Easter Guinness Chocolate Cake
Makes one cake, serves 8
260g unsalted butter/2¼ sticks plus 1 tbsp unsalted butter
300ml/1¼ cups Guinness
100g /1 cup cocoa powder
420g caster sugar /2 cups plus 2 tbsp superfine sugar
2 tsps vanilla essence
180ml/¾ cup buttermilk
300g/2½ cups plain flour
2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp baking powder
For the icing
300g icing sugar, sifted
100g/½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
40g/1.4oz cocoa powder, sifted
40ml/2½ tbsp milk
50g/1.6oz dark chocolate, melted
8 chocolate truffles
1. Preheat the oven to 170°C /325°F/gas mark 3. Line the base of a 30cm round spring form tin with baking parchment.
2. To make the cake, heat the butter in a large saucepan over a medium heat until melted. Stir in the Guinness, then remove from the heat and stir in the cocoa powder.
3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, vanilla essence and buttermilk and then slowly add the Guinness mixture, whisking all the time.
4. In a separate large bowl, sieve together the flour, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder. Using an electric whisk, slowly pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and keep whisking until it is all well combined.
5. Transfer the mixture in to the cake tin and bake for approximately 45 minutes. Test to make sure the cake is cooked by inserted a dry skewer into the middle of the cake - if it comes out clean, the cake is cooked. Set aside to cool a little, and then remove from the tin and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
6. To make the chocolate icing beat the icing sugar, butter and cocoa powder together in an electric mixer (Or use a handheld electric whisk) on medium/slow speed until the mixture comes together and is well mixed. Turn the mixer down to a slower speed. Add the milk to the butter mixture a couple of tablespoons at a time. When the milk has been incorporated, add the melted chocolate. Once all the chocolate has been combined, turn the mixer up to a high speed
7. Place the cooled cake on a cake stand and generously spread the icing on the top and sides. Sprinkle the flaked chocolate around the edge of the cake and place the eight chocolate truffles on top of the flakes.
Please remember to drink Guinness responsibly, for all the facts go to drinkaware.co.uk. Do not forward to anyone under the age of 18.