Guinness Cake Recipe

Guinness Cake Recipe



This is one of the many Irish variations on fruitcake, moistened not with the usual whiskey, rum, or brandy, but with rich brown stout. This is Darina Allen’s recipe.

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Adapted from “The Country Cooking of Ireland” by Colman Andrews. 


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a deep 9-inch cake pan with butter.

Combine the butter and sugar together in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar, then stir in stout. Add the orange zest, sultanas, raisins, and candied lemon and/or orange peel. Raise the heat to high, bring to a boil, and boil, stirring frequently, for 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Sieve the flour, baking soda, and pumpkin pie spice together into a large bowl. When the Guinness mixture has cooled to lukewarm, stir it into the flour mixture. Stir in the cherries, then slowly add eggs, mixing well. Spoon the batter into the tin, and bake for 1 ½ hours or until done. 


Calories per serving:

690 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Sodium Vegetarian, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 25g 38%
  • Carbs 110g 37%
  • Saturated 15g 74%
  • Fiber 4g 15%
  • Trans 1g
  • Sugars 62g
  • Monounsaturated 7g
  • Polyunsaturated 1g
  • Protein 9g 19%
  • Cholesterol 129mg 43%
  • Sodium 126mg 5%
  • Calcium 90mg 9%
  • Magnesium 35mg 9%
  • Potassium 486mg 14%
  • Iron 2mg 11%
  • Zinc 1mg 5%
  • Phosphorus 149mg 21%
  • Vitamin A 221µg 25%
  • Vitamin C 16mg 27%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 8%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 11%
  • Niacin (B3) 1mg 6%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 10%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 34µg 8%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 4%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 1mg 5%
  • Vitamin K 4µg 5%
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