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Chocolate Guinness Cake with Baileys Buttercream

Rich chocolate guinness cake with baileys infused buttercream

Course Dessert
Cuisine European
Keyword Cake
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 12
Author thebakingexplorer


For the sponge

  • 75 g Dark chocolate melted
  • 150 g Dark brown sugar
  • 185 g Vegetable oil
  • 2 Eggs medium
  • 150 ml Guinness
  • 200 g Self raising flour
  • 25 g Cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 tsp Salt

For the buttercream

  • 65 g Butter or baking spread
  • 170 g Icing sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Baileys

For decoration (optional)

  • 1 tbsp Cocoa powder


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 150C Fan/160C/325F/Gas Mark 3, grease and line a deep 8" tin (make sure the sides of the tin are at least 2" tall)

  2. Melt the chocolate first. Place in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 30 seconds, stir, then heat in 10 second intervals, stirring between each one. Once fully melted, set aside to cool.

  3. In a mixiing bowl, whisk together the vegetable oil and dark brown sugar

  4. Add the eggs and whisk in

  5. Add the Guinness bit by bit, mixing well after each addition

  6. Measure the self raising flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt and bicarbonate of soda out in a separate bowl and add into the mix bit by bit, mixing well after each addition

  7. Finally, stir in the dark chocolate

  8. Pour the mixture into the tin and bake for 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean

  9. Leave it to cool fully on a wire rack

  10. To make the Baileys buttercream mix together the butter and the icing sugar. When it starts to come together, add the Baileys and mix until smooth

  11. Smooth the buttercream on top of the cake using a palette knife and decorate as you wish

  12. Store leftovers in an airtight container in a cool place and eat within 3 days