Indulge in the Richness of Guinness Pound Cake

Few things are more satisfying than a slice of pound cake paired with a steaming cup of tea. But what happens when you add a bold, rich Guinness stout into that equation? You end up with an indulgent dessert that is sure to please even the most discerning palate.

As a chef specializing in British cuisine, I am excited to share my recipe for Guinness Pub Pound Cake with you. This cake recipe is a unique take on the classic pound cake and replaces some of the traditional ingredients with decadent Guiness stout beer.

I found inspiration for this dessert from the popular pub culture in Great Britain where bars often serve up satisfying snacks to accompany their drinks. And now, you too can bring that spirit of comfort and luxury to your own home with this easy-to-make cake.

Get ready to elevate your dessert game and impress your friends and family with this sumptuous Guinness Pub Pound Cake!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Guinness Pub Pound Cake
Guinness Pub Pound Cake

Are you in the mood for something deliciously unique? Do you want to surprise your friends with a dessert that’s both decadent and full of surprises? Then you have to try my Guinness Pub Pound Cake recipe!

This cake is one of my personal favorites for many reasons. First, it’s incredibly easy to make. With this recipe, even a beginner cook can bake like a pro. Second, the combination of chocolate and Guinness beer creates an unmistakable flavor that’s rich, complex, and indulgent. But don’t worry if you’re not a beer lover – the taste of the stout is subtle and perfectly balanced with the other ingredients.

The texture is also something special. It’s moist and fluffy, thanks to sour cream, which makes it perfect with a warm scoop of vanilla bean ice cream or homemade caramel sauce. And who doesn’t love a good bundt cake? The cake’s structure lends itself well to arranging and serving at parties as it can be easily sliced into uniform pieces.

But perhaps what I love most about this cake is how versatile it is. It’s perfect for any occasion – from casual get-togethers to fancier celebrations – and can be paired with other alcoholic beverages like Irish cream or even a dark chocolate stout beer. You can also experiment with substitutions like adding gingerbread or citrus flavors.

If you’re looking for the perfect recipe that everyone will love, look no further than my Guinness Pub Pound Cake recipe. Make sure to give it a try; you won’t regret it – I promise!

Ingredient List

 A slice of this Guinness Pub Pound Cake will make your day better.
A slice of this Guinness Pub Pound Cake will make your day better.

Here is a list of the ingredients you’ll need to make this delicious Guinness Pub Pound Cake Recipe:
For the cake:

  • 1 and ½ cups (3 sticks) of unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Guinness stout beer

For the Guinness glaze:

  • 1 and ½ cups confectioners’ sugar
  • The zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • ¼ cup Guinness stout beer

This recipe requires some very basic ingredients that you may already have in your pantry. To achieve the perfect taste, we recommend using Guinness stout beer, to add a unique flavor profile to your pound cake. Don’t worry about the alcohol content, since it burns off during the baking process. You will also need an electric mixer or stand mixer, a mixing bowl, a bundt pan or any other preferred pan, measuring spoons and cups, and baking spray to grease the pan. Be sure to have all ingredients at room temperature before beginning.

The Recipe How-To

 This cake pairs perfectly with a pint of Guinness.
This cake pairs perfectly with a pint of Guinness.

Now for the fun part – baking this Guinness Pub Pound Cake! This recipe is fairly easy to make and only takes about 20 minutes to prep and one hour to bake. Using a standing mixer is best as it enables you to mix and combine ingredients easily, but you can also use a hand mixer or whisk by hand.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup stout beer (preferably Guinness)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder


Let me show you how it’s done:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease and flour a bundt pan.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda then set aside.
  3. Use your standing mixer or hand mixer to cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy.
  4. Beat the eggs into the butter mixture one at a time.
  5. Add 1 cup of stout beer to the mixture and continue mixing.
  6. Gradually add the flour mixture into the mixer while mixing on low speed until everything is combined and there are no more lumps in the batter.
  7. Pour the batter into your prepared bundt pan.
  8. Bake for approximately 60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted through the center of the cake.
  9. Place the cake on a cooling rack for at least 10 minutes before removing it from the pan.

