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!



  • 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. 

Disclosure:  This post was brought to you by Guinness Canada.  


  1. Erin W | 23rd Apr 19

    This looks so good, I’m going to bookmark it for later!

  2. wendy hutton | 23rd Apr 19

    that looks delicious, I love anything chocolate

  3. Rosanne Robinson | 23rd Apr 19

    Ummmm, looks super yummy my hubby loves Guinness, he’d definitely want a huge slice of this cake!

  4. jan | 23rd Apr 19

    awesome – with 1 1/2 cups of guiness there should be some left for me to drink with the cake!

  5. kathy downey | 24th Apr 19

    Yum,everytime I see this cake my mouth waters !

  6. Janet M | 25th Apr 19

    It looks so delicious.

  7. Victoria Ess | 29th Apr 19

    This looks so moist!

  8. Wanda Tracey | 29th Apr 19

    Ooooh lala this looks so delicious and moist. The orange blossom icing looks delectable too. Thanks for the recipe.

  9. nicky | 8th May 19

    Oh I bet my hubby would looove this!

  10. Shirl | 13th May 19

    This looks delicious with that awesome frosting

  11. Calvin | 14th May 19

    Interesting.. I have never tried using alcoholic drinks in baking

  12. Sarah | 19th May 19

    Boyfriend would love this

  13. Nate | 19th May 19

    My friends would love to try this cake

  14. Emily John | 20th May 19

    This is a fabulous recipe, can’t wait to try it out…

  15. Theresa | 23rd Jun 22

    What is Orange Blossom Water and where do you buy it?

    • Mama Ash | 24th Jun 22

      You should be able to find it in the baking section or ethnic area in your grocery aisle. It’s water made from Orange Blossoms. It’s fragrant and beautiful- Neroli is orange blossom.

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