In honor of St. Patrick’s Day this month, you might enjoy making this true Irish chocolate cake dessert courtesy the chef aboard the Shannon Princess

Chocolate Guinness Cake

A taste of Ireland’s favorite drink baked into a delicious chocolate cake


  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup plus 1.5 tablespoons unrefined sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 generous teaspoons butter
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons natural yogurt or buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons of Guinness Stout
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare your cake tin by lining with parchment paper.
  3. In a large mixing bowl sieve all the dry ingredients together.
  4. Then lightly whisk the egg, vanilla and buttermilk/or yogurt in a small bowl.
  5. Next melt the butter, cocoa and the Guinness in a saucepan, when it is just melted stir it smooth making sure there are no lumps.
  6. Now mix all ingredients together, pour into the prepared tin and bake for approx 45 minutes or when a tester comes out clean.
  7. Let to stand for 30 minutes before turning out from its tin. Turn out and cool on a wire rack.
  8. To serve, dust with cocoa & serve with softly whipped cream, decorate with chocolate truffles, or ice with a chocolate butter cream.
Discover why the Barge “Lassies” adore the warm ambiance, genuine hospitality, and wonderful cuisine offered on the barge Shannon Princess as you explore beautiful Ireland.