Irish Chocolate Cake

    1 hour 5 minutes

    With Guinness and Baileys, so rich and decadent, a delicious Irish treat for St. Patrick's Day or any time of year!

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    Serves: 16 

    • Cake
    • 1 cup (250ml) of Guinness
    • 250g butter, cut into pieces
    • 3/4 cup (90g) cocoa powder
    • 2 eggs
    • 2/3 cup sour cream
    • 2 cups (250g) plain flour
    • 2 cups (450g) white sugar
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
    • 3/4 teaspoon salt
    • Icing
    • 3 cups (450g) icing sugar, or as needed
    • 125g butter at room temperature
    • 3 tablespoons Baileys Irish cream liqueur, or as needed
    • Chocolate Ganache
    • 250g cooking dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
    • 2/3 cup (160ml) thickened cream
    • 2 tablespoons butter at room temperature

    Preparation:35min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:1hour5min 

    1. Cake: Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Line two 22cm cake tins with baking paper and spray with cooking spray.
    2. Pour the beer into a saucepan then add the butter and bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Remove the saucepan from the heat and whisk in the cocoa powder until the mixture is smooth. Allow the mixture to cool.
    3. In a bowl whisk the eggs and sour cream together until smooth with an electric mixer and stir in the stout mixture to make a smooth thick liquid.
    4. In a large bowl mix together the flour, sugar, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Pour the stout mixture into the flour mixture and gently combine with a spatula. Pour the batter into the prepared cake tins.
    5. Bake in the preheated oven until the cakes are set and a toothpick inserted into the centre of a cake comes out clean; about 30 minutes. Remove and let cool in tins for 5 minutes before inverting the cakes onto wire racks to finish cooling.
    6. Icing: Mix together the icing sugar, butter and Irish cream liqueur until the mixture forms a smooth and spreadable icing (add more sugar or liqueur as needed to create the desired consistency). Spread half the icing on top of each cake.
    7. Chocolate Ganache: Place the chopped chocolate into a heatproof bowl. Bring cream to almost boiling in a small saucepan and pour over the chocolate. Add the butter then stir the mixture until the chocolate melts and the mixture is very smooth. Allow to cool until the mixture is pourable but not thin or overly runny; 10 to 15 minutes.
    8. To Assemble Stack a cake gently on top of the other, icing sides uppermost and carefully drizzle the chocolate mixture over the cake allowing decorative drips to run down the sides.

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    Wasn't sure how the Guinness in the would go in the recipe but it all turned out fine.  -  12 Mar 2014


    I made this recipe into cupcakes and it was great. I filled each cupcake with the Bailey's buttercream and topped each with the chocolate ganache. They were a big hit!  -  03 Jun 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Who'd ever guess that a recipe for chocolate cake that uses Guinness would turn out to be the best darned chocolate cake I've ever tasted?? Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks? From here on, I'm going to keep a bottle of Guinness in the fridge, and I detest beer of any kind! This is now my go-to chocolate cake recipe. And that's no faint praise, coming from a pastry chef of many years! The stout really complements and rounds out the flavor of the chocolate, plus lends a lovely reddish hue. You never taste it, but it's there, lending its incomparable support to the star of the show (chocolate.) This cake is blow-your-socks-off good, incomparably moist with a very fine, tender crumb. I spiked the ganache with a Tb of Jameson's Irish Whiskey. I cut the centers out of each cupcake (mmmm...chocolate cake scraps to eat!) and filled the holes with the ganache, opting to use it as a filling rather than as a drizzle. I doubled the amount of Irish Cream in the frosting, as well. Served to ooohs, aaahs, moans, groans, swoons, and general paroxysms of pleasure.  -  24 Feb 2012  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)