Chocolate Guinness Cake – British Recipes to take Stateside!

This is the first post in a series all about the British recipes I will be taking with me when I emigrate to America!  I can hardly take a whole fish and chip shop with me, and lets face it, it just wouldn’t be the same unless it’s wrapped in paper and you’re sitting on a sea wall!  But there are some English dishes I can replicate once I’m there!  It’s going to be a learning curve for me, I like to think I’m pretty good at making cakes, but I’m going to learn how to cook English meals from scratch too!  But first up, I’ll stick to what I know – Chocolate Guinness Cake!  (Yes I’m aware Guinness isn’t technically British!!!)  Originally a Nigella Lawson recipe which I’ve tweaked slightly to suit my tastes.  Mainly more beer and a little less sugar!

Why it’s Special

My Dad has been a Guinness fan for as long as I can remember, and when my other half came over on a visit from America, Dad introduced him to it too!  We even all took a trip over to Dublin, Ireland to visit St James’ Gate Brewery where Guinness is made!  I stumbled across the recipe, made several versions of it, changing the ingredient levels each time until I was perfectly happy with it!  It definitely has a slight taste of Guinness but not too over powering, obviously heating up the beer kills the alcohol content (chocolate and beer definitely works well together!).  The best part is how moist the cake is!  As it’s quite a wet mixture, it doesn’t go stale and dry so quick, even after a few days it’ll still taste the same!  We even turned the recipe into cupcakes to make up part of my wedding cake it’s THAT good! (See picture above – by Stephanie Humphries Photography)

Ingredients

(Makes a good sized 7 inch cake)

170ml (2/3 cup) – Guinness (bottle or can, both work fine)

170g (3/4 cup) – Butter

50g (1/2 cup) – Cocoa Powder

260g (1 & 1/3 cups) – Caster Sugar

95g (1/3 cup) – Sour Cream

1 and half – Eggs

1 Tablespoon – Vanilla Essence

185g (1 & 1/2 cups) – Plain Flour

1 and 3/4 Teaspoons – Bicarbonate of Soda

TOPPING – anything white to match a pint of Guinness! Melted white chocolate, cream cheese, normal frosting…any of those 3 work well!

METHOD

  1. Pre heat oven to 180c
  2. Pour Guinness into a saucepan, add the Butter and stir until melted
  3. Whisk in Cocoa Powder and Sugar until dissolved
  4. In a separate bowl, beat the Sour Cream together with the Egg and Vanilla Essence
  5. Add the beer mixture and stir until combined
  6. Whisk in the Flour and Bicarbonate of Soda
  7. Pour into a lined and greased tin and bake for 45-60 minutes (and enjoy the left over beer Guinness)!
  8. Once cooled, decorate however you wish!

I have attempted to transfer the UK measurements into cups for my USA readers!  I used a tool I found online so please forgive me if it doesn’t quite match up!

Nice and simple!  Do you think it’s something you’d like to try and make?

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