#KissMeImIrish Guinness Chocolate Cake

By Jessica Hylton - - Updated

This Guinness Chocolate Cake is the perfect St. Patrick’s Day celebration cake! Irish or not, you will love how the Guinness not only enhances the chocolate in the cake, but makes it extremely light and moist, creating a cake you will never want to put down!
Guinness Chocolate Cake with slice taken out.

Myself and 10 of my food blog friends got together to do a St. Patrick’s Day namely “#KissMeImIrish” to show off our Paddy’s Day skills. The party was organised by host Connie or URBAN BAKES and there is no way I could’ve said no! All their posts can be found below, so when you’re done checking mine out head on over! EVERYTHING looks insanely delicious!

Montage of cakes and sweet treats.

1. URBAN BAKES – Sweet & Salty Boozy Irish Truffle Cake 2. Baking a Moment – Irish Cream Profiteroles 3. The Cheery Baker – Baileys Mint Chocolate Poke Cake 4. Grandbaby Cakes – #KissMeImIrish Baileys Mint Chocolate Cream Pie 5. bethcakes – Irish Car Bomb Cake 6. gotta get baked – Chocolate Baileys Cheesecake 7. Jessiker Bakes – #KissMeImIrish Guinness Chocolate Cake 8. Blahnik Baker – Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes with Whiskey Caramel and Baileys Buttercream 9. Bakes In Slippers –  Guinness Chocolate Stout Milkshake 10. Chez CateyLou- Guinness Stout Chocolate Donuts #KissMeImIrish 11. House of Bakes – Drunken Blondie

Chocolate Cake with slice taken out and glass of milk.

In honour of St. Patrick’s Day, I googled “irish jokes” hoping to share one with you.

Umm, no. They are basically lame jokes, using the names Paddy, Gallagher and other “Irish” names. So, there goes that attempt. How about I just stick to the cake?

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up next week, you’re going to need a celebration cake. Something that will make you say ‘Luck of the Irish!’ or some other fanciful Leprechaun phrase that’ll make you really excited that it’s St. Patrick’s Day. This Guinness Chocolate Cake, is that cake. To say this cake was insanely delicious would be an understatement, because I could not stop eating it. Now, I love dessert (d-uh) but this cake took a plain chocolate cake to an over the top airy, light, fluffy and chocolate enhanced cake. The Guinness makes the chocolate flavour richer while adding another note of a flavour that lets you taste the Irish beer in ways you would’ve never imagined. This isn’t the first time I’m making using Guinness and I can definitely give it 100/100.

I basically fancied up my favourite chocolate cake recipe by adding some greek yogurt for added moisture and a cup of Guinness instead of where I usually had a cup of hot freshly brewed coffee, which P.S. makes a chocolate cake go crazy! This cake is rich, light and spongey, while being moist and delectable all at the same time.

I thought adding powdered sugar on top was the best touch because I didn’t want to cloud the flavours with a heavy frosting.

Needless to say, this cake finished in less than two days in my house. And yes, you can point your finger at me as the main perpetrator.

Guilty as charged.

Close up of slice of chocolate cake on a white plate.

Guinness Chocolate Cake on a white plate.

Guinness Chocolate Cake

This Guinness Chocolate Cake is the perfect St. Patrick’s Day celebration cake!
by: Jessica in the Kitchen
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Course Desserts
Cuisine American, irish
  • 1 3/4 cups pastry flour
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt/sour cream
  • 1 cup Guinness beer
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 10-inch bundt pan. Set aside.
  • Combine all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl, mixing until combined.
  • In the bowl of a standing mixer, add the milk, oil, vanilla, eggs and greek yogurt and stir until combined and frothy, about 2 minutes. Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture cup by cup, mixing until incorporated. Add the beer at the end and mix for one for minute until the mixture is smooth. It will be thin.
  • Pour the mixture into the bundt pan and bake for 35-40 minutes. The cake should spring back when it is finished.
  • When the cake is finished, place on the counter and allow to cool in the bundt pan for 10-15 minutes. Then remove until a plate, or a wire rack covered in parchment paper/saran wrap to cool. This is because the cake is very soft but heavy, and you don't want it to sink through the wire rack.
  • Allow to cool, and then sift powdered sugar on top.


Calories: 243kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 292mg | Potassium: 178mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 88IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 1mg
by Jessica

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  1. Jessica says:

    Haha thanks Derik!

  2. Monica says:

    Looks totally delicious! I love a moist, chocolate cake that doesn’t need a heavy frosting. I’m curious and betting the Guinness is so good with the chocolate. I have a bar of chocolate with Guinness in my pantry that a friend of my husband’s brought back for him when he went home to Ireland…need to rip that thing open right now!

  3. I love recipe roundups. And what a fun thing to do together! I love it. And this cake looks amazing! I could so go for a piece of it right now.

  4. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen says:

    Gorgeous chocolate cake, Jessica! Such a beautiful moist crumb, too. Thank you for sharing, girl. Have a fabulous Friday and weekend!

  5. atasteofmadess says:

    I am craving this cake right now. This would be SO good for St Patrick’s day!

  6. Sounds wonderful Jessica! I love that you kept it simple with just a dusting of powdered sugar. So elegant! Pinning, and sharing on FB & Twitter 😉

  7. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs says:

    Boozy desserts = happiness
    This looks terrific Jess!!

  8. Cynthia says:

    I was wondering if you think this will work if I use white white wheat flour instead of pastry flour?

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Cynthia,

      White wheat flour or white whole wheat flour? Either it should be fine! Let me know how it goes! It might be a little but more dense.

      • Cynthia says:

        Sorry I meant white whole wheat flour! Thanks, I’ll give it a try!

        • Jessica says:

          Okay, great! It might be safe to use half pastry/AP and half white whole wheat flour so the texture of the cake doesn’t change completely

  9. anne says:

    Is Guiness Beer the same as Guiness Stout?

  10. Peta says:

    Hi Jessica would love to try the guiness choc. cake, could you say which cocoa you used Roma or Hersheys.

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Peta,

      I thought I had responded, sorry! I used Hershey’s.

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