About this recipe:There are people who claim that a glass of Guinness® tastes like chocolate - that's why the combination of Guinness® and chocolate works so well. This cake is only for absolute chocolate fans!
100g dark chocolate, broken into pieces
400g caster sugar
115ml soured cream or creme fraiche
2 eggs, medium
275g plain flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
For the chocolate glaze
125 g dark chocolate, broken into pieces
115g cream cheese, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
500-550g icing sugar, sifted
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Method Prep:20min › Cook:45min › Ready in:1hr5min
For the cake: Heat Guinesss®, butter, chocolate and sugar in a cast iron pan or double boiler over low heat until the chocolate has melted.
Allow to cool (but not so much that the chocolate sets).
Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
Mix the eggs and soured cream into the chocolate mixture. Mix the flour and bicarb and fold into the batter. Stir well to avoid forming lumps.
Grease 2 round cake tins and dust with flour. Pour half of batter into each cake tin and bake in the preheated oven for about 35-50 minutes (depending on the size of the cake tin). Allow cakes to cool.
For the glaze, melt the butter and chocolate with Guinness® in a double boiler and leave to cool. Mix the cream cheese, vanilla and cocoa together in a large bowl. Mix in 100g of the icing sugar, then add the chocolate mixture. Slowly add more icing sugar until the desired thickness is achieved.
Spread the topping over one of the cake halves and sit the other one on top. Pour the covering over the whole cake.
This cake went down a treat! I found with the glaze it was tricky when melting the butter, guinness and chocolate all at the same time to make it smooth, but perhaps adding the guinness to the mix after the chocolate and butter is melted might work better. I got great responses from fans of guinness and not-fans alike. My dad is addicted to the icing. - 01 Apr 2012
Super yummy - I used less icing sugar in the frosting, I thought it was sweet enough with about 350 g. And I didn't bother sifting it - don't think that's necessary. It has a banana taste for some reason We had it with vanilla ice cream and it was a bit hit. - 18 Mar 2012