chocolate stout gingerbread cake

Guinness Chocolate Gingerbread Cake

Are you in search of a Valentine’s Day dessert with a twist?

How about an authentic St. Patrick’s Dale celebration dessert?

Guinness Chocolate Gingerbread Cake is perfect for both celebrations.

It has just the right amount of deliciousness to launch that arrow; to satisfy a hungry heart. And on the St. Patrick’s Day front, well, it’s made with Guinness stout.

Guinness gingerbread cake on a plate


What makes Guinness Chocolate Gingerbread Cake so perfect?

This cake is full of love and warmth and enough flavour to stop you in your tracks. You’ll take notice of this cake and you might even sneak away with the leftovers.

Be pleased that the recipe makes a good sized cake and that one can of Guinness is enough for two batches. Please don’t shy away from the amount of ground ginger called for. It works, it really does. Trust us!

Guinness gingerbread cake on a fork



Guinness Chocolate Gingerbread Cake

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You’ll be smitten with this Guinness chocolate gingerbread cake, a smoulderingly delicious Valentine’s dessert full of heart-stopping warmth and flavour.

  • Author: Crosby Molasses
  • Yield: 810 1x
  • Category: Cakes


  • 1 cup stout beer (or other dark beer)
  • 1 cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 cups flour (spooned into the cup, not scooped)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 2 Tbsp. ground ginger
  • 1 ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 ½ tsp. baking powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup grape seed or canola oil


  1. Pour beer and molasses into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, stir in baking soda. Let cool. (Mixture will bubble up so ensure your pot is large enough).
  2. Once the beer-and-molasses mixture has cooled sufficiently, preheat oven to 350 F and prepare remaining ingredients.
  3. Butter and flour a large tube or bundt pan.
  4. Sift together dry ingredients.
  5. Break eggs into a large mixing bowl and whisk well. Whisk in sugars and oil, followed by the beer and molasses mixture.
  6. Whisk in flour and spice mixture. Batter will be runny.
  7. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for 55 to 65 minutes. The cake is done when a toothpick or cake tester inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  8. Cool cake in pan for about 10 minutes, then invert onto a rack, lift off the pan and cool cake completely.
  9. Dust with icing sugar before serving.

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  • December 5, 2023

    Jan Irvine

    I know that this sounds like heresy, but is it possible to make this cake with a substitute for the beer? Coca Cola, maybe?

    Apologies in advance!

    • January 9, 2024

      Crosby Molasses

      Hello Jan, we have never tested this recipe with Coca Cola. If you give it a try, let us know. Keep in mind at Coca Cola contains a lot of sugar. -Marie from Crosby’s Kitchen

  • March 12, 2022


    Absolutely delicious, I make it every St Patricks Day! so moist and so good. Simply the Best!

    • September 16, 2022


      I have tried this cake a couple times, and although it is delicious, I have trouble with it falling around the cone of the bunt pan. Can you tell me what I’m doing wrong? Thanks .

  • February 11, 2022

    Anne Grayson

    Love your recipes, could you answer a question for me. I was wondering why the stores are not carrying your molasses, no large containers. If your lucky enough to get they are only the small sizes . Thank You !

  • November 12, 2021

    Valerie Bertrand

    Hi, wondering if this cake could be made using gluten free flour. My granddaughter is gluten free and loves gingerbread but unfortunately she can not eat it now.

    • November 12, 2021

      Crosby Molasses

      Hi Valerie,
      We have never tried this recipe with gluten free flour but if you give it a try, let us know. It should probably work well.

  • March 12, 2020


    Does it freeze well?

    • March 26, 2020

      Crosby Molasses

      Hi AJ, I haven’t ever frozen this cake since it lasts well on the counter. However, I have no reason to think it wouldn’t freeze well if wrapped tightly.

  • March 12, 2020

    Suzanne Brash

    I have tried a couple of your muffin recipes, and they are amazing. Cannot wait to try this one!?

  • May 6, 2019

    I just made this cake for my husband’s birthday. It was absolutely delicious – so rich, tasty and moist. Served it with a dollop of whipped cream. I’ll be keeping this recipe!

    • May 16, 2019

      Crosby Molasses

      Hi Kelly, I’m so pleased you enjoyed the recipe!

  • November 4, 2018

    This beats my Ginger Bread recipe hands down. Ginger Bread is a winter staple.
    My mom used to make one with what she called a Hard Sauce and ever since I got all of her recipes I’ve been trying to find it with no luck. All I remember is that it was so sweet and a little went a long way.

    • November 5, 2018

      Crosby Molasses

      Hi Jacklyn, Hard sauce would be so great with this gingerbread. I’ll have to get my mom’s hard sauce recipe — she makes it every year to go with the plum pudding.

      • March 11, 2021

        Sonja Hansen

        Will you make the hard sauce recipe available to the rest of us? My grandmother always used it on her suet pudding for Christmas dinner. Yum.

  • March 9, 2015

    Andrea Payne

    Excellent cake…quite delicious…will make it again!

  • February 13, 2014

    Dale Marks

    I am going to try these recipes.They look so good.Than you.

    • February 17, 2014

      Crosby Molasses

      Hi Dale, I hope you enjoy them!

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