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Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake with Baileys Cream Cheese Icing

Can you believe the secret to this rich and dark chocolate cake is Guinness beer! Paired with a sweet Baileys cream cheese icing, this is the perfect cake to celebrate St Patrick’s Day… or any day really!

Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake with Baileys Irish Cream Cheese Icing

I have a huge love for St Patrick’s Day themed desserts and adding stout beer to cake, cupcakes, or donuts gives it a slightly bitter depth that’s hard to compare.

Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake with Baileys Cream Cheese Icing

Why you’re going to love this recipe

This Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake is possibly one of my favourite chocolate cakes to make (and eat)! And the Baileys cream cheese icing is the perfect

  • It’s easy to decorate – if you are running short on time you can merely spread the icing on top of the cake to emulate the froth on top of a glass of Guinness
  • It’s moist and dense but not too heavy – the beer combined with the sour cream add a richness to the batter
  • The icing is simple yet delicious – with the tang from the cream cheese and the unmistakable taste of Baileys Irish Cream liqueur, it’s a real crowd pleaser
  • Celebration Cake – my Guinness cake is not only perfect for St Patrick’s Day, I’ve made it for birthdays and even Christmas!
Close up of Guinness Beer and Baileys bottle in front of a cake

What You Need

Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake ingredients

For the Guinness Cake

  • Guinness Beer (or any other stout) – which is the secret to its depth of flavour
  • butter
  • cocoa powder
  • caster sugar – also known as superfine sugar
  • sour cream – this is the other secret to a deliciously moist and dense chocolate cake!
  • eggs
  • vanilla extract
  • plain flour – also known as all-purpose flour
  • bi-carbonate soda (also known as baking soda)

For the Baileys Cream Cheese Icing

  • icing sugar – also known as powdered sugar
  • butter
  • cream cheese
  • Baileys Irish Cream (or liqueur of choice)

How to make your Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake

This cake is so easy to make! Please scroll to the recipe card at the bottom for the full detailed method.

Step 1

Melt the butter into the Guinness in a saucepan over low heat.

Adding Guinness beer to butter and melting in a saucepan

Step 2

Whisk in the cocoa and sugar and take the saucepan off the heat.

Whisking in cocoa powder and sugr

Step 3

Beat the sour cream with the eggs and vanilla in a separate bowl until combined, then add to the beer mixture.

Beating eggs, sour cream and vanilla together

Step 4

Whisk in the flour and bicarb until combined.

Whisk in flour to chocolate mixture

Pour the cake batter into the tin and bake for an hour.

How to make Baileys Cream Cheese Icing

Step 1

Cream the butter and cream cheese together until incorporated.

Cream butter and cream cheese together

Step 2

Add the icing sugar in slowly.

Add icing sugar to butter and cream cheese

Step 3

Add in Baileys to taste

Add Baileys Irish Cream to icing

Step 4

Continue mixing for 5 minutes until the icing is light and fluffy.

Fluffy Baileys Cream Cheese icing

This icing recipe makes a lot, I usually spread mine just on top of the cake to emulate the froth on top of a glass of Guinness (and also possibly out of laziness and lack of time!). But I also like to slice the cooled cake in half horizontally and fill the cake with icing too. You can never have too much Baileys icing!

Serving Suggestions

One follower sliced her Guinness cakes horizontally and filled each layer with Baileys icing. This looks like heaven!

Another follower converted the recipes into cupcakes. Follow the steps as per usual, except just make sure you only fill the cupcake liners 3/4 full as the batter rises. Bake at the same temperature for around 15/20 minutes and check if cooked if a toothpick comes out clean.

If you’re after a more decadent version of this cake, the recipe for my Guinness Layer Cake with Whiskey Ganache and Baileys Icing is now available! It involves layers of dark and moist Guinness chocolate cake, dark chocolate whiskey ganache and Baileys cream cheese icing and is the ultimate boozy chocolate lover’s dream.

Guinness Layer Cake with Whiskey Ganache and Baileys Icing

This recipe can also be adapted into donut form! These Dark Chocolate Stout Donuts are baked in the oven and come out rich and chocolatey. They are then smothered in a Baileys Irish Cream glaze for the perfect festive treat.

Dark Chocolate Stout Donuts with Baileys Glaze



Store the cake in the fridge and bring it out 30 minutes before serving.


You can keep this cake in an air tight container for up to 5 days if stored in a cool, dry place. It does taste better if eaten within 3 days though!


This recipe is perfect for making ahead of time and freezing until needed. Be careful to wrap it securely so no moisture can get in – I use 2 layers of plastic wrap and then a layer of foil. This cake can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Allow to defrost in the fridge overnight before icing and serving.


If you loved this chocolate Guinness cake as much as me, then have a look at these delicious variations!

Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake with Baileys Cream Cheese Icing

The secret ingredient to this decadent chocolate cake is Guinness beer – making it the perfect way to celebrate St Patrick’s Day!
4.22 from 73 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: Cake, Chocolate, Guinness, St Patrick’s Day
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 389kcal
Author: Swah


Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake

  • 250 ml Guinness beer (1 cup)
  • 250 g Butter (1 cup + 1 tbsp)
  • 100 g Cocoa Powder (2/3 cup)
  • 400 g Caster/superfine sugar (1 3/4 cups)
  • 140 ml Sour cream (2/3 cup)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • 250 g Plain flour (2 cups)
  • 2 1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of soda/baking soda

Baileys Cream Cheese Icing

  • 500-600 g Sifted icing sugar/powdered sugar (4-5 cups)
  • 100 g Butter at room temp (1/2 cup)
  • 250 g Cream Cheese at room temp (8oz)
  • 4-6 tbsp Baileys Irish Cream To taste


Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake

  • Preheat oven 180°C/350°F and butter and line a 23cm (9″) springform tin.
  • Melt the butter into the Guinness in a saucepan over low heat.
  • Whisk in the cocoa and sugar and take the saucepan off the heat.
  • Beat the sour cream with the eggs and vanilla in a separate bowl until combined, than add to the beer mixture.
  • Whisk in the flour and bicarb until combined.
  • 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.
  • Leave to cool completely in the tin as it is quite a damp cake and could collapse.

Baileys Cream Cheese Icing

  • Cream the butter and cream cheese together until incorporated
  • Add the icing sugar in slowly
  • Add in Baileys. Continue mixing for 5 minutes until the icing is light and fluffy.
  • 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).



Serving: 1g | Sodium: 540mg | Calcium: 4mg | Vitamin A: 11IU | Sugar: 34g | Fiber: 2g | Potassium: 142mg | Cholesterol: 77mg | Calories: 389kcal | Trans Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Fat: 17g | Protein: 5g | Carbohydrates: 53g | Iron: 6mg
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  • Reply Christine @ Cooking Crusade March 15, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Gorgeous looking cake Swah and such great photos too! Happy St Patrick’s Day!!

    • Reply Swah November 12, 2013 at 10:16 am

      Thank you Christine!

      • Reply Brini November 11, 2014 at 2:52 am

        This cake looks AMAZING. I’ll have to look up a conversion chart for the grams and milliliters before I can make it though. :)

        • Reply Swah November 11, 2014 at 5:10 pm

          Thanks Brini, I need to start offering conversions on my site I think!

          • Kathy March 1, 2015 at 8:37 am

            that would be helpful, at least oven temperatures

          • Swah March 1, 2015 at 2:05 pm

            Hi Kathy, it needs to be baked at 350F :)

          • Carol-Ann Greenslade March 2, 2015 at 6:27 am

            That’s a definite! Half have metric and american measurements. I, for one, need the american version or not at all. It certainly sounds delicious!

          • Swah March 2, 2015 at 1:27 pm

            Hi Carol, I have gone back through the recipe and listed American measurement-friendly options for each ingredient too, hope that helps!

        • Reply tara k March 22, 2020 at 12:37 am

          5 stars
          this cake is so amazing!!! I highly recommend making it asap.

          • Swah March 8, 2021 at 10:45 am

            Glad you love it as much as I do! :)

      • Reply Jessica March 1, 2015 at 11:18 am

        What is caster sugar and bicarbonate of soda?

        • Reply Swah March 1, 2015 at 2:04 pm

          I believe it’s called superfine sugar and baking soda in America :)

          • BombaySapphire March 2, 2015 at 1:01 am

            US bakers: Please do not confuse castor sugar with confectioners’ sugar. The cake will not turn out right if confectioners’ sugar is used. Castor sugar is what we yanks call Superfine sugar, and it’s most often found commercially in containers the same size and shape as milk cartons.

