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Chocolate Stout Cake with Ganache Icing Recipe

Moist, rich and delicious chocolate stout cake topped with a thin layer of creamy chocolate ganache.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Servings: 12
Calories: 222
Author: Martha | Simple Nourished Living


  • 1 cup all-purpose or cake flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup stout, such as Guinness
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Ganache Icing

  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 7 tablespoons cream


  • Position an oven rack in the center of the oven and Heat oven to 350F degrees. Grease and flour the bottom and sides of a 9-inch round cake pan. (I like to use Baker's Joy Baking Spray with flour.)
  • Place all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer on low speed, scraping down the sides of the bowl several times, for 30 seconds. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally so all the ingredients are well incorporated, for 3 minutes.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, 30 to 40 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and place the pan on a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. Then carefully remove the cake from the pan and place right side up on the wire rack to cool completely.
  • Transfer the cooled cake to a cake plate and spread the top of the cake with chocolate ganache.
  • To make the Ganache: Place the chocolate chips in a medium sized heatproof bowl. Set aside.
  • Heat the cream in a small saucepan over medium heat just to a boiling. Immediately pour the boiling cream over the chocolate and allow to stand, without stirring, for a few minutes. Stir gently, with a spoon or whisk, until smooth. Refrigerate until cooled and thick enough to spread, 3 to 4 hours.
  • When the cake and ganache are cool, spread the top of the cake with the ganache.

Recipe Notes

Weight Watchers PointsPlus: *6
Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints: *9
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Stout Cake with Ganache Icing Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 222 Calories from Fat 103
% Daily Value*
Fat 11.4g18%
Carbohydrates 28.5g10%
Fiber 1.7g7%
Protein 2.7g5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Cake, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy chocolate stout cake, single layer stout cake