When it comes to the secret ingredient for the perfectly moist chocolate cake, look to our fabulously fun friends in Ireland. To be sure! To celebrate St Patrick’s Day (always 17th March) here is a gorgeous Guinness Chocolate Cake recipe. Once iced, this cute cake closely resembles a pint of Guinness with a frothy top. Cheers!

To make Guinness Chocolate Cake, you will need:

For the cake

1 cup Guinness

250g butter

75g cocoa

400g caster sugar

150ml sour cream

2 large eggs

1 Tablespoon vanilla essence

275g plain flour

2½ teaspoons baking soda

For the Guinness Chocolate Cake icing:

300g cream cheese

150g icing sugar

125 ml cream for whipping


How to make Guinness Chocolate Cake:

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C

2. Butter and line a 23cm springform tin

3. Pour the Guinness into a wide pot, add the butter, and heat until the butter is melted

4. Then add the cocoa and sugar, whisking it into the Guinness mixture

5. Beat the sour cream with the eggs and vanilla in a separate bowl, then pour into the pan with the Guinness mixture

6. Whisk in the flour and baking soda

7. Pour the batter into the greased and lined tin and bake for 45 min – 1hour. Leave to cool completely in the tin on a wire rack

8. Once the cake is completely cool, sit it on a flat plate and make the icing

9. Lightly whip the cream cheese until smooth. Sift in the icing sugar then beat them both together

10. Add the cream and beat again until it makes a spreadable consistency

11. Ice the top of the black cake so that it resembles the creamy, frothy head of a pint of Guinness

12. Eat and enjoy with a cold glass of the ‘Black Stuff’!

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