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Chocolate Guinness Cake Recipe

On the hunt for a new chocolate cake recipe? Venchi's got you sorted with one different from anything else you've ever tasted. It's an unexpected twist on chocolate cake. Have a go at Venchi's chocolate Guinness cake recipe that's delightfully rich, moody, and packed with flavor.  

It's another fabulous cake to add to your repertoire. With Venchi's simple-to-follow recipe, you'll be able to serve up a homemade delicacy to amaze your family and friends. Plus, beer lovers and chocolate devotees will be in awe and very satisfied. 


What is chocolate stout cake?   

Most chocolate stout cake recipes include a tender chocolate sponge with dashes of Guinness and a whipped cream cheese frosting. You can quickly whip up the Venchi recipe for an after-dinner treat. Or invite over loved ones and enjoy it with your afternoon tea or coffee. And it goes without saying that it's the perfect cake to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. 

It might seem like an odd combination. But dark beers are often described as having chocolatey overtones. Mixed with the chocolate cake, it creates a roasted, almost coffee-like flavor. Discover more about the winning flavors of chocolate and beer pairing here.  

In the Guinness chocolate cake, the Guinness gives maximum complexity and richness. Plus, there's a healthy dose of sugar in the recipe to help balance out any bitterness that might come from the beer. 

The indulgent chocolate taste in this recipe comes from Venchi cocoa powder. It features a high cocoa butter content that makes it perfect for desserts or garnishing. As well as being deliciously fluffy and sweet, cocoa powder is also beneficial for our health. Discover more about cocoa benefits.  

Adding whipped cream to the cream cheese frosting is a game-changer. It creates a delightfully light and frothy topping that's a refreshing finishing touch to the chocolate cake. Once decorated, the delightful white frosting looks like the frothy foam of a perfectly poured stout (or a beer for Americans).   


What to serve with chocolate cake? By itself, this dessert's a winner. But tart fruit like raspberries would pair delightfully. It gives the plate a boost of color and freshness. 

Can you make the chocolate stout cake ahead of time? Yes. Store the cake without any frosting in an airtight container for five days.  

You could even freeze the baked cake for a few months. Cover the cake in a double layer of food wrap. Then take it out of the freezer to thaw for a few hours. You'll have a sweet treat on hand whenever unexpected visitors stop by.  

After the cake's been decorated with whipped frosting, keep it in the refrigerator for 1-2 days. But it's unlikely this tasty cake will even last that long! 



For the cake

  • 1 cup Guinness  

  • 18 tablespoons butter  

  • 3/4 cup Venchi cocoa powder  

  • 2 cups powdered sugar  

  • 2/3 cup sour cream  

  • 2 large eggs  

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla essence  

  • 2 cups flour  

  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking soda  


For the frosting

  • 8 oz cream cheese  

  • 1 ¼ cups powdered sugar  

  • 1/2 cup whipping cream  


Yields: 12 slices  

Preparation Time: 1 hour and 20 minutes  


Step-by-Step Directions

For the cake  

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Then, butter and line a 9-inch cake tin.  

  1. In a saucepan, pour in the Guinness. Then turn on the heat to low.  

  1. Next, add the butter, a couple of spoons at a time.  

  1. Once all the butter is melted, begin to mix in the sugar and cocoa powder.  

  1. Use a whisk to combine the ingredients well. Then set aside.  

  1. In a bowl, beat the eggs, sour cream, and vanilla essence.  

  1. Add the beer mixture to the bowl of beaten eggs. Whisk until well combined.  

  1. With a sieve, sift in the flour and baking soda.  

  1. Next, add the flour and baking soda to the cake batter.  

  1. Into the greased cake tin, pour the cake mixture.  

  1. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Test if the cake's ready with a wooden toothpick. Poke it into the cake. The toothpick should come out clean.  

  1. The cake's very moist, so leave it to cool completely inside the tin.  

  1. Once the cake's completely cooled, place it on a cake stand or platter.  

  1. Time to start on the frosting.  


For the frosting  

  1. Whisk the cream cheese. Stop when it's smooth.  

  1. Add the powdered sugar. Use a sieve for extra fluffiness.  

  1. In a new bowl, whip the whipping cream. Stop when soft peaks form.  

  1. To the cream cheese mixture, add about a third of the whipping cream.  

  1. When well blended, fold in the remaining whipped cream. Use a spatula to combine the ingredients gently.    

  1. Use a damp spatula to decorate the top of the cake with the frosting. Now serve and indulge!