European Chocolate Stout Cake

Extremely chocolatey, rich, and creamy, this European chocolate layer cake is a dream-dessert for all chocolate lovers out there! Simple and easy to prepare, this cake is perfect for birthdays and other special occasions because everybody will like it! Try this recipe:

Servings 12


For the cake:

  • 1 ¾ cups Guinness (or another similar stout)
  • 1 ¼ cups unsweetened cocoa powder (if possible Dutch-process)
  • 4 sticks (2 cups) unsalted butter
  • 3 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3 ¾ cups sugar
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 ¼ cups sour cream
  • 4 large eggs

For the icing:

  • 1-pound dark chocolate (no more than 70% cocoa), chopped
  • 2 cups heavy cream



To make the cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C/Gas Mark 4. Butter and line with parchment paper 3 eight-inch round cake pan with two-inch-high sides. Then, butter the paper.
  • In a large saucepan, pour the stout and butter and heat over medium heat; bring to simmer. Then, apply the cocoa powder and stir until you get a smooth mixture. Remove and cool slightly.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, and sugar.
  • In another large bowl, beat the sour cream and the eggs together using an electric mixer.
  • Apply chocolate-stout mixture to egg mixture and whisk just to incorporate.
  • Place flour mixture and mix briefly on low speed. Fold batter with a rubber spatula until completely incorporated. Divide batter equally between prepared cake pans.
  • Place in the oven and bake until a skewer inserted into the middle of cakes comes out clean, around 35 minutes.
  • Once baked, transfer the cakes to wire rack; allow cooling 10 minutes. Then, turn them out onto wire rack and let them cool entirely.
  • In the meantime, prepare the icing.

To make the icing:

  • In a heavy medium saucepan, bring heavy cream to simmer. Remove from heat.
  • Apply chopped chocolate and stir until smooth and melted.
  • Place in the fridge for about 2 hours, or just until icing is set; stir from time to time.
  • Apply one cake layer on serving dish or plate. Spread icing over the layer (about 2/3 cup). Next, top with 2nd cake layer and apply 2/3 cup cream over. Finally, top with 3rd cake layer and spread remaining cream over top and sides of the layer cake.
  • Slice and serve.