Cake of the Irish

 Here is another post from Maggie. I first met Maggie back in 1988 when I was hired as a Resident Advisor at The Ohio State University. Maggie was the Hall Director, my boss and the zoo master for a staff of misfits that really blended into a high functioning team. While Maggie is not a member of the Gourmet Club I am in (the commute to Ohio might be rough), she made this in honor of the Irish theme for the Gourmet Club’s dinner this past weekend. Take a look.

I don’t have a drop of Irish blood in me, but hey – it’s March, St. Patrick’s Day is coming, and who doesn’t like cake and beer? I saw this gorgeous cake on the Real Simple magazine website a few months ago, and had to try it. I prefer cake to be pretty moist, so I’ve tweaked their original version a bit by using the whole bottle of beer.  They called for just ¾ cup- of course, you could just use that much and enjoy the rest of the bottle as a treat for all your hard work in the kitchen. I also added a little more sour cream. You can cut back on these if you like your cake more “cakey” or on the dry side.

This is a very pretty cake that is moist, delicious and filled with rich, fattening ingredients. This is not a light recipe, so be prepared to schedule an extra 20 minutes on the elliptical the week you bake this beauty!

If you make it for an office or family event, you will be asked to bake it for every special event as the requests will pour in like a nice bottle of beer into a frosted glass.” May the Road Rise to Meet You” as you enjoy this cake, and always!

Chocolate Guinness Bundt Cake

What you need:

1 cup (2 sticks) butter at room temperature

Cocoa powder (to coat buttered pan)

2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

¾ t baking soda

½ t kosher salt

1 bottle of stout beer (such as Guinness)

12 ounces of chopped semi-sweet chocolate, divided (I just used chocolate chips)

3 large eggs

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup packed dark brown sugar

¾ cup sour cream

½ cup heavy cream (for ganache glaze)

What you do:

  1. Heat oven to 350° F. Butter a 12-cup Bundt pan and dust with the cocoa powder, tapping out the excess. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine the butter and stout. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until the butter is melted. Remove from heat, add 8 ounces of the chocolate, and whisk until smooth.
  3. Using an electric mixer, beat the eggs and sugars on medium-high until fluffy. Beat in the chocolate mixture and sour cream. Reduce speed to low and gradually mix in the flour mixture until just combined (do not over mix).
  4. Pour into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, 45 to 55 minutes. Let cool 30 minutes in the pan, then invert onto a rack to cool completely.

In a small saucepan, bring the heavy cream just to a boil. Remove from heat, add the remaining 4 ounces of chocolate, and let sit 5 minutes. Whisk until smooth. Set the cooling rack with the cake over a baking sheet. Drizzle the cake with the glaze and let set before serving.

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Categories: Baking, Beer, Chocolate, Dessert, Guest-Maggie, Irish, kosher, Recipes, Vegetarian

Author:The Ranting Chef

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99 Comments on “Cake of the Irish”

  1. Maggie
    March 5, 2012 at 11:43 am #

    Just a reminder that I like my cake VERY moist… almost gooey- so if you like a more traditional cakey texture, cut back on the beer and/or sour cream a bit. Also, if you have good, semi-sweet baking chocolate, it will of course make for a more rich and flavorful chocolate. But I just used what I had on hand which was good ol’ Nestle chocolate morsels. After recent trips to Belgium and enjoying amazing chocolates there, I am tempted to try a pinch of Cayenne in the glaze… just for fun. If anyone tries it, let us know!


  2. March 5, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

    Hey Pat, thanks for liking one of my blog posts – it means I’ve found your blog which is great! You have some superb recipes on here which I shall have to try…
    Hope your day is good 🙂



  3. March 5, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

    I only make Bundt cakes (no muss, no fuss), and this looks amazing!


  4. March 8, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

    Happy early St. Patricks Day! Love the recipe! We just did an episode on Irish Drinks, you can check it out on our page 🙂


  5. March 9, 2012 at 1:03 am #

    Wow, this looks great. I may have to try this recipe.


  6. March 9, 2012 at 5:16 pm #

    Thanks for the recipe…I am making this TONIGHT!


  7. March 9, 2012 at 9:52 pm #

    We just made this for tonight’s dessert, and it was fabulous (we used a Texas Porter instead of Guinness). We will definitely make this agains.


  8. March 10, 2012 at 7:17 pm #

    Thanks so much for the like on today’s post on oysters at Play a Good Knife and Fork ( I appreciate it! THIS CAKE LOOKS AMAZING & I was just thinking about what to bake for a special occasion coming up this week. This might just be perfect. Thank you for the recipe! 🙂 Cheers, PK (@pknewby)
    PS – love the cayenne idea!! I will let you know if I do it!


