This is a firm favorite in our family, rich velvety chocolate cake with a delicious creamy topping YUM! Its from Nigella Lawsons Feast book. It’s such an easy cake to make too, it does not require any actual chocolate, which is a good job as it never lasts long in this house lol. Adults can recognise the familiarity, it resembles a glass of Guinness with its dark smooth body and white frothy top.
For the cake
- 250ml Guinness
- 250g unsalted butter
- 75g cocoa
- 400g caster sugar
- 142ml pot of sour cream
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 275g plain flour
- 2.5 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
For the topping
- 300g Philadelphia cream cheese
- 150g icing sugar
- 125ml double cream
- Heat the oven to gas mark 4, or 180°C. Then line a 23cm cake tin, preferably with a removable bottom.
- Measure out the Guiness and pour into a sauce pan add the butter and heat until the butter melts. To do it quicker it helps if you cut the butter up.
- Measure out the sugar & cocoa, ready to whisk into the dark Guinness mixture once the butter has totally melted. I personally transfer the warm mixture to my food mixer to do the whisking for me.
- Measure out the sour cream, vanilla extract and the eggs into a separate bowl. Ive used delicious eggs from our own hens :D, give it a good mix.
- Pour this creamy mixture into the buttery chocolate Guinness, and continue mixing.
- Whilst that is mixing, measure out the flour, and bicarbonate of soda and sprinkle this into the chocolate mixture. Give it a thorough whisk, do not panic! It is a very runny cake mixture, once all mixed up you can pour it into the lined cake tin.
- Put in the oven and leave for 45-60 mins. Once its cooked, place the whole cake tin onto a cooling rack and leave the cake in the tin until cooled. Its a very soft cake and could break easily. I leave mine on the kitchen window sill with the window ajar to cool it quicker.
- Once cooled, carefully remove cake from the tin and put on a cake stand or plate. Whip the cream cheese until smooth, sieve the icing sugar on top, mix and then add the cream. Beat it until smooth, thick & creamy, spread it all over the top of the cake. Although I love pretty iced cakes, I dont have the patience to do it . This cake doesnt require all skills, just spread the cream on the top, perfect every time.
I hope you enjoy! Let me know what you think xx