          • Swah March 2, 2015 at 1:10 pm

            Thanks for clarifying that! I have gone back to the recipe to clarify the sugars debate :)

          • Tammy March 4, 2015 at 2:12 am

            Castor sugar is called Baker’s sugar in America.

            I can be made using granulated sugar and running it through your blender or food processer for a very short period of time. If you run it too long, you will get confectioner’s sugar.

            Swah, the one suggestion that I have for you is to use Vanilla Castor’s Sugar. You take a vanilla bean or two, add it to the sugar container, cover it and leave it for a period of time, shaking the container every few days. Within a month or two, you will have vanilla sugar, where the oils from the bean saturate the sugar. Then omit the vanilla extract from the recipe. The extract itself can leave a slight aftertaste to the cake that is eliminated with the use of vanilla sugar. I’ve made an Irish Stout Cake recipe very similar to this with the vanilla sugar being the only change to the cake itself. I use a bittersweet chocolate ganache for the icing, and Americans have accused me of “bringing a Howitzer to a knife fight” when I bring my cakes to potluck. BTW, the idiom is normally “bringing a gun to a knife fight,” but this cake recipe was THAT far above all the rest of theirs, in THEIR opinions.

            BTW, you can also use Vanilla Icing Sugar as a substitute for the extract in other recipes.

          • Swah March 4, 2015 at 5:40 pm

            Tammy vanilla sugar sounds heavenly!! I am definitely going to give it a go, thank you! :)

          • Char May 1, 2015 at 11:53 pm

            “Bakers Sugar” is superfine sugar available in Safeway stores and King Soopers, It is in a pale tan milk carton. The nice thing is it measures just like table sugar. I adore baking with it.

        • Reply peachy326 March 2, 2015 at 4:32 am

          Run regular sugar through a blender. When it gets very fine you have caster Sugar. I use it all the time.

          • Jackie Eddy March 6, 2015 at 11:39 am

            I run the regular sugar through my not-for-coffee coffee grinder and voila, superfine sugar. And cheaper than buying berry sugar as Larry points out is what we Canucks call superfine sugar:)

          • nancy March 8, 2015 at 11:32 am

            I put it through the coffee grinder. That works too.

        • Reply Larry March 3, 2015 at 8:14 am

          In many parts of North America (Canada, for sure), caster sugar is known as berry sugar.

      • Reply Kenna March 5, 2015 at 9:35 am

        What size pan do you use for this?

        • Reply Swah March 6, 2015 at 10:37 am

          HI there, a 9″/23cm springform tin

          • Dona Kunz January 2, 2017 at 12:32 am

            I do not have a springform pan; is there another type of cake pan that I could use, instead?

          • Swah January 11, 2017 at 3:18 pm

            Any type of cake pan would be fine, as long as you make sure to line and grease it :)

    • Reply AlB March 2, 2015 at 1:08 pm

      Looks great SWAH but could you please pick a measurement type and stick with it? 1 Tbsp of this and 140 ml of that…. are you trying to be confusing??

      • Reply Swah March 2, 2015 at 1:26 pm

        Hi measurement dude, not trying to be confusing! I am Australian and I often measure larger quantities of liquid ingredients in mls and smaller quantities, such as vanilla, in tablespoons. However, I have gone through the recipe and have now provided 2 measurement options for each ingredient. I hope this helps!

        • Reply Manuela March 3, 2015 at 3:23 am

          I can not wait to try this!!! Thank you very much! I look forward to taking a peek at your blog and recipes. I would also adore a visit to Australia, my company products (Arbonne Int.) is in Australia.

        • Reply Annie-Girl March 8, 2015 at 8:08 am

          Hi Swah. The measuremnt conversions seem to be incorrect. For example, 250 g = 1 cup, not 2 and 500-600 g = about 2 cups not 4 to 5.

          • Swah March 9, 2015 at 8:46 am

            Hi Annie, according to this sugar converter, 500g of icing sugar is 4 cups

          • Anna March 10, 2015 at 3:51 pm

            I think the misunderstanding here by Annie-girl is that 250 millilitres is a cup, not 250 grams. Millilitres is a volume, as is cups, so they can be changed back and forth easily. However, grams is a weight which means the volume totally depends on the substance. Ex. There is a lot less volume to 250 grams of butter than 250 grams of flour.

        • Reply Melinda March 8, 2015 at 9:31 pm

          As long as the Americans also realise that our (Aussie) tablespoons and cups are a different size to theirs…. We seem to manage fine when converting US recipes to Aussie measurements.

          Measurements of ml and gm are so much easier to cook with as they’re the same the world over.

          This looks gorgeous Swah, can’t wait to have time to try making it.

          • Swah March 9, 2015 at 8:43 am

            I agree Melinda, I have converted a LOT of American recipes, and they always turn out fine! And I agree, ml and gm should technically work for everyone (and are way more accurate!)

          • Lauri March 12, 2015 at 1:16 am

            Yes! I wish we would all use mL and grams… problem here in the US is that it’s hard to find tools to measure things out using metric! Cups are often NOT labels with mL and the items sold by grams for you (such as butter), are nearly impossible to convert for us since those same items are split into TB with no indication of how much of something would be equal to X number of grams. For e.g., butter is sold in 1/2 cup sticks. The wrapper is marked by TBs. One package of butter is typically 4 sticks, weighing a total of 1 pound, so 454 g for the whole package. Split that number into 4 (for each stick), then 8 (for each TB), and it just becomes a mess.
            I love it when I was in Europe and everything was in neat 100g increments. Made life SO much easier. Our food packaging here in the US just doesn’t allow for easy conversion TO metric unfortunately.

    • Reply Syd March 3, 2015 at 9:14 am

      Looks wonderful, do have a carb count, for diabetics like me.

      • Reply Swah March 3, 2015 at 3:51 pm

        Hi Syd, I honestly have no idea sorry I’ve never had to count. I suggest inputting the recipe into a calculator online to work it out

      • Reply Elanor March 4, 2015 at 6:36 am

        I’m on a low-carb diet and I’m looking at making this with Swerve and coconut flour instead of the normal sugar / flour. That should help…

        But given that this has a lot of sugar / flour its probably VERY high in carbs (not to mention the beer)!

        • Reply Swah March 4, 2015 at 5:38 pm

          Yes I can imagine this recipe is quite high in carbs! Please let me know how you go with the Swerve and coconut flour. I hope it works well!

    • Reply CKB Catering March 17, 2015 at 8:03 am

      I just got done making this, and it turned out great. I only changed one thing, and that was split the 2tsp of baking soda by using 1tsp baking soda and 1tsp baking powder. I did this mainly because I don’t like the metallic flavor that to much baling soda can give.

  • Reply vegeTARAian March 15, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Oh yum, that looks so decadently good!!

    • Reply Swah November 12, 2013 at 10:16 am

      It’s definitely one of my favourite chocolate cakes now Tara!

  • Reply Kat Oxley March 16, 2013 at 3:25 am

    Now I want to try making it in mason jars!

    • Reply Swah March 18, 2013 at 9:31 am

      Great idea Kat!!

    • Reply Nancy March 6, 2017 at 8:21 am

      Huh?? Like actually baking it in jars? I’ve never heard of doing this.

  • Reply Kathleen August 30, 2013 at 12:55 am


    What is Caster sugar?

    Thanks !


    • Reply Swah August 30, 2013 at 12:13 pm

      Hi Kathleen, caster sugar is what we call superfine white sugar in Australia :)

      • Reply Gene November 3, 2014 at 12:25 pm

        In reading to find out myself what ‘caster sugar’ is, I came across the information you can use regular granulated sugar to make caster sugar. Use measure-for-measure amounts and run it through a food processor on high for about 3 minutes.

        • Reply Swah November 9, 2014 at 1:02 pm

          Ooo I didn’t know that Gene, thanks for the tip! Caster sugar is just the normal sugar we find in supermarkets in Australia :)

        • Reply schrodinger March 6, 2015 at 5:59 am

          Yes, that’s what I do because even superfine sugar is hard to find in my neck of the woods, unless I want to go a long way to the specialty grocery and pay out the nose for a small quantity. It works just great.

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  • Reply Emily November 11, 2013 at 9:59 am

    How would you go about converting the metric measurements into American measurements? It doesn’t come out exactly when I use the converters online.

    • Reply Swah November 12, 2013 at 10:20 am

      Oh no that’s a shame Emily! I have always used the converter at without any trouble. I have noticed a huge portion of my readers are now US-based so I am going to start listing amounts in grams too to make it easier.

