Guys… yes, I went here. Chocolate stout pudding cake!!!
Honest confession time. As I began to start writing this post I got so hungry looking at the pictures I went and warmed up some pudding cake… it’s not even noon yet.
That is how good this cake is. It’s addictive, it’s crave able, and most importantly it has Guinness in it.
That’s right, the stout in this chocolate stout cake is none other than the most famous Irish beer of all time, “the black stuff’ – Guinness.
I know I’ve been doing a lot of Irish themed posts lately, but it’s March (the most Irish month – obviously) and it’s less than 2 full days until St. Paddy’s! This will be my first St. Paddy’s here in Ireland and it lands on a Friday. How awesome is that?!
Around here you wont find green beer or rivers get dyed green… sorry USA you invented that. However, there will be drinking and debauchery but from what the locals tell me that’s only in recent years.
St Patrick is the foremost patron saint of Ireland and it used to be a day of cultural and religious celebration. Than came us Yanks. We made it more party and less churchy, even the first St Paddy’s parade was held in Boston not Ireland… the more you know!
Anyways enough history lessons.
In honor of the day we now celebrate by drinking beer and wearing green shirts I wanted to create a fantastic chocolate Guinness dessert. I didn’t want to go the traditional route of making a stout cake with Baileys frosting (there’s already so many of those). I thought I’d take the Midwestern classic chocolate pudding cake and swap the water for Guinness.
And was this idea one of my better ideas!
If you’re unfamiliar with pudding cakes they’re cakes that ‘self sauce’. Yes, I know that sounds weird – but it’s delicious when done right. When making them you kinda have to have faith. You put a thick batter on the bottom top with a sugar, cocoa mixture then pour water (or Guinness) over it and cross your fingers everything goes how it should in the oven. If it does you’re left with a moist cake that has a thick sauce on the bottom and running through it. It’s a chocolate lovers paradise.
Having never made this with beer before I was definitely nervous it would come out wonky or worse inedible. There really is nothing worse that inedible chocolate… just sitting there taunting your failure!
But to my relief when this came out of the oven it was magical! The cake is perfectly moist and the ‘pudding’ has a great Guinness flavor. It really complements the chocolate sooo well. I mean after all, chocolate is one of the main tasting notes in Guinness!
Since this cake is so chocolatey it really needs to be topped with a scoop of ice cream or (my favorite) thickened cream. Enjoy this chocolate dream when warm and if you’re eating left overs (like me right now) heat it up in the microwave for 20-30 secs… trust me.
Please, promise me you’ll make this… do it. Kay, thanks bye!
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Dash of salt
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup Guinness
- Unsweetened thickened cream or vanilla ice cream
- Preheat oven to 350F or 170 C. Grease an 8x8" baking dish.
- In a large bowl sift together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl whisk together milk, egg, melted butter and vanilla.
- Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. Spread this batter (it'll be thick) into prepared baking dish.
- Combine the sugars and cocoa for the pudding layer and sprinkle evenly over the batter, shake the dish to even it out. Pour the Guinness over the top and immediately transfer to the preheated oven (do not mix this top layer in!)
- Bake for 35-40 mins of until the top is crackled and dark brown but still has a good wobble to it (there should be sauce bubbling out of the cracks as well). Let cake sit for 15 mins then serve and top with thickened cream or ice cream!