Monday, 13 April 2009

Guinness Cake


About a year ago, I tasted a chocolate cake made with Guinness.  It was delicious and I've been wanting to have a go at making one ever since.  I found a recipe for Chocolate Stout Cake in Green & Black's, and had a go at making it for Easter Tea.  It didn't go quite according to plan, as there was too much mixture to fit into my biggest cake pan, so I made it into a sandwich cake instead.  I then had to think of some sort of filling and topping to use at rather short notice and with no shops open!
  • Creamed 8oz unsalted butter with 12oz soft brown sugar for ages.
  • Weighed 10oz flour (6oz wholemeal spelt and 4oz white spelt), 2oz cocoa, 1/2 tsp baking powder and 2 tsp bicarb of soda.
  • Beat in 4 duck eggs alternately with some of the sieved flour mixture
  • Stirred in 4oz melted dark chocolate (85%)
  • Stirred in 12fl oz Guinness alternately with the remainder of the sieved flour.
  • Baked this in 2 23cm round cake pans at 180C in a preheated oven for about 50 mins.
  • Whilst cakes cooling, melted 4oz dark chocolate (70%)
  • Stirred in 4oz butter
  • Added a good sloosh of Guinness and stirred fast.
  • When thick enough used this to sandwich the two cakes together and to ice the cake.
  • Decorated with little gold wrapped Easter eggs

It was a great cake - light in texture, dark in colour, moist and rich tasting.  The icing worked well too, although a bit more would have been better.  

Next time, I shall make a smaller quantity so I can bake it as one cake and use a white chocolate topping to imitate the frothy Guinness top.

7 comments:

  1. That sounds totally delicious - I will send the recipe to my cousin as her husband adores Guinness and chocolate, so a great combination! Would hens' eggs do instead of duck eggs, how many would I need? Not sure where to get duck eggs! Love the Easter table, I did one too, with spring flowers from garden and a cream tea with hot cross buns, lovely to celebrate it!

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  2. It was a good one. I use duck eggs for baking when I can get them as I've always been told they are especially good for cakes. I don't actually know how much difference they really make, but the yolks are bigger than hens eggs, so maybe it just makes the cakes richer. Anyway, don't worry if you can't get hold of duck eggs (although any farm shop worth it's salt should stock them) just substitute large hens eggs. Your Easter cream tea and buns sound good - did you make the scones and buns?

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  3. I made the scones, always a bit hit and miss but if you cut them deep and keep the mixture quite moist, then they appear to work, although keep an eye on them as our gas oven tends to go for burn if left unattended. I didn't make the buns, bought those from a local baker, will give that a go next year, dough isn't my strong point, I made a disastrous pizza base a few weeks ago and could knock someone unconscious with the naans I also tried! Heading to Sussex this weekend, will take the recipe for Guinness cake and look out for those duck eggs!

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  4. Sounds good! I like Guinness too.

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  5. Sounds delicious!

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  6. I think the dark colour of the cake with a 'frothy' white chocolate topping is a good idea.

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  7. Great recipe for the start of the footie season for the men to tuck into whilst watching the match!

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