Celebrate St Patrick’s Day with this indulgent chocolate and Guinness cake recipe by our interior designer at Debenhams, Ashley Thomas… 
A gorgeously sticky, rich and totally delicious cake which reflects the look of a freshly pulled pint of Guinness with it’s dark body and fluffy creamy topping. Give it a go with the recipe below, it will be very popular with friends and family.

Chocolate & Guinness cake blog imageYou’ll need…

For the cake…

250ml Guinness

250g Unsalted Butter (cubed)

75g Cocoa Powder

300g Caster Sugar

100g Soft brown sugar

1 x 142ml sour cream

1 tbs bourbon vanilla extract

2 medium eggs

275g plain flour

2 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

For the topping…

300g Cream cheese

150g icing sugar

125ml whipping cream

To make…

Preheat the oven to 180c

Butter the sides and bottom of a 23cm springform tin then line the base with baking parchment.

Firstly, place the butter and Guinness into a saucepan and melt the butter into the Guinness gently over a low heat until the all butter has melted. Combine the caster, soft brown sugar and cocoa powder into a bowl (no need to sift the cocoa), then whisk these into the Guinness and butter mixture in the pan. While this mixture is cooling, place the sour cream, eggs and vanilla essence into a large bowl and whisk until smooth. Now add the the Guinness mixture to the sour cream mix and whip gently until incorporated. Sift the flour and bicarbonate of soda into the bowl and beat until all ingredients are combined. Pour into the prepared springform tin and bake in the centre of the preheated oven. Bake for 45 to 60 mins. The cake is done when a toothpick comes out clean when put into the centre of the cake, cool in the tin until cold (it may crack a little and sink slightly in the middle but this is fine).

For the topping, whisk the cream cheese and then sift in the icing sugar a little at a time, add the cream and whisk gently until mixture is fluffy. Frost the cake with this mixture until it resembles a lovely pint of Irish goodness.

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