Monday, March 17

Chocolate Guinness Cake

Woo! Happy Saint Patrick's Day everybody!
I'm actually a big fan of celebrating this Guinness filled day as I'm a Dublin born girl and part Irish. (It's also a great excuse for the source of my typically Irish red hair!)
So in order to celebrate, not only am I heading out later on tonight to sip on a few pints of frothy Guinness, but I have also baked the most delicious of Irish inspired cakes.

This is one of my favourite Nigella Lawson recipes. It's the filthiest, softest and densest of chocolate cakes that is spiked with the hearty flavouring of creamy Guinness.
(And then smothered in Bailey's cream cheese frosting for that extra kick.)

Don't fret if you aren't a Guinness fan, its more of a subtle flavouring that brings out the flavour of the rich cocoa. To be honest, to those who don't know, it is just a blooming darn good chocolate cake!

To make your own Chocolate Guinness Cake, you will need:

- 250ml Guinness
- 250g unsalted butter
- 75g cocoa powder
- 400g caster sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 142ml sour cream
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 275g plain flour
- 2 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

(For the icing:)

- 300g cream cheese
- 2 tsp Baileys (optional)
- 250g icing sugar

Preheat your oven to 180C/160 fan and line a 9 inch spring form tin with baking parchment.

Measure out the 250ml of Guinness (drinking the rest) and pour into a large, wide saucepan.

Slice the butter into pieces, tip into the saucepan and place on a low heat on the hob.
Stir the butter and Guinness around until completely melted.

Separately, weight out the sugar and cocoa powder before whisking into the saucepan.

In another bowl, whisk together the sour cream, vanilla extract and eggs, then combine with the contents of the saucepan.

Lastly, add the flour and bicarbonate of soda to the batter, whisking to combine it fully.
Once thick, luscious and chocolaty, pour into the cake tin and bake for around 45minutes to 1 hour.

Leave to cool completely in the cake tin then slowly prise it free from the spring board base.
Set onto your serving plate and then get about mixing the icing.
(All you do here is beat together the cream cheese, icing sugar and Baileys until thick and spreadable. Slide into the fridge for a few minutes if needed.)

Smother the top with the cream cheese icing to resemble the frothy white head of a Guinness pint.

If you fancy a little bit of green decoration, just mix a tiny bit of food colouring with sugar until it crystallises, then sprinkle on top.

And there you have it! Such a simple cake but one with a rather different baking method.
It's utterly delicious, addictive and I have to say one of my absolute favourites. (And I'm not just saying that because of the Irish link!)

So 'Happy Saint Patrick's Day' everyone! Get your shamrocks out, pour a pint of Guinness or two and even if you aren't Irish, pretend you are.
It's all part of the spirit of it!


  1. I've actually never had Guinness cake before, but I've been dying to try it as it looks so so good!
    Perfect for St Patrick's Day!

    {Teffy's Perks} X

  2. Oooh sounds like you have a brilliant evening lined up, I love the cake idea, especially the green, very fancy!! Happy St Patrick's Dayxx

  3. Cake looks so moist.. I really have to try it :)

  4. Being part Irish (or of Irish heritage) I can totally justify making this cake! I hate guinness but the chocolatey squidgeyness has me all gooey inside!

    Katie <3

  5. Oh dear lord - this looks devilishly sinful...
    Baileys in/on/around a cake, I'm so there sister!!!
    x x x
    {The Lobster & Me}


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