Mackeson chocolate cake

    45 min

    I've had this recipe for years and it's become a firm favourite in our village cafe, making a really dark, chocolatey, moist cake. I suppose you could use Guinness instead, but I have a fond loyalty to the less popular stout!

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    Serves: 6 

    • 175g plain flour
    • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 50g cocoa powder
    • 275g dark brown soft sugar
    • 110g margarine
    • 2 eggs
    • 200ml Mackeson stout
    • For the icing and filling
    • 50g plain chocolate
    • 110g icing sugar, sieved
    • 50g butter
    • 2 tablespoons Mackeson stout
    • 40g chopped walnuts

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
    2. Sift flour, baking powder, bicarb and cocoa together.
    3. Cream sugar and margarine until light, beat in eggs, then alternatively, fold in flour and 200ml Mackeson stout.
    4. Divide between two base lined and greased 7" sandwich tins.
    5. Bake for about 30 minutes until just springy.
    6. For the icing, melt the chocolate, then beat in the sifted icing sugar, butter and Mackeson. Use about 3/4 to sandwich the cake and the rest to ice the top and finish off with chopped walnuts.

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     -  15 Nov 2010