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Chocolate Guinness cake

Published: February 25, 2021 at 10:14 am
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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
    • + Cooling
  • Easy
  • Serves 10

Ever matched Guinness with chocolate? This pairing, originally made famous by Nigella Lawson, makes for a wickedly rich, dark sponge. Top with swirls of creamy chocolate icing


Bake this chocolate Guinness cake, then check out our black velvet cake, Guinness brownies, chocolate fudge cake and chocolate drip cake.


  • 250ml Guinness
  • 175g salted butter, cubed, plus extra for the tin
  • 75g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp vanilla bean paste
  • 3 large eggs
  • 100g soured cream
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 75g soft dark brown sugar
  • 300g plain flour
  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soba
  • 40g cocoa powder


  • 300ml double cream
  • 50g soft dark brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder


  • STEP 1

    Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Butter a deep 23cm loose-bottomed cake tin and line with baking paper.

  • STEP 2

    Put the Guinness, butter, chocolate and vanilla in a medium pan over a low heat, stirring until combined and smooth. Remove from the heat and leave to cool for 5 minutes.

  • STEP 3

    When the mixture is slightly cooled, whisk in the eggs, followed by the soured cream, until smooth. Mix together the sugars, flour, bicarb and cocoa powder in a large bowl. Gradually pour the wet ingredients into the dry, whisking continuously, until you have a smooth batter.

  • STEP 4

    Pour the batter into the tin and bake for 1 hour-1 hour 15 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Leave to cool completely in the tin.

  • STEP 5

    To make the icing, put the cream, sugar and cocoa powder in a large bowl and whisk to soft peaks. Remove the cake from the tin, put on a serving plate, and dollop the icing on top, spreading it with the back of a spoon to cover the surface.

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