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Awesome Chocolate Stout Loaf Cake that Happens to Be Vegan

Awesome Chocolate Stout Loaf Cake that Happens to Be Vegan

For a very meat eating, dairy lover I have an odd obsession with vegan food.

But I have a few hard and fast rules. First and foremost, it can’t be "good for vegan," it has to be so good people actually say "wait…this is vegan?"

Second, I don’t like to use those over processed, vegan substitute fake foods. There are just too many amazing ingredients that are already vegan, like beer (for the most part), and coco powder, and French fries. When you have the entire spectrum of produce to play with there isn’t a reason the food can’t be outstanding when you don’t include meat and dairy.

This cake is hands-down-beers-up the best chocolate loaf cake I’ve made. Its vegan for reasons most people don’t take into account these days. It’s an old recipe, made and re-made and passed down through generations, developed during the depression era when dairy was just too expensive to include in baked goods. It’s a cake made for happy times when money was very tight and celebrations were rare but important. It stuck around because it’s insanely moist, delicious and rich.

I topped it with a vegan frosting, mostly because I like the challenge.

For more info, read this: Is Beer Vegan?

Awesome Chocolate Stout Loaf Cake that Happens to Be Vegan



  • 1 ½ 180g cups flour
  • 1 cups 200g sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons 15g cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon 6g baking soda
  • 1/3 cup 63g coconut oil, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon coffee freshly brewed or leftover
  • 1 cup 8oz stout beer
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar


  • ¼ cup 44g vegetable shortening
  • ¼ cup 56g coconut oil, room temperate (not melted)
  • 1 teaspoon 4g vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoon 20mL water
  • 2 cups powdered sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 325F.
  • In a large bowl stir together the flour, sugar, salt, cocoa powder, and baking soda.
  • Add the coconut oil, vanilla, coffee, beer, and vinegar.
  • Grease and flour a loaf pan. Pour the batter into the pan, bake at 325 for 45-55 minutes or until the center has set.
  • Allow to cool before removing from the pan.
  • Add the shortening and coconut oil to a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat until well combined, light and fluffy.
  • Add the vanilla, water and powdered sugar, stir until combined, then raise the speed to high and beat until smooth and creamy. Add water or powdered sugar to adjust the consistency.
  • Once the cake has cooled, frost and serve.

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Claire Oman March 9, 2017 um 1:16 pm

Love this! My favourite chocolate cake is a depression era one (jazzed up with coconut oil and almond milk instead of veg oil and water) but I will definitely be giving your beer and coffee idea a shot! Stout makes everything better. 😉


David March 9, 2017 um 6:06 pm

Just be sure your using Vegan Stout !

Some Stouts use fish bladder….


Jackie March 14, 2017 um 10:45 am

Yes, that’s why I added the "For more info, read this: Is Beer Vegan?" at the bottom of the article 🙂
Also, some sugar uses animal bones for processing, but most vegans already know that.


Cleansed Palate March 13, 2017 um 7:23 am

I assume the vinegar gets added with the other wet ingredients? I don’t see it in the recipe…


Jackie March 14, 2017 um 10:44 am

Yes, of course! Thank you so much!


Josh @ The Kentucky Gent March 14, 2017 um 8:11 am

Coffee and beer in a cake?! Sign me up. This sounds delicious!


Carol March 19, 2017 um 9:48 pm

Came out great! This is a keeper! I use cocoa powder rather than flour in the pan so your cake looks prettier. Also, if you substitute more beer for the water in the frosting, you will eat the dirty dishes rather than just licking them clean.


Cheese at Tiffany’s March 20, 2017 um 7:29 pm

The combination of coffee and stout sounds fabulous! I too, have an odd obsession with vegan food. 🙂


Rachael December 19, 2019 um 4:22 pm

Thank you for this! I’m getting more interested in vegan food as my vegan brother-in-law comes to visit and my husband and I want to cook something nice for him. It’s been hard to find a chocolate stout cake without a long list of ingredients I’ll never use again! This looks easy with stuff that I already (mostly) have or use. Looks like I’ll have to give it a go.


Annette March 29, 2020 um 4:27 pm

This is by far the BEST Guinness chocolate cake I’ve ever made! My husband loves Guinness and every year for his birthday, he asks for a Guinness Chocolate cake. I’ve tried several different recipes and none compared to this one. Thank you 🙂


Jackie March 29, 2020 um 5:34 pm

I love that!! Happy birthday to your husband, too! 🙂


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