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        I’m also old enough that Celsius & Centimeters are a mystery, as well :(

    • Reply Kathie February 26, 2015 at 7:38 pm

      In the USA, it is called Confectioners’ sugar. The most common manufacturer is Domino. It is readily available in the baking aisle of virtually every grocery store.

      • Reply peachy326 March 2, 2015 at 4:35 am

        No, confectioners sugar is NOT castor sugar. Confectioners sugar is powdered sugar, commonly used to make frosting. Castor sugar is much more finely ground. Run regular sugar through the blender to get some.

  • Reply Lindsay November 15, 2013 at 5:55 am

    If you make this cake a day ahead, will it keep refridgerated for 24 hours?

    • Reply Swah November 15, 2013 at 11:41 am

      Hi Lindsay, yes it definitely will. Just make sure you store it in an air-tight container!

  • Reply Kristin November 28, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    I am having trouble with the icing. 4-5 cups of icing sugar and one stick of butter does not seem quite right. Please help!

    • Reply Swah December 1, 2013 at 5:12 pm

      Hi Kristin, did you add in the cream cheese too? If your icing too runny or too thick?

  • Reply Victoria January 14, 2014 at 3:57 am

    Would the cake turn out the same if I used a shamrock shaped pan?

    • Reply Swah January 14, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      This would look AMAZING in a shamrock shaped pan! Depending on the size of the pan, you may need to adjust the cook time accordingly.

  • Reply Jenn March 5, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    What is bicarbonate of soda?

    • Reply Swah March 6, 2014 at 5:05 pm

      Hi Jenn, bicarbonate of soda is also known as baking soda overseas :)

  • Reply Deborah March 10, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Do you have the US conversions available now?

  • Reply Anto March 15, 2014 at 2:03 am

    Hi! This cake looks delicious and I’d like to try it out this weekend, but do you think it would work as a cupcake with a reduced baking time? Has anyone tried this? I’d appreciate any feedback. Cheers!

    • Reply Swah March 25, 2014 at 2:59 pm

      Hi Anto, it definitely would work in cupcake form. I would check them from the 20/30 minute though just to ensure they don’t overcook!

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      How did the cupcakes turn out?

  • Reply lisa jones March 17, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Could you add a can of cherry pie filling in between the layers.

    • Reply Swah March 25, 2014 at 2:50 pm

      You can absolutely give that a try! Let me know how it goes :)

  • Reply milkteaxx March 17, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    love how rich the cake looks! yummo!

  • Reply heather March 30, 2014 at 4:25 am

    what do you mean line the pan

    • Reply Swah April 5, 2014 at 9:40 am

      Line the pan with baking/greaseproof paper :)

      • Reply Lori March 17, 2017 at 11:20 am

        Line just the bottom of the pan or the entire pan?

        • Reply Swah March 17, 2017 at 12:01 pm

          I just line the bottom, and grease the sides

    • Reply Diane March 10, 2017 at 4:45 am

      Grease and flour the pan – means to spread a thin layer of solid shortening on the inside surface of the pan, then sprinkle a spoonful or so of flour onto the shortening and shake it around the pan to coat both bottom and sides, tapping with your hand and dumping out any excess flour. You may use cocoa powder instead of flour for a chocolate cake.
      Lining the pan – means to use parchment or wax coated paper cut into the shape of the bottom of the pan in the bottom of the pan then pour in the batter. You can both grease and flour, and line the pan in the same recipe.
      Once the cake is cooled, invert (removing from pan) and peel off the paper carefully so as not to tear the cake.

      • Reply Swah March 17, 2017 at 12:11 pm

        Thanks for outlining this, Diane!

  • Reply Becca April 18, 2014 at 4:15 am

    So going to make this for the manfriend’s birthday! Do you think Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur would work as a sub for Irish Baileys Cream?

    • Reply Swah April 20, 2014 at 1:02 pm

      I think it sounds heavenly Becca!

  • Reply Becca April 21, 2014 at 4:11 am

    Is it really 1 TBSP vanilla extract? And at what point to you add it (recipe doesn’t say)?

    • Reply Swah April 21, 2014 at 3:37 pm

      It really is 1 tablespoon! It’s a very strongly and deeply flavoured cake and it works well. I have updated the recipe now, add the vanilla in with the sour cream. Thanks for the heads up!

  • Reply Ang May 10, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Love it! Hubby isn’t a huge sweets fan, so I halved the recipe (only baked it for 35 mins) & it was perfect-enough to satisfy my need for him to have a birthday cake, & not a ton of leftovers.
    I dumped all of the ingredients together at once, it worked, just in case someone else fails to read the directions before starting..

    • Reply Swah May 14, 2014 at 11:17 am

      So glad you liked it Ang! And it is indeed quite a forgiving cake, I also have just thrown everything in a bowl and it worked out fine :)

  • Reply Dan June 29, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    I’ve got a work ‘bake-off’ tomorrow so I’m hoping this cake makes up for my lack of baking ability. I’ve been last two years running :)

    • Reply Swah July 7, 2014 at 11:29 am

      Haha I hope this recipe managed to keep you out of last place Dan! :)

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  • Reply Sunitha August 18, 2014 at 1:06 am


    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I made this today for my husband’s birthday and it turned out amazing! I substituted Greek yoghurt for sour cream and reduced the sugar to 1-1/4 cups. I made just half the icing and it was enough to generously cover the cake. My husband loved it!

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      I love hearing about variations of my recipes and glad to hear the greek yoghurt and reduced sugar worked a treat! A slightly healthier version is always a good thing :)

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  • Reply Jenny October 21, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Hi Swah,

    I can’t wait to try this out. Is that pure icing sugar or will icing mixture work?


    • Reply Swah October 21, 2014 at 12:12 pm

      Hi Jenny, I always use icing mixture as I find pure icing sugar a nightmare to sift! xx

  • Reply Sandy October 23, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Plz let me know if these the proper conversion amounts for the US:

    Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake with Baileys Cream Cheese Icing


    1 cup Guinness beer
    1 stick of softened butter
    ⅔ cup cocoa powder
    1½ cups sugar
    ⅔ cup sour cream
    2 eggs
    1 Tablespoons vanilla extract
    2 cups flour
    2½ tsp baking soda


    Preheat oven 350°F and butter and line a 9″ spring form pan.
    Melt the butter into the Guinness in a saucepan over low heat.
    Whisk in the cocoa and sugar and take the saucepan off the heat.
    Beat the sour cream with the eggs and vanilla in a separate bowl until combined, than add to the beer mixture.
    Whisk in the flour and baking soda until combined.
    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.
    Leave to cool completely in the tin as it is quite a damp cake and could collapse.

    Baileys Cream Cheese Icing

    4-5 cups sifted icing sugar
    3 Tablespoons butter at room temperature
    8 oz cream cheese at room temperature
    4-6 Tablespoons Baileys Irish Cream (to taste)

    Cream the butter and icing sugar together until well mixed.
    Add the cream cheese in cubes slowly until incorporated.
    Add in Baileys. Continue mixing for 5 minutes until the icing is light and fluffy.
    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).

    • Reply Swah October 23, 2014 at 11:35 am

      Hi Sandy,

      That all looks good except for the butter measurement in the cake – I believe 1 stick of butter = 113 grams. So I would use just over 2 sticks of butter to make the 250g of butter required.

      xx Swah

      • Reply Maggie October 25, 2014 at 7:19 am

        Does the butter need to be upped in her ingredient list for the icing too? I was thinking it was more like 7 tbsp, or just shy of a stick of butter for that. Please let me know if I’m wrong, making this for my sister’s birthday!

        • Reply Swah November 9, 2014 at 1:08 pm

          Hi Maggie, you are correct – just shy of a stick of butter for the icing too!

      • Reply Celia November 8, 2014 at 5:00 pm

        I have made this twice in a week, measurements and recipe all good to understand….first time made a round cake, second time made 10 individual cakes…..either way just DIVINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Reply Swah November 9, 2014 at 12:42 pm

          So glad you loved it Celia!! It’s one of my favourite cakes xx

      • Reply Spencer Owen November 16, 2014 at 4:27 am

        Can I please get the dry ingredients by weight? I’m a stickler for consistency, and I’ve found that measuring dry ingredients like flour and sugar (especially powdered/icing sugar) by volume is inconsistent.

        • Reply Swah November 18, 2014 at 4:30 pm

          Hi Spencer, I have now updated the recipe with dry ingredients in weight!

      • Reply Kathie February 26, 2015 at 7:53 pm

        I don’t understand the need for a conversion chart. My kitchen scale & measuring implements all show metric units as well as US measures. Using the displayed metric units & following the recipe as written is much easier than converting.

