Chocolate Guinness Cake

March 12, 2011

The sad news: I will miss St. Patty’s day this year. The awesome news: BECAUSE WE ARE GOING TO VEGAS! The sad news is not sad after all, now is it??

I am so excited. Will and I went to Vegas last year and had a blast, but this year will be even more fun because 8 of our good friends will be joining us! Sequined shirts have been purchased. Gold lame skirts have been purchased. Friends from near and far are coming. I have been practicing walking long distances in my high heels and I have stocked up on sunscreen. I am ready.

But the only thing I might have missed would have been baking a cake I have been dying to make for the last 6 months. Namely, Nigella Lawson’s Chocolate Guinness Cake. Pretty cool idea, huh? Fortunately, my friend Bryce, who is a serious lover of beer, had a birthday on Friday. Chocolate Guinness Cake seemed a fitting tribute to a day in his honor.

It was delicious. The cake itself is just slightly sweet, and tangy and rich from the Guinness. I highly recommend accompanying a slice with a glass of stout. The two bring out each other’s flavors in ways I’ve only experienced in a carefully selected wine pairing.

In other news, Will and I went on our first hike since the fall. It was a cloudy day, and only about 40 degrees but it was still nice.

We’ll be going on them often now that it’s almost to be spring. But not for a little while. Because Vegas is on the horizon!

To read more about last year’s Vegas Vacation, click here for Part I and Part II.

CHOCOLATE GUINNESS CAKE (adapted only slightly from Nigella Lawson’s Chocolate Guinness Cake)

Cake Ingredients

1 cup Guinness
1 stick plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into slices (for easy melting)
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 cups confectioner’s sugar
3/4 cup sour cream
2 eggs
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients:

8 oz Philadelphia cream cheese
1 1/3 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream


Preheat over to 350 F. Butter and line a 9 inch springform pan.

Heat a large and wide saucepan over medium low heat. Add the Guinness and and the butter to the pan. After the butter melts, add the cocoa and sugar and blend with a whisk. Whisk sour cream, eggs, and vanilla together, then add to the pan with the beer mixture. Whisk in the flour and baking soda and turn off the heat.

Pour the cake batter into the pan and bake for 45 minutes to an hour (my cake took 47 minutes). Leave to cool completely in the pan on a cooling rack (it is a wet cake, and will fall apart if removed from the pan when still hot).

After the cake cools, place onto a serving platter. Whip the cream cheese until just smooth and fluffy (about one minute). Sift confectioner’s sugar over the cream cheese, then beat them together. Add the cream and beat it again until you’ve achieved the desired consistency, (spreadable, but still can stand on its own).

Ice just the top of the cake so it will look like the froth on top of a nice pint of Guinness.


3 Responses to “Chocolate Guinness Cake”

  1. Patti Howe Says:

    Hi EB,

    I’m drooling for a slice! xo

  2. auntie xoxoox Says:

    hi my niece,,this cake sounds DEEELISH!! any chance of having it at the wedding 🙂 🙂 🙂
    when i was MUCH younger, i used to make a HARVEY WALBANGER cake using GALLIANO!!! oh, those were the days xoxoxoxoxo

  3. katecooks Says:

    i’m not really a big guinness fan, but i’d definitely give that a try! hope you had fun in VEGAS!!! can’t wait to see your recap 🙂

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