Thursday, October 4, 2012

Guinness Cake - My Favourite!

Yesterday was a cake worthy day in our house, so I pulled out my favourite recipe that turns this…

Into this…

This may be the best cake in the entire world. It is yummy, moist and decadent, without being too rich. It is a sturdy chocolate cake, that when topped with the yummy cream cheese icing, looks somewhat like a pint of Guinness. The added beauty of this recipe is that the cake also tastes amazing plain, if you are too lazy to get to make the icing.

I’m not sure who gets the original credit for this recipe, but I was fortunate to get it via my good friend Grace.

Chocolate Guinness Cake

For the cake:
1 cup Guinness
1 stick plus 2 two tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 cups superfine sugar
3/4 cup sour cream
2 eggs
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2-1/2 tsp. baking soda

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  • Butter and line a 9-inch springform pan
  • Pour the Guinness into a saucepan and add the butter
  • Heat until the butter is melted, then whisk in the cocoa and sugar
  • Beat the sour cream with the eggs and vanilla and then pour into the beer mix, and finally whisk in the flour and baking soda
  • Pour the cake batter into the greased and lined pan and bake for 45 minutes to an hour. Leave to cool completely in the pan on a cooling rack, as it is quite a damp cake

For the icing:
8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
1-1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream

  • Whip the cream cheese until smooth
  • Sift over the confectioner's sugar and beat together with the cream cheese
  • Add the cream and beat again until it makes a spreadable consistency
  • Ice the top of the cake so that it resembles the frothy top of the famous pint

You should make one of these cakes every day (it is that good!)


  1. There is still one piece left (if you can get you butt up here before breakfast tomorrow!)