  9. March 11, 2012 at 10:14 pm #

    Something new to do with beer! Always a good thing. This looks great.


  10. March 13, 2012 at 9:15 am #

    Ooooh definitely making this for St. Patty’s Day!


  11. March 13, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

    Oh, my . . . That looks delicious! I think I’ve gluttoned myself today on pictures alone. It seems my tutorial has brought all the foodies and chefs out of the woodwork, and subsequently led me to their blogs, all copious with fantastic delicacies.



  12. March 13, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

    This looks really cool! I wish I had a bundt mold so that I could try it. Would it work as regular cake?


    • March 13, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

      It should. THe cooking time might vary, so be sure to set the time light and check it after that.


  13. March 14, 2012 at 12:09 am #

    Thanks for the like on the Double Chocolate Chili cookies. I am making this cake tomorrow, got the Guinness today to give it a try. Looks delish!


  14. March 15, 2012 at 3:04 am #

    I have been trying to think of a dessert to make on St. Patty’s Day. This might be it!! Thank you for posting! THe beer is throwing me off, but I bet this cake is fabulous. I’ll try the cayenne and let you know 😉


  15. March 15, 2012 at 3:05 am #

    Reblogged this on Gourmet Anise and commented:
    This is a great dessert for St. Patty’s Day! Beer and Chocolate together might sound odd right? I’ll try it and let you know! 🙂


  16. March 15, 2012 at 10:59 am #

    Glad you liked the post on cowboy biscuits. Glad, too, to have discovered your very interesting blog!


  17. March 15, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    Yum!…love bundt cake..thanks goodness I don’t bake too much : )


  18. March 16, 2012 at 11:04 am #

    yummy! I also went to Ohio State!!! GO BUCKS!


  19. March 16, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    Yum, reminds me of a recipe I made years ago for a chocolate stout cake with chocolate ganache. Epicurious, I believe. The beer adds a ton of moisture and a different but delicious flavor!


  20. March 16, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    Thanks for visiting my Blog I appreciate it.As a retired chef I dig recipes;and what warm blooded critter can resist Stout and chocolate?I look forward to following your Blog.I’ve considered adding “tips” and recipes to my postings but I thought that since I occasionally add tunes anything more might be excessive.What do you think?


  21. March 16, 2012 at 11:32 pm #

    Must make this!


  22. March 17, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

    What a marvelous cake. I am going to make this and then eat the whole thing………..alone!!!!


  23. March 17, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    That. Cake. Looks. Amazing. Thanks for sharing:-) And thanks for stopping by food for fun, Ranting Chef. I look forward to following your escapades.


  24. March 18, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

    You had me at “chocolate”!
    Looks absolutely delicious!
    Thanks for stopping by an “liking” my Sunday Post recipe: cock-a-leekie soup. 🙂


  25. Kammie
    March 19, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

    I wish I saw this earlier. Would have been perfect for st patricks day! Next year 🙂


    • March 19, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

      Guinness and chocolate. They’re not just for St. Patty’s Day. 😉


      • Kammie
        March 19, 2012 at 6:32 pm #

        Ahh, tempting me. I might have to!


  26. pattyabr
    March 19, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

    Oh my goodness What a awesome use for Guinness. I read somewhere in the past several days that one Guinness could fill you up for the entire day. I’m sure the cake is yummy and one slice would do me in!


  27. J M Naszady
    March 19, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    This sounds like a perfect dessert for my spouse!


  28. March 19, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

    Just gave a shoutout to this gorgeous looking cake on my St. Patty’s day post today! I SO wanted to make it last week for a party but work got in the way. GRRRR. One of these days …. Post is below in case of interest to anyone reading this -and thanks for the like on it, Ranting Chef!


  29. March 19, 2012 at 5:39 pm #

    Wow! Looks great! I need to make it for the brewer in my family! 🙂


  30. March 20, 2012 at 10:08 am #

    This looks like a cake I could make. Thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂


  31. March 22, 2012 at 8:00 pm #

    What a great looking site and recipes too! Thanks for supporting my blog site and liking “Just my Imagination.”


  32. March 23, 2012 at 11:39 pm #

    This was fabulous, amazing, super chocolatey! My family LOVED it. Thanks! I will have to share it…


  33. March 24, 2012 at 12:08 am #

    Reblogged this on deb's recipes and such and commented:
    Haven’t tried reblogging before, but I must share this cake recipe. It’s really fabulous, super moist, yummy! Thanks, Ranting Chef!


  34. March 24, 2012 at 8:54 am #

    Hi there! Thanks for dropping by my Blog and liking Cinnamon Pecan Coffeecake this morning! Glad to hear from you! Your Blog is very nice and full of wonderful photos and recipes. I am on a mission to learn to photograph food very well and creatively, so I appreciate your time!



