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    Chocolate Guinness Cake

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    1 hr 5 mins

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    45 mins

    Sass Smith's Note:

    This is a dark, moist cake that keeps beautifully. It doesn't taste exactly of chocolate or Guinness, but a lovely deep flavor somewhere between the two. I can see the addition of some ginger doing very nicely in this. It comes together in a flash on the stovetop. From Nigella Lawson by way of Kim O'Donnell of the Washington Post.

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    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 350°F.
    2. 2
      Butter a 9-inch springform pan and line bottom with parchment paper.
    3. 3
      Pour Guinness into a large saucepan, add butter and heat until melted.
    4. 4
      Whisk in cocoa powder and sugar.
    5. 5
      In a small bowl, beat sour cream with eggs and vanilla and then pour into brown, buttery, beery mixture and finally whisk in flour and baking soda.
    6. 6
      Pour cake batter into greased and line pan and bake for 45 minutes to an hour (Check at 45 minutes for doneness, poking a skewer in center).
    7. 7
      Leave to cool completely in the pan on a cooling rack, as it is quite a damp cake.
    8. 8
      When cake is cold, gently peel off parchment paper and transfer to a platter or cake stand.
    9. 9
    10. 10
      Place cream cheese and confectioners' sugar in a mixing bowl, and whip with an electric beater, until smooth (You may also do this with a food processor).
    11. 11
      Add cream and beat again until you have a spreadable consistency.
    12. 12
      Ice top of cake, starting at middle and fanning out, so that it resembles the frothy top of the famous pint.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on August 29, 2010


      I have been making this cake for years, it is always my husbands birthday cake. The only problem I have is that it always sinks a bit in the middle-my remedy is to whip the icing up nice and firm, pile it one can tell there's a dip in the middle.

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    • on November 09, 2009


      The cake is lovely, but I found the icing came out very runny and simply would not stiffen. I highly recommend the cake part, maybe use a different icing recipe

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    • on April 07, 2009


      I made this cake from Nigella's Feast cookbook and it has got to be the easiest and best cake I have ever made. With the topping, it looks like a pint of Guinness. You must try it!

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    Nutritional Facts for Chocolate Guinness Cake

    Serving Size: 1 (370 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 12

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 550.8
    Calories from Fat 181
    Total Fat 20.2 g
    Saturated Fat 12.3 g
    Cholesterol 91.9 mg
    Sodium 352.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 72.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.3 g
    Sugars 44.2 g
    Protein 7.5 g

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