The result of this recipe should be a moist chocolate cake with hints of Guinness beer flavor that makes it unique compared to other chocolate cakes out there! It tastes fantastic served warm with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and homemade caramel sauce.

Tips and Tricks:

  • To ensure accuracy, make sure to measure all ingredients precisely
  • If you don’t have a bundt pan, you can use a regular cake pan
  • Don’t over-bake the cake as it may cause it to dry out
  • We recommend using a high-quality stout beer like Guinness or a chocolate stout for full flavor.
  • Make sure your butter and eggs are at room temperature to ensure they blend more easily.

Follow these tips and tricks to get the best Guinness Pub Pound Cake ever!

Substitutions and Variations

 Irish charm in a dessert form: Guinness Pub Pound Cake.
Irish charm in a dessert form: Guinness Pub Pound Cake.

There are plenty of ways to switch up this classic Guinness Pub Pound Cake recipe and make it your own. Here are a few suggestions:

– Instead of using Guinness stout beer, you could try using another type of stout beer, or even a different type of beer altogether. Keep in mind though that this may change the flavor of the cake.

– For a chocolatey twist on this recipe, try adding some chocolate chips or chunks to the cake batter, or topping the finished cake with a rich chocolate ganache.

– If you’re not a fan of pound cake, try adapting this recipe into a different type of cake. For example, you could turn it into a delicious gingerbread cake by adding some ground ginger and molasses to the batter, or make an Irish Cream-inspired version by adding some Irish cream liqueur to the mix.

– For those who prefer a gluten-free option, consider swapping out the all-purpose flour for a gluten-free flour blend. Just be sure to check the packaging for any specific instructions on how much extra liquid may be needed.

– If you’re in a pinch and don’t have all the ingredients on hand, substitute with what you do have. For instance, if you don’t have Guinness stout beer, you could use another dark beer, or just leave it out altogether and replace it with water. Similarly, if you don’t have unsalted butter, salted butter would work as well – just reduce any additional salt in the recipe accordingly.

Remember that experimenting with ingredient substitutions and variations can lead to some delicious and unique creations. So don’t be afraid to play around and find what works best for you.

Serving and Pairing

 The richness of Guinness stout makes this pound cake special.
The richness of Guinness stout makes this pound cake special.

If you’re wondering how to serve and pair Guinness Pub Pound Cake, I’ve got your back. This cake fantastic served a little bit warm with a generous scoop of smooth vanilla bean ice cream alongside a drizzle of homemade caramel sauce.

The natural bitterness from the Guinness Stout Beer in the cake blends beautifully with the sweetness of the dessert to create a perfectly balanced flavor. The slight hint of alcohol that burns through the glaze adds an extra layer of complexity to the dish.

Since this pound cake is quite rich and bold, it pairs well with more robust flavors. A few suggestions would be to enjoy it with some Irish cream, gingerbread cake or even a coffee with a splash of Baileys.

But don’t forget that ultimately, pairing food with drink is about exploring new flavors and combinations. So, let your creativity run wild and experiment with what works best for you. Just make sure to have fun in this culinary adventure!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 You won't believe the depth of flavor in this cake until you try it yourself.
You won’t believe the depth of flavor in this cake until you try it yourself.

There’s no denying it – this Guinness Pub Pound Cake is one of the best cakes you’ll ever make! With its rich chocolatey flavor and distinct stout taste, it’s a cake that’s perfect for any occasion. Luckily, this cake can be made ahead of time and stored for later consumption if needed. Here are some tips for making it ahead of time, storing it, and reheating it.

Make-Ahead Tips:

If you’re planning to serve this Guinness Pub Pound Cake at a party or event, you can definitely make it ahead of time. The cake actually tastes better the day after it has been baked! You can make the cake up to two days in advance and keep it in an airtight container at room temperature until ready to serve.

