Friday 9 April 2010

Chocolate Guinness Cake

Chocolate Guinness Cake

I had meant to make a Guinness cake for St Patrick's Day but I did not have sour cream in the fridge then. Planned abandoned but I really would love to try one so I made a Chocolate Guinness Cake over the weekend. I googled and found this recipe, yes yes it's Nigella Lawson's. I have some reservation with her recipes as some of them doesn't work as well as I would love them to. Anyway, I did more snooping here and there and found this recipe seems to be safe. I know SC Khoo would be jumping up and down on his seat now heh :p

This is a relatively simple cake to make, no need mixer at all! Loved the Guinness smell that drifted out from the oven during baking! However there is only a verly slight hint of the bitter stout in the cake, I guess it's safe for kids... BoiBoi had 2 pieces and so far still sober :p heh. The texture of this cake is extremely moist and the colour is almost black, perfect with the cream cheese icing which looked like the creamy froth of a perfect pint.

Chocolate Guinness Cake - sliced

Chocolate Guinness Cake
Adapted from Nigella Lawson's

For the cake:
250ml Guinness stout
250g unsalted butter, sliced (I've used 225g)
75g cocoa
400g caster sugar (reduced to 350g)
140ml sour cream
2 eggs
1 tablespoon real vanilla extract
275g plain flour
2 1/2teaspoons bicarbonate of soda/baking soda

For the icing:
300g Philadelphia cream cheese (I've used a 250g block which is more than enough)
150g icing sugar (adjusted to 100g)
125ml double or whipping cream


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

2. Pour the Guinness into a large wide saucepan, add the butter and heat until the butter’s melted. Remove from heat and whisk in the cocoa and sugar. Beat the sour cream with the eggs and vanilla and then pour into the mixture in the saucepan and finally whisk in the flour and baking soda.

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.

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. I sprinkled in cocoa powder all over for a bit of colour.


  1. Gosh, perfect dessert for someone who love the good stuff. Will make this on saturday.

  2. You are starting boi-boi on Guiness so early! Haha...

  3. wah! beer and chocolate. Superb! I think my hubby will like this too.

  4. i bookmarked this recipe for ages.... will bake soon since you have okayed it, hehe! do you think i can reduce the sugar further? my family do not have a sweet tooth.

  5. have fun SC Khoo

    J kekeke better start young than let him experiment himself

    Daphne, make him happy then!

    Celine, you don't need to reduce further as the cake itself is slightly bitter. you may want to adjust the sugar in your cream cheese topping though but i find them of the right balance.

  6. start early with the alcochol.. build resistant for the future :D

  7. Wow! I want to eat this right now! Thanks for the recipe.

  8. YUUUUUMMMMMMMMMY!!!! i've been meaning to try this recipe for the longest longest time! inspired now. which of your nigella recipes didnt work ah? i find her recipes almost fail proof.

  9. Most excellent creation!!!!! Chocolate and stout make a great combo. I wonder if some brown sugar will make a difference. Must try baking one already!!! Thanks for the recipe, babe_kl!

  10. Beer and chocolate...I would love to try that. If it is really good, maybe there should be beer chocolate in the retail store. I have only seen liquor (brandy etc) chocolate but not Guinness stout :p

  11. looks fantastic. making me hungry

  12. Hehh... never tried Guiness Stout in cakes! It looks very moist & yummy!

  13. LCOM, yes it is!

    tummy rumble, LOL yes :D

    you're welcome Snowcone Hubby. thanks for coming by

    FBB, quite a number leh :(

    KY :D

    Hairyberry, try and let me know

    hmm ya hor Tigerfish but there's Guinness Marmite!

    C&C, taste fantastic too

    PG, yes indeed, very nice. you shld try making it

  14. Hungry just looking at that cake la. I feel like dusting my oven now. :-D

  15. Starting boi-boi off early eh? Hahahah :)

  16. Thanks for bringing some for us to try. Now I wanna try to make some of em black velvet too! :)

  17. hihihi, nice meeting you at Karl's the other day ^^

    love ur choco guinness cake. it's special andddd, yummmmmm :)

  18. LL, its worth all the dusting!!!

    *cough cough* unka leong

    loved the newly crowned name munkey!

    nice meeting you aiwei!

  19. Hi! I was just wondering, if i were making cupcake size, how long should I bake them? And should I be using the same temperature as well?

    I tried it. It's super delicious even though I reckon i baked them abit too long, 30 minutes-cupcake size..

    They still went in a blink of an eye at the party!

    Thank for this awesome recipe!

  20. Charlene, I've mentioned them here

    20 mins for big souffle cup, 15 mins for smaller one. so depending on your cupcake size, you adjust from there.


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