  35. Miranti
    March 24, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

    I need to book mark this one.


  36. March 24, 2012 at 6:37 pm #

    yummm…. great blog..
    please comment on my blogs/posts. Hope you all like
    my Google ads.. on them..


  37. March 24, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

    This sounds and looks wonderful and not just for St Pat’s!


  38. March 24, 2012 at 11:05 pm #

    Uh-huh, I *could* eat that!! 🙂


  39. Nick
    March 25, 2012 at 7:01 am #

    Looks very tasty. May have to try it


  40. March 25, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    Oh! Hide my scales …please

    Thank you for wandering by … and liking House of Angels, where Welsh cakes are served with afternoon!


  41. March 26, 2012 at 11:51 pm #

    One time many years ago I tried to make this cake and failed. Perhaps now I am ready to try again.


  42. March 27, 2012 at 8:28 am #

    Sounds delicious! Might need to try this. Thanks for liking my Blueberry Pancake post!


  43. March 28, 2012 at 5:14 am #

    Lovely! Looks terribly icky, yucky, mucky!


  44. March 28, 2012 at 9:34 pm #

    I don’t have an atom of Irish either, but I still drink Jameson. Neat.


  45. biggsis
    March 28, 2012 at 10:24 pm #

    This looks incredible. Who says you can’t have your cake and drink it too! Thanks for sharing – will try soon!


  46. March 29, 2012 at 12:48 am #

    Sounds wonderful!


  47. March 29, 2012 at 2:23 pm #

    It’s always nice when a fellow Clevelander stops by my blog to say hi. I have to admit I love Guinness, my default beer, so I may have to try this cake. Keep warm today (Guinness could help with that) and let’s hope it warms up again soon!


  48. sjdunaway
    March 30, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    I’ll definitely have to make this over the weekend!


  49. March 31, 2012 at 10:24 pm #

    Chocolate? Guiness? What’s not to like?


  50. April 2, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    Thanks for the like on my blog, thrifty shoppers! The pancakes really are perfect!Can’t believe somebody read it! Lol, glad you led me over here!


  51. April 3, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    thanks for visiting my site –this is awesome –when will you be serving diner?? my wife also thinks you are cool


  52. April 5, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    I love the recipe. Am going to make this the first week the grandsons are here. There are 5 of them ranging in ages from 18 to 10 and they can eat anything and will. They eat me out of pond and pool so they will love this while they are swimming and fishing. Thanks, Gayle


  53. April 5, 2012 at 5:05 pm #

    A Guinness cake…with *butter and cream*! Wow! And chocolate! Never heard of such a wonderful cake before:) *Thanks.*


  54. April 6, 2012 at 10:47 am #

    Chocolate beer with sour cream seems like the perfect cake walk into ectasy of the marching brew of bunting and bundt.


  55. April 7, 2012 at 12:11 pm #

    Beannachtai na Féile Padraig dhuit… a little late I know but store it for next year. Thanks for dropping by my blog – glad I called in on you – have added that cake to my list of things to try. Cheers


  56. April 7, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

    This looks scrumptious. The photo is so appealing that I’d like to dive right into it. Thanks for visiting my blog.


  57. Nativegrl77
    April 9, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

    omg chef, my mom made those, oh, looks very tasty … thank you for stopping by


  58. April 13, 2012 at 9:18 pm #

    Ranting Chef. I like your style. The recipes I have read so far, look good. I will definitely plan to make several of them. Yummeh!


  59. April 14, 2012 at 10:34 pm #

    This cake looks divine! I will be trying this soon! yum 🙂


  60. homeflair
    April 15, 2012 at 3:36 am #

    I’ve got to try this soon! It looks so good!! So does the ‘Crispy Cheese’ …your blog is great…thanks for liking my ‘Potato Guide’.


  61. April 15, 2012 at 8:02 pm #

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!! I came up with a recipe for beer batter cupcakes a few years ago when I was experimenting and didn’t find Guiness Stout to give me enough of a “beer” flavor. Not that it should give you a clear beer taste but a hint of it at least. I thought Samuel Adams Black did a better job. The cake was just a tad dark with the undertone of beer plus I topped it off with a really good beer flavored buttercream to carry that note a little further amongst other things but turned out to be a really good cupcake. I found that if you use beer in your cake batters you have to add little more of whatever it is you are using to make your cake moist or else your cake will end up dry.


  62. April 17, 2012 at 8:01 pm #

    I married into the Irish and will have to make this for the next Holiday Dinner. It looks beautiful!


  63. whosleilani
    April 17, 2012 at 9:40 pm #

    OMG! My man will absolutely love this cake. I will try it out fo’ sho’.


