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A Fudgey and scrumptious chocolate Guinness cake – a pleasant sponge with chocolate and Guinness, with a cream cheese frosting and extra. 

One of many requests I’ve had again and again lately is chocolate muffins made in a different way… whether or not that’s with courgette, mayonnaise, or anything… there are such a lot of methods to make them. Nevertheless, because it’s St Patricks day subsequent week, I assumed I’d give the chocolate Guinness cake a go! 

While you add ‘random’ components to a sponge, it might create probably the most fantastic texture. Mayonnaise cake works as mayonnaise is actually simply eggs and oil, so components you usually discover in a cake anyway! Courgette can carry a degree of moisture… Guinness brings all of it. It creates a scrumptious sponge that I like. 

I’ll admit that I’m not the most important fan of consuming Guinness, however in cake?! oh my days – an absolute winner. However simply as a fast one, when you don’t like Guinness or need one thing that isn’t alcoholic, change the Guinness with full-fat Coca Cola. 

While you consider this cake, you mainly want to think about my chocolate fudge cake, with a few adjustments. My fudge cake makes use of components reminiscent of melted chocolate, buttermilk, and so forth, however this cake doesn’t want that. It’s not fairly a normal chocolate cake both, however it’s within the center! 

The combination includes of a butter (I normally use a baking unfold within the sponge, however not for the frosting!), the Guinness itself, cocoa powder, gentle brown gentle sugar, entire milk (by no means use lower than entire milk!), eggs, plain flour and bicarb. This may increasingly all sound a little bit of a jumble, however TRUST ME, it really works. 

As I usually do as of late, I exploit gentle brown gentle sugar in my chocolate muffins as a result of I like the flavour that it makes. You need to use caster sugar if you’d like, or if it’s what you’ve gotten although – and even darkish brown gentle sugar for a fair deeper flavour. The Guinness does carry a flavour itself although, so make sure that to keep in mind that. 

I all the time use the identical cocoa powder when baking as a result of its 100% powder and it’s scrumptious – however any work actually! Typically sizzling chocolate powder ought to be averted because it doesn’t behave the identical, and sometimes has sugar added in so tastes completely different. I try to all the time be constant as of late with my eggs, so I all the time use medium. If it is advisable to use massive, use two! 

Now one bit which will confuse you probably the most, is the plain flour and the bicarbonate of soda. This isn’t the identical as utilizing self elevating flour – because the bicarbonate is there for a purpose. Baking powder and bicarbonate of soda are completely different components, and can’t merely be switched – so make sure that to make use of the plain flour. 

The combination is kind of runny as soon as made, however belief me, it’s meant to be. Break up the combination evenly between two lined tins, and bake till lovely. Be sure that to chill the muffins totally earlier than going wherever close to the ornament as in any other case the frosting will soften off nearly right away! And no-one desires that. 

I made a decision to make use of a cream cheese frosting for this recipe as it will praise the cake so nicely, and make a change to a standard chocolate buttercream frosting. If you’re not sure on cream cheese frosting, please don’t be scared – I’ve a again to fundamentals submit on my cream cheese frosting right here which explains it utterly that can assist you out! 

The little sprint of vanilla within the frosting is so complimentary of the cake, and a few chocolate shavings on high simply end the cake off completely. Clearly, when you love Guinness, have a glass on the aspect… or simply devour a slice of the cake like I do! Take pleasure in!! 


  • 175 g unsalted butter
  • 150 ml Guinness
  • 50 g cocoa powder
  • 250 g gentle brown gentle sugar
  • 125 ml entire milk
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 250 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda


  • 150 g unsalted buter (room temp)
  • 150 g icing sugar
  • 300 g full-fat gentle cream cheese
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Chocolate shavings


  • Preheat the oven to 160ºc/140ºfan and line two 20cm/8″ spherical tins.

  • In a pan, add the butter, and warmth till melted.

  • Take the pan off the warmth, and pour within the Guinness, cocoa powder, sugar, milk and eggs.

  • Whisk the combination collectively till easy.

  • Add the plain flour, and bicarbonate of soda, and blend briefly till easy.

  • Break up the combination evenly between the 2 tins, and bake within the oven for 40-45 minutes, or till baked via.

  • As soon as baked, go away to chill full within the tins.


  • Beat the room temp unsalted butter on it is personal in a bowl for a couple of minutes to loosen it.

  • Add within the icing sugar, and beat once more – I beat this for about 5 minutes, to make it actually easy.

  • Be sure that the cream cheese does not have any extra water – I discover it greatest so as to add it to a bowl first simply to verify.

  • Add within the cream cheese, and vanilla and beat. At first, it might look a little bit bizarre, however simply carry on beating till it’s easy, and creamy.

  • Unfold half of the frosting onto the primary layer of the cake, then add the second layer of cake.

  • Add on the remainder of the frosting, then sprinkle over some grated chocolate and luxuriate in!

  • This cake will final for 3+ days within the fridge (it should be stored within the fridge as a result of cream cheese frosting).
  • If you wish to go alcohol free, use full-fat Coca Cola 
  • You should use full-fat components on this bake for greatest outcomes. 


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