Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I hope you’ll have room for dessert after your corned beef and cabbage. I’ll be having a slice of this delicious cake. Normally I don’t much enjoy the taste of Guinness, but this cake is an exception. It is very easy to make, just a single layer and the ingredients are all mixed together on the stove. The creamy frosting goes on top to resemble a freshly poured pint of Guinness.
Guinness Chocolate Cake
Recipe adapted from Nigella
- 9 ounces Guinness stout
- 2 sticks plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 3/4 cups sugar
- 5 ounces sour cream
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups flour
- 1 3/4 teaspoons baking soda
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare a 9 inch springform pan by greasing the sides generously with butter and lining the bottom with parchment paper.
- Pour the Guinness into a large saucepan over medium heat. Slice the butter into the saucepan and stir until it is completely melted. Turn the heat off. Whisk in the cocoa powder and sugar until it is fully combined.
- In a small bowl, beat the sour cream, eggs and vanilla until smooth. Pour the mixture into the saucepan and stir until well combined.
- Whisk the flour and baking soda into the batter. Stir until there are no lumps. Note: the batter will have bubbles in it, this is okay and will not affect the outcome of the cake.
- Pour the batter into the pan. Bake for 35 minutes. Use a cake tester to check for doneness, the cake may need a few more minutes.
- Remove the cake from the oven and cool inside the pan on a wire rack.
- While the cake is cooling, prepare the frosting. Remove the cake from the pan once it has cooled.
- 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
- 4 ounces heavy whipping cream
- In your mixer bowl, beat the cream cheese until it is smooth and creamy.
- Sift the powdered sugar and add it to the cream cheese. Beat on low until combined.
- Pour the cream into the bowl. You might not need all 4 ounces, depending on how thick or thin you would like your frosting.
- If the frosting is too runny, you can add more powdered sugar.
- Frost the top of the cake.