Chocolate cherry beer cake

    1 hour 20 min

    A unique combination of flavours - this chocolate cake is studded with cherries and made with beer for a special something that everyone will be trying to put their finger on. The type of beer you choose will affect the flavour - Guinness® or stout will produce a fuller, more distinct flavour than compared to a light lager, for instance. Enjoy!

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    Serves: 24 

    • 375g plain flour
    • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 150g butter
    • 400g caster sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 60g cooking chocolate, melted
    • 250ml beer
    • 175g buttermilk
    • 60ml cherry juice
    • 250g cherries, stones removed and halved
    • 120g chopped walnuts
    • 150g butter
    • 1 egg
    • 110g cooking chocolate, melted
    • 500g icing sugar, sifted
    • 3 tablespoons milk

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:50min  ›  Ready in:1hr20min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease and flour a 20x30cm cake tin, or two 23cm round tins. Sift flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Set aside.
    2. In a large bowl, cream 150g butter and caster sugar until light and fluffy. Add 2 eggs and melted chocolate. Add flour mixture alternately with beer, buttermilk and cherry juice. Mix until smooth, then fold in cherries and chopped nuts. Pour cake mixture into prepared tin.
    3. Bake at 180 C / Gas 4 for 45 to 60 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of cake comes out clean.
    4. To make icing: in a large bowl, combine 150g butter, 1 egg, 110g melted chocolate, icing sugar and milk. Beat until smooth. Spread on top of cooled cake.

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    This cake is stunning. we used a stout but could see using others. the icing is a treat. Make this cake!  -  14 Jun 2012


    made this tasted scrummy .will deffo make it again  -  14 Sep 2015


    For some reason, in 3 attempts, I couldn't get the cake to bake. Initially I thought the cherries were too ripe and plump but even using maraschino cherries I had the same problem, I have no idea what I might be doing wrong but the middle of my cake is always like a soft fudge. HELP!  -  25 Sep 2014

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