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Irish Chocolate Stout Cake

Nicoletta March 10, 2018

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Irish Chocolate Stout Cake, a luscious, scrumptious chocolate cake made richer with the addition of a stout beer and with a silky cloud of whipped cream to finish it off. 

Song of the Day: “It Will Come Back” by Hozier.

Irish Chocolate Stout Cake

This monthly stop of Eat the World, in collaboration with other food bloggers eager to travel the world through food, is taking us to beautiful and lush Ireland, where I have been many years ago, just in time for St. Patrick’s day and its celebrations.



I am still in Rome, and while Loreto in Edmonton is missing all the baked goods that I profusely and constantly deliver, somebody else is enjoying being my taste testers: my parents. “What are you making next?” is the most recurrent question. They were still eating the last of my puff pastry mini croissants when I told them that for my next recipe I had to make a chocolate cake with cocoa and dark beer in the batter. I saw their eyes light up and heard no complaints in their enthusiastic words.

Irish Chocolate Stout Cake

After the initial surprise of hearing I needed beer for my cake, we actually went together to Eataly and got the majority of the ingredients there, including the stout beer. I was almost getting an Irish stout, when they told me they had this artisanal beer made by inmates from the Roman prison of Rebibbia, admitted to external work, who are trained and initiated into professional inclusion in the beer chain. “Birra Vale la Pena” is the project, and so in a small laboratory, several beers are produced, with funny play-on-words names, including the stout I used today: Chiave de Cioccolata, a chocolate stout with organic cocoa beans and sweet orange peel.

Irish Chocolate Stout Cake

Adjusting recipes to the ingredients available to us where we live, is something we consistently practice with Loreto. Traditional Italian recipes are adapted and remade with produce and ingredients that are available to us in Canada, and for the same reason, when I am in Italy, I adjust recipes using ingredients accessible to me at my local markets. In this case, I also thought of the “social” benefit of buying this particular Italian stout. And I have to say, I was impressed by the quality of this chocolate stout beer.

Irish Chocolate Stout Cake

The internet is full of recipes for chocolate stout cakes and even more for chocolate Guinness cakes. As I usually do, I study them all and settle on two or three, where my intuition (or tailbone, like Loreto would say), tells me to stop. This recipe for Irish Chocolate Stout Cake is a keeper. I am going to make it my basic chocolate cake that I can dress for any occasion. You are probably wondering about this tailbone thing. Well, Loreto says when his intuition is really on track, he feels a pull on his tailbone. Kind of like a water vane, the thing that is used to find water; strange yes, but for Loreto it works amazingly. Now back to my story.

Almost all of the recipes I saw, were decorated with some kind of frosting, or icing, to resemble the thick white foam that sits on top of a glass of Guinness. All I could ask my parents to eat, though, was a chocolate stout cake with a simple unsweetened whipped cream on top. Every other suggestion was turned down. They are definitely not used, and neither am I, to any heavy garnish. And yet, the use of whipped cream instead of a rich icing didn’t take away from the dark magnificence of this cake.

Irish Chocolate Stout Cake

This Irish Chocolate Stout Cake is incredibly dark, rich and velvety, dense but moist, and not too sweet. I am sure it would taste gorgeous plain. The delicate and simple flavor of the whipped cream pairs well with the intense flavor of the chocolate stout, the dark chocolate, and the cocoa powder. Every forkful is a delight for the senses, and although you don’t really taste the stout in it, there is certainly a mellow bitterness which we all loved.

Irish Chocolate Stout Cake

St Patrick’s day is upon us and Loreto tells me that all he can remember is that if he didn’t wear green on that day he would be pinched excessively. I don’t know the significance of that but what I do know is that the Irish celebrate their patron Saints like us Italian do with many festivities, and on March 17th it is a celebration of the patron saint, St. Patrick!

Cultural celebrations are fun and a great excuse for preparing wonderful food and desserts. This Irish Chocolate Stout Cake would be a great way to conclude a feast on the table. Don’t be afraid to have a wee bit of fun and for God’s sake, wear that green if you don’t want to be pinched!

A Happy St Patrick’s Day to the all of you!


Song of the day: “It Will Come Back” by Hozier.

