I first tried this cake several months ago – my sister made it, and knowing my love for both chocolate and cake gave me a slice. It was the nicest homemade chocolate cake I’ve ever had in my life, hands down!
So I quickly went onto Nigella Lawson’s website to find the recipe and I’ve had it bookmarked for the last while, until I finally got the courage to attempt to make it myself last week. This cake does contain Guinness, but he bitterness of it is balanced out by the sugar in it. To be honest, I didn’t even taste the Guinness in my one. It’s quite a damp cake, but in my opinion it’s definitely worth a try at least once! The ingredients are as follows:
For the cake:
- 250 ml Guinness (I used a can as it was easier to find)
- 275 g plain flour
- 75 g cocoa powder (I used Cadbury’s Bournville)
- 250 g unsalted butter
- 2 large eggs
- 400 g caster sugar
- 2.5 tsp of baking soda/bicarbonate of soda
- 142 ml sour cream
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
For the frosting:
- 150 g icing sugar
- 300 g cream cheese
- 125 ml double/whipping cream
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract (optional)
- Preheat oven to 180°C/350ºF and butter and line a 9 inch springform tin (or cheesecake tin as I tend to call them).
- Pour Guinness into a large saucepan and add the butter in slices. Heat over medium heat until the butter is melted and whisk in the sugar and cocoa powder.
- Beat the sour cream with the eggs and vanilla and pour into the buttery Guinness mixture, and then whisk in the flour and baking soda.
- Pour the cake batter into the tin and bake for 45 – 60 mins. When it’s out of the oven, leave it to cool completely in the tin, because it’s a damp cake and can fall apart easily.
- When the cake is cooled, whip the cream cheese and vanilla extract until it’s smooth, sieve in the icing sugar and beat them together. Add the cream and beat until it reaches desire consistency.
- Spread the frosting on top of the cake, making it look like the frothy top of a pint of Guinness.
This was without a doubt the best and most successful cake I’ve ever baked. You could easily get about 18 slices out of it, which is why my mam gave slices of cake to half of my family, who reported back that the cake was absolutely delicious, to my delight! It’s a bit of a challenge to make but it’s so worth it. I felt a sense of accomplishment when I finished it and it turned out great, and it’s really nice to know that other people liked it too! It’s definitely one I’ll be making again soon. If any of you try out the recipe, good luck and let me know how it goes!