Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Friday, 17th September 2010

I’ve baked many chocolate cakes, but this time I was about to do something I’d never done before.

A photo of chocolate stout cake with peanut butter frosting placed on a wooden board.

I was going to make a chocolate cake with beer.  And I don’t even like beer!  But I was determined to give it a try so off to the liquor store I went.  I was in search recipe of a Stout Beer, even though I honestly didn’t know what that was!

I assumed I’d walk in, show the clerk the recipe and he would point me directly to my special ingredient.   Unfortunately it wasn’t that easy!

A photo of a bottle of Young's Double Chocolate Stout and a frosted beer glass on a wooden board.

I didn’t realize there would be so many different types of Stout.  My eyes quickly zeroed in on Young’s Luxury Double Chocolate Stout (I couldn’t believe it, chocolate beer?). As soon as I saw the description of the beer, Silky Rich & Creamy Smooth, I knew it was the one I was going home with.

I was more than curious about the taste and although I am not a lover of beer I do believe it’s important to understand the flavour profile of any ingredient you are using.  A taste test was in order.  Immediately I could taste coffee (I was pleasantly surprised because I love coffee!) and then as promised the creamy, deep-dark chocolate came through and sweeter dark chocolate at that.  I am very happy to report that it didn’t leave a bitter after taste.  I was very excited and couldn’t wait to try the cake.

A photo taken looking down on a chocolate stout cake with peanut butter frosting that is placed on a wooden board.

I found this recipe from Donna Hay and as usual Donna’s recipe instructions were straightforward and very easy to follow.  My chocolate cake came together quickly.

The aroma of chocolate and beer wafting through the house was amazing.  The taste was even better.  The cake rose quite high and it was extremely moist, rich and light.

A photo of a slice of chocolate stout cake with peanut butter frosting on a white, square dish with a dessert fork placed on a white cloth napkin.

But the best was still yet to come.  The peanut butter frosting was the perfect compliment to this cake. I love the salty-sweet combination.  The flavour combination of beer and chocolate is definitely a winner, absolutely delicious.  Pure indulgence!

A photo of a chocolate stout cake with peanut butter frosting on a wooden board.

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Comments (22)

22 Responses to “Chocolate Stout Cake-Peanut Butter Frosting”

  1. Ryan Says:

    I think this may be my favourite recipe of yours Grace.

  2. Grace Says:

    It wouldn’t be because of the beer would it Ryan? haha!

  3. Lauren at KeepItSweet Says:

    interesting, i have tried a guinness cake before and it was really good!

  4. Astrid Says:

    It’s on my list for the weekend! I didn’t realize there was chocolate beer. I might have to reconsider beer as I usually don’t drink it in favor of other spirits.

  5. Marly Says:

    Grace – what an amazing looking cake! I can’t wait to try it!

  6. Jazz Rules Says:

    3 of my favorite things! Chocolate, beer and peanut butter! Now if there was only a way to get bacon into that equation!

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  9. Grace Says:

    You are correct!

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  12. Ramona Says:

    I made a Hamburger cake for a friends son and for the hamburger pattie I made a chocolate stout cake and it was the best chocolate cake. Your recipe sounds amazing, will have to give it a try. ALl your recipes have my mouth watering. Can’t wait to try them all. You take amazing pictures. thanks for sharing with us.

  13. Grace Says:

    Thank you Ramona, this stout cake is fantastic, try and get the Chocolate Stout if it is available in your area – really makes a difference in the taste.

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  15. Meridan Says:

    Is it possible to use chocolate milk instead of the beer?

  16. Grace Says:

    Meridan I’ve never made this cake with milk before I think I would substitute the stout with brewed coffee instead, it will help to enhance the chocolate flavour, the stout does the same.

  17. simplybakes Says:

    The chocolate cake looks amazing grace! Nice tender crumbs, i wish i can bake something as good as this! :D

  18. Grace Says:

    Of course you can!

  19. Doug Says:

    I first heard of stout cake at

    Being one who does enjoy stout, I truly enjoyed the webpage, but I had never heard of stout cake before, so I searched and found your recipe.

    I’ve had Young’s Double Chocolate stout before Too chocolatey for my taste in stout, but in your recipe it sounds superb!

    I have made chocolate cake before, substituting some espresso for some of the liquid. Delicious.

  20. Grace Says:

    Doug I love chocolate cakes with espresso, coffee like stout I find brings out the deep chocolate flavour, always good in my books.

  21. Doug Says:

    If you have some stout left over (I wouldn’t:), you might like to look at


  22. Grace Says:

    Wow! Thanks Doug what a great resource. Everyone loves this cake.

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