Guinness Beer Cake Recipe

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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.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 2 8" round cakes


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


  1. Grease 2 8" round pans and line with parchment paper. Set aside

  2. In a large saucepan, heat beer and butter until butter is melted. Remove from heat.

  3. Whisk in sugar and cocoa powder until blended.

  4. Combine eggs, sour cream and vanilla in a medium bowl. Whisk contents of medium bowl into beer mixture.

  5. Combine flour and baking soda. Whisk into beer mixture until smooth.

  6. Pour into prepared pans.

  7. 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.

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