Chocolate-Orange Guinness Cake

Chocolate Guinness cake made with 1/2 a pint of Guinness.
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  • 65 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins,
  • Cook: 40 mins
  • Yield: 9 in 2 layer cake (8 servings)

Chocolate and orange go famously well together, add in Guinness and you have a distinctively good dessert.

This Chocolate Orange Guinness Cake recipe is known for having a slightly sharp taste due to the beer.

What You'll Need

  • For the Cake: 
  • 1/4 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 orange (zest)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Guinness Stout (or strong beer)
  • For the Icing:
  • 1/4 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 orange (zest and juice)

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Grease 2 8-9-inch cake pans. 
  2. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa into a bowl.
  4. Add the orange rind to the creamed butter and beat in the eggs, one at a time, including a spoonful of the measured flour mixture with each one, and beating well between additions.
  5. Gently mix in the Guinness, a tablespoonful at a time, including another spoonful of flour with each addition. If there's any flour left over, fold it in gently to mix; blend thoroughly without over-beating.
  1. Divide the mixture between the tins, smooth down, and put the cakes into the center of the preheated oven.
  2. Reduce the heat to moderate (350F) and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the cakes are springy to the touch and shrinking slightly in the pans. Turn out and cool on a wire rack.
  3. Make the icing: Cream butter and sugar.
  4. Blend in orange juice and zest. Ice bottom layer with 1/3 cup icing.
  5. Place the second layer on top. Ice sides with half remaining icing. Use the rest of the icing on the top.
  6. Store cake in an airtight container.

Thanks to ShadoeRose for this recipe.

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Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 343
Total Fat 16 g
Saturated Fat 9 g
Unsaturated Fat 5 g
Cholesterol 135 mg
Sodium 404 mg
Carbohydrates 39 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Protein 10 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)