When it comes to dessert my Guinness Chocolate Cake will not disappoint! While traveling through Ireland I enjoyed quite a few slices of this delicious cake.
And although it doesn’t quite resemble the original version of an Irish stout cake, it’s been adopted wholeheartedly by Irish restaurateurs and pub owners. And for that I am grateful!
When you think of stout and the complex intensity of the brew, with its deep flavors, mixing it with chocolate, adds to the complexity and increases the depth of the chocolate….sigh. It’s a wonderful thing.
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What ingredients do I need to make a Guinness chocolate cake?
Let’s start by gathering the ingredients we need to make a Guinness Chocolate Cake. In Chef Speak this is called the “Mise en Place” which translates to “Everything in its Place”.
Not only does setting your ingredients up ahead of time speed the up cooking process, but it also helps ensure you have everything you need to make the dish.
Do I have to use Guinness in the cake recipe?
No, you can use any of your favorite dark beers or red wine to make this delicious cake. If you can’t have alcohol or would rather not include it in the recipe these are acceptable substitutes.
- Root Beer
- Black Coffee
- Black Tea
- Chocolate Milk
**Coffee will be the closest substitute that will bring out the deep chocolate notes. The alcohol will all burn off, and I promise no one will get drunk from the cake.
How do I make Guinness Chocolate Cake?
Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F.
- Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the Guinness to the melted butter and bring to a simmer.
- Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the cocoa powder. Mix well and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
Why is the cocoa added to the warm Guinness?
By adding the cocoa to the warm Guinness and letting sit for a few minutes, were allowing the cocoa to bloom. This step brings out the cocoa’s deep chocolate notes and helps create the rich chocolate flavors that this cake is known for.
Why do I melt the butter instead of creaming it with the sugar?
This is a different technique than most cakes call for. By melting the butter and adding it to the Guinness and cocoa, the butter now reacts to the mixture like oil and produces a soft moist crumb.
- Whisk together the Greek yogurt, eggs and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl.
- Add the cooled cocoa mixture to the egg mixture and mix until well blended and smooth.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugars, baking powder and salt. Set to the side until needed. **Combine all the ingredients using a wire whisk.
- Add the flour to the chocolate mixture and stir until well incorporated. *Be careful not to overmix!
Pour the chocolate batter into the prepared pan and place on the center rack of a 350 degree F. preheated oven.
While the cake is baking, you have time to make the frosting (vanilla is not pictured)
Can I add a little Baileys Irish Cream to the Frosting?
You sure can! Just swap out the heavy cream for the Baileys Irish Cream.
Cool the finished cake on a wire rack until cool to the touch. Transfer the cooled cake to a cake dish for frosting.
Make sure to let the cake fully cool before frosting.
When the frosting is smooth and the cake has cooled, frost the top of the cake with the frosting. The cake should resemble a pint of Guinness.
I actually learned the proper way to pour a pint of Guinness at Murphy’s Bar in Killarney, Ireland.
Wouldn’t you love a slice or two of this ah-mazingly delicious Guinness Chocolate Cake? I know your family would love to partake in this taste of Ireland.
Baking Tools I use
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- 9 -inch Springform Pan
- offset spatula (essential for bakers)
- 9-inch parchment cake circles
- silicone spatulas
- wire whisk
- mixing bowls
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- Irish Whiskey Salmon
Can I use cake flour in place of all purpose?
Chef Dennis Littley
Yes, you can. Add two extra tablespoons of cake flour for every cup of all-purpose flour, so that would be four extra tablespoons of flour. I have never used this method, but that is the formula for the exchange.
Is the Greek yogurt plain flavored?
Chef Dennis Littley
plain or vanilla will work.
Made this cake today & it’s delicious
Thanks for sharing ur recipe
Great recipe. I made it for work St patty’s day party. I did add a little vanilla to the icing. I felt it was lacking something.