chocolate beer cake (adult cake)

filed under: Cakes on January 28, 2015

I set off to make the perfect Superbowl Sunday Cake. While I have no intention of even watching the Super Bowl, you know I will embrace any excuse to make a cake.

Beer Cake!

Here is the God’s honest truth:

This cake tasted way too much like beer for me. I dismissed it and vowed to perfect the recipe.


We happened to have Bible study the next night and I offered some to all the men. (there was only one lady there and she is gluten free) They all LOVED it. As in, their plates were spotless afterwards they loved it so much. Wonderful God fearing men were practically licking their plates. I knew I was on to something.

So here is my warning… this is a cake for the beer lover. And obviously, NO KIDS!


Another confession:

The glaze really, really ads to the boozy flavor. If you were to use a typical buttercream this would definitely be pleasing to everyone, and I am guessing even acceptable for children.

Recipe adapted from Kitchenthusiast.

But lets talk beer for one second.

The inspiration for this cake truly came from this beer I happened to see in the liquor store.

coffee flavored beer

It is called Burr Grinder and is made by a local brewery here in Minnesota called Indeed Brewing.

Here is how they describe it:

Beer geek. Coffee nerd. Whatever name you prefer, this beer has you covered. We teamed up with our Northeast Minneapolis neighbors at Dogwood Coffee to brew this one of a kind “coffee beer.” Burr Grinder is infused with freshly ground Colombia El Meridiano coffee before being finished with cold brewed Dogwood NEON. Toasted caramel and toffee sweetness are coupled with sweet, ripe fruit notes. This beer delivers such an intense coffee punch that it’ll have you wondering whether you should drink it by the mug or by the pint!

Are you as fascinated as I was???

Since I am a huge fan of using coffee to bring out the flavor of chocolate, I knew the second that I saw this beer I wanted to make a chocolate cake.

I also used this beer in the glaze for a BIG beer impact.


As you can imagine, this cake is beyond moist and seriously unique. And definitely a must try for anyone who likes cake, coffee and beer!

So, who are you rooting for in the Super Bowl? I am cheering for the Vikings. 😉

Disclosure: I really did just happen to see this in the liquor store. Indeed Brewery has no idea I am sharing their product!

Chocolate Beer Cake
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
55 mins

I set off to make the perfect Superbowl Sunday Cake. While I have no intention of even watching the Super Bowl, you know I will embrace any excuse to make a cake.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Beer Cake
Servings: 10 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 3/4 c all-purpose flour
  • 2 c granulated sugar
  • 3/4 c unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 c sour cream
  • 1/2 c vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 c your favorite beer
Beer Glaze
  • 3 c confectioners sugar
  • 2 tablespoons beer
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare (butter & flour or spray with non-stick spray) two 8-inch round cake pans.

  2. Sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a stand mixer add in the sour cream, vegetable oil and eggs. On low speed mix the ingredients together.
  4. Gradually add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
  5. Beat on low until just combined, scraping down the edges as necessary. Be careful not to overmix.
  6. Remove bowl from mixer and fold in the beer.
  7. Divide the batter between the prepared pans and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean.

  8. Cool the cakes in their pans for 10 minutes before carefully turning them out onto a cooling rack.
Beer Glaze
  1. In a medium bowl add all the confectioners sugar and whisk to remove all lumps. One tablespoon at a time, add in the beer. (A fuller bodied beer will typically add more flavor and color.)

  2. Stir until you reach desired consistency, one that is similar to pancake batter.
To Assemble Cake:
  1. Place one cool layer of cake on cake stand.
  2. Drizzle approximately 1/4 cup of Beer Glaze over cake, allowing it to spill over sides.
  3. Place other layer of cooled cake on top and drizzle with remaining glaze.
  4. Cake can be served immediately or refrigerated for 24 hours. Glaze will harden but cake will remain quite moist.

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  • Catherine says:

    YUM!! My husband brews his own beer, so I am grateful for this recipe! Must try with one of his home-brews! Thank you! *side note: I recently bought some plum wine because the bottle was so pretty and it sounded so yummy! But upon drinking it, I realized it was waaayyyyy to sweet… however, perfect for some plum wine cakes! Maybe something up your alley? : )

  • Amy @Very Culinary says:

    Confession: I absolutely hate beer. …unless it’s in soup, bread, or cake. So I’m in.

