Have some cake with your Guinness?

March 16, 2008


I will be making corned beef in the slow cooker for St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow. (I will post photos and details later.)

I have never tried to make a Guinness cake, but I am a big fan of Nigella Lawson’s and I am willing to give this a try. I tend to like desserts that are not cloyingly sweet and this might be just the ticket.

Chocolate Guinness Cake
From “Feast” by Nigella Lawson

1 cup Guinness stout (not the whole can)
1 stick unsalted butter (I substituted Earth Balance shortening seamlessly), sliced
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups granulated sugar (superfine, if possible)
¾ cup sour cream (I substituted plain yogurt without a hitch)
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 ½ teaspoons baking soda

8 ounce cream cheese
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
½ cup heavy cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-inch springform pan and line bottom with parchment paper.

Pour Guinness into a large saucepan, add butter and heat until melted. Whisk in cocoa powder and sugar. In a small bowl, beat sour cream with eggs and vanilla and then pour into brown, buttery, beery mixture and finally whisk in flour and baking soda.

Pour cake batter into greased and line pan and bake for 45 minutes to an hour (Check at 45 minutes for doneness, poking a skewer in center.). Leave to cool completely in the pan on a cooling rack, as it is quite a damp cake.

When cake is cold, gently peel off parchment paper and transfer to a platter or cake stand.

Place cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar in a mixing bowl, and whip with an electric beater, until smooth (You may also do this with a food processor.).

Add cream and beat again until you have a spreadable consistency.

Ice top of cake, starting at middle and fanning out, so that it resembles the frothy top of the famous pint.

Yields about 12 slices.


One Response to “Have some cake with your Guinness?”

  1. ray Says:

    Uh, ..and I thought a pint of Guinness can’t be topped.
    Sadly I take my time to cook maybe twice a month.

    Save a piece for me!

    Kind regards.

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