  64. April 17, 2012 at 10:08 pm #

    Thanks for the like and checking out my blog! This cake looks delicious, def a guilty pleasure-yummy


  65. April 18, 2012 at 5:24 am #

    O’ my Guiness that cake Looks so Yummy! Unfortunately, I’m on a healthy eating cycle—I know if I make this that would be the end of me:)


  66. April 18, 2012 at 8:14 am #

    I’ve had this bookmarked for weeks, and finally had a chance to make it. Everybody loved it, and nobody guessed the Guiness (though several people knew there was something unusual about the recipe)!


  67. April 21, 2012 at 10:46 am #

    Amazing idea. I love sweets and I ike beer. Therefore, I must try this Irish cake.


  68. April 22, 2012 at 10:41 am #

    can anyone tell me what’s special about kosher salt please? I find it in cheese recipes without explanation. here in UK Midlands, I don’t know of any stotes catering for kosher diet


    • April 22, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

      Kosher salt doesn’t have preservatives;it does a better job drawing out moisture;for making brines.It also contains less sodium per teaspoon than ground;because of the larger crystal.It’s also easier to catch a missed piece if you’re pre seasoning a bunch of product and get interrupted.


  69. April 22, 2012 at 7:27 pm #

    Hi Pat, thank you so much for once again visiting my blog and liking my post. I’m so glad you did as now I get to see things like this amazing cake. I have put it on my list of things to bake next. 🙂


  70. April 26, 2012 at 2:55 pm #

    Thank you for stopping by my blog! Now I have to go out and buy a bundt cake pan so I can make this! I am a HUGE fan of both chocolate and Guinness!


  71. April 28, 2012 at 8:29 am #

    eff yes i like this a lot


  72. April 28, 2012 at 9:48 am #

    Thank you again for visiting my blog. What’s not to like. Beer and chocolate in a lovely cake. It is now on my list of “must try” recipes.


  73. Aditi Chopra
    May 3, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

    Looks good, will try it


  74. May 3, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

    Thanks for Liking Snow, Snow, Snow…Now I’m enticed by this cake that lies before me…well I needed to get back to the gym anywher and eating this seems to be a good reason.


  75. May 6, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

    Delicious! I’ll try soon!


  76. Amy Pirt
    May 7, 2012 at 9:34 am #

    Ooh, Chocolate Guinness Cake is one of my favourites! Didn’t make it this Paddy’s Day, must do it soon in recompense. Thanks for the like!


  77. May 11, 2012 at 12:51 am #

    I have a wonderful recipe for a Guinness fruit cake – divinely dark and fruity.


  78. May 12, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

    An Irish recipe calling for a Kosher ingredient? St. Patty will be rollin’ in his grave…Me sainted great grandmother (from County Cork) wouldn’t understand, but it sounds delicious to me; it’ll be full speed ahead!


  79. May 14, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    My best friend made this for me for my birthday! So thankyou for your great recipe!


  80. May 14, 2012 at 6:26 pm #

    Hey, I thought this sounded great, but I *always* have trouble with bundt cakes. Do you need to use a lower temperature than a regular cake so as to not burn the outside before the inside of the cake is done?


  81. May 14, 2012 at 7:54 pm #

    Gonna try it!


  82. May 20, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    This cake sounds wonderfully decadent. I don’t like drinking Guiness but I will definitely try it in this cake. Thanks for posting the recipe.


  83. September 13, 2012 at 9:36 am #

    Reblogged this on veggingveganchronicles and commented:
    This looks like a VEGAN CHALLENGE!!!!


  84. November 8, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    Ooooooooh! This recipe positively screamed out to the quarter Irish woman in me. I’l be trying this one out for sure. Just one question: I’ve never been able to get my head around U.S measurements……how many grams are there in a cup? Don’t fancy trying to squish butter into a cup, and what size cups do you use on the other side of the pond, anyway? Thanks for visiting my blog, by the way 😀


  85. January 15, 2015 at 9:37 am #

    hmm! yummy, i love my cakes to be crimpsy. i think there lots down here you know.
    well feel free to drop by my blog
    To see what you all might like.


  86. April 17, 2015 at 3:30 pm #

    Hi Pat Jeee you just cheered up my Friday night! Made me laugh out loud, from a fellow ‘love to cook, love to eat, love to talker’,,,,,,and one with genuine Irish ancestry to boot. I’m so glad that you liked my Chicken with Tarragon recipe, as it brought me to your site – cheers


  87. June 3, 2015 at 10:24 pm #

    Reblogged this on beyondtheflow and commented:
    Reading through this recipe, reminds me very much about my recent post about Cadbury’s Vegemite Chocolate. The thought of chocolate and Guiness together makes my stomach shudder but I think I will give this cake a whirl. How about you? xx Rowena



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