  • Lisa | Sweet 2 Eat Baking says:

    You know, I was just about to say that the men would all love the too much beer flavour before I saw you offered it to the men at the bible study – too funny. I’m not a beer fan myself, but I know the giant man-baby would go crazy over this.

    Love your suggestion on beer too and although we can’t get that here, England has plenty of local breweries offering real good beers. I think a trip is in order to surprise him with this cake! 🙂

  • Renee @ Two in the Kitchen says:

    I think that is so cool that your Bible study men inhaled this! I am afraid if I brought this into my Bible study that they would brand me as an alcoholic in need of intervention. 😉 This cake seriously looks amazing Amanda and I would probably love it too!! 🙂

  • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says:

    I am not a huge beer fan but I’ve put champagne and sparkling water in cakes lately and have LOVED the result. I bet this is fluffy and perfect!

  • Sarah @ The Gold Lining Girl says:

    LOL! How funny that it was too boozy and beer-ish. It looks and sounds amazing! It’s the perfect football Sunday dessert for all the men to partake. Looks delish!

  • Joanne says:

    I can’t say that I LOVE beer….but i do know a lot of people who do! Defintiely perfect for the superbowl.

  • Hilda says:

    I don´t drink beer but I eat beer.
    Yours is grateful. I love it.
    If your look for ” Chocolate Guinness Cake” you´ll see a very famoust & delicious cake in Europe.


  • heather @french press says:

    we will be watching the game, and I may even attempt to make this cake (I am HORRIBLE at cake making) but my husband LOVES coffee stout, so this is just about the perfect cake for him

  • Shanna @ pineapple and coconut says:

    I love that you have (Adult Cake) in the title. My kind of cake! And most definitely my beer, coffee and cake loving husband would love this cake too. I might just have to make it for him for his birthday this year!

  • Karen @ The Food Charlatan says:

    If any cake could be a total MAN cake, this would be it. I love that you didn’t even like it that much. That’s how you know it’s for dudes, haha!

  • Agness says:

    The best cake I’ve seen today!! Will make it this weekend, that’s for sure!

  • Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says:

    Beer cake and beer glaze?! Paul, my husband, would be all over this!!

  • Julia @ Sprinkled With Jules says:

    I couldn’t help but laugh aloud at the thought of beer cake being served at bible study!! Too funny. I do enjoy some beers, and I realllly enjoy coffee so I think I need to find that beer and make this cake! Sounds delicious.

  • CakeSpy says:

    I’m an adult…

    I like cake…

    • Amanda says:

      You are approved.

  • Oana says:

    Chocolate beer cake, oh my goodness. Just bookmarked this, I’m going to make it as soon as we finish our current cake. Thanks for sharing!

  • Lenaia says:

    I made this recipe as cupcakes. I used Atwater Vanilla Java Porter which was a perfect! I used a container of store bought vanilla frosting (blasphemy, I know) but added a few tablespoons of strong coffee. Topped with a chocolate espresso bean for added pleasure. They were a huge hit at our Super Bowl party. I’ll make them again for sure. I’m pretty new to baking and this was an easy recipe to make & follow along.

    • Amanda says:


  • Tammy says:

    This recipe looks perfect to make beer cupcakes which I need to make for my nephew’s Jack ‘n Jill. Will need to adjust the frosting but the cake sounds great!

  • Colette Ogechi says:

    Hi, this looks soooooo delicious #awesomesauce.
    can i use Budweiser beer to make this receipe? or Heineken? i reside in Nigeria so I wouldnt get the beer you used in the recipe.

  • AliceNiki says:

    Hi Amanda
    This Choco Beer cake, any beer brand will do?
    I don’t drink beer but I would like to try this recipe because there are 3 gentlemen in my house. So thinking of giving them a surprise cake.

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      I would use a beer that they enjoy the flavor of! I like Miller Lite, my hubby prefers an IPA, so it just depends on preference. 🙂

  • Gwendolyn says:

    I really would like to make this cake for the whole family. What would you suggest the replacing the beer with.