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.
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Total Time: 1 hr
Serves: 6 cups
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! 

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Guinness Beer Cake Recipe

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.
5 from 8 votes
Print Rate Never Miss A Cake
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
Serves: 6 cups
Calories: 1316kcal

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 17 oz (482 g) AP flour
  • 28 oz (794 g) sugar
  • 1 tbsp (1 tbsp) baking soda
  • 5 oz (142 g) natural cocoa powder like Hershey's brand
  • 8 oz (227 g) butter
  • 4 large (4 large) eggs beaten
  • 16 oz (454 g) Dark Guinness Beer
  • 11 oz (312 g) sour cream
  • 2 tbsp (2 tbsp) vanilla extract

Instructions

Instructions

  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 1316kcal (66%) | Carbohydrates: 211g (70%) | Protein: 18g (36%) | Fat: 48g (74%) | Saturated Fat: 28g (140%) | Cholesterol: 232mg (77%) | Sodium: 914mg (38%) | Potassium: 580mg (17%) | Fiber: 10g (40%) | Sugar: 134g (149%) | Vitamin A: 1450IU (29%) | Vitamin C: 0.5mg (1%) | Calcium: 127mg (13%) | Iron: 7.7mg (43%)
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28 comments on “Guinness Beer Cake Recipe

  1. 5 stars
    Oooooh my gaaaaaawd this has become my favorite chocolate cake! I added some dark chocolate bits cuz why not lol and the Hubby and I fell in love…the smell was hypnotic…we ate it warm with the frosting melting off. We ate half the cake in one sitting…yup no regrets! Can’t wait to try all thses recipes! Thank you!!!

  2. 5 stars
    Made this for my husband for father’s day and it was so good. Paired it with a peanut butter Swiss meringue buttercream. Delicious! This recipe made a 6” cake and 20 extra cupcakes!

  3. 5 stars
    Hello, what can we substitute the beer with ? ( a non alcoholic product please)

    1. Try another recipe if you want to substitute the main ingredient. Beer cake needs beer.

  4. My husband loves Guinness. I must bake this for him. Which frosting did you use?

  5. Can you use a none alcohol for this?

  6. Hi,

    Can i substitute the sour cream with greek yogurt?
    If not, is there anything else that i can use instead of sour cream? It isn’t common in my side of the world :-0

  7. Hi,

    Can i replace the sour cream with greek yogurt.
    If not, is there anything else that i can replace it with?

  8. Hi,
    This recipe sounds very good, can I keep this in the refrigerator or it will get dense? if so, can I substitute butter with oil?

    1. Yes you can refrigerate but you want the cake to come to room temperature (for a few hours) before serving so the butter has a chance to warm up. You cannot substitute butter for oil in this recipe

  9. Please elaborate on the different brands of beer we can use in this receipe.

  10. Can I use any type of beer or should it exclusively be dark beer?

    1. dark beer works best, but you don’t have to use guinness.

  11. Would the alcohol be evaporated enough for kids to eat this?

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