Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake with Baileys Cream Cheese Icing

Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake with Baileys Cream Cheese Icing

After church this past Sunday, while my little munchkin Jack was taking a nap, Michael, Major and I all took to the sofa to relax and unwind. It had been a long week, and frankly, the downtime was welcome. I don’t get too much of it, and to just sit, and do NOTHING was nice. And that’s when the silence was broken.

“Here, I need you to go to the store and get everything on this list.” Michael handed me his phone, with a glorious photo of a cake – a deep, dark, mysterious cake.

Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake with Baileys Cream Cheese Icing
The photo in question. Image via

Below it, a list of ingredients for the cake and accompanying cream cheese frosting. “Then, make this cake, please.” It didn’t look too hard, and heck, what can I say, my interest was piqued. Why?

The cake was a Dark Chocolate Guinness cake with Baileys Cream Cheese Frosting. I mean, WHAT? Plus, with St. Patrick’s day just around the corner, I figured this would be an absolute perfect dessert to whip up and share with everyone just in time for whatever celebration you choose to partake in. I mean, it’s a good excuse to indulge a little in something unique and delicious, plus, it’s boozy. I mean, c’mon. What better way to spoil yourself? GUINNESS AND BAILEYS!!!

Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake with Baileys Cream Cheese Icing

The recipe Michael found from Love Swah was super easy to follow, and I didn’t change anything about it, except for adding a bit more Baileys Irish Cream to the frosting than was called for. YOLO.

Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake with Baileys Cream Cheese Icing

Fun fact:  I usually despise chocolate cake. I pretty much turn my nose up at any cake to be honest, but most especially chocolate cake. Bleh. But now that I’m pregnant, my tastes have changed, and I’m all about that sweet tooth life. Bring on the sugar! In moderation, of course… I can say this cake was absolutely delicious. Yum, yum! I had to pat myself on the back and toot my own horn with how it came out. Just sayin’.

Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake with Baileys Cream Cheese Icing

The cake itself was fluffy and light, but was somehow also rich and deep in flavor. The exterior got a slight crispness to the crust from the spring-form pan, which added a nice textural element.

Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake with Baileys Cream Cheese Icing

The Guinness made the batter creamy, and slightly bitter, and the bitter-sweet cocoa provided seductive depth. Together, these flavors contrasted beautifully with the sweetness from the fluffy Baileys cream cheese icing.

Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake with Baileys Cream Cheese Icing

I am really glad Michael showed me this recipe, and I’m really glad I didn’t just sit on my booty for the whole afternoon rejecting the idea of baking.

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I’m glad I got up and braved the Harris Teeter that Sunday with the hoards – it was the triple coupon event, apparently and most importantly, I’m glad I tried something new.

Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake with Baileys Cream Cheese Icing
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake
  2. I cup Guinness beer
  3. 1 cup + 1 tbsp butter
  4. 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  5. 1¾ cups granulated sugar
  6. 2/3 cup sour cream
  7. 2 eggs
  8. 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  9. 2 cups plain flour
  10. 2½ tsp baking soda
  11. Baileys Cream Cheese Icing
  12. 4-5 cups sifted icing sugar/powdered sugar
  13. 1/2 cup butter at room temperature
  14. 8oz cream cheese at room temperature
  15. 8-10 tbsps Baileys Irish Cream (to taste)
Instructions
  1. Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake
  2. Preheat oven 350°F and use some butter to grease a 9" springform tin.
  3. Melt the 1 cup + 1 tbsp butter into the Guinness in a saucepan over low heat.
  4. Whisk in cocoa and sugar and take the saucepan off the heat.
  5. In a separate bowl, beat the sour cream with the eggs and vanilla until combined, than stir into the beer mixture.
  6. Whisk in the flour and baking soda until combined.
  7. Pour the now-formed cake batter into the tin and bake for 1 hour.
  8. Baileys Cream Cheese Icing
  9. Cream the butter and icing sugar together until well mixed. It won't really look any different at this point.
  10. Add the cream cheese in cubes slowly until incorporated. Suddenly, as if by magic, just when you think you're getting no where, your mixture will turn into icing. It's fantastic.
  11. Add in Baileys. Continue mixing for 5 minutes until the icing is light and fluffy.
  12. Top your cake with the icing, and this is where it gets fun. Swirl the frosting around the top of the cake to recreate the froth on a glass of Guinness.
Notes
  1. The middle of the cake may still be slightly wet when you take the cake out, but it will firm up as it cools down.
  2. Leave to cool completely in the tin as it is quite a damp cake and could collapse.
  3. There will be more than enough frosting here, so if you so choose, you can slice the cake in half and fill with the remaining icing. It'll make for a beautiful "naked" cake.
Adapted from Love Swah
Adapted from Love Swah
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Katie Ogletree is the creator, writer and photographer of Slow Down and Savor, a food and lifestyle blog based out of Baltimore, MD. She is a graduate of Texas State University with a degree in Mass Communication, a wife of an amazing guy, and mother of two beautiful boys and three gorgeous kitties. She loves exploring Baltimore City and is excited to see what it’s all about through its food, and those that make it. She is a self-professed foodie of all classifications, from fine dining and conceptual fare to the simplest and sometimes messiest bar food around, and absolutely loves sharing it with anyone she can. Thanks for visiting Slow Down and Savor!
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2 thoughts on “Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake with Baileys Cream Cheese Icing

  1. Oh wow your cake looks amazing, I am glad you enjoyed the recipe!! Happy St Pat’s Day 🙂

    1. Thank you for such a fabulous recipe!!! My husband was SO excited about it when he found it – and it was a great treat for us. Thanks again!

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