Monday, 15 August 2011

Chocolate Guinness Cake

This is a belated birthday post for a colleague of mine who celebrated a special birthday recently.  She invited me to a lovely BBQ and I made Nigella's Chocolate Guinness Cake to bring out the Irish in her :) I have made these previously in a cupcake form with the addition of baileys ganache and buttercream but this cake is on a whole other level. It's really moist and soft and absolutely delicious with the cream cheese frosting on top. A definite hit at the party I think! 
I also made a Victoria sponge cake for her actual birthday. It was made very late at night and some of my writing icing tubes had dried hence the rather wobbly writing. I don't think anyone took too much notice as the cake disappeared very quickly. 


For the cake
250ml guinness
250g butter
75 cocoa powder
400g caster sugar
142mls sour cream
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
275g plain flour
2.5 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

For the topping
300g cream cheese
150g icing sugar
125mls double or whipping cream

  • Preheat oven to 180C.
  • Butter and line a 23cm springform tin. 
  • Pour Guinness into a large wide saucepan, add butter - in spoons or slices - 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 and the pour into the brown, buttery, beery pan and finally whisk in the flour and bicarbonate of soda. 
  • Pour the cake batter into the prepared tin and bake for about 45 minutes to an hour.  
  • Leave to cool completely in the tin on a cooling rack as it is quite a damp cake. 
  • To make the topping, 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 it resembles the frothy top of Guinness. 

Recipe for the sponge cake can be found here 


  1. I'd be over the moon to get TWO cakes like those on my birthday - Siobhan is lucky to have a friend like you! That cream cheese frosting has my mouth watering ..

  2. Ooh I love this cake! It is so damp and moist and I love the icing too. And two cake no less-well done!

  3. That Guinness cake is stunning. The frosting looks genius. Nice work!

  4. I love the Guinness Cake- I tried making it for the first time a couple of months ago and was very doubtful about the taste as I dubiously poured a can of Guinness in...but it was a great hit! I'm sure Siobhan was absolutely delighted with her two cakes!

  5. Been meaning to make guiness cake for ages and always wanted to try it!

    I got the cupcake mould in home and bargains, I cant remeber there being any in London when I lived there. I could send you one if there isn't

  6. Just beautiful! Siobhan is a lucky lady indeed!!!
    *kisses* HH

  7. The frosting looks really good, too!

  8. Awe, what a lovely friend you are to make such a stunning cake. I am sure your friend loved it.

  9. I've always wanted to try this cake, looks really good!



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