13 December 2011

{Recipe} Chocolate Guinness Cake

I have found this scrumptious recipe via the Mother of all domestic Goddesses herself, the beautiful Nigella.
The incredible photos are by Basilico & Pinoli.

This cake ticks all the requirements for a regular resident at the Pepper household of recipes: it has the chocolate {check!} which I live for, and Guinness {check!} which Mr. Pepper will very much appreciate too! I believe there is enough sweetness and sugar to cut all the bitterness of the Guinness although still giving it a little welcome ‘tang’ to satisfy grown-up taste buds.  Originally Nigella adds an icing to the cake, which will make it more true to its Guinness visual nature, although on this one {and according to the photos} we will only add a sprinkle of cocoa and shavings of chocolate – so it’ll be more true to its chocolaty nature!

Makes about 12 slices
You will need:

250ml Guinness
250g unsalted butter
75g cocoa
400g caster sugar
1 x 142ml pot sour cream
2 eggs
1 tablespoon real vanilla extract
275g plain flour
2 ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

one:: preheat the oven to gas mark 4/180ÂșC. Butter and line a 23cm springform tin.
two:: pour the Guinness into a large wide saucepan, add the butter and heat until the butter has melted. Whisk in the cocoa and sugar.
three:: beat the sour cream with the eggs and vanilla and pour into the {brown, buttery, beery – Nigella’s words, of course!} pan and finally whisk in the flour and bicarbonate of soda.
four:: pour the cake batter into the greased and lined tin and bake for 45mins to an hour. Leave to cool completely in the tin on a cooling rack, as it is quite a damp cake.
five::when it’s cold, sit it on a flat platter or cake stand. Sprinkle with cocoa and add chocolate shavings for presentation.



  1. This cake sounds yummy - thanks for posting the recipe.

  2. You're welcome! It's a real treat for us come the Holidays x


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