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Guinness Cake

About a year ago, I tasted a chocolate cake made with Guinness.  It was delicious and I’ve been wanting to have a go at making one ever since.  I found a recipe for Chocolate Stout Cake in Green & Black’s, and had a go at making it for Easter Tea.  It didn’t go quite according to plan, as there was too much mixture to fit into my biggest cake pan, so I made it into a sandwich cake instead.  I then had to think of some sort of filling and topping to use at rather short notice and with no shops open!

  • Creamed 8oz unsalted butter with 12oz soft brown sugar for ages.
  • Weighed 10oz flour (6oz wholemeal spelt and 4oz white spelt), 2oz cocoa, 1/2 tsp baking powder and 2 tsp bicarb of soda.
  • Beat in 4 duck eggs alternately with some of the sieved flour mixture
  • Stirred in 4oz melted dark chocolate (85%)
  • Stirred in 12fl oz Guinness alternately with the remainder of the sieved flour.
  • Baked this in 2 23cm round cake pans at 180C in a preheated oven for about 50 mins.
  • Whilst cakes cooling, melted 4oz dark chocolate (70%)
  • Stirred in 4oz butter
  • Added a good sloosh of Guinness and stirred fast.
  • When thick enough used this to sandwich the two cakes together and to ice the cake.
  • Decorated with little gold wrapped Easter eggs

It was a great cake – light in texture, dark in colour, moist and rich tasting.  The icing worked well too, although a bit more would have been better.  
Next time, I shall make a smaller quantity so I can bake it as one cake and use a white chocolate topping to imitate the frothy Guinness top.

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