Chocolate Guinness Cake

Recently someone on Facebook asked for a UK based recipe for a Guinness and Chocolate cake (i.e. using grams instead of US cups). So I dug through my recipes and found this one. Once made, it is supposed to look like a pint of Guinness. I must add, I haven’t tried this recipe yet so I would love to hear from anyone who tries it.

Ingredients for the Cake:

  • 200ml Guinness
  • 170g plain flour
  • 2 medium eggs, beaten
  • 300g dark soft brown sugar
  • 60g cocoa powder
  • 115g margarine
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp. bicarbonate of soda.

To Make the cake:

  1. Heat oven to 180C
  2. Grease two 8″ round baking tins.
  3. Mix the butter and sugar together in a bowl and gradually add in the beaten eggs.
  4. In a 2nd bowl, sift the flower, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda.
  5. Put the cocoa into a 3rd bowl and stir in the Guinness.
  6. Fold a 3rd of the cocoa mixture into the butter/sugar followed by an equal amount of flour mixture. Repeat until completely mixed.
  7. Spread mixture into the 2 tins and bake for 30-35 minutes.

Once the cake has cooled, you will need to make the icing:

Ingredients for the icing:

  • 2 tbsp Guinness
  • 115g sifted icing sugar
  • 115g dark chocolate
  • 60g butter
  • Optionally – 1 pack ready made white icing (or you could make your own).

To make the icing:

  1. Melt chocolate in a bowl (use the microwave or heat over a boiling pan of water) then mix in Guinness.
  2. Beat in the butter, leave to cool for 5 minutes.
  3. Beat in the icing sugar.
  4. Before the icing cools, use some of it as the filling for the cake and use the rest to coat the top and sides.
  5. Optionally – cover the top with white icing to make it look like a pint of Guinness.

And you are done!

If you do make it, please send me some photos and I’ll post the best (and worst!) on here.

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