York Chocolate Stout Cake

It was in making a version of this chocolate cake that I fell in love with the icing, I thought it would be perfect as a chocolate truffle with a local Real Ale. We got quite well known for our Real Ale truffle, so much so, Rudgate Brewery asked for our help to make York Chocolate Stout, it’s a fabulous beers that is on sale nationwide and won lots of awards, and has real chocolate in it!

York Chocolate Stout Cake


  • 500ml York Chocolate Stout
  • 375g Butter
  • 600g Dark brown sugar
  • 120g Cocoa Powder
  • 500ml Double Cream
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla Essence
  • 420g Self Raising Flour
  • 3 tbsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 400g Dark Chocolate – about 55% Cocoa Solids – chopped finely
  • 50g of White Chocolate Buttons for decoration


You will need to prepare the following items:

  • 2 large mixing bowls
  • 1 metal spoon
  • 2 large cake tins – lightly greased
  • 1 saucepan


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 140 Centigrade
  2. Line the large cake tins with baking paper and lightly grease with a little butter
  3. Melt the butter in a pan with 375ml of the stout and heat gently
  4. Put the cocoa powder and sugar into a large mixing bowl and gently add the stout and butter mixture
  5. In a separate bowl combine the eggs, 225ml of Double Cream and vanilla essence, add this to the large bowl and mix
  6. Add the flour and bicarbonate of soda and continue mixing
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared cake tins and put in the oven to cook for 45 minutes until thoroughly cooked
  8. When springy to the touch remove from the oven and allow to cool completely
  9. To make the ganache icing heat 275ml of cream and 125ml of the stout in a sauce pan until it reaches a rolling boil, pour immediately over the chocolate and leave to sit for a few minutes before stirring thoroughly
  10. Allow the icing to cool and thicken for about an hour before spreading onto the bottom cake layer, place the other layer on top and use the icing to cover the top and sides of the cake. Finish with white chocolate shavings.



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