Recipe Makeover: Dark Chocolate Guinness Bundt Cake

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Or better known as this.

and in some cultures, is also known as this.

But in my house? It’s most commonly referred to and depicted as this.

Which I call “being devoured,” or “half-eaten.” I’m not going to be coy anymore or play frank little games here guys. This cake here?

Needs to be made by any and all who read this. I’ll give you a few easy reasons.

  • It’s sinfully delicious. Like, it’s almost unholy how good this cake is.
  • Um, it has Guinness. Beer cake, as you may know, > regular cake.
  • It has less than 170 calories and 6 grams of fat per serving.

I’m not jesting you friends. I promise. I’m being serious. This cake literally has less than 6 grams of fat per serving.

That ooey gooey chocolate cake in front of your eyes there? I’ll say it again. LESS THAN 6 GRAMS OF FAT PER SERVING. So now that you know that, you’re probably asking “how the h  is that even possible?” And I’ll give you that, valid question. But, the answer is simple.

Applesauce in place of butter. Unlike this Blue Moon cake, I didn’t sub out all the butter for applesauce. Instead, I just subbed out 3 tablespoons and still used 1 tablespoon of butter. You save, like, a trillion calories and fat grams doing this. I also did this because I knew I was going to be adding in calories due to the use of Guinness.

This dessert is PERFECT for St. Patty’s Day. It’s also perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. And is even more perfect paired with Guinness. With so much perfect going on here, what’s stopping you from making it?

Recipe adapted from Cooking Light.

Dark Chocolate Guinness Bundt Cake

Serves 8 
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes


For the cake:

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Dash of sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup Guinness
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate chips (semi sweet)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
For the glaze:
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons Guinness
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Liberally grease a 6 cup bundt pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix flour, sugars, salt, cocoa powder and baking soda and stir well. Add in softened butter, applesauce, vanilla, egg whites and egg and beat with a hand held mixer until fully combined. Using a wooden spoon, fold in Guinness and chocolate chips until batter thickens a bit.
  3. Pour mixture into the bundt pan and bake for 35 – 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out dry. Let dry on a wire cooling rack before glazing.
  4. Prepare glaze by microwaving chocolate, butter and Guinness in a microwave safe dish for about 1 1/2 minutes, stopping to stir at 30 seconds. Using a spoon, drizzle glaze over the cake and dust with powdered sugar. Enjoy!

Guilt free cakes are my favorite. Especially when they have beer!

Nutritional information per 1/8 slice: 

Calories: 165
Fat: 5.5 grams
Carbohydrates: 35 grams
Fiber: 1.8 grams
Protein: 5 grams
Weight Watchers Points Plus Points:  6 points

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  1. Posted by Ravienomnoms on
    Thursday, March 8th, 2012
    That looks SOOOO good! Thank you for sharing. I would devour this in an instant
  2. Posted by Julia on
    Thursday, March 8th, 2012
    Oh, this is amazing! It looks so decadent and delicious AND those are some pretty great nutrition stats. I don't think I can thank you enough, definitely making this :P
  3. Thursday, March 8th, 2012
    This is perfect. I love beer and chocolate together, especially dark chocolate. This is great for this time of year too! 
  4. Posted by Emily @ Life on Food on
    Thursday, March 8th, 2012
    Oh delicious. I will always take a piece of chocolate cake and to be honest it normally turns into two piece. I have been meaning to make some with beer in it and this seems like the perfect recipe.
  5. Posted by Liz @ Southern Charm on
    Thursday, March 8th, 2012
    YUM!! I was counting down until you posted this recipe!! Ahhh, looks amazing!
  6. Posted by Shannon @ Family Bites on
    Thursday, March 8th, 2012
    I love love love Guinness in chocolate cake! I'm definitely trying this one!
  7. Posted by Kiri W. on
    Thursday, March 8th, 2012
    And the heavens split open and angel choirs started singing and I ate the entire cake and... ahem.  Looks fantastic. Like. Beyond fantastic!
  8. Posted by Anonymous on
    Thursday, March 8th, 2012
    The serving size is 1/8 of the bundt cake and with the glaze and all it's still 165 calories?? Whaaa?? This seems dangerous.
  9. Posted by Sarah Bulmer on
    Thursday, March 8th, 2012
    Girl, we need to find more uses for Guinness like THIS. I can't handle it plain (I'm shamefully saying this). I was wicked excited to find whole grain Guinness mustard the other day, though. I feel pretzels coming on.
  10. Posted by Erin on
    Thursday, March 8th, 2012
    Beer, Chocolate, and not horrible for me?  Yes please!  Unfortunately I think I might eat the whole cake!
  11. Posted by Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. on
    Thursday, March 8th, 2012
    I have to admit that I am not really fan of Guinness, but in this rich cake? I think you may change my mind!
  12. Posted by Medeja on
    Friday, March 9th, 2012
    I should get Guiness..seriously ! :)
  13. Posted by TammyJo Eckhart, PhD on
    Friday, March 9th, 2012
    Makes me wish we could do baking with alcohol but it actually doesn't cook/bake out enough for my one family member who is allergic to it.
  14. Posted by Choc Chip Uru on
    Monday, March 12th, 2012
    This cake looks so rich and decadent - almost like a brownie bundt :D

    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Rich Sticky Date Pudding w/ Butterscotch Sauce
  15. Posted by KP on
    Tuesday, March 13th, 2012
    I am going to make this for a friend's bday party on Saturday - looks like it will be a hit!
  16. Posted by natalie on
    Friday, March 16th, 2012
    your whole wheat lemon yogurt cake was so good.  I am wondering if I could do partial, at least, whole wheat in this... since a bundt cake is denser anyway - thoughts?  Looks great!!
  17. Posted by Dishing Gourmet on
    Monday, March 19th, 2012
    OMG this looks fabulous!
  18. Posted by Lockhart0211 on
    Thursday, April 5th, 2012
    I think whoever wrote this recipe drank one too many Guinness' when writing the recipe!! LOL!! When I mix the ingredients with the mixer in the bowl before adding the beer, it crawls up the beaters!! It Is TOO THICK!! I just hope someone can add a variation that will suffice the original recipe!!
    It Sounds Yummee!! ;O)
    • Posted by Claire Gallam10 on
      Thursday, April 5th, 2012
      Hmm. Try adding in the Guinness when you mix the other ingredients (like the applesauce and egg whites), that should make it easier to stir. I've made this a few times and never had an issue!
  19. Posted by rlshep88 on
    Wednesday, July 18th, 2012
    Is it possible to sub out the Guinness?  What would I use in place of beer?  Non-alcoholic beer?  (My hubby and I tried it on a whim.  I blocked the taste from my memory, it was that bad.)
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Thursday, July 19th, 2012
      You could use non-alcoholic beer or coffee!
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  21. Posted by Caroline Favata on
    Monday, March 16th, 2015
    This cake was so moist and fantastic!!! I highly recommend, especially since it uses egg whites and applesauce...the calorie count on this was out of this world (and perfect for drinking on st paddys day). This recipe is a keeper!