Irish Chocolate Stout Cake

Irish Chocolate Stout Cake

  • Author: Nicoletta
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 05 minutes
  • Yield: 1 x 23-cm cake 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Cakes
  • Method: Cooking, Baking
  • Cuisine: International


Irish Chocolate Stout Cake, a luscious, scrumptious chocolate cake made richer with the addition of a stout beer and with a silky cloud of whipped cream to finish it off. 


  • 300 ml Stout beer
  • 60 g unsweetened organic cocoa
  • 10 g organic dark chocolate (cacao 70%), chopped
  • 160 g unsalted butter, at room temperature, cubed + more for greasing pan
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 250 g raw cane sugar
  • 3 eggs, organic, free-range
  • 170 g all-purpose flour (I used type 0, less refined)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 250 ml whipping cream for decoration (you’ll have some leftovers, we had it with espresso)


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350ºF), and butter and line a 23cm / 9-inch springform pan.
  2. Pour the stout beer into a saucepan, add the cubed butter and chopped chocolate, and heat, stirring, until the butter is melted.
  3. Add the cocoa and stir. Add the cane sugar and stir the mixture until dissolved. Add the vanilla. Turn off heat and let cool a bit.
  4. Pour into a large bowl and cool some more.
  5. Beat the eggs and incorporate into the batter.
  6. Lastly, sift the flour/baking powder/baking soda into the batter and whisk until combined and smooth.
  7. Pour the cake batter into the greased and lined springform pan and bake for 45 minutes to an hour (mine cooked in 45 minutes), or until the cake is cooked and a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Leave to cool completely in the pan on a cooling rack. Then open the springform and put the cake on a dish or cake stand.
  8. Whip the cream and spoon onto the cake. Level the whipped cream with a spoon or an offset spatula. I spread it rustically with a spoon.
  9. Ready to serve. Enjoy!


  • Serving Size: 8-10 servings
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Irish Chocolate Stout Cake

Check out what our #eattheworld blogger friends are making to celebrate St. Patrick’s day:

Evelyne: Irish  Yellowman Candy

Amy: Cheesy Potato Soup with Irish Ale

Wendy: Instant Pot Irish Stew with White Cheddar Crust

Camilla: Shamrock Salad-Topped Irish Boxty

Tara: Irish Baked Eggs with Spinach

Karen: Irish Potato Cakes

Sarah: Irish Parsnip Soup

Margaret: Dublin Coddle (an Irish Stew)

Bernice: Potato Cabbage and Rutabaga Colcannon

Post e Ricetta in Italiano

Questa tappa mensile di Eat the World, in collaborazione con altri food blogger desiderosi di viaggiare per il mondo attraverso il cibo, ci porta nella bella e lussureggiante Irlanda, dove sono stata tanti anni fa, giusto in tempo per il giorno di San Patrizio e le sue celebrazioni.

Io sono ancora a Roma, e mentre a Loreto a Edmonton mancano tantissimo tutti i dolci che abbondantemente e costantemente faccio quando sono lì, qualcun altro si sta godendo i frutti del mio lavoro: i miei genitori. “Che cosa farai dopo?” è la domanda più ricorrente. Stavano ancora mangiando l’ultimo dei miei mini croissant di pasta sfoglia quando dissi loro che per la mia prossima ricetta dovevo fare una torta al cioccolato con cacao e birra scura. Ho visto i loro occhi illuminarsi e non li ho sentiti lamentarsi.

Dopo l’iniziale sorpresa di sentire che avevo bisogno di birra per la mia torta, poi siamo andati insieme da Eataly a comprare la maggior parte degli ingredienti, inclusa la birra. Stavo quasi per prendere una stout irlandese, quando mi hanno detto di avere questa birra artigianale fatta dai detenuti del carcere romano di Rebibbia, ammessi a lavori esterni, che sono addestrati e avviati all’inclusione professionale nella catena della birra. “Birra Vale la Pena” è il progetto, e così in un piccolo laboratorio vengono prodotte diverse birre, con divertenti nomi frutto di giochi di parole, tra cui la stout che ho usato per questa torta: Chiave de Cioccolata, una birra al cioccolato con fave di cacao biologiche e buccia d’arancia dolce.

