Guinness Beer Cake Recipe

Chocolate cake made with Guinness beer

This beer cake doesn’t taste like beer but the beer really brings out the flavor of the chocolate. Guinness beer cake is a great cake for that beer lover or if you just want a really intense chocolate flavor in your cake. 

I used chocolate ganache to frost my beer cake but you could also use regular buttercream if you don’ want your cake to be as rich. 

Guinness beer cake makes a great cake for Saint Patrick’s day! 


Beer Cake Recipe

Guinness Beer Cake Recipe
This delicious beer-infused chocolate cake makes a dense, moist crumb that has a hint of Guinness but still rocks your socks off with a strong chocolate flavor. Perfect for manly cakes or cakes that need some beer-flavored goodness in them.
Servings: 6 cups



  • 17 oz AP flour
  • 28 oz sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 5 oz natural cocoa powder like Hershey's brand
  • 8 oz butter
  • 4 large eggs beaten
  • 16 oz Dark Guinness Beer
  • 11 oz sour cream
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract



  • Grease 2 8" round pans and line with parchment paper. Set aside
  • In a large saucepan, heat beer and butter until butter is melted. Remove from heat.
  • Whisk in sugar and cocoa powder until blended.
  • Combine eggs, sour cream and vanilla in a medium bowl. Whisk contents of medium bowl into beer mixture.
  • Combine flour and baking soda. Whisk into beer mixture until smooth.
  • Pour into prepared pans.
  • Bake at 350ºF/175ºC for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes and remove from pan.


Calories: 1316kcal | Carbohydrates: 211g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 28g | Cholesterol: 232mg | Sodium: 914mg | Potassium: 580mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 134g | Vitamin A: 1450IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 127mg | Iron: 7.7mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beer cake
Calories: 1316kcal