Beer Cake

  • PrepTime: 20 Mins
  • CookTime: 40 Mins
  • TotalTime: 60 Mins


  1. Chocolate and Cherry Beer Cake:
  2. 3 cups flour
  3. 2 teaspoons baking soda
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  5. 3/4 cup butter, softened
  6. 2 cups sugar
  7. 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  8. 2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
  9. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  10. 1 cup cold beer
  11. 3/4 cup buttermilk
  12. 1 jar (10-ounces) maraschino cherries, drained and chopped, juice reserved
  13. 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  14. Chocolate Beer Frosting:
  15. 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  16. 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  17. 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  18. 3 tablespoons beer
  19. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  20. Dash salt
  21. 2 cups powdered sugar


  1. Gather the ingredients. Kristina Vanni 
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9 x 13-inch cake pan and set aside. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt together; set aside. Kristina Vanni 
  3. In large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Kristina Vanni
  4. Add the eggs, melted chocolate, and vanilla extract. Kristina Vanni
  5. Add dry ingredients to the creamed butter mixture alternately with the beer, buttermilk, and reserved cherry juice.  Kristina Vanni 
  6. Add the chopped maraschino cherries and nuts. Kristina Vanni 
  7. Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean. Kristina Vanni 
  8. Set the cake on a wire rack and allow to cool completely before frosting. Kristina Vanni
  9. For the chocolate beer frosting: In a large bowl, combine the cocoa powder, butter, corn syrup, beer, vanilla extract, and salt.  Kristina Vanni 
  10. Add the powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Kristina Vanni
  11. Spread evenly over the cake. Kristina Vanni 
  12. Cut into to squares to serve and enjoy! Of course, this tastes great washed down with a mug of your favorite beer!


  1. Before you begin, be sure to drain the jar of maraschino cherries reserving the juice. The juice should measure about 2/3 cup.
  2. Feel free to use your favorite beer in this recipe. If you are looking for a suggestion, a porter or stout will pair well with the chocolate notes in this cake.