Decadent Chocolate Stout Cake Recipe

Chocolate Stout Cake is a rich and indulgent dessert that combines the deep flavors of stout beer with the intense richness of dark chocolate. This moist and flavorful cake is perfect for special occasions or whenever you want to treat yourself and your loved ones to a delightful dessert. Follow this step-by-step recipe to create your own Chocolate Stout Cake.


For the Cake:

  • 1 cup stout beer (such as Guinness)
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the Frosting:

  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons stout beer
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a 9-inch round cake pan or a Bundt cake pan. You can also line the bottom with parchment paper for easy removal.
  2. Prepare the cake batter:
    • In a saucepan, combine the stout beer and butter. Heat over medium-low heat until the butter is melted. Remove from heat.
    • Whisk in the cocoa powder until the mixture is smooth and well combined.
    • In a separate bowl, whisk together the sugar, sour cream, eggs, and vanilla extract.
    • Slowly pour the beer and cocoa mixture into the sugar mixture, stirring continuously until well combined.
    • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
    • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until the batter is smooth.
  3. Bake the cake:
    • Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan.
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
    • Allow the cake to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before transferring it to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Prepare the chocolate ganache frosting:
    • In a heatproof bowl, combine the chocolate chips, heavy cream, and cubed butter.
    • Place the bowl over a pot of simmering water (double boiler) or microwave in short intervals, stirring each time until the chocolate and butter are completely melted and the mixture is smooth.
    • Remove from heat and stir in the stout beer and vanilla extract. Allow the ganache to cool slightly.
  5. Frost the cake:
    • Once the cake has cooled, place it on a serving plate.
    • Pour the slightly cooled chocolate ganache over the top of the cake, allowing it to drip down the sides for a rustic look.
  6. Serve and enjoy:
    • Slice and serve your Chocolate Stout Cake, and savor the delicious combination of dark chocolate and stout beer flavors.

This Chocolate Stout Cake is the perfect dessert to impress your guests or satisfy your chocolate cravings. Enjoy it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream for an extra treat!

Read our article about some more chocolate alcoholic cakes.