Admittedly this is an odd choice for someone who doesn’t like chocolate or Guinness but I had to make something for St Patrick’s Day and didn’t fancy soda bread. However, this cake took me completely by surprise, it’s hands down, one of the best cakes I have ever made. It’s rich without being at all sickly, and chocolatey without being too sweet. Anyway, before I knew it I’d stuffed three big wedges into my face like a greedy little hamster. Classy. Then I washed my hair with it. Double classy.
That actually wasn’t a joke, Guinness makes an excellent hair mask. Simply wash your hair as normal and then massage half a can of Guinness into the roots. Leave for 3 minutes and rinse for a glossy Black Beauty mane… Or you could just drink it, whatever.
Chocolate Guinness Cake
Serves 12 / Takes 1 hour 30 minutes
80g cocoa powder
400g caster sugar
250g unsalted butter
2 large eggs
1tsp vanilla extract
280g plain flour
2tsp bicarbonate of soda
Pinch of salt
150g cream cheese
250g icing sugar
100ml double cream
1. Set oven to 180oC (160oC fan) and line a 9-inch round tin with baking paper and grease the sides with butter.
2. Pop the Guinness and butter on a low heat in a large saucepan until melted. Then take off the heat and whisk in the sugar and cocoa powder.
3. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, vanilla and the buttermilk together and whisk into the warm mixture.
4. Measure out the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt, and sieve into the mixture. Whisk until fully combined.
5. Pour the mixture, into your tin and bake for 45 minutes. Leave to cool fully in the tin.
6. Turn the cake upside-down ready for icing. To make the icing, whisk the cream cheese in a separate bowl until smooth. Sieve in the icing sugar and whisk until fully combined. Finally, add the double cream and whisk again until thick and spreadable. (I tend to use an electric whisk for this bit, because I’m lazy.)
7. Spread on top of the cake and devour with your mates… Or by yourself. No judgement.
If you’ve had a go at making my cake or any of my other recipes I’d love to hear about it. @corrieheale firstname.lastname@example.org