Guinness & Chocolate Cake Recipe

Well it is Saint Patrick's day, so I thought I'd try my hand at this sweet, dark, rich beauty.  Guinness, Ireland's famous stout, is not just for pubs. This strong, deep-flavoured beer is a magical ingredient in desserts. Guinness improves the flavours in the chocolate to give it a richer and more concentrated taste.

Guinness is certainly an acquired taste. The stout flavor is shadowed by the quantity of sugar, there is still a gentle lift from "the black stuff" which flutters like a butterfly in the background.  Oh, and the cream cheese icing adds to the presentation effect.  Sláinte!

Preperation Time: 20-30 mins
Cooking Time: 40 mins

For the Guinness Cake                        
250 ml Guinness                                                                                     
250 g unsalted butter                            
75 g cocoa powder                                
400 g caster sugar
140 ml sour cream
2 eggs
1 tbsp vanilla extract
275 g self-raising flour

For the topping
300 g cream cheese
150 g icing sugar
125 ml double cream

Instructions for the cake:
1.Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Lightly grease a 23 cm spring form tin.

2. Pour the Guinness into a large saucepan, add the butter in slices and heat until butter is melted.

3. Whisk in the cocoa powder and caster sugar.

4. Beat the sour cream with the eggs and the vanilla essence. Add to the Guinness, butter mix in the pan.

5. Pour the mix into the greased spring form tin and bake for 40 minutes.

6. Remove cake from oven and leave to cool completely.  In the meantime, you can prepare the icing.

For the topping:
1.Whip the cream cheese until smooth.  Sieve over icing sugar and beat together.

2. Add the double cream and beat again until it forms a smooth spreadable consistency.

3. Spread evenly over top of Guinness chocolate cake.