Guinness Cake

"Beer - it's not just for drinking any more!"
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Ready In:
1hr 25mins
1 cake




  • To make the cake-----------.
  • Grease and line two 8-inch cake pans, and preheat the oven to 350F degrees.
  • Cream butter and sugar together.
  • Gradually beat in the eggs.
  • Sift the flour, baking powder and baking soda into a separate bowl.
  • Stir Guinness into cocoa.
  • Carefully fold in alternate quantities of flour and cocoa to butter/sugar mixture.
  • Spread mixture into pans and bake for 30-35 minutes.
  • Leave to cool in pans for 5 minutes before turning out.
  • To make the icing---------.
  • Melt chocolate with Guinness, and then beat in butter and leave to cool a little before beating in icing sugar.
  • Remove ¼ of icing and stir in chopped walnuts.
  • When icing has cooled to a spreadable consistency, sandwich cake with walnut icing and use rest for top and sides.
  • Decorate with walnut halves and grated chocolate.

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  1. I had some trouble with the icing as well. Took Sharlene's advice and used some cream to get the right consistency. Overall, the cake turned out nicely. I had some mixed reviews... my guy friends loved it and my girlfriends thought it was too bitter.
  2. My husband is a fan of dark chocolate and absolutely raved about this cake. I had to get out the scale to make it and I am used to measuring in cups not ounces, but it went together nicely. I never could get the chocolate to reach the right consistency. It seemed to seize up and never melt with the Guinness, so I added a few teaspoons of cream to thin it and it was fine. Overall an excellent cake with a rich taste--what you would expect from an expensive bakery.
  3. easy to make - tasted great!!!! my boyfriend (who loves guinness) was way surprised by the taste - he loved it!!! one note - make sure you use 8-inch pans - not 9 inch like i did!! had to make it twice to get the timing right
  4. My friend owns an Irish Pub so I passed on this recipe to him. They made it as a dessert special for this St. Patty's Day celebration. It was great; they sold out of it.
  5. A nice cake. Not too sweet. I baked it in a Bundt pan and it turned out well. If you want to make this cake for the kids, substitute the Guinness with milk.


  1. Made this cake for Saint Patrick's Day, and my husband and I both loved it. It was moist, and had a really rich chocolate flavor. I had to substitute cocoa powder for the melted chocolate in the icing part of the recipe, and did so according to the instructions on the back of the cocoa box. It still turned out spectacularly. If you like dark chocolate, this is the cake recipe for you. Next time I might experiment with a buttercream frosting, but that might be too sticky-sweet for this rich, understated cake. This is for serious chocolate lovers.
  2. A nice cake. Not too sweet. I baked it in a Bundt pan and it turned out well. If you want to make this cake for the kids, substitute the Guinness with milk.


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