St Patrick’s Day is the ideal excuse to celebrate all things Irish, and sipping a pint of the black stuff is a tried and tested way to do just that.
But Guinness isn’t just for drinking – it’s actually the essential ingredient for the most delicious chocolate cake.
Here’s how to make a delicious chocolate Guinness cake for St Paddy’s day, courtesy of Dr Oetker.
Prep time: 30 minutes plus cooling
Cooking time: 1 hour
Ingredients (for a cake to serve 8):
125 g (4½ oz) lightly salted butter
125 ml (4½ fl.oz) Guinness
115 g (4oz) self raising flour
(50 g/2oz) cocoa powder
2.5 ml (1/2 tsp) bicarbonate of soda
125 g (4½ oz) caster sugar
50 g (2oz) dark chocolate, cut into small pieces
75 ml (3fl.oz) whole milk
1 medium egg, beaten
5 ml (1 tsp) vanilla extract
25 g (1oz) lightly salted butter, softened
25 g (1oz) white vegetable fat, softened
2.5 ml (1/2 tsp) vanilla extract
100 g (3 ½ oz) icing sugar
- Preheat the oven to 180˚C (160˚C fan oven, 350˚F, Gas Mark 4). Grease and line a deep 15cm (6inch) round cake tin. Put the butter and Guinness in a saucepan and heat very gently, without boiling, until melted. Remove from the heat and cool for 10 minutes.
- Sieve the flour, cocoa powder and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl. Stir in the sugar and chocolate pieces. Make a well in the centre.
- Mix the egg, milk and vanilla extract together and pour into the dry ingredients along with the Guinness mixture. Mix together well to form a smooth, thick batter.
- Pour into the prepared tin and bake in the oven for about 55 minutes until risen and just firm to the touch – a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake should come out clean. Cool for 10 minutes then turn on to a wire rack to cool completely.
- To decorate, beat the butter and white vegetable fat together until smooth, creamy and glossy. Beat in the vanilla extract. Gradually sift and beat in the icing sugar to make a spreadable, creamy icing.
- Spread the icing thickly on top of the cake; smooth the edge by drawing a palette knife round the top to make the icing in-line with the side of the cake, like the head on a pint of Guinness. Serve and enjoy!
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