Chocolate Guinness Cake – Hummingbird Recipe

guinness cake

Chocolate Dark Side Stout Cake, to be precise

Once I had made my Mini Christmas Puddings I still had half a bottle of stout left. I didn’t want to drink it and it seemed a shame to waste it: what better fate for it than a chocolate cake!

I have long wanted to make a Guinness cake as I love the idea of a very dark, moist chocolate cake set against a sweeter white icing. Just like a pint of Guinness. Only tastier.

This is the recipe from the Hummingbird Bakery but I used natural yogurt instead of buttermilk and changed the method slightly. I don’t like to use a mixer to beat in the flour as I once followed their instructions to make their lemon cake and ended up with a really tough, dry cake. As long as you mix the flour in properly, using a wooden spoon or even a whisk, and make sure that there are no large lumps left it should be fine. The recipe said bake for 45 minutes but mine took over an hour. I had to leave the house to pick up my son so set the timer to turn the oven off after an hour and five minutes and when I got back the oven was already off and the cake was (very luckily) just perfect.

This would work as a Christmas dessert with some vanilla ice cream as it is rich without being too sickly, and is also delicious as slice of cake on a winter’s afternoon.

guinness cake

Piece of cake



250ml Guinness or stout

250g butter or margarine

80g cocoa powder

400g caster sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

150g natural yogurt, buttermilk or crème fraîche

280g plain flour

2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda

½ teaspoon baking powder

Cream Cheese Icing


300g icing sugar

50g butter, softened

125g full fat cream cheese

Cocoa powder for dusting


Grease a 9″ loose based cake tin and line the base with greaseproof paper.

Set the oven to 170°C.

Pour the Guinness into a pan and add the butter. Heat until the butter is melted and remove from the heat.

Add the sugar and cocoa powder and stir well.

Mix the eggs, vanilla essence and yogurt together and mix into the cooled liquid in the pan.

Sieve together the flour, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder and add to the ingredients in the pan. Mix well to make sure all the flour is evenly incorporated and there are no lumps.

Pour into the cake tin and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the sponge is firm to the touch and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Allow to cool for a while in the tin before turning out onto a wire baking rack.

guinness cake

I let mine cool upside down for a while, hence the cooling rack rings

Allow to cool completely before icing.

Make the icing:

Mix the butter and icing sugar together until it turns into a sandy mixture. Add the cream cheese and beat until the icing is light and fluffy.

Ice the cake when cool.

guinness cake

Cover the cake with a thin layer of cream cheese icing

Decorate with a sprinkling of cocoa powder.

guinness cake

Guinness Cake

Categories: Baking, Cakes, Chocolate, Desserts, Recipes

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15 replies

  1. I think this shows you are a real baker, we would have drunk the stout! I also like a good Guinness cake though, I think David Lebovitz has a recipe which got very good reviews too. 😀

  2. Great looking cake – so glad you used Dark Side from Bath Ales. I love Bath Ales, have you tried Gem? It’s wonderful stuff.

  3. I love the idea to put cream cheese icing on top. I make mine with chocolate ganache and it gets too rich!Marisa.x

  4. Cream cheese icing on choclate cake! Yes please! Sounds like something I can have for breakfast.

  5. ooh I have the humingbird book too but have not tried this cake. What do you think of it? Is the flavour and texture of the cake good?

    It does look like a great cake and with a ream cheese frosting, it sounds divine!


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