Guinness Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Guinness Ganache

This is a match made in Heaven. Chocolate + Guinness + Salted Caramel.

Guinness Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel and Guinness GanacheIs a match only between two things? Pshaw. How Old Fashioned.

Guinness Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel and Guinness GanacheI had every intention of posting a Corned Beef recipe before St. Patty’s Day, but that got pushed to the side by chocolate! No shock there.This Chocolate Guinness Bundt Cake is drizzled with a salted caramel sauce AND a Chocolate Guinness ganache!

But I’m not terribly concerned by the lack of a post celebrating a timeless St. Patrick’s Day tradition, because these Guinness Chocolate Cakes with Salted Caramel and Guinness Ganache aren’t lacking in any Irish flare. Nope they are sooooo yummy, your guests wouldn’t even miss the corned beef.

Weeeelll…that might be a stretch. But I am so in love with the combination of Guinness and deep, dark chocolate.

Guinness Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel and Guinness GanacheAnd yes, this is the very same Salted Caramel that I was raving about last week and the same that I used as a filling in the Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes with Bailey’s Butter Cream and the same that I used in the Irish Coffee Caramel Milk Chocolate Brownies.

The very same.  I just can’t get enough. Obviously.

Guinness Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel and Guinness GanacheThe Guinness just boosts the chocolate flavor in the cake but it really shines in the Guinness Ganache! And the Salted Caramel? Isn’t everything better with salted caramel?

The BEST Homemade Salted Caramel SaucePrecisely. Just as I thought.

Guinness Chocolate Cake with Caramel and Guinness Ganache

Yield: 48 Mini Bundt Cakes

Guinness Chocolate Cake with Caramel and Guinness Ganache

A rich, chocolate Guinness Cake is smothered in a layer of salted caramel and a layer of Guinness Ganache!


    For the Guinness Chocolate Cakes:
  • ¾ cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped fine
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • ¾ cup Guinness beer
  • 1 cup sour cream at room temperature
  • 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 5 large eggs at room temperature
  • For the Guinness Ganache:
  • 5 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped finely
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 5 Tablespoons + 1 teaspoon Guinness
  • Salted Caramel Recipe & Instructions Here


    To Make the Bundt Cakes:
  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Butter the inside of a large bundt pan or 48 mini bundt pans with softened butter. I like to use a brush to get in all the crevices. Then coat the inside with Dutch Processed Cocoa Powder. Set aside.
  2. Combine cocoa, chocolate and espresso powder in a large bowl. Bring Guinness to just barely boiling in a small saucepan. Pour hot Guinness over chocolate mixture and whisk until completely melted and smooth. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
  3. While the chocolate is cooling, combine flour, salt, and baking soda together in a small bowl and whisk.
  4. When chocolate is cool, whisk in the sour cream.
  5. Beat the butter sugar and vanilla together in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until pale and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until incorporated. The batter may seem separated and that is okay!
  6. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the flour mixture in three additions. Alternate flour with chocolate mixture, beginning and ending with flour.
  7. Scoop batter into cupcake liners. Bake until a toothpick comes out with some crumbs still attached; 20-30 minutes.
  8. Let the cupcakes cool completely.
  9. For the Guinness Ganache:
  10. Place chocolate in a heat-proof bowl. Bring heavy cream to a boil on stovetop and pour over chocolate, whisking vigorously until the chocolate has melted and is smooth. If it is not completely smooth at this point, don’t worry, just proceed to the next step.
  11. Bring Guinness to a boil in the same small saucepan. Pour over chocolate mixture and whisk until completely smooth.
  12. Let cool to room temperature, and if it is still too runny, place it in the refrigerator. Check on it at 5 minute intervals, whisking to check consistency. Sounds silly but once it gets too cold, all you can do is wait for it to warm up.
  13. I have found that the best consistency to apply a ganache to a cake is when it will slowly run off your whisk.

