I used a slab cake tin and shaped the cake into a tulip glass shape, stacked two layers together and stuck together with chocolate ganache. I used sugarpaste to cover it, just kept some out from colouring the rest black for the all important head. I simply traced the letters and the Harp and cut out of the cream sugarpaste with a scalpel. Looks much more complicated than it really was!
This cake is GORGEOUS. I'm not even a big chocolate cake fan, but this is really delicious. I baked in two 20cm sandwich tins and had just a bit of cake mixture leftover, with which I made two muffins. I baked for just under 40 mins and they were perfect. I layered the two cakes, putting some cherry preserves in between the layers. I then made a guinness chocolate icing to put on top by combining 1 tbsp melted butter, 60ml guinness, 1 heaping tsp cocoa powder and then icing sugar until I achieved my desired consistency. Looks and tastes gorgeous. So easy to make too - I just melted and beat everything all together in the pot - less washing up! highly recommended. - 19 Feb 2010