Thursday, 28 February 2013

Chocolate Guinness Cake... oh my!

I did mention here that I was just waiting for the opportunity to make the Chocolate & Guinness Cake from The Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days book and I am very pleased to say that I made it last weekend. We had been invited to some friends' for Sunday lunch and I took this cake (with red velvet cupcakes for the kids... this is a decidedly grown up cake!)

Melting the butter into the guinness was an odd moment - again, I used margarine and I was worried it wouldn't work - it just looks a bit wrong! But, as soon as I added the next lot of ingredients - as you can see - it all came together and the lovely, glossy, desired batter materialised.

As far as the baking goes, my cake came out with a ginormous crack in it and the cake was a little bit dense toward the bottom - as though it was so moist yet huge, that the cake couldn't withstand its own weight and squashed a little. The cream cheese frosting disguised the crack with no problem and the texture didn't affect the eating at all - it was delicious. I was happy to serve this up to our friends and they were happy to eat it! It seemed positive all round.

I will definitely make this again - it was so rich, and moist, and just downright decadent!
The best part of all was that it was SO big that we left a quarter of it with our friends and dropped the other two quarters round to two different friends' houses on the way home. This prompted a facebook discussion on the subject of this cake and I have now promised to make it for a few more friends. I topped mine with a dusting of cocoa powder and some dark chocolate chunks.


  1. I made the same cake from Nigella's Feast. I can't stop thinking about it!I'm thinking of making a mini one soon. The only problem in our house is we don't like guiness on its own, so the rest of the bottle goes to waste!

    1. In that case, make several, cool completely, wrap well in parchment & clingfilm and freeze! No chance of wasting guinness in this house... not with my husband around! x