    • Reply Marianne March 18, 2015 at 6:59 am

      Hi, I just made this cake and it’s amazing! Thank you for the recipe :-)

  • Reply Lindsay-Ann November 3, 2014 at 11:16 am

    I’m Old Greg!!! Ummm Baileys <3

    • Reply Swah November 9, 2014 at 1:03 pm

      Baileys it the BEST isn’t it

  • Reply NiNoir November 8, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Hello. Do you think this cake could be frozen for a week or two if it was wrapped up tightly? (un-iced, of course!).

    • Reply Swah November 9, 2014 at 1:00 pm

      Hi there, yes this cake can definitely be frozen for several weeks. Just make sure to defrost it slowly (ideally at room temperature) xx

  • Reply Justin November 16, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Nice recipe and very tasty.

    I baked at 355, and it was done in way under an hour. I took it out at about 50 minutes, and it could have come out even a touch sooner.

  • Reply Jess November 23, 2014 at 5:42 am

    I am blown away by this cake. Easy, crazy good flavour, super moist. I love it!

    • Reply Swah November 26, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      So glad you loved it Jess, it’s one of my favs! xx

  • Reply Connie November 24, 2014 at 12:21 am

    What size pan was used? It looks awesome and my daughter says I need to make it for Thanksgiving this coming week.

  • Reply Connie November 24, 2014 at 12:23 am

    Disregard my question, in reading the comments I found the size, 9 inch. Can’t wait to taste it. Yum!

    • Reply Swah November 26, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      I hope you enjoyed it Connie!

  • Reply Janet November 28, 2014 at 2:06 am

    Making this for one of the Thanksgiving desserts. This recipe has my family written all over it! Can’t wait to serve it.

    • Reply Swah November 28, 2014 at 2:44 pm

      I hope you enjoy it Janet xx

  • Reply Donielle Watson December 1, 2014 at 6:18 am

    I Made these for ourfamily Thanksgiving party, they were so delicious that even the kids devoured them!

  • Reply Maggie December 10, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    I read all comments on the cake recipe, before asking my question. And glad I did, it answered all my questions. I’m going to make for Christmas dessert! Thanks!

    • Reply Swah December 17, 2014 at 2:51 pm

      Thanks Maggie and I hope it’s a great success!

  • Reply Jenny December 13, 2014 at 12:39 am

    Would this recipe work for a bundt cake pan?

    • Reply Swah December 17, 2014 at 2:50 pm

      Hi Jenny, yes it would, just make sure to properly grease the bundt cake pan as they have a tendency to stick!

  • Reply Marty December 24, 2014 at 10:33 am

    I’m in the US and I’m stuck on the icing sugar, is that powdered sugar that we typically use for icing or is it superfine granulated sugar or also known as table sugar? I am guessing it is powdered sugar but . . .

    • Reply Swah December 24, 2014 at 10:58 am

      Hi Marty! You are correct, “icing sugar” is indeed powdered sugar

  • Reply Joselyne December 27, 2014 at 5:55 am

    I cannot wait to make this tomorrow, but I was wondering what changes ( if any ) I need to make this into cupcakes?

    • Reply Swah December 27, 2014 at 11:23 am

      Hi Joselyne, no changes are required to convert this recipe to cupcakes – just make sure you only fill the cupcake liners 3/4 full and bake for around 15 minutes and check if cooked :)

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  • Reply Tori February 10, 2015 at 7:33 am

    I noticed in another comment that the cake will keep if baked the night before. But just to clarify, can the cake be baked and iced and kept in the fridge overnight or do you recommend that the icing be made and applied right before serving?

    Looking forward to trying the recipe!

    • Reply Swah February 10, 2015 at 9:00 am

      Hi Tori, you can definitely bake and ice the cake the day before. Just make sure you keep it in an airtight container so it doesn’t dry out! Enjoy :)

  • Reply Gina February 27, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    I am assuming unsalted butter?

    • Reply Swah February 27, 2015 at 3:19 pm

      Yes, unsalted butter :)

  • Reply Allie March 2, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    This looks amazing. I’m planning on making this for a work party, so I was thinking cupcakes (24). Good idea? If so, suggestions on time and temperature? I have a convection oven, but can do conventional as well. Thanks!

  • Reply Linda F March 3, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Question: I scrolled through the comments first but didn’t see anyone else asking….. can this ‘cake’ possibly be done as cupcakes??? either to use chocolate coating on tin sides or place in foil cups or paper cups??

    • Reply Swah March 3, 2015 at 3:50 pm

      Hi Linda, yes you can definitely convert this recipe to cupcakes. Make sure you only fill the cupcake liners 3/4 full and bake for around 15 minutes and check if cooked :)

  • Reply Jill Hance March 4, 2015 at 5:17 am

    Just wondering if for people with less time, could a cake mix be used, putting some Guinness into the batter? Then frosting with the Bailey’s frosting you use?

    • Reply Swah March 4, 2015 at 5:39 pm

      That’s a great idea Jill, perhaps instead of adding the liquid component to the cake mix (I assume it’s normally milk?) try adding the Guinness instead. Please let me know how it works out!

  • Reply william March 4, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Do you use the bottle or the can with the nitrogen widget?

    • Reply Swah March 4, 2015 at 5:38 pm

      Hi William, I used the can, but the bottle should be fine too!

  • Reply Mike March 4, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Thanks for the recipe. I will definitely be making this this weekend. I have a bottle of Chocolate Cherry Baileys Irish Creme that I think will be absolutely incredible for the frosting.

    • Reply Swah March 4, 2015 at 5:37 pm

      That sounds incredible Mike!

  • Reply Lucy @ Bake Play Smile March 4, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    This looks so good!!!

  • Reply Heather March 5, 2015 at 7:28 am

    Ever tried this recipes as cupcakes?

    • Reply Swah March 6, 2015 at 10:39 am

      Yes this recipe makes 24 beautiful cupcakes, fill the cupcake liners 3/4 full and bake for around 15 minutes (check if cooked with a toothpick) :)

      • Reply Felicia March 6, 2015 at 11:09 am

        SO happy I can make as cupcakes! Thou, this may be improper…but is there so little booze in the cake and icing that kiddos can eat? Thoughts?

        • Reply Swah March 9, 2015 at 8:51 am

          There’s such a small amount of booze in it per serve it should be fine!

  • Reply Aoife March 5, 2015 at 7:36 am

    Hi there,

    Love the look of this recipe. Very excited to try it & I’m from Ireland!

    One question – how long does this cake last? Can you make it 2-3 days in advance or is it more like 5-6?


    • Reply Swah March 6, 2015 at 10:38 am

      Hello Aoife! You can keep this cake in an air tight container for up to 5 days if stored in a cool, dry place. It does taste better if eaten within 3 days though!

      • Reply Aoife March 8, 2015 at 1:39 am

        Thanks so much!

  • Reply Denise March 5, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Dear fellow Americans- here’s the answer to SO many of these comments please go to this URL:

    • Reply Swah March 6, 2015 at 10:36 am

      Haha Denise, it’s like you read my mind ;)

  • Reply JCMcM March 6, 2015 at 2:25 am

    Hi! This cake looks amazing, and I really do want to try it! Just one thing: Is there any substitute for the cream cheese? My husband and I aren’t really huge fans of cream cheese to begin with. Is there any possible way of using vanilla icing mixed with Bailey’s? Any input would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks! I really can’t wait to try this out.

    • Reply Swah March 6, 2015 at 10:35 am

      Hi there, you could definitely substitute it for Baileys Buttercream! Bump the butter up to 200g (that’s about 2 sticks of butter), omit the cream cheese then cream together butter, powdered sugar and Bailey’s until thick and spreadable. Sounds delicious!

      • Reply JCMcM March 11, 2015 at 6:13 am

        Thanks so much, will definitely be doing that! I also read in the comments about a suggestion for using cake mix, and you seemed to agree that was another method. I’m completely new to baking, and I really don’t want a failed first attempt! So, I may do that.

  • Reply Aleks March 6, 2015 at 5:57 am

    I need this in my life.

  • Reply Kathy March 6, 2015 at 11:10 am

    I LOVE chocolate Guinness cake! I usually use a recipe by Nigella Lawson but I am definitely giving this a go for St Paddy’s day.

  • Reply Kats Barry March 6, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Baked the Dark Chocolate Guinness cake today, and it is a moist, rich, delicious cake! My husband sent me the recipe, so I took the hint.

    • Reply Swah March 9, 2015 at 8:51 am

      Haha your husband is very subtle. Glad you liked the cake! :)

  • Reply Gena March 7, 2015 at 6:21 am

    Hi There,

    I was wondering, would it be possible to use cake flour instead of regular flour? If so, would there be any changes in measurements?

