Prep 35 mins
Cook 50 mins
Beer - it's not just for drinking any more!
- 4 ounces unsalted butter
- 10 ounces dark brown sugar
- 2 medium eggs, beaten
- 6 ounces plain flour
- 1⁄4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 7 fluid ounces Guinness stout (or other Irish stout)
- 2 ounces cocoa powder
- 4 ounces chocolate
- 2 tablespoons Guinness stout
- 2 ounces butter
- 4 ounces icing sugar, sifted
- 1 ounce walnuts, finely chopped
- To make the cake-----------.
- Grease and line two 8-inch cake pans, and preheat the oven to 350F degrees.
- Cream butter and sugar together.
- Gradually beat in the eggs.
- Sift the flour, baking powder and baking soda into a separate bowl.
- Stir Guinness into cocoa.
- Carefully fold in alternate quantities of flour and cocoa to butter/sugar mixture.
- Spread mixture into pans and bake for 30-35 minutes.
- Leave to cool in pans for 5 minutes before turning out.
- To make the icing---------.
- Melt chocolate with Guinness, and then beat in butter and leave to cool a little before beating in icing sugar.
- Remove ¼ of icing and stir in chopped walnuts.
- When icing has cooled to a spreadable consistency, sandwich cake with walnut icing and use rest for top and sides.
- Decorate with walnut halves and grated chocolate.
I had some trouble with the icing as well. Took Sharlene's advice and used some cream to get the right consistency. Overall, the cake turned out nicely. I had some mixed reviews... my guy friends loved it and my girlfriends thought it was too bitter.
My husband is a fan of dark chocolate and absolutely raved about this cake. I had to get out the scale to make it and I am used to measuring in cups not ounces, but it went together nicely. I never could get the chocolate to reach the right consistency. It seemed to seize up and never melt with the Guinness, so I added a few teaspoons of cream to thin it and it was fine. Overall an excellent cake with a rich taste--what you would expect from an expensive bakery.
easy to make - tasted great!!!! my boyfriend (who loves guinness) was way surprised by the taste - he loved it!!! one note - make sure you use 8-inch pans - not 9 inch like i did!! had to make it twice to get the timing right