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.
FOR THE CAKE
250g unsalted butter
400g caster sugar
1 x 142ml pot sour cream
1 tablespoon real vanilla extract
275g plain flour
2 1/2teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
FOR THE TOPPING
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 ...