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Guinness Beer Cake {With Cake Mix}

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Best, quick, easy, soft, moist, fudgy Guinness beer cake recipe, homemade with simple ingredients and starts off with chocolate cake mix. A classic cake, loaded with chocolate frosting and ganache.

Whether you are looking for a boozy St.Patrick’s Day dessert or an adult birthday cake, today’s recipe is just for you!

It’s rich and indulgent and great for chocoholics! The beer offsets the sweetness perfectly.

I also want to point out that this is not a root beer cake tower or beer can cake. This one is different and so much better than all of those!

Chocolate Guinness Cake Recipe

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How to make chocolate Guinness cake recipe/ beer cake recipe/ stout cake?

  1. Mix together eggs, beer, oil and cake mix until just combined.
  2. Pour batter in cake pans.
  3. Bake
  4. Let cakes cool.
  5. Fill and ice them in chocolate frosting.
  6. Chill.
  7. Pour ganache.
  8. Chill.
  9. Decorate.

How long with Irish Guinness cake last?

Unfrosted cakes can be sealed tightly in plastic wrap and stored in the freezer for up to 1 month. When you are ready to assemble, allow the cakes thaw overnight in the fridge. Frosted cake can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days in a sealed container.

Easy Beer Cake Recipe

Tips and Techniques

  • Brand of cake mixes– I have used these brands of cake mixes successfully: Pillsbury, Duncan Hines and Betty Crocker. I have not tried any other generic brands to know how it would affect this recipe.
  • All ingredients should be at room temperature– That’s because they blend together smoothly and evenly.
  • Temperature is key– Do not frost or ganache the cake until it cas fully cooled down or else it will make a sticky, soggy mess.
  • How much ganache to use? This is entirely a personal preference. Some people just like to drizzle a little all over the cake. Others, like me, pour ganache all over the cake to fully cover it.
  • Decoration– Add sprinkles, chocolate chips (white or semisweet), store-bought chocolate decorations, chocolate shreds.
  • Don’t over-mix cake batter– Because this will yield a tough cake and it can also cause the cake to collapse/sink during baking. Mix until all the ingredients are just combined. There may be a few lumps but you don’t have to worry about them.
  • What beer to use? Stout beer is best and Guinness is very popular.
  • Oil vs Butter– Normally, I prefer butter in doctored cake mix recipes but in this case, I highly recommend using oil because it prevents the cake from becoming too dense and keeps it light and airy.
Guinness Beer Cake Recipe

Variations

  • Use alcoholic frosting– Try bailey’s buttercream frosting or Irish cream frosting to really booze it up.
  • Use yellow cake mix– Chocolate cake mix is the best, hands down! However, you can try a yellow cake mix, if you want the beer flavor to be really prominent.
  • Replace ganache with frosting– Some people are intimidated by ganache and you can easily omit that and instead, just use chocolate frosting.
  • Add more layers– Double the recipe and make 4 round cakes to make a taller layer cake.
  • Birthday decorations– If you are making this for birthday parties, toss some sprinkles over the cake and add some cute candles.
  • Add crunch– By tossing some chopped nuts like almonds, pistachios, pecans, walnuts between the cake layers and on top, as well.
  • Add fillings– Drizzle a little Homemade Caramel Sauce between the cake layers.
  • Make cupcakes– Instead of cakes, pour batter in cupcake liners and bake for about 20 minutes.
Guinness Cake with Chocolate Ganache

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Chocolate Guinness Cake Recipe (With Cake Mix)
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Chocolate Guinness Beer Cake Recipe

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

Best, quick, easy, soft, moist, fudgy Guinness beer cake recipe, starts off with chocolate cake mix. Loaded with chocolate frosting and ganache. 

Servings: 9 Slices
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beer, cake, chocolate, doctored cake mix recipe, st.patrick’s day, stout
Calories: 1003 kcal
Author: CakeWhiz

Ingredients

  • 4 Eggs Large
  • 1/3 cup Oil
  • 1 1/4 cups Guinness beer
  • 1 box Devil’s food cake mix Or chocolate cake mix
Chocolate Frosting
Chocolate Ganache
  • 1.5 cup Heavy cream
  • 1.5 cup Chocolate chips Semisweet

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, add eggs, oil, beer and mix until smooth.

  2. Add cake mix and mix and mix until just combined.

  3. Pour batter in two greased/ floured round cake pans (Dimensions: 8×2). Spread evenly with a spatula. 

  4. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until an inserted toothpick in the center comes out clean.

  5. Allow the cakes to cool down completely.

  6. While the cakes are baking and cooking, prepare the chocolate frosting, following the recipe above.

  7. Place one cake on a cake board (same size as the cake).

  8. Spread frosting on top of the cake.

  9. Place the other cake on top of the frosting and gently press it to hold it into place.

  10. Ice the entire cake in a thin coating of frosting. This is called a “crumb coat” just to seal the crumbs together. Chill in the fridge for 20 minutes. 

  11. While the frosted cake is chilling, prepare the thick ganache by adding equal parts of heavy cream and chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in the microwave at 30 second increments, mixing often, until smooth and creamy. 

  12. Place a cooling rack on a cookie tray. Place the cake on top of the rack. Don’t remove its base board.

  13. Pour ganache on top of the cake and spread it all around the top and let it drip along the sides. Use a spatula to cover it entirely in a ganache coating. 

  14. When ganache is no longer dripping at the bottom, remove it from the rack and place it on a cake stand or serving plate.

  15. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.

  16. Frost swirls of chocolate frosting around the top of the cake.

  17. Decorate with chocolate rolls and sprinkle chocolate curls around the base of the cake. Enjoy! 

Recipe Notes

  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Guinness Beer Cake Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1003 Calories from Fat 504
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 56g 86%
Saturated Fat 27g 135%
Cholesterol 131mg 44%
Sodium 644mg 27%
Potassium 420mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 121g 40%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 95g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 15.1%
Vitamin C 0.5%
Calcium 15.3%
Iron 23.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Until next time, tata my lovelies!

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