Triple Guinness Bundt Cake

Triple Guinness Bundt Cake is a rich cake made with golden raisins, currants, almonds, and, best of all, Guinness Stout added 3 ways. You know what they say, “Guinness is good for you”!

Triple Guinness Bundt Cake

If a buttery pound cake and a fruitcake had a baby, then bathed that baby in Guinness, it would be this cake!

I got the original recipe for this cake from a lovely Irish woman I worked with at a local catering company. I made a few small changes to her original recipe.

Between the extra butter and sugar, and the Guinness, this is a really dense (in the best way possible) and rich cake.

Normally I would estimate about 12 servings from a Bundt cake, but you can easily get 18-24 servings from this cake. A thin slice goes a long way.

Process Photos

See the recipe card for detailed measurements and instructions.

raisins and nuts soaking in fruit juice
  • Soak the fruit and nuts in a mixture of Guinness Stout, brandy, fresh lemon juice and fresh orange juice.
raisins and nuts in a bowl
  • By the next day the fruit has absorbed most of the liquid.
a bundt cake on a cooling rack with syrup being poured over the top
  • Immediately after taking the cake out of the oven pour some of the fruit soaking liquid over the warm cake.
glaze being poured over a bundt cake on a cooling rack
  • Use the remaining fruit soaking liquid to make a glaze. Glaze the cake while it’s still warm.
a spatula spreading glaze on a bundt cake
  • You can leave the glaze in a drip pattern or use a spatula to spread it over the cake. Scoop up the drips on the pan to fill in any gaps.
Triple Guinness Bundt Cake

Here are some more wonderful recipes using real Guinness Stoudt: Guinness Fudge Cake, Guinness Buckwheat Bread.

You might also like these other Irish inspired recipes: Honey Kissed Irish Whisky Cake, Baileys Pots de Creme, Baileys Chocolate Macarons, Irish Tea Brack.

If you love this recipe as much as I do, I’d really appreciate a 5-star review.

Triple Guinness Bundt Cake
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Triple Guinness Bundt Cake

If a buttery bundt cake and a fruit cake had a baby, then bathed that baby in Guinness, it would be this cake!
Prep Time20 minutes
Bake Time1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time1 hour 40 minutes
24 servings
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  • 8 oz golden raisins (1 ½ cups)
  • 5 oz dried currants (1 cup)
  • 2 ¼ oz sliced almonds (½ cup)
  • 2 large lemons (zest & juice)
  • 1 large orange (zest & juice)
  • 8 oz Guinness (1 cup)
  • 3 oz brandy (⅓ cup)
  • 10 oz all purpose flour (2 cups, see note)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 16 oz unsalted butter
  • 16 oz brown sugar (2 cups)
  • 7 large eggs

Guinness glaze

  • 8 oz confectioner sugar (2 cups)
  • 2 oz fruit soaking liquid (¼ cup)


  • In a mixing bowl, combine 8 oz golden raisins, 5 oz dried currants, 2 ¼ oz sliced almonds and finely grated zest from 2 large lemons and 1 large orange. Pour the juice from the lemons and orange, the 8 oz Guinness and 3 oz brandy over the fruit. Cover the bowl and leave to soak for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 °F. Butter and flour a 12 cup Bundt pan.
  • Drain the fruit and save the liquid (you should have about 1 cup of liquid). Sift together 10 oz all purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon nutmeg and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream 16 oz unsalted butter and 16 oz brown sugar until lightened in color and aerated. Scrape the bowl and beater. With the mixer running on low speed, add 7 large eggs. Scrape the bowl and beater.
  • With the mixer running on low, add the drained fruit and the sifted dry ingredients. Add ¼ cup of the fruit soaking liquid. Mix just until combined. Spread the batter into the prepared pan.
  • Bake about 1¼ – 1½ hours until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (See note 1).

Make the glaze

  • Combine 8 oz confectioner sugar and ¼ cup fruit soaking liquid and stir until smooth with no lumps. Set aside while the cake bakes.

Finish the cake

  • Allow the cake to cool for 10 minutes then flip the cake out onto a cooling rack set over a clean sheet pan. Pour the last ½ cup of the soaking liquid over the cake. Let it absorb into the cake for 5 minutes then coat the cake with the confectioner's sugar glaze while the cake is still slightly warm.
  • You can pour the glaze and let it form drip marks and leave the cake with that look or you can scrape the run-off glaze from the sheet pan and use it to fill in any gaps in the coating for a fully glazed cake.
  • Cool the cake completely before moving it to a serving plate. The glaze will set as the cake cools.
  • You can serve the cake right away, but it tastes better the day after it’s baked.

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If measuring the flour by volume use the “dip & sweep” method. That is, dip the measuring cup into the flour bin, overfill it, then sweep away the excess.
This is a very rich cake so it will still seem soft when it’s baked. Poke a toothpick into the center and if it comes away without any raw batter the cake is ready.
Because this is a rich cake it will keep, covered, at room temperature for well over a week (probably it will be good for several weeks)


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 384kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 72mg | Potassium: 219mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 560IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Made this cake this week and it was absolutely delicious! This is a very rich cake, so recommend smaller portions as suggested. It’s so moist and delicious…a big hit, indeed!

  2. So many great ideas for using Guinness and Bailey’s! I was in love with the macarons, but this looks amazing, as well! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Thanks! It’s getting to be the time of year for Baileys and Guinness. Though I would make this cake any time of year.