    P.S. I absolute love your website and recipes! They’ve always come out amazing!!

    Warm regards,

    • Reply Swah March 9, 2015 at 8:49 am

      Thanks for your kind words Gina! I personally haven’t tried this cake with cake flour, but the rule of thumb when substituting cake flour for all-purpose flour is to use 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons cake flour for every cup of all-purpose flour

  • Reply Kate March 7, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Is the butter salted or unsalted?

    • Reply Swah March 9, 2015 at 8:47 am

      I generally use salted butter in chocolate recipes as I like the flavour, although traditionally unsalted butter is used in most baking recipes. Your choice!

      • Reply babes August 17, 2016 at 1:11 pm

        Can use oil?? I ran out of butter and sooo eager to do it now..waaahh

        • Reply Swah August 17, 2016 at 2:06 pm

          Hi there, I have not made this switch out myself with this recipe, but yes technically it should work. Just use an equal amount of oil. Please let me know how it goes :)

  • Reply Mel March 7, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    I only needed to bake this at 350 for 40 minutes so be careful with cooking times! If I had left it in for an hour, I’m sure it would have been very dry and possibly even burnt on the edges.

    • Reply Swah March 9, 2015 at 8:47 am

      Thanks for your feedback Mel, as every oven is different it’s always good to know the range of cooking times

    • Reply Erin May 12, 2017 at 4:05 am

      I am in California and did the whole hour. It was dry. Very dry. I’m making it again and will be doing 40 minutes and checking it. I should have followed my nose last time. I can usually tell by smell when something is done but I was like, “It said an hour.” Everyone still ate and loved it though. Great recipe!!

  • Reply Beth March 7, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    This cake is the bomb!!!!!!

  • Reply Ashleigh March 8, 2015 at 3:13 am

    My birthday was yesterday and my mom is making this for my birthday dinner tomorrow. I’m super excited!

    • Reply Swah March 9, 2015 at 8:47 am

      Enjoy, Ashleigh!

  • Reply Pamela March 8, 2015 at 4:30 am

    I can’t believe how grumpy some of these replies are. If you can’t figure it out people, then don’t bother. I am looking forward to trying it. Thanks for posting.

    • Reply Swah March 9, 2015 at 8:46 am

      Thanks for your nice comment Pamela! Hope you enjoy the cake :)

    • Reply Angie March 16, 2015 at 12:25 pm

      OMG just posted about the grumpy people too, lighten up everyone and be a little more resourceful!!

      • Reply Debbie Singer October 24, 2015 at 3:16 am

        If I can make this cake anyone should be able to because I am not good with anything in the kitchen. Ask my husband. I made this cake and now cannot stop making it because my husband loves it so much… so do I. The best cake I have EVER had. Really, really amazing. I am making two right now for my husband’s birthday/Halloween party. The only difference is I am going to do the swirel/spider web on the top and write Happy Birthday on the froth-looking top. Thank you so much for this recipe! For me the secret is following the recipe exactly and using a stationary mixer. I could not accomplish it without the mixer and it’s tools.

        • Reply Swah October 26, 2015 at 9:08 am

          Thanks so much for your kind words Debbie, and I am glad you and your husband love this cake as much as me! Enjoy!!

    • Reply Susan March 4, 2017 at 7:13 pm

      Have to agree. I was very happy to see measurements and ingredients I am used to in the UK instead of having to check how much a cup is and what a certain thing is. Then the bellyaching about oven temps etc. This lady put up a very nice recipe for others to enjoy so just enjoy it. If you need to know cup measurements or what caster sugar is GOOGLE them for crying out loud. PS very nice cake!

      • Reply Swah March 17, 2017 at 12:13 pm

        Haha thank you Susan, couldn’t agree more ;)

        • Reply Lynn October 22, 2018 at 11:05 pm

          I’m American and I TOTALLY agree with you! And I wish people would read comments before asking a question! Anyway, I can’t wait to make this! Thank you!!!

  • Reply nithia March 8, 2015 at 10:03 am

    hi..its a delicious recipe. How many minutes v to preheat the oven??

    • Reply Swah March 9, 2015 at 8:44 am

      I usually preheat my oven for 15 minutes

  • Reply Jason97777 March 8, 2015 at 10:07 am

    I want this cake to have my children.

  • Reply Anthony March 9, 2015 at 2:43 am

    Could I split this into two cake pans to make a layer cake? How high of a cake does it make in a springform pan? I found an Irish Whiskey chocolate ganache to make an Irish Car Bomb cake.

    • Reply Swah March 9, 2015 at 8:42 am

      Hi Anthony, yes you can definitely split this in two cake pans to make a layer cake. Once cooked the cake rises to about 2-3 inches in height in the springform pan. That ganache sounds like heaven!

  • Reply Michelle March 9, 2015 at 2:55 am

    Do you know if it freezes well? I’m dying to make this, but I will eat it all if I can’t freeze some of it (or take it to a party, but not sure I have to patience to wait for a party to make it)! It looks absolutely delicious.

    • Reply Swah March 9, 2015 at 8:53 am

      Hi Michelle, yes this cake would freeze fine, just be careful to wrap it securely before putting it in the freezer so no moisture can get in

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  • Reply Brandee Fox March 9, 2015 at 9:36 am

    I tried to make this recipe as cupcakes this afternoon, and most of them are completely sunk in the middle. What did I do wrong? (They’re still too warm to frost, but they definitely smell good!)

    • Reply Swah March 9, 2015 at 9:55 am

      It is possibly they were slightly undercooked still in the middle, meaning they sink when cooling down. Fortunately, they will still taste great and you can cover the top with the icing. No one will know! :)

  • Reply Shannon March 9, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    I made this cake this evening and it was awesome! I assumed the measurements in parenthesis were American so that’s what I used. The only thing I will change next time is the cooking time, probably do 50-55 minutes.

  • Reply AH March 10, 2015 at 7:47 am

    I made this recipe as cupcakes and they were great — very dark and moist. I brought them to a gathering, and I noticed no one had just one! I made these again today for another event, and you should’ve seen the way my husband’s eyes lit up when he realized what I was doing. (Plus it meant he got to drink the rest of the can of Guiness. :p)

    I use 3/4 the sugar and Hershey’s dark chocolate cocoa powder. They are perfectly done at 15 minutes (rotating the pans at the 10 minute mark). Like most cupcakes, these rise a bit, so make sure to only fill the cups about 3/4 of the way full. I also only make half the frosting recipe and use half the amount of powdered sugar stated.

    • Reply Swah March 12, 2015 at 2:56 pm

      Your cupcakes sound delicious!!

  • Reply Ian Walker March 10, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    I made this cake, well the cake itself was perfect, the icing was rather runny, is it supposed to be like this, or more firm.

    • Reply Swah March 12, 2015 at 2:55 pm

      Did you use 5-6 cups of icing sugar? It should be quite thick and spreadable, not runny

  • Reply Magician2000 March 11, 2015 at 12:01 am

    Looks great… I am just getting my cake in the oven in time for St. Patrick’s Day. I get my Guinness from the Oldest Pub in Ireland, Sean’s Bar on Main Street in Athlone Co. Westmeath… I’m looking forward to enjoying it tomorrow evening…

    • Reply Swah March 12, 2015 at 2:55 pm

      I hope you enjoy it!

  • Reply desire March 11, 2015 at 7:10 am

    Can this cake be made in regular cake pans? if so any idea how long it would need to be in the oven for?

    • Reply Swah March 12, 2015 at 2:54 pm

      What do you mean by regular cake pans?

  • Reply Ashliegh March 11, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    I made this cake last night but it seems to take more than 30 minutes …about 50-55min and then after letting it sit overnight before icing it…the cake seems like it came out dense. Any suggestions on what i did wrong?

    • Reply Swah March 12, 2015 at 2:54 pm

      I’m not sure where you are getting 30 minutes for, the cake should take around an hour to cook as stated in the recipe. If the cake came out dense it is possible you overmixed the batter?

  • Reply Joy March 12, 2015 at 12:04 am

    In case anyone is looking for a weights & measurements conversion chart, this is the best one I’ve come across for my personal use in cooking and sewing from foreign recipes and patterns:

    • Reply Swah March 12, 2015 at 2:53 pm

      Thanks Joy, what a useful website!