Internet è pieno di ricette per torte al cioccolato e birra, e ancora di più per torte al cioccolato e Guinnes. Come faccio di solito, me le studio tutte e mi soffermo su due o tre, dove il mio intuito mi dice di fermarmi. Questa ricetta per Irish Chocolate Stout Cake è da conservare gelosamente. Ho intenzione di farne la mia torta al cioccolato di base che posso “vestire” per ogni occasione.

Quasi tutte le ricette che ho visto erano decorate con una specie di glassa a voler replicare la spessa schiuma bianca che si trova in cima a un bel bicchiere di Guinness. Tutto quello che potevo chiedere ai miei genitori di mangiare era una torta al cioccolato con una semplice panna montata non zuccherata. Ogni altro suggerimento è stato rifiutato. Non sono assolutamente usi, e nemmeno io, a qualsiasi decorazione pesante. Inoltre, l’uso di panna montata invece di una ricca glassa, non ha tolto nulla alla magnificenza di questa torta.

Questa torta irlandese al cioccolato e birra è incredibilmente scura, ricca e vellutata, densa ma soffice e non troppo dolce. Il sapore delicato e semplice della panna montata si abbina bene con il gusto intenso della stout al cioccolato, del cioccolato fondente e del cacao. Ogni forchettata è una delizia per i sensi, e anche se non si sente particolarmente la birra, c’è certamente una dolcezza amarognola che abbiamo tutti gradito.

Irish Chocolate Stout Cake

Irish Chocolate Stout Cake

  • Author: Nicoletta
  • Prep Time: 20 minuti
  • Cook Time: 45 minuti
  • Total Time: 1 ora 5 minuti
  • Yield: 8-10 fette 1x
  • Category: Dolci, Torta
  • Method: Forno


Irish Chocolate Stout Cake, una deliziosa torta al cioccolato arricchita con l’aggiunta di una birra scura e decorata con una nuvola di panna montata.


  • 300 ml Birra Stout (scura)
  • 60 g di cacao biologico non zuccherato
  • 10 g di cioccolato fondente biologico (cacao 70%), tritato
  • 160 g di burro non salato, a temperatura ambiente, a cubetti + altro per la teglia
  • 1 cucchiaino di estratto di vaniglia puro
  • 250 g di zucchero di canna grezzo
  • 3 uova, biologiche, da galline allevate a terra
  • 170 g di farina (io ho usato il tipo 0, meno raffinato)
  • 1 cucchiaino di lievito per dolci
  • 1 cucchiaino di bicarbonato di sodio
  • 250 ml di panna da montare, per la decorazione (ve ne avanzerà un po’, noi ci siamo fatti un caffè con panna)


  1. Preriscaldare il forno a 180° C (350º F), imburrare e rivestire di carta da forno una tortiera apribile di 23 cm / 9 pollici.
  2. Versare la birra stout in una casseruola, aggiungere il burro a cubetti e il cioccolato tritato e scaldare, mescolando, fino a quando il burro non si scioglie.
  3. Aggiungere il cacao e mescolare. Aggiungere lo zucchero di canna e mescolare il composto fino a quando non si è sciolto. Aggiungere la vaniglia. Spegnere il fuoco e lasciare raffreddare un po’.
  4. Versare in una ciotola grande e raffreddare ancora un po’.
  5. Sbattere le uova e incorporarle nella pastella.
  6. Infine, setacciare la farina, il lievito e il bicarbonato di sodio nell’impasto e sbattere fino a quando il composto non sia uniforme.
  7. Versare l’impasto nella tortiera imburrata e foderata e cuocere per 45-60 minuti (la mia ha cotto in 45 minuti, controllate), o fino a quando la torta è cotta e un tester per dolci inserito nel centro della torta ne esca pulito.
  8. Lasciare raffreddare completamente nella tortiera su una gratella. Poi, aprire la molla, togliere la torta e posizionarla su un piatto o un’alzata per dolci.
  9. Montare la panna e spargerla a cucchiaiate  sulla torta. Livellare la panna montata con il cucchiaio (o una spatola offset).
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    Reply Karen March 10, 2018 at 10:34 am

    This cake sounds delicious! I love your choice of whipped cream for the frosting. Great story about the ale.

