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Chocolate Guinness Cake 

March 10

If you are a fan of decadent treats, this Chocolate Guinness Cake is the dessert for you! The dense and fudgy sponge has an intense malty flavour which comes from the addition of the stout and is topped with a creamy, white chocolate, cream cheese frosting which some say helps the finished cake resemble a pint of Guinness!

  • serves Serves 10
  • time 90 mins


  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/ Gas Mark 4, grease a 23cm/ 9 inch cake tin with a removable base and line with a disc of parchment paper. Melt the butter in a saucepan and then whisk in the cocoa powder and Guinness. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  2. 2. In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, baking soda and sugar. Make a well with the back of a spoon and pour in the melted butter mixture along with the eggs, sour cream and vanilla extract. Pour into the prepared cake tin and place in the oven for 1 hour or until a skewer inserted comes out completely clean. When the cake is baking, make the cream cheese frosting.
  3. 3. To make the frosting, melt the chocolate in a bowl placed on top of a saucepan filled with a little water boiling over a low heat. Remove from the heat to cool for about 10 minutes. Place the butter and cream cheese in a bowl and beat until fluffy and combined. Mix through the melted white chocolate and then gradually sift and beat in the icing sugar until you have a smooth, spreadable mixture. To assemble the cake, place it on a cake stand and spread with frosting.

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For the sponge:

10oz butter plus extra for greasing

5 fl oz / 3/4 cup Guinness

9oz plain flour

2 tsp baking soda

3.5oz cocoa powder

13oz caster sugar

3 large free-range eggs

1 tbsp vanilla extract

5 fl oz / 3/4 cup sour cream

For the frosting:

7oz good-quality white chocolate

4.5oz butter, at room temperature

8oz cream cheese

8oz icing sugar, sifted

For the sponge:

300g butter plus extra for greasing

150ml Guinness

250g plain flour

2 tsp baking soda

100g cocoa powder

375g caster sugar

3 large free-range eggs

1 tbsp vanilla extract

150ml sour cream

For the frosting:

200g good-quality white chocolate

125g butter, at room temperature

225g cream cheese

225g icing sugar, sifted


You'll Need

23cm/9 inch cake tin

Parchment paper

Large mixing bowl

Medium mixing bowl x 2

Small saucepan x 2