You may also like:

Bailey’s Irish Coffee Caramel Brownies

Baileys Irish Coffee Milk Chocolate Brownies

Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes with Bailey’s Buttercream

Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes with Bailey's Buttercream and Salted Caramel Filling


The Best Salted Caramel Sauce 

The BEST Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce


Caramel Chocolate Chip Blondies

Caramel Chocolate Chip Blondie


  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress)
    March 15, 2014 at 11:15 am

    it’s like a delicious polyamorous relationship of food. I LOVE IT! 😛

    • Lindsey
      March 15, 2014 at 12:07 pm

      Lol! You totally get me! 🙂

  • Liz
    March 15, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Yup, chocolate ALWAYS trumps corned beef!

    • Lindsey
      March 15, 2014 at 10:19 pm

      We are definitely on the same page there! Especially when caramel is involved!

  • Josephine
    March 15, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Wow – that caramel sauce is VERY versatile! One question – how long does it keep in the fridge?

    • Lindsey
      March 15, 2014 at 10:22 pm

      Weeeeellll. A few sources say 2 weeks and then a lot say several months. I’ve had mine since 2/18 and it still tastes perfect. It is very versatile!

  • Consuelo @ Honey & Figs
    March 16, 2014 at 7:24 am

    *Drools* Oh wow, these darling little cakes couldn’t look any more delicious! That salted caramel drizzle is calling my name – hand me a spoon right now please!!
    Hope you’re having a lovely weekend so far! : )

    • Lindsey
      March 16, 2014 at 10:46 am

      Thanks Consuelo! I am obviously having a dripping caramel moment! Come on over and I’ll pass you a spoon – there is plenty left!

  • Miss Kim @ behgopa
    March 16, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Happy Sunday, and Happy (almost) St. Patrick’s Day! I love the greens in your pics. It really pops out with that chocolaty/caramel goodness. My fav colors have always been pink and purple since I was a kid, but as I am getting older, I am beginning to appreciate green more. It’s so nature-esque and springtime-ish.

    BTW how is your social media tackling process going along? Are you on IG yet? Joined any google+ communities yet? I know your photos will be huge hits there!

    • Lindsey
      March 16, 2014 at 6:45 pm

      Happy (almost) St. Patty’s Day to you too! Thanks! Green has always been my favorite color. I used to only let my mom buy Stride Rite shoes because they came in a green box. #Obssessed

      My Media Full Court Press is still underway. I joined a bunch of Google+ communities including the two that you suggested. I have a couple followers none of whom are my Mother, so that’s good! Next step IG and Twitter!

  • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust
    March 16, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    These are gorgeous! I could drink that ganache and caramel!!

    • Lindsey
      March 16, 2014 at 6:42 pm

      Thank you, Dorothy! Do you think I haven’t done that? Because….guilty. 😉

  • dina
    March 16, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    these look amazing!

    • Lindsey
      March 16, 2014 at 10:02 pm

      Thanks, Dina!

  • Julianne @ Beyond Frosting
    March 16, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    These look so amazing!

    • Lindsey
      March 16, 2014 at 10:02 pm

      Thanks, Julianne! They definitely were!

  • michael
    March 17, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Oh My Gosh!!! Love it 🙂 looks delicious! Linked to your site from another and glad I did. I posted today, Hot Fudge Cake, check it out!


    • Lindsey
      March 17, 2014 at 3:42 pm

      Thanks, Michael! It was delicious! I’ll be sure to check out your fudge sauce – can’t resist!

  • Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen
    March 19, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    These look AMAZING! And, after seeing those pictures, I’m totally craving one right now!!!

    • Lindsey
      March 19, 2014 at 11:15 pm

      Thanks Kristi! I wish I had one to give you! And…I wish I had one for myself, come to think of it!

  • Chichi
    March 20, 2014 at 8:09 am

    My mouth is watering literally

    • Lindsey
      March 20, 2014 at 11:52 am

      Thanks, Chichi!

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