Sunday, 17 February 2013

Sunday Sweets #18 Chocolate Guinness Cake

I've been meaning to bake this cake for ages, I have heard how amazing it is and thought it would be perfect for a chocolate loving Gray.  I decided to finally bake it as a Valentines treat hence it being heart shaped.  The heart pan isn't deep enough to cook it in one layer as Nigella does so I filled the layers with milk chocolate ganache and also added a layer of this to the top of the cake before icing to give it an even chocolater kick!  I have to say this is also the best cream cheese icing I have tried.  I usually make it using butter, cream cheese and icing sugar, this recipe excludes the butter and adds cream instead and I must say it is perfect.

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

For the topping
300g cream cheese 
150g icing sugar 
125ml double cream

Heat oven to 180C / Fan 160C / Gas 4.

Butter and line a 23cm springform tin.

Pour the Guinness into a large wide saucepan, add the butter and heat until the butter's melted, at which time you should whisk in the cocoa and sugar.

Beat the sour cream with the eggs and vanilla then pour into the brown, buttery, beery pan and finally whisk in the flour and bicarb.

Pour the cake batter into the greased and lined tin and bake for 45 minutes to an hour. Leave to cool completely in the tin on a cooling rack, as it is quite a damp cake.

When the cake's cold, sit it on a flat platter or cake stand and get on with the icing.

Lightly whip the cream cheese until smooth, sieve over the icing sugar and then beat them both together.

Add the cream and beat again until it makes a spreadable consistency. Ice the top of the black cake so that it resembles the frothy top of the famous pint.

Gray loved it! I had a little taste and have to admit it is a beautiful cake.  Rich and chocolatey without being sickly and I love the cream cheese frosting with it, the perfect combination.  I've also got a new go to cream cheese frosting, yum!



  1. Wow, this looks amazing! Guinness + cake - my two favourite things :) Pinned - must try this.

    Lj x

  2. This looks so good! I've pinned it to so I can try making it later :)


  3. Oh wow this looks good. My boyfriend would go nuts for this if he saw it. Must try and remember to file it away in my headbox for use in the future.

  4. I would have never thought to put guinness in a cake, it makes it so dark, ace!

    louisejoyb x

  5. Oh my goodness that looks utterly amazing! x

  6. This is one of my fave cakes - easy to make and delicious. I make it for Grandma now and again, she's a Guinness fiend!


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