  • Reply Lauri March 12, 2015 at 1:21 am

    This looks incredible and I’ll be giving it a go this weekend or on Monday. On top of St. Patrick’s Day next week, it’s also my husband’s birthday and this is right up his alley! I will have to do it GF and trying it out with a GF baking flour mix (probably Pamela’s of Bob’s Mill brand depending on what I have). Also will be making a chocolate ganache and layering the cake with the ganache in between the 2 cake layers. Fingers crossed that it turns out as good as I’m imagining it!

    • Reply Swah March 12, 2015 at 2:52 pm

      That sounds DIVINE Lauri, good luck and let me know how it goes!

  • Reply onepoormomma March 13, 2015 at 1:42 am

    Made this for a very happy hubby last night! It was his birthday and I know the way to his heart includes a Guinness:?) The only modification I made was a dash of slat to offset the sweetness:?) I WILL be making this again. Thank you so much!

    • Reply Swah March 16, 2015 at 1:03 pm

      The addition of salt is a great idea, thanks for sharing :)

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  • Reply Anne March 13, 2015 at 11:09 am

    I will be making three of these cakes this weekend, for a St. Patrick’s day party, a birthday and one for St. Patrick’s day. Can’t wait to try it!

  • Reply Ithlilian March 14, 2015 at 6:15 am

    I’ve made this three or four times now, back before there were the helpful measurement conversions. Mine always came out a little dry, so the last time I made it, I made a double layer cake with the icing in the middle as well. My coworkers always ask me to bring in the icing to dip animal crackers in for a snack, so I’ll be making that again for them this St. Patrick’s day. Great recipe, thanks for posting! I’m so glad I came across it two years ago, it’s excellent!

    • Reply Swah March 16, 2015 at 12:57 pm

      You are so very welcome! I made it once and slightly overcooked it, that’s the only time it was dry for me. However I am hoping the measurement conversions have cleared it all up for you!

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  • Reply aviondepapier March 14, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    I made these as cupcakes with some shamrock-shaped sprinkles for a pre-parade party. They turned out delicious! The icing part of the recipe really does make a lot. I’m not sure what to do with all the extra. You could probably make half as much icing, or maybe 2/3 much, and still have plenty.

    • Reply Swah March 16, 2015 at 12:55 pm

      I must admit it makes a VERY generous serve of icing. I am glad you enjoyed the cupcakes!

  • Reply Chrissy March 15, 2015 at 1:37 am

    This was our first time trying the cake. We baked it last night, and at 55min, we noticed the cake had a small split in the middle. It looked done so we took it out 5min early. The cake ended up sinking in the middle. It’s for a St. Patty’s Day party today, so all I can think to do is fill it with frosting (haven’t made it yet). My question is, why did it split, or sink? It didn’t seem wet in the middle, and I didn’t take it out of the pan so I’m not sure what happened. Only thing I can think of is I couldn’t find castor sugar and didn’t read the comments so I just used granulated sugar. I also didn’t line the pan, just greased it. Would either of those things have caused it??

    • Reply Swah March 16, 2015 at 12:55 pm

      There are a few possible reasons – for a cake to split, the oven could be too hot or cake placed too high in oven. And as for sinking, it was possible the middle was slightly undercooked still. This has happened to me a few times with other cake recipes, and fortunately frosting covers all!!

  • Reply Janet March 15, 2015 at 2:43 am

    Would this cake work in a 8″ x 3″ springform pan & how long would you cook it?

    • Reply Swah March 16, 2015 at 12:53 pm

      Yes it would, I would bake for 45 minutes and then check

  • Reply Cindi March 15, 2015 at 7:34 am

    I made this cake yesterday! It is fabulous & delicious! Thank you for the recipe & the conversions. I didn’t have enough sugar for the frosting recipe, so I adjusted the other ingredients to suit the sugar I had on hand Since I only planned on frosting the top of the cake, the amount I ended up with worked quite well. I’ll be making this one again :)

    • Reply Swah March 16, 2015 at 12:51 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it Cindi! It’s one of my favourites

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  • Reply Pauline March 15, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Wow, this was sooo spectacular. Add a pinch of coffee – cuts the sweetness a little.

    • Reply Swah March 16, 2015 at 12:51 pm

      That’s an excellent idea Pauline!

  • Reply Peggy K March 16, 2015 at 2:32 am

    This was the only thing I made to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. A good choice, indeed. Thanks for the lovely recipe!!

    • Reply Swah March 16, 2015 at 12:50 pm

      You are very welcome Peggy! Glad you enjoyed it :)

  • Reply Kate March 16, 2015 at 9:55 am

    This was so good! We literally ate the frosting out of the bowl. Yummy. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Reply Swah March 16, 2015 at 12:47 pm

      Haha I do that too, I LOVE this frosting!

  • Reply Angie March 16, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Hi Swah will be trying this cake it looks beautiful. But have to say, what happened to ‘wow, thanks for the recipe’. Have never seen so many comments asking for conversions and changes, I have baked for 25 years and use American blog recipes often, but have always just googled to get more info if I don’t know details about something in a recipe. Please don’t appologise for using the measuring system of your country…look forward to trying more of your recipes. (fellow Australian)

    • Reply Swah March 16, 2015 at 12:47 pm

      Aw thanks for your kind words Angie! I too use a lot of American recipes and just Google or use an online converter calculator to change the amounts with no problems at all :) xx

  • Reply Colleen March 16, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Wow ! This cake is delicious – super moist & rich chocolate flavor ! It was a huge hit at the party ! Mine did sink a little bit in the middle but not a problem, i just filled it with frosting. I was surprised to find Domino Superfine sugar in my US grocery store too. The frosting made way too much so I paired it with some Guinness Chocolate chip cookies i had made & again, that was a hit at the party ! I will definitely make this cake again, just cut the frosting recipe in half. Thank you !

  • Reply Linda March 17, 2015 at 4:57 am

    This cake is insanely delicious and easy to make! Thank you so much for the recipe! I followed the recipe as written and it came out perfect. My coworkers raved about the frosting. It pairs wonderfully with the chocolate cake. Word of warning: this cake is rich!

    • Reply Swah March 18, 2015 at 12:58 pm

      It is indeed very rich!! I am so glad you and your coworkers enjoyed it :)

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  • Reply Theresa March 17, 2015 at 9:40 am

    I made this for St.Patricks Day and it was amazing! The icing complimented the cake perfectly!

  • Reply Fanny Adams March 17, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    I am lousy at baking and I have made this twice now, with it turning out perfect both times. Just served it in my office for St Patrick’s Day, and it disappeared in seconds flat! I’ve emailed the link to half the office, as everyone wants to try it for themselves. Foolproof and absolutely delicious!

    • Reply Swah March 18, 2015 at 1:01 pm

      Glad you liked it Fanny, I am sure you’re very popular in the office!

  • Reply Kristen March 18, 2015 at 1:26 am

    I can’t believe all the Americans in the comments who were absolutely bitching about the lack of imperial measurements. The author is AUS based not US. She was extremely generous to convert this recipe for you. Doing a job for you that Google could have easily done. My god. Such rudeness.

  • Reply Tim March 18, 2015 at 4:38 am

    Please clarify when you mention for the icing to “cream the butter with the icing sugar” . I already used the butter and melted it in with the Guinness. Do I need more? I am in the middle of baking it now. Thanks!

    • Reply Swah March 18, 2015 at 1:02 pm

      Hi Tim, you melt the first amount of butter for the cake batter, and beat (ie cream) the second amount of room temperature butter with the powered sugar for the frosting

  • Reply Lisa March 18, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Tried this cake and was disappointed, very dry and lumps of flour in cake. :(

    • Reply Swah March 18, 2015 at 1:03 pm

      That’s a shame Lisa! It sounds like you didn’t whisk the flour properly into the batter, and perhaps slightly overcooked it.

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  • Reply Trisha Austin March 20, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Comment from a friend who dislikes chocolate and desserts: Sooo when are you baking that cake again Trish??” I am currently baking this cake again, just for her! This cake is the BEES KNEES! I used less sugar in the cake cause the frosting is nice and sweet. J’Adore this cake Swah! Thank you

    • Reply Swah March 20, 2015 at 12:15 pm

      Haha! Firstly, how can you dislike chocolate and dessert?! Secondly, I am glad you have made your friend see the light! ;)

  • Reply Party cake Jane March 23, 2015 at 9:21 am

    A friend and I made this for our birthdays. It was fun to make and turned out beautifully. We divided it into two pans and sliced the layers into a 4-layer cake. We made it the night before and froze it because the afternoon party would be warm. Our guests said it was the best cake they ever ate and came back for seconds and thirds.

