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Chocolate Guinness Cake

by Naima Sanowar

in Food & Drinks

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My lovely cousin Kirstin who has her own food blog  http://cookbookamonth.wordpress.com/  gave me this fabulous recipe for Chocolate Guinness Cake. She found the recipe from Nigella Lawson. I just love everything about Nigella, she seems like a sensual , Martha Stewart. At the time of receiving this recipe, I became quite obsessed with making this cake, to the point of Kirstin telling me ever so nicely ” would you like me to send you some more recipes to try?” .  A year has passed and last night we were invited to an International dinner by friends of ours’s Emily and Sean Robinson. I gleefully offered to bake and bring a Chocolate Guinness Cake. My dear mummy friend Tara came over to spend some time with us and was my co-hort. She prepared the cream cheese frosting. The Epicurean Man also got involved by frosting the cake for me.  At the international dinner, my Chocolate Guinness cake was a rave and everyone exclaimed how moist and yummy it tasted. Below is the recipe from Nigella Lawson, the exact one I use and my photographs of my cake. Bon appetite.

Chocolate Guinness Cake

Yield: One 9-inch cake (12 servings)

For the cake:

Butter for pan
1 cup Guinness stout
10 tablespoons (1 stick plus 2 tablespoons) unsalted butter
3/8 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 cups superfine sugar (I have used regular granulated sugar with no ill effects)
3/8 cup sour cream
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

For the topping:

1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup heavy cream

For the cake:Heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-inch springform pan and line with parchment paper. In a large saucepan, combine Guinness and butter. Place over medium-low heat until butter melts, then remove from heat. Add cocoa and superfine sugar, and whisk to blend.

In a small bowl, combine sour cream, eggs and vanilla; mix well. Add to Guinness mixture. Add flour and baking soda, and whisk again until smooth. Pour into buttered pan, and bake until risen and firm, 45 minutes to one hour. Place pan on a wire rack and cool completely in pan.

For the topping: Using a food processor or by hand, mix confectioners’ sugar to break up lumps. Add cream cheese and blend until smooth. Add heavy cream, and mix until smooth and spreadable.

Remove cake from pan and place on a platter or cake stand. Ice top of cake only, so that it resembles a frothy pint of Guinness.

A bottle of Guinness

All that is needed to make a fabulous guinness cakeWhisking the guinness, butter and super fine sugar

Whisking the guinness, butter and super fine sugar

Ready for the oven

what is needed to make cream cheese frosting

1st time making home-made frosting yum

The Epicurean Man gets involved in frosting the cake

Chocolate Guinness Cake

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Kirstin Mckee September 5, 2010 at 4:28 PM

Love this Naima! I love the pic of Joe icing the cake! Fab! Nigella has a new book out, if you’re interested…. :-)

Naima Sanowar September 5, 2010 at 4:48 PM

Thanks to you Cuz, for introducing me to this recipe. I am buying her new book this week. I still make dishes from the only book of Nigella I have . My hubby says thanks, he is beaming at the compliment.


Petal September 6, 2010 at 8:06 AM

Naima, I am going to attempt this- sans frosting (as the Old Spice man would say, Im an a DIET)- its looks great

Gayle September 6, 2010 at 12:36 PM

Good stuff! looks good… there is a chocolate guinness cupcake that I want to try maybe I’ll use this recipe instead. Good that the hubbie joined in :)

Marsha D. Dillon September 10, 2010 at 4:07 PM

Well Naima there you go again another yummy dessert. I’m going to make this yummy cake for my brunch this weekend. Please keep it coming you are my mentor. My husband is just like joe he loves to be in the kitchen.

Naima Sanowar September 10, 2010 at 11:40 PM

Hi Marsha,

Thanks so much for the kind words, but I am so not a cook or a baker by any means. I had decided to give it a good try this past year, what keeps me motivated are exciting recipes. this particular one Chocolate Guinness Cake was given to me by my cousin Kirstin, she also contributes for the Blog. Marsha, your hubby is an epicurean I see. It is a fun thing to do, cook together, we turn it into a date night sometimes, or a family time with Karate Boy. Do let me know how the Guinness cake turns out for you.


Saeeda S Rodger October 8, 2010 at 1:59 PM

Latoya just made this again and said it is a must!

Naima Sanowar October 8, 2010 at 2:59 PM

This is how it was passed along the cousins.. Kirstin sent me the recipe, I made it for Latoya, then she makes it… now it is your turn Saeeds.. make sure to comment on how it turned out.. yummy cake indeed

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