Sunday, 16 March 2014

St. Patrick's Day Chocolate Guinness Cake

I meant to make this cake for a chocolate challenge last month over at Belleau Kitchen but I didn't get anywhere near the deadline, then I meant to make it for a couple of  virtual birthdays but no, it didn't happen, so here it is in time for St. Patrick's Day - how appropriate.

This was selected from Books for Cooks No. 8 but is actually a Nigella cake from her book Feast, that  has a nice photo of what this cake should look like a dark black looking cake with a white frothy top of cream cheese icing, just like a pint of Guinness. Its a very easy cake to put together…. and it will serve 12 - a feast indeed.


For the Cake
250ml Guinness
250g butter
400g caster sugar
75g cocoa
140ml sour cream
2 eggs
1 tablespoons natural vanilla extract
275g plain flour
2 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate soda

For the topping
200g cream cheese
80ml double cream
100g icing sugar

What to do…

Heat the oven to 180C (160 fan forced).
Butter a 24cm (9 1/2in) springform cake tin and line the base with baking paper
Put Guinness with the butter into a pot large enough to hold all the ingredients and warm over a low heat until the butter has melted.
Take the pan from the heat and stir in caster sugar and sift in the cocoa.
Let cool slightly.
In a bowl beat the sour cream, eggs and vanilla together.
Pour this cream mixture into the pot, sift over the flour and soda and beat well until smooth with no trace of flour.
Pour into the buttered and lined cake tin and bake for about 1 hour  - until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean and the side of the cake have shrunk slightly away from the tin.
Take from the oven and cool completely in the cake tin before turning out.

To make the topping - do this by hand as electric mixer may curdle the cheese.
Beat the cream cheese until soft and creamy
Gently mix in the cream.
Sift over the icing sugar and fold in until completely smooth.
Spread the frosting onto the completely cooled cake swirling so that it look like the creamy froth of a pint of Guinness.

Oh My this is just sooooooo good! Dark, rich, chocolatey, but not heavy or dry.

This keeps well and can be baked up to two days ahead.
Cool completely before storing at room temperature in an airtight container.



  1. Yum - delicious chocolate cake. Paddy's Day is as good an excuse as any for several helpings.

    1. Only problem is its not good for the waistline.

  2. Mmm ... that looks so rich I think I might cut it into 16 slices rather than 12. I can tell from the top photo it has a perfect texture! And that's one frosting I would not scrape off--no artificial coloring or anything yucky.

    1. Rich yes... sickly no.. but could easily be cut into 16. I could have eaten the frosting straight from the bowl!

  3. One of my favourite cakes, and not just for St Patrick's either. One of my friends bakes it for coffee mornings, we descend on it like the proverbial locusts!

    1. And I know the reason why too - its delicious. Thanks Jude.

  4. That's a lovely dark, rich and moist looking cake. Very yummy and so good for St Pat's day. I love how it has a full can of guiness! xx

  5. This is such a classic and perfect for a St Patricks celebrations!

  6. Anything by Nigella is delicious! This looks wonderfully rich with the Guinness and cream cheese frosting! Hope you enjoyed it!

    1. Nigella is one of my favourites she is all about taste regardless of calories and this one was certain full on for the waistline - we couldn't stop eating it.

  7. Oh man...totally salivating. Looks divine!

    1. If you have a family function coming up (or a big family) this just has to be one of the cakes on the list. This is now my favourite.

  8. ooh that looks like a wicked chocolate cake...moist chocolate cake...heaven...