    • Reply Swah March 24, 2015 at 1:11 pm

      What a great recommendation! So glad your guests and you liked it so much :)

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  • Reply Emily April 8, 2015 at 5:24 am

    At a friend’s request I made this cake for her for her birthday this past weekend, and I just wanted to say thank you for an absolutely *outstanding* recipe. This one is going in the family favorites from now on. It’s done dire things to my relationship with My Fitness Pal this week…but I dare say it was worth it.

    (Oh – I used plain granulated sugar in the cake, and it was perfect – beautiful texture.)

    • Reply Swah April 11, 2015 at 6:16 pm

      Thanks for your lovely feedback Emily, so glad you liked it!!

      • Reply Emily October 17, 2015 at 10:59 pm

        And now it’s my birthday in a couple weeks, and having an excuse to make this cake again is what I’m most looking forward to. Can’t wait. Thank you, again, for my new favorite cake.

        • Reply Swah October 19, 2015 at 10:44 am

          You are so welcome Emily! And happy birthday for a few weeks!

  • Reply Melissa April 9, 2015 at 6:31 am

    Could these be made in cupcake form?

    • Reply Swah April 11, 2015 at 6:15 pm

      Yes they definitely can – just make sure you only fill the cupcake liners 3/4 full and bake for around 15 minutes and check if cooked :)

  • Reply Mary Kay April 10, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    I made this cake for St. Patrick’s day and it was AWESOME! The best cake I’ve ever made. I used a small scoop to put the frosting on top and it looked like pillows of frosting. I’m making this again for our annual mom’s weekend away.

    • Reply Swah April 11, 2015 at 6:13 pm

      Ohh so glad you enjoyed it!! It’s one of my favourite cakes :)

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  • Reply t-ster May 7, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Would this cause inebriation at all? I am debating making this for a situation where a child would eat it, but would make another cake if the alcohol doesn’t all cook out. Thanks!

    • Reply Swah May 15, 2015 at 1:13 pm

      I think a child could handle a slice of this, the beer should cook out in the cake but perhaps consider using less Baileys in the icing? Or make them a different icing?

  • Reply Sara May 17, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    I made this today for my husband’s birthday and it was delicious. The cake was moist and icing was really good. We added a little extra Baileys ;-)

    • Reply Swah May 22, 2015 at 3:50 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it Sara! And I often add a little extra Baileys too hehe :)

  • Reply Carmen May 19, 2015 at 11:48 am

    This was the best and easiest cake I’ve ever made. Rarely do my cakes turn out just like the photo but this one did! It’s all over my facebook :) The only thing I did differently was use a 9″ cake pan instead of a spring form pan (which I could not find in my cabinets). I greased and lined the cake pan and was worried but it turned out beautifully without sticking. I may have piled on too much frosting but no one complained. This is a rich cake! And is now a favorite.

    • Reply Swah May 22, 2015 at 3:54 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it Carmen! And great to know it can work in a normal cake pan too. It’s so rich, but so worth the calories :)

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  • Reply Miranda June 14, 2015 at 6:40 am

    Do you think I would need to keep it in the fridge if I am making for tomorrow? Or can I leave it out on the countertop overnight?

    • Reply Swah June 18, 2015 at 10:28 am

      If you’re kitchen is not too hot it would be fine at room temperature (just make sure it’s in an airtight container)

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  • Reply Kell @ All Mum Said July 9, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    This looks absolutely divine! Will be saving this one for when I’m not pregnant.

    • Reply Swah July 13, 2015 at 10:55 am

      Thanks Kell! And yes unfortunately a little too boozy for the pregnant ladies, bit something to look forward to :)

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  • Reply Megan October 22, 2015 at 6:31 am

    For the butter in the cake mix is the extra tbsp of butter for cake mix or greasing the pan. I am doing cupcakes instead.

    • Reply Swah October 26, 2015 at 9:03 am

      Hi Megan, melt that tablespoon of butter into the cake mix too! 250g of butter is slightly over a cup, thus the extra tablespoon :)

  • Reply Tara October 22, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    I was wondering if you could freeze this cake?

    • Reply Swah October 26, 2015 at 8:59 am

      Hi Tara, yes you can definitely freeze this cake for several months! Just make sure you only freeze the cake, not the icing too.

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  • Reply joann December 13, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    I made this super delicious and super easy cake in a bunt pan for my husbands birthday. I made no changes to the recipe otherwise. It took about 40 mins in a 350 Celsius oven. This will go on my make again list!

    • Reply Swah December 18, 2015 at 3:29 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it Joann!

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  • Reply June February 16, 2016 at 11:37 am

    Hi! Firstly, thank you very much for noting the measurement conversions, that was very kind of you! Okay so I just put the cake in the oven only to realize that I used the cream cheese in the cake instead of the sour cream!! nooooo! Do you think it will still turn out? It’s for a surprise anniversary for some friends tonight! Will the baking time change too, do you think?? Thanks so much!

    • Reply Swah February 16, 2016 at 5:54 pm

      The baking time should stay the same, but I’m really curious as to what the texture of the cake is like. It actually might be a very tasty mistake! Please let me know x

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  • Reply Jude March 5, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    I didn’t see this in comments, but is the cocoa powder unsweetened/natural or Dutch processed? I’m guessing it’s natural.

    • Reply Swah March 16, 2016 at 4:00 pm

      I use 100% Dutch Processed cocoa

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  • Reply Alison March 18, 2016 at 4:25 am

    SWAH – this cake is amazing. I made it for co-workers and they DEVOURED it. I’ll need to make another one tonight for my husband. I will reduce the oven temp to 325 as my pan was dark-colored and the outside was a bit dryer than I would like.

    • Reply Swah March 18, 2016 at 10:53 am

      Oooh another one! Lucky husband! Glad you guys enjoyed it :)

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  • Reply Liz Bieler March 18, 2016 at 10:34 am

    I just made this yesterday.. It was fantastic!!!! Everyone loved it and it was very easy to make. <3 Thanks for the recipe

    • Reply Swah March 18, 2016 at 10:53 am

      So glad you loved it Liz!

  • Reply jeanne March 21, 2016 at 3:37 am

    this cake rocks

    • Reply Swah March 22, 2016 at 10:04 am

      Thank you Jeanne :)

  • Reply Susan Hennessy March 24, 2016 at 8:39 am

    You had me at “Guinness”! It sounded so intriguing! I threw caution to the wind and used regular sugar, and being an American I’ve never weighed ingredients to bake, but loved the idea of it! I had a scale! The scariest part was trusting the “bake for 1 hour”. No other clues to check when it was done. Mine rose up in the pan and cracked. I let it cool and felt my heart sink as the center sunk – kind of a baseball size depression. Felt firm, though. I let it sit out overnight in the tin to cool – didn’t think to cover it. I was afraid to cut the frosting amount in half. Looks like enough for three cakes! But the texture of the final frosting was so light and creamy and airy. Almost like whipped cream. I tinted it a light green. This is a very dense cake and very moist. Mine was perfect – although could be a bit dry on the outer edge from letting it sit overnight before frosting it. The center was fully cooked and was declared the best cake he ever had by my husband who isn’t fond of cake that is too sugary or chocolatey. Fantastic cake, I will look no further for such a wonderful Guinness chocolate cake! Thank you!

    • Reply Swah April 4, 2016 at 9:36 am

      Hi Susan, so glad you enjoyed the cake! It’s kinda scary not being able to test properly when it’s done but you just have to trust your gut. And I love that it’s not too sugary as well, such a rich and dense cake :)

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  • Reply Diana Janicki July 12, 2016 at 1:13 am

    Ok! Just amde this cake (with more Baileys than recommended in the frosting) and WON the bakeoff with it! Thanks for a delicious winner!

    • Reply Swah July 14, 2016 at 1:58 pm

      Woohoo! Congrats Diana! I am glad you love this cake as much as I do :)

  • Reply JAST July 15, 2016 at 3:43 am

    Hi there!! I made this cake for my husband’s birthday last year, and it was a huge hit!! I was just wondering if you think this cake is safe for kids to eat? I would take out the Bailey’s from the icing, but the cake itself – would you say it safe for kids?

    Or can you recommend a non-alcoholic version that would yield the same consistency? The cake is super moist and chocolatey, soooo good!! Thanks for any info and tips!!

    • Reply Swah July 15, 2016 at 9:44 am

      Hi there, yes definitely take the Bailey’s out of the icing, but as for the cake, unfortunately alcohol doesn’t entirely cook out of baked goods. I *think* it should be fine to give a small slice to kids, but to be on the safe side perhaps could replace the stout with an equal volume of coffee or chocolate milk to maintain the moisture and flavour?