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta March 10, 2018 at 10:45 am

      Thank you so much, Karen! The cake was fantastic, I have to say myself 🙂 . And a simple unsweetened whipped cream, the right choice.

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    Reply Milena Perrine March 10, 2018 at 11:18 am

    Such an intriguing background to the stout you used! Would have loved to have a taste. The cake is absolutely gorgeous, I love the recipe you published an will try it out soon! Pinned!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta March 10, 2018 at 11:39 am

      Thank you, Milena! Yes, I had to buy it just for the story behind it. I am not a beer expert but it was smooth and a bit chocolatey with a touch of bitter. Perfect addition in this cake.

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    Reply Evelyne CulturEatz March 10, 2018 at 11:43 am

    I was close to making this too Nicoletta but yours turned out better then if I had tried, YUMMERS. And it’s made with prison hooch! So cool lol. I like the unsweetened whipped cream topping. What did you think of Eatalty, I hear it is a bit commercial?

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta March 10, 2018 at 12:21 pm

      Oh, thank you! 🙂 It was super yummy, and yes, whenever I can help a cause, I’m always up for it. I love Eataly, I love shopping there, so many great products, and with my parents we often go to eat as well 😉 .

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    Reply Tara March 10, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    I love the color of this cake! So perfect for celebrating.

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta March 10, 2018 at 11:08 pm

      Dark as a starless night, and so delicious! Thank you!

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    Reply Wendy March 10, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    That is a gorgeous cake. Your parents are going to be sad when you leave.

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta March 10, 2018 at 11:09 pm

      I know, they’re getting so used now to me baking and cooking for them 🙂 . Thank you!

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    Reply Sarah March 10, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    How fun that the frosting is supposed to look like the foam on a pint of Guinness!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta March 10, 2018 at 11:10 pm

      Yes! A cake with a frothy top 😉 ! It is such a nice complement to the cake!

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    Reply dishnthekitchen March 10, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    What an interesting beer story…I love a good beer story. It’s made with Fava beans you say? Hmmm Shaun is actually brewing beer right now. All our windows are fogged up.
    Poor Loreto, missing out on all the sweet treats! Especially this cake. Using whipped cream on top is an old trick I like to use too, especially when really all you want is cake.
    You are making me hungry and I have a whole growler full of a Stout made with locally roasted cocoa nibs to drink. Maybe I should use some to make a cake?

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta March 10, 2018 at 11:24 pm

      Hi, Bernice, yes poor Loreto is missing my baking a lot, but he made some scones the other morning 🙂 . Sorry, “fave di cacao” translates into cocoa beans, have to edit that. Thank you for noticing :-). Wow, you’re swimming in stout. Make a cake!! 🙂

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    Reply Margaret@Kitchen Frau March 11, 2018 at 10:57 am

    What a fantastic looking cake – I’m a sucker for a rich chocolate one like that, too. I love your story of Loreto’s about getting pinched – I remember that from childhood, too, and not sure where it came from, but we always made sure we had something green on St. Patrick’s Day. I’ve never made a cake with beer in it before, but you’ve made me want to get out my baking things right now!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta March 11, 2018 at 1:18 pm

      From now on it will be my only chocolate cake recipe. Amazing, Margaret! Who knew that a stout beer could do wonder… In Italy, never celebrated St. Patrick’s day, and I never had to wear anything green 😉 . Thank you!!

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    Reply annika March 11, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    I saw it on Twitter and just had to come take a look. I’ve never heard of stout cake or chocolate stout beer for that matter either! But this looks splendid, I don’t think your parents will let you leave Italy now!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta March 12, 2018 at 1:08 am

      Thank you, Annika! It seems to be quite a popular cake, and now that I’ve made it and taste it, well, for sure, I am going to make it my go-to chocolate cake. I know, my parents won’t let me go. This weekend I made another yummy dessert, that is going to be posted soon! 🙂

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    Reply chef mimi March 12, 2018 at 7:49 am

    My husband ONLY drinks Guinness, so he would absolute love this cake! I can’t wait to surprise him with it!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta March 12, 2018 at 7:57 am

      Yes, chef Mimi! It is such a gorgeous cake, I am sure you are both going to love it! Thank you!

