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Fudge Caramel Stout Cake

Fudge Caramel Stout Cake

  • Author: Maegan - The BakerMama
  • Prep Time: 45 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 mins
  • Yield: 12
  • Category: Dessert


A Fudgy, stout-spiked cake layered with fudge icing and oozing with caramel. This Fudge Caramel Stout Cake is nothing short of amazing!



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup dark cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 11/2 cups chocolate stout beer, measured without foam
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • 4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted and cooled
  • 11/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup dark cocoa
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • milk, if needed to thin out the frosting
  • 1 (12-ounce) jar caramel topping
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips, for decorating


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line the bottom of three 8-inch cake pans with parchment paper and spray the bottom and sides with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  3. Add the vegetable oil, sour cream, stout, eggs and vanilla. Stir until just combined. Divide batter evenly among prepared cake pans.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of each cake comes out clean. Let cakes cool in pans on a wire rack for 30 minutes before inverting onto the wire racks to cool completely.
  5. To make the frosting, melt the chocolate chips in a large microwave safe bowl for about 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until completely melted. Set aside to cool.
  6. In the bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until smooth. Add the cocoa powder and powdered sugar and beat until well combined. Add the melted chocolate and beat until thick yet spreadable. If the frosting is too thick to spread, beat in a few tablespoons of milk to thin it out.
  7. Level each cake layer with a knife or leveler, if needed. Place one cake, bottom side up, on a cake stand or platter and spread with a generous layer of frosting. Then spread with 1/4 cup caramel topping. Place another cake layer, bottom side up, on the caramel and spread with more frosting and another 1/4 cup caramel. Place the final layer, bottom side up, on the top of the other layers. Spread the remaining frosting on the top and sides of all layers. Decorate the bottom of the cake with two layers of dark chocolate chips. Spread the remaining caramel topping on the top of the cake and let it flow down the sides.
  8. Note: You can use a regular stout beer or water or coffee in place of the chocolate stout.