Chocolate Stout Cake

In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day we’ve whipped up a boozy chocolate cake that’s also vegan! Very simple 30 minute bake that anyone can throw together. You can make it in an 8 x 8 square pan or take it up a notch and throw it into two 6” round pans for a layer cake. Use any can of stout, I went to the liquor store and bought the cheapest one they had (haha!).

If you have made this, I would love to share your creations. Feel free to send a photo or tag on Instagram @bairdsbaking . Find more recipes to and reels over there as well!

For a decadent chocolate cake without the beer, try this vegan chocolate cake, with a gluten-free option.

Chocolate Stout Cake

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Bake time: 30 minutes
  • Serves: 6-8


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 cup stout beer


  • Preheat oven to 350°F and grease an 8 x 8 pan, or two 6” round pans, set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
  • In a small bowl, combine oil, vinegar, and vanilla.
  • Make a well in the middle of the flour, and pour in the stout and the oil mixture.
  • Pour batter into pan(s), and bake for 30 minutes or until tester comes clean.
  • Let cool before frosting or digging in!

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