Storing Tips:

For longer storage, wrap each slice tightly in plastic wrap or store the entire cake in a lidded container. You can also place the wrapped slices or whole cake into an airtight container or zip-top bag and store them in the freezer for up to three months. Be sure to label them properly with the date so that you don’t forget about them!

Reheating Tips:

When reheating the Guinness Pub Pound Cake slices, let them thaw first if you have taken out of the freezer. Reheat each slice individually in either an oven toaster or microwave. To warm up slices evenly without drying them out, loosely cover them with a piece of aluminum foil before re-heating in your oven.

Remember, this cake is best served warm with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream or homemade caramel sauce drizzled over the top. If yu plan on serving guiness glaze on this poundcake-be sure not to heat the glaze as alcohol burns- simply pour over onto slices when its warm. The richness and texture will still be amazing even after being stored and reheated!

Tips for Perfect Results

 The perfect tea time or after dinner treat - Guinness Pub Pound Cake.
The perfect tea time or after dinner treat – Guinness Pub Pound Cake.

Now that you have everything ready to make the Guinness Pub Pound Cake, there are some tips and tricks that will help you achieve the best results.

Firstly, it is important to use room temperature ingredients. Make sure to leave the eggs, butter and sour cream out of the fridge for at least an hour before starting. This will ensure that they blend smoothly and evenly.

Secondly, be careful not to overmix the batter. Add the flour mixture slowly and gently fold into the wet ingredients. Overmixing leads to a tough cake with a dense texture. Just mix until all ingredients are well combined.

Thirdly, when measuring your flour, spoon it gently into the measuring cup and level off with a knife. Never pack or press down on the flour as this can cause too much flour to be added to the batter resulting in a dry cake.

Fourthly, never open the oven door while baking. The heat escape can cause the cake to sink in the middle or collapse completely.

Lastly, allow your cake to cool completely in the pan before attempting to remove it. Use a butter knife around the edges to loosen it first then gently flip it over onto a serving plate.

Following these tips will ensure that your Guinness Pub Pound Cake turns out moist, rich and delicious.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Guinness Pub Pound Cake recipe is a definite must-try for those who love baking and appreciate British cuisine. With its rich chocolatey taste and unique stout beer flavor, it’s sure to impress even the most discerning of tastes. The combination of unsweetened cocoa powder, sour cream, and vanilla extract makes this cake rich in texture and flavor.

Not only is this cake delicious on its own, but it can also be paired with a variety of toppings such as ice cream or caramel sauce. Moreover, it can be easily stored and reheated without losing its moist texture.

Furthermore, the ingredients for this recipe are readily available in most grocery stores, making it an easy recipe to follow. You can also add your own twist to the recipe by substituting some of the ingredients or adding some irish cream or gingerbread flavors to create a unique guinness stout cake.

Overall, this guinness pub pound cake recipe will make a perfect addition to any dinner party or special occasion dessert menu. So why not give it a try? I guarantee you that this cake will become a crowd favorite that you’ll make again and again for years to come!

Guinness Pub Pound Cake

Guinness Pub Pound Cake Recipe

Sandra Lee's Semi-Homemade Cooking.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Irish
Keyword < 4 Hours, Breads, Easy, Quick Breads, St. Patrick's Day
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Servings 1 loaf
Calories 29.5kcal


  • 3/4 cup guinness stout beer
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (16 ounce) box betty crocker poundcake mix
  • 2 large eggs


  • Preheat oven to 350°F Spray a 9-inch loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray and dust with flour.
  • In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together stout beer, vanilla extract, cake mix and eggs until smooth.
  • Pour into prepared pan.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 50-55 minutes or until tester comes out clean.
  • Cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
  • Serve sliced pound cake with ice cream.


Serving: 35g | Calories: 29.5kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.9g | Protein: 1.7g | Fat: 1.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 52.9mg | Sodium: 18.4mg | Sugar: 0.2g

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