Chocolate Guinness Cake decorated with golden eggs for Easter.
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Chocolate Guinness Cake

A rich moist chocolate cake flavoured with Guinness. It's dark in colour but light in texture. Makes a good alternative Easter cake, though delicious at any time.
Course: Afternoon Tea, Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keyword: birthday cake, dark chocolate, ganache, Guinness, layer cake
Servings: 10 large slices
Author: Choclette @ Tin and Thyme

Ingredients

Chocolate Guinness Cake

  • 8 oz unsalted butter - softened
  • 12 oz soft brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs (I used duck eggs)
  • 6 oz wholemeal spelt flour
  • 4 oz white spelt flour
  • 2 oz cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 4 oz dark chocolate (85%)
  • 12 fl oz Guinness

Boozy butter Ganache

  • 5 oz dark chocolate (70%)
  • 5 oz unsalted butter
  • glug of Guinness

Instructions

Chocolate Guinness Cake

  • Set the oven to 180℃ (350℉, Gas 4).
  • Cream the butter and sugar well until it's light and fluffy. You can do this by hand or with a hand-held or stand mixer. I do it by hand.
  • Beat in the eggs, one by one. If the mixture looks as though it's going to curdle, add a little of the flour.
  • Sieve in half of the dry ingredients and stir until just incorporated.
  • Gently melt the chocolate in a bowl suspended over a pan of hot, but not boiling water. Leave to cool a little, then stir in to the cake batter.
  • Stir in the Guinness alternately with the remainder of the sieved dry ingredients until everything is just mixed.
  • Divide the mixture between two 2 23cm round silicone cake pans or lined tins and bake for about 50 mins. An inserted skewer shoudl come out clean (ish).

Boozy Butter Ganache

  • Whilst the cakes are cooling, melt the chocolate in the same way as before using the same bowl.
  • Stir in the butter, then add a good glug of Guinness and stir fast. When the mixture is thick enough use half to sandwich the two cakes together and half to ice the cake. Decorate as desired. I used little gold wrapped chocolate Easter eggs.