An ultra-chocolatey cake made with Guinness beer & topped with a fluffy Irish Cream Frosting. Incredibly Quick and Easy, and OH SO DELICIOUS! This will be the recipe you claim as the secret one, handed down from your great-grandmother!
The foundation of this amazingly easy cake is an old, depression-era recipe that results in an ultra moist and chocolately cake, despite using no eggs or dairy. Then, to make it our own and add an extra layer of flavor, we substitute boring water with the delicious, big flavor of Guinness beer! Finally, to pair beautifully with the deep Guinness flavor, we’ll top it off (pun intended) with an Irish Cream frosting.
The beauty of this cake is how versatile it is … just a couple of you? Half the recipe. Want a layer cake … no problem, just divide it between two pans. Cupcakes? Easy peasy! I’ve even used it to make a three-tiered wedding cake!
I promise, once you make this cake, you’ll be tempted to claim it as an old family secret, handed down from your great grandmother. Go ahead … … I won’t tell!
NOTE: If making in layers pans, butter and flour the inside of two 9-inch round cake pans, and mix the cake batter in a bowl. If making in a 9″x13″ pan, you can mix the batter directly in the pan, no need to butter & flour the pan first.
Sift all the dry ingredients together; pour in the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly by hand or with an electric mixer.
Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, and the cake is starting to slightly pull away from the edge of the pan.
If using for a layer cake, let cook in the pan for 5-10 minutes before carefully turning out to finish cooling on a wire rack.