Making an entire cheesecake “because you feel like it” when there are only two people to consume a whole cheesecake can only end in a tummy ache.

Guinness Chocolate Cheesecake

But the lead up to the tummy ache is pretty awesome.

Guinness Chocolate Cheesecake

Because chocolate-filled things are delicious and over doing it once and a while is A-OK with me.

Guinness Chocolate Cheesecake

I take French lessons twice a week, and this past week in class everyone had to say what their favorite food was (umm…duh, ice cream and pizza are tied for me)! Interestingly, about 1/3 of the class said cheesecake was their favorite food.

Does this surprise you? I mean, I LOVE (!!) cheesecake, but it’s one of those once and a while, special treat type foods that I make and eat. You know?

Guinness Chocolate Cheesecake

Anyway, talking about cheesecake in class reminded me that I haven’t made one in a while, that I had some Guinness in the cupboard that needed to be paired with chocolate, and got me in the kitchen with the sole purpose of making this cake (which is rather overindulgent and ridiculous, but you know me!!)

Guinness Chocolate Cheesecake

I had never even tried a chocolate cheesecake before making this, so adding cocoa powder to my filling was a strange and beautiful experience. But the result was the luscious and creamy cake that you see below.

Annnnd I topped it with chocolate ganache because life is beautiful.

Guinness Chocolate Cheesecake

This is the last of my St. Patrick’s Day recipes until the 17th, but I wanted to leave you with a good one. The week is over, after all.

You can also check out my:
Irish beer and cheddar bread Baked cheese toasties
Guinness floats
Irish chocolate mint cookies
Irish soda bread

Guinness Chocolate Cheesecake

Have a great weekend!

Guinness Chocolate Cheesecake

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Yield: one 9-inch cake


  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • Cheesecake:
  • 12 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream, room temperature
  • 3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream, room temperature
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup Guinness, room temperature
  • Glaze:
  • 3 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 6 tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature


  1. Make sure your ingredients are at room temperature and preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the graham cracker crumbs, cocoa powder, sugar, and melted butter together. Press mixture into the bottom of a 9-inch spring form pan.
  3. Melt the chocolate and cream together in a double boiler or in the microwave (1 minute, stirring once in the middle). Stir to combine completely and allow to cool slightly.
  4. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until creamy with an electric mixer. Mix in the melted chocolate mixture, sugar, sour cream, eggs, and vanilla until completely combined. Mix in the Guinness until it is fully incorporated.
  5. Pour the cheesecake filling into the spring form pan. Bake for 60 minutes. Turn off heat and leave cheesecake in the oven with the door slightly ajar for 60 minutes.
  6. Let cake cool completely on the counter and then chill the cheesecake in the fridge (uncovered) for at least 6 hours (I like to leave mine overnight).
  7. To make the glaze, place the chopped chocolate and cream in a small non-stick pot over medium-low heat. Bring to a simmer and whisk until a smooth ganache forms. Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter until completely incorporated. Pour the glaze in an even layer over the chilled cheesecake. Chill cheesecake thoroughly.
  8. To serve, carefully unmold the sides of the springform. Run a sharp knife under hot water to warm the blade, and wipe dry with a towel. Slice cleanly, wiping the blade between slices and reheating as necessary. Serve chilled.


Recipe adapted from Closet Cooking

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28 Responses to Guinness Chocolate Cheesecake

  1. Cheesecake is one of those foods I never think about, but when I randomly do it’s ALL I can think about. I know this cheesecake is going to be on my mind for a while! It looks SO good.

  2. I love how you think! If we’re talking cheesecake we must make cheesecake. A fabulous job you did!

    Looks amazingly smooth and delish!

  3. I just want to disappear in to this cheesecake, Katrina! Absolutely my idea of cheesecake perfection πŸ™‚

  4. Yum! What a delicious chocolate cheesecake! Love the addition of Guinness

  5. I actually gasped out loud when I saw this cheesecake. It’s GORGEOUS!

    Cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts (I was just snacking on some speculoos-swirled cheesecake bars from Trader Joe’s last night!), but for some reason, I rarely make it. But I think it’s time to break that streak with your recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Years ago I would have said cheesecake was one of my top favorite foods, but as I get older I’m like you and can only handle it every once in a while. But when I do, man do I savor it! This looks exactly as cheesecake should, dense, rich and seriously decadent. Dying!

  7. wow this is serious cheesecake heaven looks soo good and the Guinness addition sounds wonderful.

  8. marzie says:

    wow this looks amazing. I have to try this. and it will be my very first attempt making a cheesecake.

  9. Tara says:

    Droooool! This looks outstanding, Katrina! And I completely hear you on the cheesecake-for-two thing. It’s a hard job, but somebody has got to take the fall and it may as well be me! Have a great weekend!

  10. Life certainly is beautiful! And even more so with a slice or two of this to go along with it!
    I wasn’t surprised when I saw this posted by you – typical, making me want to eat all the goodies πŸ˜‰ Thanks for sharing the recipe! I have never been good at making cheese cake, but this here might be doable πŸ˜€ I hope you have a happy St. Patrick’s Day ahead, and keep up with the French πŸ˜€ x

  11. Morgan says:

    This looks like ann *amazing* way to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day!

  12. This is one incredible looking cheesecake.. think it’s the best cheesecake I’ve seen in a while actually. You have seriously outdone yourself here Katrina!

  13. cynthia says:

    Yes!! The lead-up is always worth it. (Wasn’t it weird though to think that there was a time when we didn’t get stomachaches and could eat whatever we wanted? Those were the days.) This cheesecake looks incredible, and I loooove that you added chocolate ganache! That patent-shiny top is everything.

  14. the stomachache is so worth it…esp with that ganache.

  15. Haha! I totally know how you feel.. I do that to myself ALL the time… And I never learn my lesson! But this looks like it would totally be worth it!

  16. YESSSS. The only thing better than cheesecake is chocolate cheesecake. You nailed it.

  17. Oana says:

    Oh boy, this sounds incredible! The only time I had Guiness and chocolate I was impressed so I’m sure this tastes as good as it looks.
    Look at the rich chocolate topping, delicious!

  18. Cheesecake would definitely be in the running for my favorite food. But I am like you, it’s special occasions for sure. Rarely do I make one, because I would eat it. Unfortunately I like frozen cheesecake too. So the ruse doesn’t work. For a first try at a chocolate cheesecake, it looks like you knocked this one out of the park.
    Gak—who would say Pizza was their favorite food. I like pizza, but it’s not a favorite food item in my world.

  19. Helloooooooo, chocolate cheesecake! Come to mama! πŸ™‚

  20. Girl this looks superb! I love cheesecake as well but haven’t made chocolate cheesecake myself. This hits all the right notes. Pinning πŸ™‚

  21. Heidi Kokborg says:

    Oh my goodness!!! This I just HAVE to make! It looks devine! I love, love, love cheesecake and I love chocolate even more so I definetely think this one will be a winner!! πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for the wonderful recipe πŸ™‚

  22. Alison says:

    Yum!! So rich and gorgeous looking… wish I had some Guiness “just lying around” that I could throw into a baked cheesecake… maybe next year! πŸ˜‰

  23. Joanne says:

    I’ve made Kevin’s guinness cheesecake before and it is theee beeesssttt. I want to drown myself in it.

  24. Oh boy, this looks absolutely scrumdiddlyupmtious!

  25. Jena Carlin says:

    This caught my eye! YUM!

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