Guinness Chocolate Gingerbread Cake

Servings: 8-10 serving(s)

Prep time: 20 minutes

Total time: 1 hours 20 minutes

Cooking time: 1 hours

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Guinness gingerbread cake a smoulderingly delicious Valentine’s dessert

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 a smoulderingly delicious Valentine’s dessert

I have served Guinness Chocolate Gingerbread Cake at dinner parties and I baked it for my mom’s birthday one year, all the while waiting for Valentine’s Day to really show it off.

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.

 Guinness gingerbread cake a smoulderingly delicious Valentine’s dessert

Guinness Chocolate Gingerbread Cake Recipe

Serves 8-10

From The Chronicle Herald Nov 2013

  • 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.

We have other gingerbread recipes for hungry Valentines. Try Soaked ginger cake

Molasses ginger cake soaked with a buttery brown sugar sauce

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Ginger Valentine Cookies with Buttercream and Raspberry Jam

Servings: 24 serving(s)

Prep time: 30 minutes

Total time: 40 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

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Ginger Valentine cookies Homemade Valentine cookies say it all

When I was growing up Valentine’s Day was definitely a “food” holiday in our house and a very warming celebration in the freezing month of February. Mom would always pack some sort of Valentine treat in our lunches (usually included spicy cinnamon heart candy) and then at suppertime we’d have a Valentine layer cake with strawberry jam filling. Spices suit Valentine’s Day treats, and that’s why I love these ginger Valentine cookies.

Once-a-year cookies are the best.

A box of chocolates, heart-shaped or not, can’t really compare to a homemade treat.  When I was a kid, mom also made heart-shaped cookies for Valentine’s Day. Decorated with white frosting and red sprinkles they felt extra special.


To this day my favourite cookie cutters are heart shaped. Old and new, fluted and straight, I use them for biscuits as often as I do for cookies. (And sometimes they come in handy when we’re making homemade Valentines.)

Cookie cutters

For these ginger Valentine cookies I just used my Christmas cookie recipe with the spices subdued a bit. What can I say? It’s such a delicious recipe that I can eat it all year long. (Have you tried ginger cookies with s’mores or dipped in chocolate fondu?)

Ginger Valentine Cookies Recipe

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ½ cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 cups flour (all purpose)
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg


  1. In a large bowl mix butter and sugar until creamy.
  2. Beat in egg and molasses.
  3. Add lemon juice.
  4. Sift together dry ingredients and gradually add to creamed mixture.
  5. When flour mixture is fully incorporated gather dough into a ball, cut in half and pat into two disks.
  6. Chill for one hour.

To bake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Roll dough on a lightly floured surface to ¼” to ½” thick and cut into shapes.
  3. Bake on a parchment lined baking sheet for 8-10 minutes.

For filling:

Butter frosting

  • 3 Tbsp soft butter
  • 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • 2-3 Tbsp milk or cream
  1. In a medium bowl cream the butter. Stir in 1/2 cup of the icing sugar and 1 Tbsp of the milk.
  2. Mix until creamy and gradually add the remaining icing sugar.
  3. Add more milk bit by bit to get a good spreading consistency.
  4. Sandwich cookies with frosting, or jam, or frosting and jam!

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