By: Nigella Lawson, from "Feast: Food to Celebrate Life"
(POSTED: March 23, 2011)
Chocolate Guinness Cake
In honor of St. Patrick's Day, here is a nice way to enjoy your Guinness!
This cake couldn't be easier to make - it's a single layer with a crown of fluffy frosting, and you toss it all together on the stove top. The results are always delicious, moist but not overly dense, with that distinct complex undertone of stout flavor.
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Butter for pan:
- 1 cup Guinness stout
- 10 tablespoons (1 stick plus 2 tablespoons) unsalted butter
- 3/8 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 2 cups sugar
- 3/8 cup sour cream
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 1/4 cups icing sugar
- 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
For the cake: . Butter a 9-inch spring form pan and line with parchment paper. In a large saucepan combine Guinness and butter. Place over medium-low heat until butter melts, then remove from heat. Add cocoa and superfine sugar; whisk to blend.
In a small bowl, combine sour cream, eggs and vanilla; mix well. Add to Guinness mixture. Add flour and baking soda, and whisk again until smooth. Pour into buttered pan, and bake until risen and firm, 45 minutes to one hour. Place pan on a wire rack and cool completely in pan.
For the topping: Using a food processor or by hand, mix icing sugar to break up lumps. Add cream cheese and blend until smooth. Add heavy cream, and mix until smooth and spreadable. Remove cake from pan and place on a platter or cake stand. Ice top of cake only, so that it resembles a frothy pint of Guinness.
*Yield: One 9-inch cake (12 servings)