Saturday, 16 May 2009

*Chocolate Guinness Cake ~ Yummy!*

Last week it was my lovely husband's birthday. I always make a birthday cake & this year I plumped for Nigella's Chocolate Guiness Cake.



250ml Guinness
250g unsalted butter
75g cocoa
400g caster sugar
1 x 142ml pot sour cream
2 eggs
1 tablespoon real vanilla extract
275g plain flour
2 1/2teaspoons bicarbonate of soda

300g Philadelphia cream cheese
150g icing sugar
125ml double or whipping cream
Serving Size : Makes about 12 slices ~ unless your really greedy like us!


1.Preheat the oven to gas mark 4/180°C, and butter and line a 23cm springform tin.

2.Pour the Guinness into a large wide saucepan, add the 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 then pour into the brown, buttery, beery pan and finally whisk in the flour and bicarb.

3.Pour the cake batter into the greased and lined tin and bake for 45 minutes to an hour. Leave to cool completely in the tin on a cooling rack, as it is quite a damp cake.

4.When the cake’s cold, sit it on a flat platter or cake stand and get on with the icing. Lightly whip the cream cheese until smooth, sieve over the icing sugar and then beat them both together. Or do this in a processor, putting the un-sieved icing sugar in first and blitz to remove lumps before adding the cheese.

5.Add the cream and beat again until it makes a spreadable consistency. Ice the top of the black cake so that it resembles the frothy top of the famous pint.

Now I was slightly sceptical about making it as I really don't like Guinness but it sounded like a 'mans cake' and so for a birthday boy thought it was ideal.

It was really easy to make and I must say it was a really delicious cake. We started with a piece for breakfast of course, as it is our birthday tradition!
James decided it was his favourite cake ever, even over the Green & Blacks delicious mousse cake! Which is just amazing!!!

The icing on the Chocolate Guinness cake is delicious cream cheese frosting and it is soooooo scrummy with this wonderfully rich yet light cake & it really does look like a pint of Guiness, doesn't it?

We were really sad when this cake was all gone, it really is that lovely but I will certainly be making this yummy scrummy cake again!
I will certainly recommend it to everyone & don't worry there isn't a slight taste of Guinness in the cake at all really it just adds to the wonderful richness, so go on & try it, it is certainly worth it ...


  1. Hope your hubby had a great birthday, Alison! :o) I've made this cake of Nigella's many's always a big hit. We like Guinness, so had no qualms adding it to a cake--LOL! Happy weekend ((HUGS))

  2. That looks wonderful! Happy Birthday to him!

  3. Ooh that looks delicious. Thats a Nigella recipe I have never tried before so think it will be on my list of recipes 'to do'. Happy Birthday to Mr Amethyst! X

  4. I really like the way your cupboard looks. White is so chic and so simple. Great job with the cake :)! Cheers!

  5. Birthday Wishes for your hubby.
    What a very yummy looking cake....but with that does sound interesting. i have not spotted this cake in her book, I think I have all her books!? I am sure it is a big hit with the men.
    Carol x
    ps your dresser looks lovely.

  6. Mmm that looks yummy! I've not tried that one but I think I've got the book with it in. We always add a bottle of Guinness to our Christmas pud :)

    Thanks for following me on twitter by the way.

    Mel xxx

  7. Happy Birthday to your hubby.Thanks for the recipe looks and sounds wonderful!
    Rachel x

  8. Hi! I cant thank you enough for posting this recipe! Years ago a work colleague made it and wouldn't share the recipe!! Off to Morrisons first thing to make this! Thanks
    BH x

  9. I have made this too and it is GORGEOUS! I once used something else (think it was Mackeson) but it wasn't as nice.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Ruth x

  10. I've seen this cake in the Nigella books and have toyed with whether to make it... now you've given it such a rave review I'll have to!

    Victoria xx

  11. wow that cake looks amazing.,. my hubby would love that . think i'll have a go!!!

    have to say i love your dresser to.. what colour is that painted in.. if you dont mind me askin!!!

  12. This is Mr Thrifty's fave cake, I make it every year for his birthday.
    Yours looks utterly gorgeous!

  13. This sounds intriguing. I have heard of this cake, but never tried it. I will save the recipe for a special occasion.

    It sounds like you and Mr V.A. had a great time eating it ~ it does look like a pint of Guinness!!

    Marie x

  14. sounds delicious - bet Mr VA was a happy chappy! Love your all white dresser with the colourful bunting, very striking and def shows off the cake a treat - realyl does look like a Guiness x

  15. How funny, I made the same cake for the cafe last week-isn't it beautiful?! I first baked it during Cheltenham Race Week earlier on this year, to welcome the Irish race goers, and it was a massive hit!(although to be fair, more with the locals than the Irish)
    Happy Belated Birthday wishes to James x


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