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Dark Chocolate Guinness Stout Donuts with Baileys Glaze

It’s no secret I am a big fan of St Patrick’s Day, not only because of my Irish heritage, but because it’s an excuse to experiment in the kitchen with delicious Irish alcohols!

Dark Chocolate Guinness Donuts with Baileys Glaze

I must admit I am not a huge fan of drinking Guinness stout beer, but something magical happens when you add it to chocolate cake batter, giving it a rich and slightly bitter depth of flavour. In fact, I like it so much my Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake has to be one of my all time favourite desserts, ever.

Dark Chocolate Guinness Donuts with Baileys Glaze

Cream cheese icing made with Baileys Irish Cream is another personal favourite of mine, and shown off with extreme decadence in my Guinness Layer Cake (plus the inclusion of dark chocolate Irish whiskey ganache!)

Dark Chocolate Guinness Donuts with Baileys Glaze

I’ve adapted both of these recipes into mini donut form, with the batter comprising of dark chocolate Guinness cake batter and the icing transformed into a Baileys glaze.

Dark Chocolate Guinness Donuts with Baileys Glaze

Since hovering over a large vat of boiling oil is not my idea of fun (especially as it was a stinking hot and muggy day when I made these) I whipped these babies up in my electric donut maker. And don’t worry if you don’t have a donut machine, you can buy the donut trays from most homewares stores these days and cook them in the oven.

Dark Chocolate Guinness Donuts with Baileys Glaze

Dark Chocolate Guinness Stout Donuts with Baileys Glaze

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 40
Author: Swah


Dark Chocolate Guinness Donuts

  • 125 ml Guinness beer 1/2 cup
  • 125 g butter 1/2 cup
  • 50 g cup cocoa powder 1/3 cup
  • 200 g caster/superfine sugar ¾ cup
  • 70 ml sour cream 1/3 cup
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 125 g plain flour 1 cup
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda/baking soda

Baileys Irish Cream glaze

  • 3 tbsp cream cheese room temperature
  • ¼ cup icing sugar
  • 1-2 tsp Baileys Irish Cream to taste


  • Chocolate sprinkles


Dark Chocolate Guinness Donuts

  • Preheat oven to 160°C and grease your donut pan with flavourless oil OR turn on your donut maker (you won't need any oil if you use the latter).
  • 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.
  • Transfer mixture to a jug. Pour the mixture into the donut pans until each is approximately 3/4 full.
  • If using a donut pan, bake in the oven for around 10 minutes until they spring back when pressed. If using a mini donut maker, bake for 2-3 minutes.
  • Allow donuts to cool completely before decorating.

Baileys Irish Cream glaze

  • Stir cream cheese and icing sugar together until mixed, and then add Baileys slowly until you have a thick glaze.
  • Dip the top of the donuts into the Baileys glaze, sprinkle over chocolate sprinkles and place on a cooling tray to set.

Dark Chocolate Guinness Donuts with Baileys Glaze

I decorated some of the donuts with chocolate sprinkles and left the others plain. You could finish off with a drizzle of dark chocolate whiskey ganache (from here) if you feel so inclined, or top with green sprinkles for a more patriotic St Pat’s Day result.

Dark Chocolate Guinness Donuts with Baileys Glaze

These donuts are rich and moist and the sweet Baileys icing contrasts perfectly. They are the perfect treat to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, or any day of the year for that matter!

Dark Chocolate Guinness Donuts with Baileys Glaze

Do you celebrate St Patrick’s Day? What’s your favourite thing to bake for it?


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  • Reply Gourmet Getaways March 17, 2016 at 10:50 am

    I would be happy to celebrate St Patricks day with these donuts! Yum!
    They look so beautiful too, great pics.
    Thanks so much for sharing
    Gourmet Getaways

    • Reply Swah March 18, 2016 at 11:09 am

      Thanks so much Julie! Happy St Pat’s Day!

  • Reply Lucy @ Bake Play Smile March 18, 2016 at 9:41 am

    OMG these look amazing!!!!! Hehehe you and your donuts get me every single time!

    • Reply Swah March 18, 2016 at 11:09 am

      Thanks Lucy! Do you think I’m a little obsessed with donuts?! ;)

  • Reply Jaime March 21, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    These sound amazing, I’ve made a baileys cream before to go inside but didn’t take it this far. Will be having a crack at these this weekend.

    • Reply Swah March 22, 2016 at 10:00 am

      Enjoy Jaime! xx

  • Reply Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake with Baileys Cream Cheese Icing - Love Swah March 20, 2018 at 3:14 pm

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  • Reply Celia April 9, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    Is it possible to make these in a donut machine, the ones that are like for waffles but with donut shaped holes instead of in the oven? Forgive the complexity of my sentence. English is not my first language. Thanks!

    • Reply Swah April 11, 2018 at 12:39 pm

      Hi Celia,

      Yes you can definitely make these in a donut machine, I have done it before! Happy baking :)

  • Reply Åge Valdes November 10, 2018 at 1:26 am

    Hello Celia :)

    Is it possible to use a muffins form instead of a donuts form?

    I have tried your chocolate beer cake, and it was delicious :)

    Have a nice week :)

    • Reply Swah December 7, 2018 at 11:40 am

      Not sure who Celia is, but yes you can definitely transform these from donuts to muffins, you will just need to extend your baking time slightly :)

  • Reply Victoria April 25, 2020 at 4:06 am

    I made these for my dad’s birthday and he loved them! However, I’m not having any luck getting the glaze to harden. Any tips?

    • Reply Swah March 7, 2021 at 12:12 pm

      Glad he loved them! Next time I would try adding a bit more icing sugar to ensure the glaze firms up

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