BIG TONI’S ITALIAN KITCHEN

Chocolate Guinness Cake                           April  2018

Everyone adores chocolate, most of us love cake, and lots of people like Guinness, here is a winner for you. Chocolate Guinness Cake.

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I made Irish stew last week and when I think of Irish stew I can’t help but think of Irish pubs, Guinness and this cake.  (The two go together)

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The Chocolate Guinness Cake is great fun, easy to make as well as being delicious. It has a slightly bitter sweet taste, its moist, rich and dark, but it’s snow white top offers a cool sweet creamy contrast which really brings the cake together. A little like when you drink a Guinness through Its creamy white head. 

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The cake is made to resemble a pint of Guinness with its black body and creamy white head.

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For about 12 people

  • 250 millilitres Guinness
  • 250 g unsalted butter
  • 75 g cocoa powder, the best you can get.
  • 400 g caster sugar
  • 142 millilitres sour cream
  • 2 large or three small eggs 
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 
  • 275 g plain flour
  • 2½ teaspoons bicarbonate of soda

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FOR THE TOPPING

  • 300 g cream cheese
  • 150 g icing sugar
  • 125 millilitres double cream 

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How to make it.

Preheat the oven to gas mark 4/180°C 

Butter and line a 23cm / 9 inch spring form tin.

Pour the Guinness into a large saucepan, add the cubed butter and melt, now you should whisk in the cocoa and sugar. 

Beat the sour cream with the eggs and vanilla extract and then pour them into the Guinness pan and then whisk in the flour and bicarbonate of soda.

Pour the cake batter into the greased and lined spring formed tin and bake for 45 to 55 minutes. 

Leave to cool completely in the tin on a cooling rack, as it is a moist cake.

When cold, sit it on a cake stand or plate to ice. 

Whip the cream cheese until smooth, sieve over the icing sugar and beat to combine.

Add the double cream and beat until you have a spreadable consistency

Ice the top of the Guinness cake so that it looks like the famous pint of Guinness with the white head and dark black body. Chill before you serve it.

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