Irish Porter (Guinness) Cake

READY IN: 2hrs 20mins
Recipe by sevenpenguins

Rich Guinness Cake with whiskey infused fruit - from a recipe from my Grandmother who was chef in large house in Ireland in 1930's.

Top Review by minipoppop

My wife has just made this cake but it was heavy after cooking-more like bread pudding-but quite tasty.I make my own bread but do not make cakes. With my limited knowledge it occurs to me that there seems to be a lot of liquid in this recipe. My three and a quarter cup of flour and one and a quarter cup of water provide the perfect bread mix and I notice even a small amount more water has a dramatic affect.
Could this be the reason for the "disaster"?

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Put mixed dried fruit in a bowl with couple of teaspoons of Whiskey (more if you are inclined!) Allow to soak overnight. Fruit will absorb the whiskey.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 or Gas Mark 5.
  3. Sieve flour. Combine flour, sugar, butter and spice. Crumble it with your fingers but not as fine as you would for pastry. Add fruit to dry mixture.
  4. Beat eggs with fork and add them to mixture. When you have mixed add the Guinness/Stout and mix well with a wooden spoon.
  5. Line 8 and half inch cake tin with greaseproof or parchment paper (use ready liners if available) and put mixture in tin. Put on middle shelf and cook for 2 hours. Enjoy the aroma in the house.
  6. Enjoy with a cup of tea or glass of Guinness!

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