Guinness® Stout Cake Recipe

For the ultimate in adult-only treats, try this Stout and Lager Cake with Guinness® Stout and Harp® Lager.
Makes: Makes about 12 servings.
Skill Level: None

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Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare two 8 in. x 2 in. round pans with vegetable pan spray.

Step 2

In medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon salt; set aside.

Step 3

In large microwaveable bowl, melt 6 ounces chocolate and 3/4 cup butter on 50% power for one minute. Stir and continue to melt at 50% power until smooth. (Mixture can also be melted on top of the stove in a heavy saucepan over low heat). Transfer mixture to large bowl. Add sugar and beat with and electric mixer until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla; beat until combined. Add flour mixture alternately with Guinness; beat until just combined. Divide evenly between two prepared pans, filling pans about 2/3rds full.

Step 4

Bake 38-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pans; remove and cool completely on cooling grid.

Step 5

For icing, combine lager and 1/8 teaspoon salt in large skillet. Heat over medium-high heat until liquid has reduced to about 1/3 of a cup; about 30-35 minutes. Remove from heat and cool completely.

Step 6

In large bowl, beat 1/2 cup butter and shortening with electric mixer until fluffy. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar, one cup at a time, beating on low speed. Add reduced lager, one tablespoon at a time, continuing to beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. If icing is too soft add additional confectioners’ sugar, one tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached.

Step 7

To assemble, spread icing onto one cake layer; top with second cake layer. Spatula or spoon ice top and sides of cake with remaining icing. Shave remaining 2 ounces chocolate with peeler; press onto sides of cake.

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all-purpose flour

2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

baking soda

1 teaspoon baking soda


salt (1/2 teaspoon for cake, 1/8 teaspoon for icing)

semi-sweet chocolate, divided

8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, divided

butter, softened

butter, softened (3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) for cake, 1/2 cup (1 stick) for icing)

granulated sugar

1-1/2 cups granulated sugar


3 eggs

Wilton Clear Imitation Vanilla Extract

2 teaspoons Wilton Clear Imitation Vanilla Extract

Guinness® Stout

1 cup Guinness® Stout

Harp® Irish Lager

3 bottles (12 oz. ea.) Harp® Irish Lager

solid vegetable shortening

2/3 cup solid vegetable shortening

sifted confectioners' sugar

4-1/2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar

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