Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake with Baileys Irish Cream Cheese Icing
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Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake with Baileys Cream Cheese Icing

The secret ingredient to this decadent chocolate cake is Guinness beer - making it the perfect way to celebrate St Patrick's Day!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: Cake, Chocolate, Guinness, St Patrick's Day
Servings: 12 people

Ingredients

Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake

  • 250 ml Guinness beer (1 cup)
  • 250 g Butter (1 cup + 1 tbsp)
  • 100 g Cocoa Powder (2/3 cup)
  • 400 g Caster/superfine sugar (1 3/4 cups)
  • 140 ml Sour cream (2/3 cup)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • 250 g Plain flour (2 cups)
  • 2 1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of soda/baking soda

Baileys Cream Cheese Icing

  • 500-600 g Sifted icing sugar/powdered sugar (4-5 cups)
  • 100 g Butter at room temp (1/2 cup)
  • 250 g Cream Cheese at room temp (8oz)
  • 4-6 tbsp Baileys Irish Cream To taste

Instructions

Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake

  • Preheat oven 180°C/350°F and butter and line a 23cm (9") springform tin.
  • Melt the butter into the Guinness in a saucepan over low heat.
  • Whisk in the cocoa and sugar and take the saucepan off the heat.
  • Beat the sour cream with the eggs and vanilla in a separate bowl until combined, than add to the beer mixture.
  • Whisk in the flour and bicarb until combined.
  • Pour the cake batter into the tin and bake for an hour. The middle of the cake may still be slightly wet when you take the cake out, but it will firm up as it cools down.
  • Leave to cool completely in the tin as it is quite a damp cake and could collapse.

Baileys Cream Cheese Icing

  • Cream the butter and icing sugar together until well mixed.
  • Add the cream cheese in cubes slowly until incorporated.
  • Add in Baileys. Continue mixing for 5 minutes until the icing is light and fluffy.
  • Dollop lashings of the icing onto the top of the cake to recreate the froth on a glass of Guinness. If you are feeling particularly dexterous, slice the cake length-wise and fill the cake with the icing too (there will be definitely be enough icing).