Chocolate Guinness Cake with Orange Blossom Frosting

St.Patrick’s Day is around the corner and my new gal pal, Chef, Clodagh McKenna is sharing this recipe with us.  Canadians kick off their celebrations the right way – with a new twist on the classic Guinness stout you know and love. Celebrity Irish chef, restaurateur, author and lifestyle expert, Clodagh McKenna (direct from Ireland!)has developed creative St. Patrick’s Day recipes (made with Guinness) to get you in the festive mood. 

Did you know, here in Canada, more than two million pints of Guinness will be enjoyed on St. Patrick’s Day alone? 
While no St. Patrick’s Day would be the same without it, I want to help you shake things up this year!


5 from 1 vote



  • 13 oz unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups Guinness Beer
  • 1 1/2 cups Cocoa
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 cups superfine sugar
  • 3 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups Buttermilk
  • 3 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 3 tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder

For the Icing

  • 5 oz unsalted butter
  • 2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 2 tsp Orange Blossom Water
  • 2 cups Cream Cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F/gas mark 3. Line the base of a two x 30cm round springform tin with baking parchment. 

    To make the cake, heat the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat until melted. Stir in the Guinness, then remove from the heat and stir in the cocoa powder. 

    In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, vanilla essence and buttermilk and then slowly add the Guinness and butter mixture, whisking all the time.

    In a separate large bowl, sieve together the flour, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder. Using an electric whisk, slowly pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and keep whisking until it is all well combined. 

    Divide the mixture between the two cake tins and bake for approximately 45 minutes. Test to make sure the cake is cooked by inserting a dry skewer into the middle of the cake -if it comes out clean, the cake is cooked. Set aside to cool a little, and then remove from the tin and allow to cool completely on a wire rack. 

    Meanwhile, make the frosting by blending all the ingredients together using an electric hand whisk until light and fluffy.

    Place one cooled cake on a cake stand or plate and generously spread half the frosting on top. Then place the second cake on top and spread the remaining frosting on top. Finish the cake with the zest of an orange. 



  1. Alyssa | 12th Mar 19

    Ash, thank you very much! I really liked the recipe, I took it to my recipe book)

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