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Guinness Chocolate Cake – Sally’s Baking Habit

Tailored from my favourite chocolate cake recipe, this wealthy Guinness chocolate cake is made with decreased darkish stout beer for deep taste. Topped with extremely creamy chocolate Guinness cream cheese frosting, this cake would possibly simply turn into a brand new St. Patrick’s Day dessert custom.

slice of Guinness chocolate cake on black plate with fork going through it.

I’m not making this up: whereas I used to be photographing at this time’s cake, a rainbow really appeared in my yard—not within the sky, in entrance of the timber in my precise YARD. I knew it was good luck; this cake was DELICIOUS.

And thankfully, you don’t want to search out the tip of the rainbow to make this chocolate Guinness cake. You simply want 2 Guinness stout beers, and a few primary baking elements.

slice of Guinness cake being removed from cake stand.

Why Bake With Guinness?

You don’t have to love beer to like this cake. Darkish, easy, and creamy, with roast espresso and caramel undertones, Guinness stout is usually utilized in baking and nearly at all times paired with chocolate. The 2 work effectively collectively as a result of Guinness, like espresso, intensifies chocolate’s pure taste. Desserts like Guinness cupcakes and Guinness brownies don’t style like beer, only a extra complicated chocolate with a malty background.

We’re additionally incorporating the Guinness taste within the chocolate cream cheese frosting, which is nice and silky and enhances the darkish, fudgy chocolate cake completely.

So, to evaluation:

Why You’ll Love It

  • Chocolate cake is wealthy, moist, and fudgy, with a touch of Guinness taste
  • Malty undertones with notes of caramel and low
  • Additional creamy, silky chocolate cream cheese frosting additionally incorporates the decreased Guinness focus for one more kiss of taste

However, that is baking. And, as I usually say, baking is a science. You may’t simply pour a few beers into cake batter. So how can we pack actual Guinness taste into chocolate cake and frosting, with out turning all the pieces into soup? The trick is to cut back the beer on the range first, to pay attention the flavour right into a small quantity of liquid.

two bottles of Guinness beer and shown again reduced down in a measuring cup.

Finest Method to Make Guinness Chocolate Cake: Cut back the Beer

The warmth evaporates the liquid (and cooks off the alcohol), however leaves the flavour. We additionally do that with champagne in my mimosa cupcakes and champagne frosting. And with strawberries in my strawberry cake, too.

This step is very easy. Pour 2 bottles of Guinness stout into a big saucepan. Let it come as much as simply boiling—maintain a detailed eye on it, as a result of it’ll foam up loads at first—then flip down the warmth and go away it to simmer for about half-hour, till it’s decreased to only about 3/4 cup (180ml). You’ll be left with much less liquid, however extra taste.

Will your kitchen odor like a brewery? Sure. Will the odor of baking chocolate cake shortly overpower it? Additionally sure.

  • Success tip: Use a bigger saucepan/pot than you suppose you want, with excessive sides. When the beer begins boiling, it’ll get very foamy and threaten to boil over. Cut back the warmth to low; then, as the froth settles again down, slowly improve warmth to medium.

As soon as the Guinness is simmering away, begin mixing collectively the remainder of the cake elements.

Different Substances in Guinness Chocolate Cake

ingredients on dark backdrop including flour, buttermilk, cocoa powder, Guinness beer, sour cream, and more.

Let’s shortly evaluation the opposite elements you’ll be mixing with the decreased Guinness, and why every is essential to your outcomes:

  • All-Objective Flour: The structural base of this recipe. Cake flour is nice for vanilla cake; however when mixed with ultra-light cocoa powder, it’s too fantastic for this cake. Stick with all-purpose right here.
  • Unsweetened Pure Cocoa Powder: Don’t use dutch-process cocoa powder. When you’re , see dutch-process vs pure cocoa powder for an in-depth rationalization.
  • Granulated Sugar: Sweetens this cake.
  • Baking Soda + Baking Powder: It is a pretty dense cake, however these 2 leavening brokers present the carry.
  • Espresso Powder: Espresso powder accentuates the chocolate and Guinness flavors.
  • Salt & Vanilla Extract: Taste and extra taste!
  • Vegetable Oil: Cocoa powder is a very drying ingredient, so oil is required to make sure the cake is moist.
  • Eggs: Eggs add construction and bind the elements collectively.
  • Bitter Cream + Buttermilk: When you might use only one or the opposite, you’ll have the perfect success with a mix of each, which makes for a moist and mushy but sturdy crumb.

Whisk collectively the dry elements, whisk collectively the moist elements, then pour the moist combination into dry and whisk to mix. The final step for the cake batter is so as to add within the sizzling decreased Guinness. We’ll use 1/2 cup (120ml) of sizzling decreased Guinness within the cake batter, and put aside the remaining to chill utterly for the frosting.

pouring Guinness into cake batter and cake batter shown again in cake pan.

Why use sizzling liquid? Scorching liquid helps the cocoa powder “bloom,” drawing out its wealthy taste. We use sizzling espresso on this chocolate cake and these cream-filled cupcakes, however at this time we’re utilizing decreased Guinness as a substitute.

Chocolate Guinness Cream Cheese Frosting

I began with this recipe for easy and silky chocolate cream cheese frosting, and easily swapped cooled Guinness focus for the heavy cream. That’s it—my workforce and I didn’t check something additional as a result of this Guinness-hinted frosting was creamy, tangy, chocolatey, and PERFECT.

I additionally adorn the cake with gold shimmer sprinkles, the identical I exploit on these St. Patrick’s Day cookies. Completely elective.

chocolate cream cheese Guinness frosting in bowl and shown being spread on chocolate cake layer.
top of cake with chocolate frosting and gold sprinkles around the edges.

Draught vs. Additional Stout—Which Sort of Guinness to Use

Guinness Draught is richer and creamier, as a result of it’s carbonated with nitrogen. It has an ABV of 4.2%. Additional Stout is slightly sharper and crisper, as a result of it’s carbonated with carbon dioxide like most beers. ABV is a bit larger, at 5.6%. Both one works on this recipe.

slice of Guinness chocolate cake with chocolate frosting on two stacked black plates.

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