Here’s a simple Chocolate Beer Cake recipe. Now, I actually can’t stomach beer but when it’s baked into a chocolate cake the result is heaven. The texture and flavour were still wonderful, even using a cheap beer brand. I adapted the original recipe to include almond meal, for a fudgy texture and nutty flavour complement to the beer. The cake has an amazing soft crumb that melts away in your mouth. I didn’t even bother with a frosting. To make it fancy you could dust it with icing sugar but it’s great without any toppings.

Recipe adapted from the Barrington Brewery, in Great Barrington MA

Chocolate Beer Cake

Chocolate Beer Cake
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Here’s a simple Chocolate Beer Cake recipe. Now, I actually can’t stomach beer but when it’s baked into a chocolate cake the result is heaven. The texture and flavour were still wonderful, even using a cheap beer brand. I adapted the original recipe to include almond meal, for a fudgy texture and nutty flavour complement to the beer. The cake has an amazing soft crumb that melts away in your mouth. I didn’t even bother with a frosting. To make it fancy you could dust it with icing sugar but it’s great without any toppings. You will need: a 20cm (8in) round cake tin
Servings: people, at least
Units:

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (160 fan-forced; 350F). Line the bottom of the cake tin with baking paper. Grease the sides with non-stick spray.
  2. In a small saucepan add the butter and beer. Simmer over medium heat until the butter has melted. Stir in the cocoa powder until it’s fully combined. Set aside. Allow to cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl sift in the flour, and add the almond meal, sugar, bicarbonate soda and salt. Stir the dry ingredients together.
  4. In a medium bowl add the egg and sour cream. Whisk together until combined. When the melted butter is lower than 60 degrees Celsius (114 F), stir it into the mixture.
  5. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients. Gently hand-fold the wet mixture in with a spatula until all the ingredients are combined.
  6. Pour the batter into the cake tine. Ensure oven has reached the correct temperature. Place cake tin on the middle rack of the oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes. When ready, the cake comes away from the sides of the pan and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  7. Remove cake from the oven. Allow it to cool completely in the tin. Once cool, remove cake to a wire rack. Dust with icing sugar to finish if you'd like

Baking Tips

  • Keeps in an airtight container at room temperature for at least 3 days.
 

25 Comments

  1. Jeanne

    Looks beautiful and delicious to me – no matter what foodgawker says! :)

  2. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    ROFLMAO you are HILARIOUS! And I almost spurted out my tea when I read the bit about Paris Hilton! :P Thanks for a great Friday funny Emma! :D

  3. Agnes

    Haha, Bogan Bingo! And was it a naked chocolate beer cake in honour of the strip bingo? ;) It looks absolutely delicious!

  4. penny aka jeroxie

    Gosh…. What a night. And what a cake. I have seen stout version but never really thought of trying. Just maybe this time.

  5. linda

    hahaha don’t we all love a simple chocolate cake recipe, made better by the addition of alcohol. Ahh don’t worry about being single, your time will come, and you’ll get an awesome partner =D

  6. OohLookBel

    I don’t think I’ll ever play bogan bingo (*blush*), but I will give that beer cake a try!

  7. Ladybird

    Hi there! This is such a great post – LMAO with your story. I want to go to Bogan Bingo! :)

    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe – was looking for something like this last week. Will 100% be adding this recipe to my Favorites folder labelled “Things to make soon”.

  8. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordi

    Bogan Bingo…too funny! Question is, how far would you have gone with the strip bingo? :)

    Good on you for morphing dodgy beer into a sublime dessert! I have a similar cake, which uses Guinness – love the stout and dark chocolate combination!

  9. Chef Dennis

    Wow…..now thats one gorgeous cake!!! great job with not only the cake but the image! never thought of using beer in the cakes, it would certainly liven things up at the Mount!!
    Cheers
    Dennis

  10. shaz

    Oh help, I’m holding my sides laughing at that Bogan Bingo description! No blue-rinse nanas allowed? What an excellent idea for a cake and even more excellent idea for using up undrinkable beer :)

  11. Cakelaw

    Bogan Bingo eh – Beer Cake is perfect for this event. Bogan or not, I love the look of this cake!! So moist and chocolatey looking – and when I saw the tag was “alcoholic”, you had me at hello …

  12. Maria

    I think my bf would like this cake! And his birthday is coming up so I’ll keep this in mind! :D

  13. Kristy

    Hi Emma, thanks for stopping by my blog earlier and nice to meet you. Ohhh…you’re such a funny person! I love your personality. You really made my day. girl! hahaha…. Btw, that beer cake sounds fabulous. Thanks for sharing! Hope you’re having a wonderful day!
    Cheers, Kristy

  14. Mike Gorman

    Beer cake….?
    Where has this been all my life?

  15. Iron Chef Shellie

    I love chocolate beer cake. made mine with guinness… yum!!!

  16. Sylvia

    I made this the other day, wow! It turned out beautifully although I did have to cook it for a fair amount longer than what is suggested. It turned out very moist and delicious!

  17. Spencer @ Moo-Lolly-Bar

    Chocolate and Beer are my two favourite things so this cake is like Heaven for me!

  18. Bel Stafford

    Dear Cake Mistress

    After making your chocolate beer cake my partner and I have decided it is best if we some how marry you. Now this will be tricky, on the account that gay lady marriage is still not legal and even if it were polygamy is also illegal. And then there is the added issue of your sexuality… I guess what I am trying to say is that after eating a few slices of the chocolate beer cake we made tonight we really like you. I’m sorry if this is creepy. What may be even weirder is that I have set myself the goal baking one of your cakes/goodies once a week till winter. And in true Gen Y, failed writer style I’m blogging about it. http://thinkconnections.wordpress.com/ I’m sorry if my awful photography offends your eyes, but the world needs to know about your amazing cakes and website and I need to be fatter!

    b xxx

  19. Anonymous

    Not at all, a good cake tends to have that effect on me too. Very happy that the beer cake was a success for you!
    You’re baking something new every week? Ohmeegosh, I am so flattered that you’ve chosen this blog for your project. Yes, baking can be a health-hazard in the pants area, but if you can face giving away leftover goodies (ha ha) it can work out alright.
    Can’t wait to see what you choose each week (and hope the recipes are as good as I promise them to be). Happy baking!

    Cheers,

    Emma
    The Cake Mistress

  20. Monica Bremer

    I always drool over the recipes that you post in this site but Bel’s comment made me drool about this cake even more. I’ll ask someone to bake one of those for my sister’s wedding in Denver! If I’ll be able to pull out a cake like this, Receptions has never tasted that good! Thanks for the recipe, CakeMistress and more power to your amazing blog!

  21. The Food Mentalist

    My husband and the guys at work will love me forever!!! your blog is quickly filling up my to bake list! yay!

  22. Snicks6

    Cooked this last night, sadly didn’t come out of the Bundt tin very well :( However covered it in icing sugar and it got cleaned off at my boyfriends birthday.
    Cooked it for 50 mins in the bundt tin
    Great way to use up the cheap nasty beer people always leave in the fridge after parties! thanks!!!!

  23. Claude Vanstraelen

    OMG!!!! What a cake…!  I made it last night sing a triple chocolate stout and boy what flavour, what decadence! silky smooth cake and almost fudge like.  Simply Superb! I’ll never make another! even though I don’t drink.

  24. DingoUgly

    Awesome!!!!!!