Guinness Fudge Bundt Cake with Guinness Ganache

Resistance is futile. Look at this chocolate bundt cake. Shiny, rich chocolate, slowly caressing the moist surface of the most intense cake you have ever put in your mouth. It’s sensual. It’s sexy.

dark ale chocolate bundt

It’s OMG. And you want it. Bad.

And so you shall have it. This is an easy, mistake proof bundt cake. You really can’t screw it up unless you forget about it in the oven or something like that. If you do, don’t feel bad. I have been known to do that myself.

In fact it’s getting worse. I really have been losing my reading glasses lately – on top of my head. I was rushing to fix supper last night and rushing around looking for them because I couldn’t read the recipe in one of my old cookbooks. Here I was frantically searching counters and shelves when I heard a delicate cough – a clearing of the throat, if you will.

My husband was sitting at the table, looking at me with an expression somewhere between pity and hysterical laughter. He pointed to the top of his head…and I suddenly felt them up there on my head. Yes, I walk away from the kitchen and totally forget about the stuff in the oven. It’s ok.

But try not to with this because scorching a cake this magnificent would be a travesty of the worst type. Extra stout, double dark ales, and other really dark beers often have a chocolaty note that just works beautifully with chocolate. Just accept it as the gift that it is!The cake is deep, rich, dark chocolate and the beer adds almost a coffee flavor to it. It keeps the cake moist, for sure. The ganache also has beer added to it. The richness of this cake is hard to describe – even for me and I love adjectives.

It really is a basic chocolate bundt cake recipe – it’s the beer that takes it out of the blue ribbon state fair category and up to a you can’t touch this category. I think it is perfect for Valentine’s Day, birthdays, or as a small snack when you have had a particularly difficult day – yes I do mean the entire thing.If you have a PMS play list add this to the required food list.

dark ale chocolate bundt


Couldn’t you just run your finger through that glaze?

The only thing about bundt cakes is that you need to let them cook at their own pace. Don’t try to hurry them or you will have something that is dry, flavorless, and can be bought from most bakeries.  Bundt cakes also generally are better the second day. Or so I have been told. This cake didn’t last 6 hours in my house. If you manage to keep it around until day two let me know if it really is better the second day – not that that would ever happen but it would be nice to know.

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Guinness Fudge Bundt Cake with Guinness Ganache
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A moist chocolate cake that gets its deep flavor from two types of chocolate and a splash of Guinness. Then the cooled cake is slathered in a silky Guinness ganache
Serves: 12-16 servings
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 ounces of bittersweet chocolate, melted
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Hershey’s Extra Dark Cocoa
  • 1¼ teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • ¾ cup Guinness Extra Stout or a double dark ale
Guinness Ganache
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons Guinness Extra Stout
  1. Preheat oven to 325F
  2. Butter and flour a bundt pan. If you use cocoa to flour the pan your cake will not have white streaks.
  3. Beat butter and slowly add sugar.
  4. Beat until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is light and fluffy.
  5. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  6. Add vanilla and cooled chocolate.
  7. Beat until evenly mixed.
  8. In a large bowl mix flour, cocoa, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  9. In a 3 cup measuring cup or large bowl mix the buttermilk and the Guinness.
  10. Add the flour mixture in three batches, alternating with the buttermilk mixture.
  11. Spoon into a 3 quart bundt pan.
  12. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  13. Let cool completely.
  14. Loosen with knife and turn out from pan, carefully.
  1. Heat the cream up until bubbles form around the edges and the cream begins to steam.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in the chocolate until smooth
  3. Heat the Guinness in the microwave until it is just warm. Pour it into the ganache.
  4. Mix until smooth and then spoon over cake.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: Carbs 65.6 Calories: 500 Fat: 24.9


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  1. says

    Last year we made a Guinness Chocolate Bundt cake, which I thought was from the Guinness Store house, so I didn’t copy it down.. It was a wonderful cake that seemed to have a life of it’s own and survived Christmas and our trip into another province in early Jan and eventually ended up in a teacher’s staff room.. Not that it was not any good, it was just so darn rich and did seem to mellow in the two weeks with rave reviews. This was to become another Christmas tradition as we also served it with single Malt Carmel sauce!

    Do you think we could find it! My husband who found the recipe had burnt the last Chocolate squares in the house as he was melting the squares, luckily we had one of those lovely but heated discussion about me always interfering with his baking as I tried to explain that he could also cocoa powder with oil as a substitution.

    So this morning as we tried to find this recipe unsuccessful, we remember the dissuasion on chocolate sguares and cocoa!
    I do think this is the recipe!

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