Chocolate "Stout" Cake + Peanut Butter Frosting

Chocolate + beer + peanut butter = CAKE.  I don’t see anything wrong with this equation.

Sitting on my desk is the 50th issue of donna hay magazine. What I love most about this magazine are the photographs.  Don’t get me wrong, the recipes are truly inspirational, but it is really the photography that makes me want to create what is on the page.  Both visually and gastronomically!  I have been reading this magazine for a few years now and each month, when the new issue comes out, I am filled with an abundance of excitement.  The magazines give me pure joy.

In celebrating 50 glorious issues, I made one of the cakes that grace the pages of this magazine.  The Chocolate Stout Peanut Butter Cake.  The cake was so light, so chocolaty and so delicious.  I may have over beat the frosting, yet no one who ate it complained!

Happy Birthday, donna hay!


Chocolate Stout Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting


1 cup stout beer
225g butter, chopped
3/4 cup (75g) cocoa, sifted
2 eggs
2/3 cup (160g) sour cream
2 cups (300g) all-purpose flour, sifted
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda, sifted
2 cups (440g) caster (superfine) sugar

1 cup (160g) confectioners sugar, sifted
1 cup (280g) smooth peanut butter
80 g butter, room temp
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup (80ml) heavy cream


for the cake:
• preheat oven to 325*.  lightly grease a 9 x 4″ loaf pan and line with parchment.
• in a saucepan over medium heat, combine the butter and the stout beer. stir to dissolve butter. remove from heat and whisk in the cocoa.  set aside.
• whisk together the eggs and the sour cream. add to the stout mixture, mix thoroughly.  add the dry ingredients and mix to combine.
• pour into prepared pan. bake for 1 hour 20 minutes or until cooked when tested  with a skewer.  allow to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes ( i let it cool longer ).  turn onto a wire rack to cool completely.
for the frosting:
• place the sugar, peanut butter, butter and vanilla in an electric mixer and beat for about 6 minutes or until fluffy.  add the cream and beat for another 2 minutes.  spread peanut butter frosting over cake.

The Urban Baker /

Showing 15 comments
  • The Food Librarian

    Donna Hay is a goddess! And this choc and PB loaf looks wonderful!

  • Patricia Scarpin

    What a gorgeous loaf of cake, Susan! it looks beautiful and delicious (I have that recipe on my to try list, too). 😀

  • jocelyn

    adding another one to the file. i can’t imagine that anyone in your family or your circle of friends would EVER complain about anything you make.

  • Reply

    I for one ate this last week at The Urban Bakes abode and it was delish!!! A perfect recipe for everyone to try!

  • Kristen

    I really do need to pick up that magazine sometime. This looks delicious!

  • Kim

    Chocolate and stout are pairing really well, and chocolate and peanut butter too, so it’s probably fantastic! Looking¶retty darn good!

  • Brownieville Girl

    The photos in the magazine can’t be any better than yours.This cake seems very like Nigella Lawson’s chocolate guinness cake, but the peanut icing has to be tried!

  • allison [a for aubergine]

    I love PB and stout. Just perfect! YUM!

  • Taylor

    chocolate + peanut butter + beer = amazing combination!! Looks delicious and that frosting….oh my!

  • Jess-Sugar High

    Perfect! I have guinness and I’ve been searching for a good recipe for it. I love this! Thanks!

  • Reply

    How many amazing flavors can one gal pack into a cake! Wow, I am impressed and I love that uber thick layer of frosting. xo

  • The Urban Baker

    Hi Everyone!Happy Friday!As always, love your comments:mary – i agree, donna hay is a goddess!patricia – it does bake off gorgeous! keep it on your list, it is a winner!jocelyn – thanks, however I too make my share of mistakesgaby – you are welcome for lunch, ANYTIME!kristen – this magazine is a must for anyone at all interested in all things beautiful!kim – it was pretty darn good!brownieville – thank you so much for the amazing compliment! it all worked.allison – yes, the combo was quite perfecttaylor – oh my, oh yes!jess – the beer is an added bonusmarla – uber thick is the key word here!

  • Deeba PAB

    You, my dear, are purely inspirational as well. It’s a gorgeous cake … bookmarked!

  • pigpigscorner

    I made this and it’s delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

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