Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 45 mins

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.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Butter a 9-inch springform pan and line bottom with parchment paper.
  3. Pour Guinness into a large saucepan, add butter and heat until melted.
  4. Whisk in cocoa powder and sugar.
  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. 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. Leave to cool completely in the pan on a cooling rack, as it is quite a damp cake.
  8. When cake is cold, gently peel off parchment paper and transfer to a platter or cake stand.
  9. Icing.
  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. Add cream and beat again until you have a spreadable consistency.
  12. Ice top of cake, starting at middle and fanning out, so that it resembles the frothy top of the famous pint.
Most Helpful

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.

jackieliz August 29, 2010

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

Jillsybean November 09, 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!

Chef Fiona26 April 07, 2009