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Sweet and Salty Guinness Chocolate Cake

Sweet and Salty Guinness Chocolate Cake – Take a night out with friends sharing Guinness and munching on pretzels, and turn it into a cake. Add caramel. Enjoy responsibly. πŸ˜‰Β 

Quite possibly the ultimate "man cake" - this Sweet and Salty Guinness Chocolate Cake is everything. * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

I posted a picture on Instagram a while back of me decorating this cake and I dubbed it the “Ultimate Man Cake” in jest. I mean, it has beer and pretzels, chocolate and caramel, cream cheese frosting… who wouldn’t love this cake? It’s like “bar” bar meets dessert bar. But it really is pretty fancy in terms of beer cake, and I love how the sweet and salty play together to make a really incredible flavor profile.

Quite possibly the ultimate "man cake" - this Sweet and Salty Guinness Chocolate Cake is everything. * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

I’ve been making Guinness cupcakes for a long time – I started when we were first married as something fun to take to the office on Saint Patrick’s Day, and found out my reputation for this yearly tradition preceded me to California and the Godfather’s next office. I just never put the recipe on the blog because there are already about a thousand Guinness cupcake recipes out there. Buuuuuutttttt, when I was poking around Hillary’s website, I came across these mini cakesΒ and the second I saw the pretzels, I saw It. I saw this cake, and caramel, and layers, and SALT! Sweet and salty Guinness chocolate cake I can get behind posting. So much so that I think it’s appropriate to share before the annual influx of beer recipes since you should probably make this for a football party dessert or something. It’s worth breaking out the forks – disposable if you have a crowd over, of course.

Quite possibly the ultimate "man cake" - this Sweet and Salty Guinness Chocolate Cake is everything. * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

Since Hillary’s blog was my inspiration, I decided to sort of follow her recipe, but since I’ve been making Guinness cake in my way for ages, I had to change a few things. After converting the measurements, IΒ adjusted a few things there, and I opted not to mixΒ the batter in a saucepan. In my experience, you really don’t want to “cook” the cake batter because it can result in sunken, gummy cake. I did cook the beer a few minutesΒ though and then wait for it to cool before proceeding with my batter making, and I will say that it did result in a richer beer flavor, which turned out beautifully. But trust me on this and have a little patience to make sure everything is at “optimum cake temperature” before mixing your batter. There is no need to pre-cook your cake. πŸ˜‰

Quite possibly the ultimate "man cake" - this Sweet and Salty Guinness Chocolate Cake is everything. * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

I hope you enjoy this cake as much as we did! It might just need to make a re-appearance around Saint Patrick’s Day, but you’ll want to practice now. Also, if you’re looking for a unique assortment of recipes ranging from Korean to twists on classic comfort food, stop by Hillary’s website and check it out!

Sweet and Salty Guinness Chocolate Cake
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Servings: 16 servings
Author: Mary (The Goodie Godmother)
Ingredients
  • 12 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 bottle Guinness beer
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cups cocoa powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • lb Β½ unsalted butter softened (225 g)
  • 1 lb cream cheese softened (450 g)
  • 5-6 cups confectioner's sugar powdered, 600-720 g
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
Toppings:
  • 1 cup caramel sauce homemade or store bought
  • 2 cups chopped pretzels
  • 1-2 tbsp fleur du sel or very coarse sea salt for finishing
Instructions
  1. Pour the bottle of beer into a small saucepan and bring just to a simmer over medium heat. Allow to cook 3-4 minutes and then remove from the heat and bring to room temperature. To help speed up the process, you can drop the butter into the warm beer to melt it. If you end up with large pieces of unmelted butter, remove and melt separately in the microwave.
  2. Preheat your oven to 350 F, butter and line 2-3 8" round cake pans (see notes)
  3. Place the room temperature beer and melted butter in the bowl of a stand mixer (or a large mixing bowl, this is an easy cake to mix by hand too), and add the sugar, sour cream and vanilla extract. Stir in the eggs one at a time.
  4. Sift together the flour, salt, cocoa powder, and baking soda and stir into the batter until just combined. Divide the batter between your cake pans (A kitchen scale helps tremendously here! A standard tilt head KitchenAid mixer bowl weighs 29 ounces, deduct that from total batter weight)
  5. If your cake is 3 layers, bake the layers fro 20-24 minutes. If you are making a 2 layer cake, bake for 27-33 minutes. The center of the cake will spring back lightly when touched, and a tester will come out clean.
  6. Allow the cakes to set in the pan 10 minutes before carefully turning out to a cooling rack to cool completely. You may also wrap the cakes in plastic wrap while still slightly warm and refrigerate to chill and make decorating easier. This also helps if you plan to bake one day and decorate the next.

