Chocolate Guinness Cake


YIELDS: 10 – 12 serving(s)

PREP TIME: 20 mins

TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 45 mins



  • 6 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped 
  • 11 oz. bottle Guinness Stout
  • 1 1/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 c. firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 11 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened 
  • 1/3 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 c. sour cream, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 large egg yolk, room temperature
  • 2 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • Baking spray with flour


  • 2 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 c. confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tbsp. Baileys Irish Cream


  1. 1For the cake: Preheat the oven to 350°. 
  2. 2Place the chocolate in a large bowl. Whisk together the Guinness, granulated sugar, light brown sugar, and butter in a medium saucepan; bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved and the butter is melted. Whisk in the cocoa powder. Pour the hot mixture over the chocolate, and let stand for 2 minutes. Stir until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is combined. Whisk in the sour cream, eggs, egg yolk and vanilla. 
  3. 3Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Slowly add the flour mixture to the chocolate mixture, whisking just until combined. 
  4. 4Spray a 10- or 12-cup Bundt pan with baking spray with flour. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake until a wooden pick comes out with a few moist crumbs, 45 to 50 minutes. Let the cake cool for 5 minutes in the pan before carefully flipping the cake out onto a wire cooling rack; let cool completely
  5. 5For the icing: Beat the cream cheese and the butter in a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or with a handheld mixer) over medium speed until smooth. Gradually beat in the confectioners’ sugar at low speed until the mixture is smooth, stopping to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl. Slowly stream in Irish cream liqueur, beating until combined and scraping sides of bowl. Add water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until the desired consistency is reached for spooning the glaze (about 1 tablespoon).
  6. 6Place the cooled cake on a serving platter. Spoon the icing on top of the cake and allow it to set, about 20 minutes.

Does the Guinness cake contain alcohol?

Although the cake does not contain alcohol, the frosting does. Two tablespoons of heavy cream or milk can be used in place of the Irish cream liqueur. Coca-Cola cake is also a great option for those who want a carbonated cake without alcohol.

What is the best type of Bundt pan to use?

For this recipe, you’ll need a 10- or 12-cup gugelhupf pan, preferably light-colored and with a non-stick coating. Don’t forgo the cooking spray, grease the pan with butter and sprinkle it with cocoa powder. With the right utensils, making Gugelhupf for friends and family is easy and fun.