Porter cake - https://ginandcrumpets.com

Porter Cake

Porter cake - https://ginandcrumpets.com

If there’s one Irish gastronomic speciality to discover, it’s Porter Cake! This cake, made with raisins and spices, is baked with Guinness, a typically Irish brown beer with a very strong flavour. Needless to say, Porter Cake is an original recipe! Irish people are used to making it quite regularly, and like to taste it with a good Irish tea!

Presentation of the Porter Cake

A cake made with Guinness

This cake is particularly good, but requires a long preparation time (it must rest for more than a week before being eaten). Based on Irish brown beer, it is a fragrant and particularly original cake.

Rather easy to make, it simply requires you to have some typical Irish beer (you must have a stout, but you can have another one than the traditional Guinness) and to be patient so as not to consume it before its maturation date.

On the taste side, it is a clever balance of flavour, between bitterness and caramelized touches, all spiced up by raisins and orange zest.

Will you be able to resist?

Porter Cake or Guinness Cake Recipe


  • For 6 people.
  • Preparation time 15 mn
  • Cooking time 1h20
  • Duration of rest of the dough: 7 days
  • 170 ml of Guinness (you can replace it with Murphy’s or Beamish)
  • 270 g flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 150 g butter
  • 150 g brown sugar
  • 200 g golden raisins
  • 200 g brown raisins
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • coriander
  • 1 sachet of baking powder
  • an orange peel

Preparation of the Porter Cake

  • Take a large bowl and beat the slightly softened butter and sugar in it to a cream.
  • Then add the eggs, baking powder, flour and spices. When you have obtained a homogeneous dough, pour in the Guinness, with the 2 types of grapes and the orange zest.
  • Preheat your oven to 170 degrees and pour the mixture into a lightly buttered baking tin. Bake it for 1h20 of cooking time.
  • Once removed from the oven, let it cool for an hour, and wrap it in several sheets of aluminum foil until it is perfectly covered. Then let it rest for a week in a cool, dry place until the flavours have fully absorbed the cake. (The longer you wait, the better it will be).
  • Once this time has elapsed, you can serve your Porter Cake for a snack, with tea or coffee!
  • Little tip: you can sprinkle it with icing sugar!

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