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Guinness Chocolate Cake: A Decadent St. Patrick’s Day Delight

A Guinness Chocolate Bundt cake with icing and a slice is missing but a spoon has a decadant bite ready to be enjoyed.

Last March, I  stumbled upon a gem of a recipe from The Pioneer Woman website that I just had to share: Guinness Chocolate Cake. 

With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, it seemed like the perfect treat to celebrate the occasion with friends. And wow! It was a hit!

This cake is a true indulgence, marrying the rich flavors of chocolate with the unique depth of Guinness stout.

Ingredients for Guinness Chocolate Cake

For the Cake:

  • 6 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 11 oz. bottle Guinness Stout
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 11 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup sour cream, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 large egg yolk, room temperature
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Baking spray with flour

For the Icing:

  • 2 oz. cream cheese softened
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Irish cream, such as Baileys (substitute with 2 tablespoons of heavy cream or milk for a non-alcoholic version)


Begin by preheating your oven to 350°F and preparing your Bundt pan with baking spray. In a large bowl, combine chopped chocolate with a simmering mixture of Guinness, sugars, and butter until melted.

Whisk in cocoa powder, then add sour cream, eggs, egg yolk, and vanilla. 

Slowly add the flour, baking soda, and salt mixture, whisking until combined.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs.

While the cake cools, prepare the icing by beating cream cheese and butter until smooth. Gradually beat in powdered sugar, then stream in Irish cream until the desired consistency is reached. 

Spoon the icing over the cooled cake and allow it to set before serving.


The result is a moist, flavorful cake with a dense crumb that perfectly complements the tangy sweetness of the Irish cream icing. It’s a true crowd-pleaser and a delightful way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. 

So, grab a slice, raise a glass (of Guinness, perhaps), and enjoy this decadent treat with friends and family. Cheers to a delicious holiday!

For more mouthwatering recipes, like the Guinness chocolate cake, visit Compass Cuisine.

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