Chocolate Stout Cake

Mar 13, 2012 by

I tried to resist making this. I really did. But I had all the ingredients! I just had to.

I picked up a little recipe book called Irish Favourites and the recipes were interesting… as in, I’d make most of the recipes in the book! It was perfect timing seeing that St.Patrick’s day is right around the corner. The original recipe had a cream cheese frosting but I opted out. The chocolate cake is bad enough. And by bad, I mean good.


Chocolate Stout Cake


Chocolate Stout Cake
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Lyn of the Lovely Pantry
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 40 mins
Total time: 1 hour
Serves: 12
Chocolate Stout Cake, adapted from Irish Favourites Cookbook
  • 2 Cups All Purpose Flour, unbleached + more for dusting the pan
  • 3/4 Cup unsweetened Cocoa
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 3/4 Cup (1 1/2 Sticks) Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 1 Cup packed Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Stout, at room temperature (I used Jamaican Dragon Stout)
  • 1 1/2 Cup Icing Sugar
  • 3-4 Tbsp Hot Water
  • 2 Tbsp Green Sprinkles
  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Spray a 10 inch Bundt Pan (a 13 X 9 inch baking pan) with cooking spray, then dust with flour
  3. Combine flour, cocoa and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside
  4. Beat butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar with a mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy
  5. Beat in vanilla
  6. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition
  7. Add flour mixture alternately with stout, beating after each addition
  8. Pour batter evenly into prepared pan
  9. Bake for 35-40 minutes until a sharp knife or toothpick inserted into the centre comes out
  10. clean
  11. Allow to cool completely in the rack
  12. In a small measuring cup, sift in icing sugar. Add hot water and stir until smooth. Pour over the cake and add sprinkles for final touch


Look what I found – Jamaican Dragon Stout. The sweeter alternative to Guinness. My hubby had a stash and was nice enough to let me use one. I’m not a stout drinker myself, but I think I may like cooking with it.


Jamaican Dragon Stout


Dragon Stout - Close Up


The recipe called for a 13 X 9 inch baking pan but I thought it would be more interesting to use a Bundt pan. Okay, I just really wanted to use it. This is my first Bundt cake. Chocolate Stout Bundt Cake. Sounds good!


Chocolate Stout Cake Batter


Glazing was some messy fun! Me and my daughter had green fingers for a while…


Glaze and Sprinkles



Chocolate Stout Cake Slice


A rich but not too sweet chocolate cake, made with a Jamaican stout…just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.


Chocolate Stout Cake


About how long do I need to walk on the treadmill to fix this?

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  1. Beautiful cake, never had tried liquer cake before, have to try make this one day. thanks for inspiration!

    • This is my first cake made with stout but it was well worth it. I will not, however, make it a habit! So glad you like it! :-)

  2. this cake looks fabulous! yum!

  3. Oh wow this is perfect timing! I’ve been looking for recipes to make in honor of St Patrick’s Day and this one is in the lead! The guys at work would really enjoy this cake, it looks delicious!

  4. Love this combination of flavors – stout in chocolate cake with a glaze!! I am a stout girl (although not guiness) and what a great way to infuse those delicious flavors in a dessert. :)

    • Heather, I am pleasantly surprised at how lovely this cake came out. And I agree, a great combination. Cheers!

  5. I bet my dad would love this, it looks delicious!

  6. What a lovely St. Patrick Day’s treat! The cake really looks delicious, Lyn!

  7. Lyn, I am drooling over the pic of the batter in the pan – gorgeous photo! I love beer in cakes and often make variations on that theme. Mmm… delicious recipe! Thank you for sharing it!

    • Thanks Jessica, this was my first attempt cooking with beer and it has given me the confidence to try it in other recipes. I think. LOL So glad you like it! See you soon!

  8. Stout is new to me. I am wondering what its like. The cake looks delicious tempting, I am sure it tastes wonderful!

  9. Nicky

    Chocolate Cake mix and Guinness? I shall try it… see how it turns out.