Thursday, November 27, 2008

Chocolate Guinness Cake

I baked this cake for a friend of ours for his birthday that was on the Monday that just passed. Everyone that had a piece really enjoyed it and said that it was out of this world. I always get similar comments whenever I bake this cake and I am always pressured into baking it, especially by my wife who is "addicted" to anything chocolate. I sometimes wonder if she loves chocolate more than she does me.

I was reluctant to post this receipe here because unfortunately it does not belong to me. I wish it did because it raised my status in baking and cooking from average to epicness, if there is such a word. But truth be told, the receipe belongs to the fantastically delicious Nigella Lawson. I found this receipe inher book Feast: Food that celebrates life. I highly recommend you go out and purchase this book.

The photo below is proof of what was left after the birthday party. If I had a second piece, this post would not be here right now.

For the Cake

  1. 250ml Guinness Beer
  2. 250g unsalted butter
  3. 75g cocoa
  4. 400g caster sugar
  5. 142ml sour cream
  6. 275g plain flour
  7. 2 eggs
  8. 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  9. 2.5 tsp bicarbonate of soda

For the Topping

  1. 300g cream cheese
  2. 150g icing sugar
  3. 125ml double or whipping cream

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celcius and butter and line a 23cm springform tin. pour the Guinness into a large saucepan and add butter in slices and heat until the butter is melted, at which time you should whisk in the cocoa and sugar.

Beat the sour cream with the eggs and vanilla and then pour into the saucepan with that contains the beer and butter mixture. Finally beat in the flour and the bicarb.

Pour the batter mixture into the springform tin and bake for about 45 minutes. When done remove from oven and place on a rack to cool. When totally cooled off, whip together the icing sugar, cream cheese and cream in a bowl. When it reaches a nice thick consistancy, pour the mixture onto the cake and spread it out until it resembles a pint of Guinness.


olive tree girl said...

So finally, your famous Guinness cake! You know, I never had the chance to taste it, but its fame has reached my ears… I’m not so good at cooking but I will give it a try! The photo is really convincing!! said...

Holey mole I may need to go Guinness Chocolate Cake Anonymous!

Angry Asian said...

thank you for posting this recipe. *this* is what i'll be making for my cousin's 30th bday!

Megan said...

wow, this sounds like a great cake. that frosting looks wonderful!

Heather said...

yum! this looks delicious! i've never heard of a guiness chocolate cake... but i must have it!!

Jesse said...

I made this exact cake last month and it was fantastic! It also kept and stayed fresh for a very long time. Yummy.

Marinos said...

This must be the ultimate cake recipe EVER.... Having just returned from Dublin I think I will cut down on the Guiness but this baby is heaven on earth!