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Chocolate Guinness Cake Recipe with Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Frosting

This Chocolate Guinness Cake Recipe with Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Frosting yields a moist, tender cake that's deeply chocolatey with malty, roasty flavor notes.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Irish
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Time for the Cake to Cool 2 hours
Servings 10 servings
Calories 427kcal


Chocolate Guinness Cake:

Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Frosting:



For the Cake:

  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Butter and flour a 9-inch cake pan. Place a piece of parchment paper that’s been trimmed to fit in the bottom.
  • Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
  • Whisk together the eggs, sugar, and brown sugar in a large bowl. Whisk in the oil, yogurt, and vanilla extract, and then whisk in the Guinness.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet and whisk to combine, being careful not to over-mix.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 40 to 45 minutes.
  • Run a paring knife along the outside of the cake to loosen it from the pan. Turn the cake out onto a wire rack, let it cool for 5 minutes, and then peel off the parchment paper.
  • Cool the cake completely.

For the Frosting:

  • Once the cake is cool, make the frosting. Cream together the butter, cream cheese, and vanilla bean paste in a large bowl. Add the powdered sugar and use a hand-held electric beater to mix until smooth and creamy.

To Frost the Cake:

  • Place the cake on a cake plate or cake stand and top with the frosting, spreading it around. This makes enough frosting to frost the top and sides of a 9-inch cake, but I like to pile it on thick and only frost the top.


  • Storage: Store this cake wrapped in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • Frosting Tip: To make this frosting even more special, I like to add 1/8 teaspoon almond extract and 1/8 teaspoon butter extract. I find that it simulates the flavor of Irish cream!


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 427kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 255mg | Potassium: 131mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 340IU | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg