Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake with Bailey’s Cream Cheese Icing



This was seriously the only cake recipe I have ever done right. This girl knows her cakes. And it is quite possibly the most deliciously moist cake you will ever put in your mouth!!! Enjoy!

Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake
  • 250ml Guinness beer (1 cup)
  • 250g butter (1 cup + 1 tbsp)
  • 100g cup cocoa powder (2/3 cup)
  • 400g caster/superfine sugar (1¾ cups)
  • 140ml sour cream (2/3 cup)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 250g plain flour (2 cups)
  • 2½ tsp bicarbonate of soda/baking soda
Baileys Cream Cheese Icing
  • 500-600g sifted icing sugar/powdered sugar (4-5 cups)
  • 100g butter at room temperature (1/2 cup)
  • 250g cream cheese at room temperature (8oz)
  • 4-6 tbsps Baileys Irish Cream (to taste)
Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake
  1. Preheat oven 180°C/350°F and butter and line a 23cm (9″) springform tin.
  2. Melt the butter into the Guinness in a saucepan over low heat.
  3. Whisk in the cocoa and sugar and take the saucepan off the heat.
  4. Beat the sour cream with the eggs and vanilla in a separate bowl until combined, than add to the beer mixture.
  5. Whisk in the flour and bicarb until combined.
  6. Pour the cake batter into the tin and bake for an hour. The middle of the cake may still be slightly wet when you take the cake out, but it will firm up as it cools down.
  7. Leave to cool completely in the tin as it is quite a damp cake and could collapse.
Baileys Cream Cheese Icing
  1. Cream the butter and icing sugar together until well mixed.
  2. Add the cream cheese in cubes slowly until incorporated.
  3. Add in Baileys. Continue mixing for 5 minutes until the icing is light and fluffy.
  4. Dollop lashings of the icing onto the top of the cake to recreate the froth on a glass of Guinness. If you are feeling particularly dexterous, slice the cake length-wise and fill the cake with the icing too (there will be definitely be enough icing).

PS: I know this isn’t the healthiest of recipes but we all have to indulge sometime. 😉

About Marie Stoney

Like food? Me too! But I'm on a budget and don't like too much fuss. So I take recipes I find online and tweak them to make them easier and sometimes healthier. Check periodically for some fun and simple recipes. (I may post about a cake or two but everyone needs to feed their guilty pleasures now and again.)
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2 Responses to Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake with Bailey’s Cream Cheese Icing

  1. Aw thanks for your kind words, I am so glad you liked my recipe! And it’s definitely ok to indulge now and then 😉 xx


    • Marie Stoney says:

      I really do! It was the best cake recipe I’ve ever made! Usually my cakes fall, but not this one! It’s never fallen. And I’ve gone back to this one time and again. ^_^ Thanks for your baking genius!


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