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  • Reply Michelle October 10, 2016 at 2:59 am

    This cake looked so good when I was looking for a dessert to serve friends tonight. I’m pairing it with a port wine. They’re coming over to (of all things!) help me with my blog ;-) So glad I came across your blog!

    • Reply Swah October 24, 2016 at 5:23 pm

      Oh yum, sounds perfect with port wine. Enjoy!!

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  • Reply KennyNY November 2, 2016 at 4:00 am

    Hi there, I have made this cake twice now and it is simply awesome! Two quick questions:

    1) I can pick up the after taste of the bicarb, if I reduced the quantity from 2.5 tsp to 2 tsps. (or even 1.5 tsp) how would that affect the end result of the cake.

    2) I’m thinking of a variation by adding orange zest in the cake mix, how would that affect the end result of the cake?

    Many thanks!

    • Reply Swah November 14, 2016 at 5:19 pm

      Hi Kenny! If you reduce the bicarb the cake will rise slightly less, meaning it will be denser. Which to be honest, isn’t a bad thing when it comes to this cake, as it is very rich. I love the idea of adding orange zest to the batter, that shouldn’t affect the end result of the cake – merely add a beautiful flavour. Let me know how you go!

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  • Reply Chris T December 21, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Thank you so much for this recipe. At a forty something man this was my first ever attempt at baking from scratch. I made it for a Christmas bake off at work and had the icing “running” over the sides like cream on a Christmas pudding. I decorated the top with icing holly leaves and glacier cherries.
    It went dow n an absolute storm and I won!
    Definitely one to come back to. Thank you!

    • Reply Swah December 21, 2016 at 11:21 am

      Oh wow Chris, congratulations!! I love your spin on the cake to make it into a Christmas pudding, such a great idea!

  • Reply Donna Choffo February 20, 2017 at 7:56 am

    I am making this cake right now! Trying out the recipe before St. Patty’s Day. However, I don’t have any plain Bailey’s in the house so I am trying the frosting with Cherry Cordial flavored Bailey’s. This looked so good you have me baking (which I don’t do unless it comes from a box)!

    • Reply Swah March 3, 2017 at 10:05 am

      Woohoo! Go Donna! Hope you loved it :)

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  • Reply Karen March 11, 2017 at 11:05 am

    I don’t beer but the cake is a good looking cake

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  • Reply Kim Laubscher March 17, 2017 at 12:26 am

    I love this cake! I made it last year for St. Patrick’s Day. This year I was going to make cupcakes for work but am unsure of how long to bake them. Have you ever made cupcake version? How long would you bake them?

    • Reply Swah March 17, 2017 at 12:01 pm

      Hi Kim, glad you love the cake as much as me! Make sure you only fill the cupcake liners 3/4 full and bake for around 20 minutes, then check if cooked with a skewer :)

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  • Reply lisa March 19, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Thank you so much for this recipe!! I made it last St. Patrick’s Day and again this year. It is so delicious!! The frosting is to die for. I plan to make this every year!!!

    • Reply Swah March 20, 2017 at 12:08 pm

      So glad you like it Lisa, I try and make it every year too :)

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  • Reply LeAnn July 4, 2017 at 5:38 am

    I’m at 3000 ft elevation. Any changes you would recommend? I’ve made it several times at sea level. Awesome!!

  • Reply Lisa July 5, 2017 at 9:55 am

    This cake will change your life (or at least the way you make ANY chocolate cake). I mean it. Although I altered it to reflect Nigella Lawson’s Chocolate Guinness Cake (one stick LESS of butter, but 3/4 of a cup of unsweetened cocoa = less butter + more chocolate), I did use Swah’s icing recipe as is (w/ a little extra Bailey’s). I baked it at 350 degrees for 45 minutes in a springform pan, and it is the creamiest, most moist and decadent chocolate cake I think I’ve ever tasted. And the icing…no words. In fact, it was so good, I just made a second one for my husband to take to work tomorrow. Thanks for sharing, Swah! I don’t think I will ever make a chocolate cake without Guinness or a Chocolate Stout.

    • Reply Swah August 3, 2017 at 11:02 am

      Thanks so much for your kind comment Lisa! It is definitely my favourite cake, ever!!

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  • Reply decanter October 26, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    Hello, Thank you so much for this recipe!! I made it last St. Patrick’s Day and again this year. It is so delicious!! The frosting is to die for. I plan to make this every year!!!

    • Reply Swah December 7, 2018 at 11:41 am

      This makes me so happy!

  • Reply Jennifer Fitzgerald March 18, 2019 at 10:07 am

    Love this recipe. Third year in a row making it for St. Pat’s.

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day from California

  • Reply Virginia Eatchel May 1, 2019 at 5:56 am

    5 stars
    I made this cake for a St Patrick’s day picnic my friends and I had this year and it was a HUGE success!! Absolutely DELICIOUS!!! I was also wondering: I’d like to share this with my non-alcoholic friends, what subs would you recommend if any?

    • Reply Swah July 25, 2019 at 9:21 pm

      Oh so glad everyone enjoyed it! To replace the stout in the cake I would use coffee or chocolate milk, and just omit the baileys in the icing

  • Reply Emma July 11, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    4 stars
    Thanks very good

  • Reply Leah Colley August 23, 2019 at 11:37 pm

    Hi, I love this recipe…one of my go to recipes. What would be the baking time for a cupcake version though please?

    • Reply Swah March 8, 2021 at 11:00 am

      Glad to hear it Leah! Bake at the same temperature for around 15/20 minutes and check if cooked if a toothpick comes out clean.

  • Reply Jill October 27, 2019 at 6:40 am

    This is a wonderful cake recipe! I have made it at least 5 times for birthdays and special events and everyone loves it! I’ve made the cream cheese frosting and also tried it with a lighter vanilla frosting and the cake is always delicious!

  • Reply Jill December 13, 2019 at 4:03 am

    This cake recipe is excellent! I have made it at least 6 times and always gets great reviews! I also tried a few different frostings and have decided I like a lighter vanilla frosting as the cake itself is so dense . Making it today as written for a coworkers birthday! Thank you Swah for this easy wonderful recipe!

    • Reply Swah March 8, 2021 at 10:48 am

      You are very welcome Jill, so glad you love it!

  • Reply Jim January 9, 2020 at 11:33 am

    5 stars
    Fabulous cake!!! Just made one

    • Reply Swah June 15, 2020 at 11:46 am

      So glad you liked it Jim!

  • Reply Patricia Mear March 1, 2020 at 4:45 am

    5 stars
    Thank you, Swah, for such an outstanding cake. This St Patrick’s Day will be the 4th time I’m making it. It’s the best part of our corned beef and cabbage dinner and the most requested dessert. Love from the USA!

  • Reply Lacy May 22, 2020 at 2:23 am

    5 stars
    Just wanted to let you know I’ve been making this cake for my husband’s birthday every year for the last five or six years. We love it! It’s become a really fun tradition we look forward to every year. Thanks for an awesome recipe.

    • Reply Swah June 15, 2020 at 11:40 am

      This makes me so happy Lacey! Glad you and your husband love it :)

  • Reply Ingrid March 14, 2021 at 7:29 am

    5 stars
    I make this every St Patrick’s day! This year I’m probably going to integrate the whiskey ganache!

    • Reply Swah March 15, 2021 at 11:13 am

      Oh yum, that sounds delicious Ingrid!

  • Reply Michelle March 17, 2021 at 11:21 am

    5 stars
    Hi from Houston TX
    I made this for the first time this afternoon. It was pretty easy. My only problem was I couldn’t find the bottom of my springform pan😬. I used 2 regular 9inch cake pans and only baked them for 30 minutes. We’re eating it tomorrow…I’ll come back and let you know how it was. 🤞🏼🍀

    • Reply Swah March 20, 2021 at 1:36 pm

      Hello! Hope you enjoyed it :)

  • Reply Hope Johnson August 4, 2021 at 11:08 am

    5 stars
    I made this for my boyfriend’s birthday! I looked at HEAPS of stout cake recipes, but this one stood out! Thanks so much, Swah! I do have a nerdy baker question. I used two 9inch cake tins (I’m Australian too but whatevs!) and they did not much i.e. I could not have cut them in half like your fancier version of this recipe suggests. What do you think could have caused that? I measured everything out perfectly, pre-heated oven/pre-prepared tins so the mix was not sitting out for ages. I used a whisk to add dry ingredients, used room temp everything!

    • Reply Swah October 12, 2021 at 11:28 am

      Hi Hope, so glad you liked the recipe! Did you definitely include 2½ tsp bicarbonate of soda/baking soda? That provides the rise and the only thing I could think of?

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