Chocolate Stout Bundt Cake

Recipe By Tessa Arias
February 1st, 2012

Chocolate Stout Bundt Cake is perfect for entertaining! Moist, rich, with a delicious chocolate ganache oozing down the sides. YUM. 

Yield: 12 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook: 1 hour 35 minutes

Guinness Stout Bundt Cake

Chocolate Stout Bundt Cake

I remembered this recipe when I was trying to think of ways to use the Guinness leftover from this stew recipe. I’m glad I remembered. This cake is everything chocolate cake should be, but usually isn’t. I think chain-restaurant dessert menus have ruined chocolate cake for us all. They never taste like chocolate and always end up disappointing. I read a quote on Pinterest the other day that said you should spend your calories like your money. Save them up for something that’s worth it. Restaurant cakes usually aren’t worth it.

This cake recipe has got real chocolate flavor, not just artificial sweetness. It’s moist and rich without being dense.  It takes just 15-20 minutes to prepare and the ganache topping couldn’t be easier.

The beer in this cake makes it perfect for the Super Bowl or St. Patrick’s Day. The simplicity and gorgeousness makes it perfect for any type of entertaining or when you’re asked to bring dessert.

Recipe Rundown

Taste: You can’t really taste the beer, it just gives the cake a nice slightly nutty richness that compliments the chocolate and cuts the sweetness.
Texture: The cake is almost like a brownie. It is ridiculously moist and rich.
Ease: Very easy. Took about 15 minutes to prep.
Appearance: Just beautiful. I love the chocolate ganache oozing down the sides.
Pros: Perfect for entertaining.
Cons: None.
Would I make this again? Absolutely.

How to make
Chocolate Stout Bundt Cake

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Chocolate Stout Bundt Cake is perfect for entertaining! Moist, rich, with a delicious chocolate ganache oozing down the sides. YUM. 


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, plus more for pan
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup stout beer (such as Guinness)
  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 12-cup nonstick Bundt pan. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking soda, and salt.
  2. In a small saucepan heat butter and beer over medium heat, stirring, until butter is melted. Remove from heat and add 8 ounces of the chocolate, stirring until smooth.
  3. Using an electric mixer and a large bowl, beat the eggs and sugars on medium-high speed until fluffy. Beat in chocolate mixture and sour cream. Reduce speed to low and gradually mix in flour. Don't overmix.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 45-55 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs. Let cool 30 minutes in pan then invert onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. In a small saucepan bring the cream just to a boil. Off heat add the remaining 4 ounces of chocolate and let sit for 5 minutes. Stir until smooth then drizzle over cooled cake. Cake can be made and glazed up to 1 day in advance. Cover loosely and store at room temperature.

Recipe Notes

From Real Simple December 2010
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Tracy@DailyDealBlog — February 14, 2012 at 3:10 am

    Another chocolatey goodness dessert.

  2. #
    Stephanie — February 7, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    I was looking for a good recipe to make in my new bundt pan! This looks like it.

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    myfudo — February 2, 2012 at 2:58 am

    Love the recipe…Looks chocolatey. The ingredients are easy to obtain. I'll try and let you know how I fared. Hugs!

  4. #
    Tracey — February 2, 2012 at 2:04 am

    Chocolate stout cake is one of my very favorite treats! I made a different recipe a while back, but I'll probably need to test this one too 🙂

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    Bake Your Day — February 1, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    A cake that's almost like a brownie is my kind of cake. LOVE this, Tessa!

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    Jenise — February 1, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Looks delish! You should get a pin it button for your page.?

  7. #
    Blessedmama — February 1, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    This cake has all the right ingredients: chocolate for me, beer for my hubby! I must try this recipe!!! :))

  8. #
    brandi — February 1, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    spending calories like money is the best idea ever. there aren't many places that have desserts that rival homemade, especially with cakes like this!

  9. #
    @thegoudalife — February 1, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Lovely post and stunning photo – it makes me want to rush out and get all the ingredients to make the cake right now!

  10. #
    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — February 1, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    This looks amazing!! I love bundt cakes (they really are easy to make) and the addition of beer is genius 😀

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