When you are ready to decorate...
  1. Make the frosting by creaming together the butter and cream cheese. Add the powdered sugar 1 cup (120 g) at a time, scraping the sides of the bowl after each addition. Once the desired consistency is reached, add the vanilla extract. Depending on the number of layers in your cake and how you choose to decorate, you may have a little extra.
  2. Level your cake layers. Place the first layer on your platter or a cake board, add a layer of frosting, sprinkle on a sparse layer of chopped pretzels, top with caramel, add the next layer of cake. Repeat for a 3 layer cake.
  3. Frost the outside of the cake as desired - I opted for a thin layer and the minimalist look. Top with caramel, pretzels, and a sprinkling of sea salt.
Recipe Notes

- I made this cake 3 layers by baking to in an 8"x3" deep pan and the third in my 8"x2" deep pan because I like tall cakes. You can absolutely make this as a 2 layer cake with two 8"x2" pans, or you may bake two layers first and then bake the third. It's not ideal, but it works. Do what makes you happy.

 

Quite possibly the ultimate "man cake" - this Sweet and Salty Guinness Chocolate Cake is everything. * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

 

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    misha
    January 28, 2018 at 10:05 am

    Does the pretzel go super soggy inside? How far in advance would you make this?

    • Reply
      Mary (The Goodie Godmother)
      January 28, 2018 at 12:11 pm

      That depends on the pretzel. I used a really hard sourdough and it was fine for 2-3 days. I probably wouldn’t make this more than a day or day and a half in advance for the best texture.

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    ann marie whitten ( Murray)
    January 21, 2018 at 7:36 am

    This recipe was fantastic! Just made it for a dinner get together with friends. If I wanted to make this larger…do I simply double the ingredients? If I want more of a pronounced Guinness flavor can I add more beer.

    Thanks in advance!

    • Reply
      Mary (The Goodie Godmother)
      January 28, 2018 at 12:10 pm

      With cakes, it’s usually better to go ahead and mix two separate batches (I know… more measuring!) because the leaveners don’t scale directly. You could try adding a little more beer, but I don’t know if the amount you could add without making the batter too wet would give you a very very pronounced flavor. What I would do is add some Guinness into your frosting. A little extra powdered sugar will compensate for the additional wet ingredient, and since you aren’t combining with chocolate, the flavor of the beer will be a bit more pronounced. πŸ™‚

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    Natalie
    November 15, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    Ive got these bad boys cooling right now! Fingers crossed it worked . I upped the sour cream to 1 c now i wait!!

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    Meaghan | Cook. Craft. Love.
    March 11, 2017 at 11:59 am

    I’m not a beer drinker but since everything is better in cake this has got to be a must try for St. Patrick’s Day this year!

  • Reply
    Rosemary
    March 3, 2017 at 9:04 am

    What a absolutely beautiful cake. And I bet delicious too. You can’t go wrong with beer.

  • Reply
    Brian Jones
    March 1, 2017 at 2:48 am

    Did some one say beer and pretzels? Hehehem this sounds awesome definitely my kinda cake, although will need to buy extra Guinness to make sure there i some left for cook after πŸ˜‰

  • Reply
    Kayla
    November 27, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    What size guinness bottle? How many oz?

    • Reply
      Mary (The Goodie Godmother)
      November 27, 2016 at 11:36 pm

      I believe Guinness comes in just a single size bottle. The draft is 11.2 and the stout is 12 ounces (or something like that). You typically use the draft beer in cooking, but I’ve used the stout as well depending on what the Godfather buys. Since the difference is less than an ounce, there’s no noticeable change in the final product, so use what you have.

  • Reply
    Kathy Drozd
    October 14, 2016 at 11:53 am

    I love the recipes. Do you have one for Guinness Chocolate cupcakes.
    Thanks….

    • Reply
      Mary (The Goodie Godmother)
      October 14, 2016 at 9:09 pm

      I do, but it’s not posted yet. Send me an e-mail (mary @ goodiegodmother. com) and I’ll send it to you when I get back to my computer next week.

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