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    Reply miakouppa March 13, 2018 at 6:06 pm

    Looks wonderful, and love the whipped cream to top it 🙂

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta March 13, 2018 at 10:47 pm

      Thank you so much! My mom’s idea to add only whipped cream, and no sugar. Mom’s are always right, it was perfect 😉

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    Reply Anna March 14, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    I love this beautiful cake and the ale story! A slice of this with my cup of tea right now would be a dream come true! That whipped cream on top got me drooling!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta March 16, 2019 at 2:29 pm

      Thank you! The whipped cream was just the perfect touch.

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    Reply Heather March 14, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    OH yes chocolate and stout? Two of my favorite thing. Perfect for St. Patrick’s day! And I like how you topped with whipped cream..I bet that rounds it out nicely.

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta March 16, 2019 at 2:29 pm

      The stout really enhances the chocolate flavor and the whipped cream was perfect.

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    Reply Dominique | Perchance to Cook March 15, 2019 at 8:08 am

    UMMM yes please! It’s the perfect time of year for this cake. 🙂 Lucky for me I have some Irish stout in the fridge right now… so I’m thinking I have to make this cake this weekend. It’s so beautiful!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta March 16, 2019 at 2:30 pm

      Beautiful and so delicious! Thanks!

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    Reply Veena Azmanov March 15, 2019 at 10:17 am

    I think chocolate cake and whipped cream make such a perfect combination. I love the dense rich flavor this chocolate cake has and to top it up that silky whipping cream looks so delicious

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta March 16, 2019 at 2:32 pm

      I really don’t like icing and frosting so the simple unsweetened whipped cream was just right. Thank you!

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    Reply Jennifer March 16, 2019 at 9:19 am

    YUM!! My family loved this cake!!!! I’m making it again tomorrow!!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta March 16, 2019 at 2:33 pm

      So glad! It is a wonderful cake indeed!

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    Reply Michelle March 16, 2019 at 9:29 am

    This cake looks divine! Perfect for celebrating St.Patrick’s Day. Love Loreto’s story of getting pinched if he didn’t wear green, so funny! I’m Irish and have never heard of this happening anyone, I don’t think this is an Irish tradition 😉

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta March 16, 2019 at 2:34 pm

      Thank you, Michelle! I don’t think it is, I had never heard it either, it must be a Canadian thing 🙂 .

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    Reply Pearl Rodrigues March 16, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    Irish recipes have always attracted me. I love the texture of this cake and I’m giving it a shot this weekend. It looks moist and delicious

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta March 16, 2019 at 2:48 pm

      It is moist and rich and so delicious! Thank you!

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    Reply Karyl Henry March 17, 2019 at 7:30 am

    I’ve heard of inmates making lots of stuff, but never beer! You never know what new things you’re going to learn. This cake looks so simple and delicious, and I love the whipped cream on top

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta March 17, 2019 at 8:26 am

      That stout was really good! We like supporting local producers. The whipped cream was the right touch!

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    Reply Tammy March 17, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!! This is such a fabulous way to celebrate the holiday! This cake sounds amazing and looks beautiful!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta March 17, 2019 at 1:51 pm

      Thank you! It is so delicious!

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    Reply Lorie March 17, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    My dad loooooooves stout beer. So I honk I’m gonna save this for his birthday coming up. He will be one happy birthday boy!!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta March 17, 2019 at 1:53 pm

      The chocolate stout in this cake is perfect! If you make it, I’m sure he’s going to love it!

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    Reply Amanda Mason March 17, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    I love that you are adjusting your ingredients based on your country if location!! I’m actually a little jealous! I was supposed to be in Italy in 2 weeks but I pushed it off a year. So your article was great to read! This cake looks and sounds amazing and I bet your parents are LOVING all this food you are making them!!! Enjoy your time there!!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta March 17, 2019 at 1:54 pm

      I always do that, to shop local everywhere I am. This cake was loved by my parents!

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