you should be fine to cut everything back by 1 1/2. We hope this helps and that you enjoy! :)


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