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Guinness cake with cream cheese frosting on a cake stand
15Total Time
20Prep Time
45Bake Time

Guinness Cake

5 Reviews

About our Guinness Cake recipe:

This Guinness Cake is ideal for Father's Day baking - Dad is sure to love it! It's rich, moist and utterly delicious.

The classic Guinness stout flavour isn't overpowering, it's just a subtle flavour which matches well with the sweet and creamy topping. If you're more of a chocolate fan, then a chocolate buttercream might be the topping for you - although if you want the classic Guinness dark and light look, then stick with the cream cheese topping.

15Total Time
20Prep Time
45Bake Time


  1. Step 1:

    Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan, gas mark 4). Grease and line the base of a 23cm round cake tin with baking parchment.

  2. Step 2:

    Place the butter, muscovado sugar and cocoa powder in a saucepan and heat gently until the butter has melted. Stir in the Guinness then pour into a mixing bowl.

  3. Step 3:

    Beat the sour cream into the melted mixture then beat in the eggs.

  4. Step 4:

    Stir the flour, baking powder and bicarb into the mixture then pour into the cake tin and bake for 45 mins until the mixture is risen, firm to the touch and has just begun to shrink from the sides of the tin.

  5. Step 5:

    Allow to cool for 15 minutes in the tin, then turn out and allow to cool completely.

  6. Step 6:

    To make the topping, beat the butter and cream cheese until smooth then mix in the sifted icing sugar and spread over the cake.


  • For the Cake

    • 250g Unsalted butter (softened)
    • 400g Billington's Unrefined Dark Muscovado Sugar
    • 200ml Guinness (or dark stout beer)
    • 75g Cocoa powder
    • 150ml Sour cream
    • 2 Large free range egg(s)
    • 275g Self raising wholemeal flour
    • 1 tsp Baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
  • For the Topping

    • 50g Unsalted butter (softened)
    • 300g Cream cheese
    • 200g Silver Spoon Icing Sugar


  • Large mixing bowl
  • Saucepan
  • 9in deep round cake tin
  • Baking parchment

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