A frosted chocolate cake with tea on the side

Chocolate Guinness cake

  • serves 10
  • Easy

Ever matched Guinness with chocolate? This pairing, originally made famous by Nigella Lawson, makes for a wickedly rich, dark sponge. Top with swirls of creamy chocolate icing

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Ingredients

  • Guinness 250ml
  • salted butter 175g, cubed, plus extra for the tin
  • dark chocolate 75g, roughly chopped
  • vanilla bean paste 1 tbsp
  • eggs 3 large
  • soured cream 100g
  • caster sugar 200g
  • soft dark brown sugar 75g
  • plain flour 300g
  • bicarbonate of soba 2 tsp
  • cocoa powder 40g

ICING

  • double cream 300ml
  • soft dark brown sugar 50g
  • cocoa powder 3 tbsp

Method

  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Butter a deep 23cm loose-bottomed cake tin and line with baking paper.

  • Step 2

    Put the Guinness, butter, chocolate and vanilla in a medium pan over a low heat, stirring until combined and smooth. Remove from the heat and leave to cool for 5 minutes.

  • Step 3

    When the mixture is slightly cooled, whisk in the eggs, followed by the soured cream, until smooth. Mix together the sugars, flour, bicarb and cocoa powder in a large bowl. Gradually pour the wet ingredients into the dry, whisking continuously, until you have a smooth batter.

  • Step 4

    Pour the batter into the tin and bake for 1 hour-1 hour 15 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Leave to cool completely in the tin.

  • Step 5

    To make the icing, put the cream, sugar and cocoa powder in a large bowl and whisk to soft peaks. Remove the cake from the tin, put on a serving plate, and dollop the icing on top, spreading it with the back of a spoon to cover the surface.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 648
  • Fat 39.5g
  • Saturates 23.8g
  • Carbs 61.2g
  • Sugars 36.4g
  • Fibre 3.4g
  • Protein 9g
  • Salt 1g
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