A Piece of Cake

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Guinness Cake with White Chocolate Icing

Nigella's Guinness Cake
White Chocolate Icing from Delicious Magazine


for the cake

  • 250 ml guinness
  • 250 grams unsalted butter
  • 75 grams cocoa powder
  • 400 grams caster sugar
  • 142 ml sour cream
  • large eggs
  • tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 275 grams plain flour
  • 2 ½ teaspoons bicarbonate of soda

for the topping

  • 200g tub cream cheese
  • 75g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp soured cream
  • 125g white chocolate, melted


  1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 4/180°C/350ºF, and butter and line a 23cm / 9 inch springform tin.
  2. Pour the Guinness into a large wide saucepan, add the butter - in spoons or slices - and heat until the butter's melted, at which time you should whisk in the cocoa and sugar. Beat the sour cream with the eggs and vanilla and then pour into the brown, buttery, beery pan and finally whisk in the flour and bicarb.
  3. Pour the cake batter into the greased and lined tin and bake for 45 minutes to an hour. Leave to cool completely in the tin on a cooling rack, as it is quite a damp cake.
  4. When the cake's cold, sit it on a flat platter or cake stand and get on with the icing. For the icing, beat the cream cheese, icing sugar and vanilla extract together until smooth, then mix in the soured cream and melted chocolate. 
  5. Ice the top of the black cake so that it resembles the frothy top of the famous pint.

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unifiedspace said:  Yes! I made it this morning as M&D are coming for lunch. I've just had a sneaky piece off the edge and I loved the slightly chewy crust and the silky sweet syrup (house smells nice too) and the spiced fruit salad really cuts through so I rate this very highly and will make again - good Autumnal colours too! Thank you for telling me about it :)

1 comment :

  1. I didn't make the Spiced Polenta...cake but my 10 year old daughter did, by herself. Despite the seemingly long list of ingredients, she said that it was the easiest cake she had ever made. And I have to say probably the most delicious.
    Soaked in the sticky sweet syrup and served with the yoghurt but no fruit salad (I forgot to buy extra oranges), this cake was not only moist and incredibly tasty, but the orange spicy aroma from the sauce was so tempting and strangely comforting! My daughter said it reminded her of Christmas time.
    Next time I will remember the fruit salad but I can definitely say that on this occasion, the fruit was not missed!



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