Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this divine chocolate Guinness bundt cake. Moist, crumbly and packed full of rich chocolate flavour.
To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year I thought I would share a cake recipe. Cake is perfect for any occasion and any celebration calls for a homemade cake, right?! There really is nothing more Irish than Guinness – my Dad absolutely loves it, so I thought this cake would be perfect to make for him and for the whole family to enjoy. I love this cake SO much – it not like any other chocolate cake I’ve ever made or eaten. It’s the kind of cake that resembles both a cake-y and slightly fudgy brownie texture. Damn delicious and one slice will just not do – each slice is moist, crumbly and delicious and drizzling over a homemade dark chocolate ganache takes it to a completely new level of tastiness!
This Guinness cake actually has real chopped dark chocolate in it – no cocoa powder is required with this recipe! It’s probably my new favourite chocolate cake recipe – being much lighter and not overly sweet. But this chocolate is totally different flavour-wise to any other chocolate cake I’ve tasted. It’s got real chocolate flavour and the stout just enhances the chocolate, it’s a seriously yummy bake. What I also love is that the cake gets better with age too – but saying that it doesn’t hang around for long!
Even though there is Guinness in the cake, I wouldn’t say you can really taste it. It just gives the cake a light, nutty flavour. The stout also helps the cake from being way too rich. Plus, it’s also SO incredibly quick to make (which is definitely a bonus!). In our house we love to serve a generous slice with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream or pouring cream. Ice-cream and cake is probably one of my favourite combinations – it made the perfect dessert and treat and is definitely a recipe I would love to make again. I highly recommend you give it a go for St. Paddy’s Day this year – everyone will love it!
Just admire the glossy ganache. It coats every single slice of the cake and is rich, decadent and insanely delicious.
(Makes 1 Cake – 12 servings)
227g (1 cup / 2 sticks) of unsalted butter + extra for greasing the pan
375g (2 1/2 cups) of plain flour (all-purpose flour)
3/4 tsp of bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
1/2 tsp of salt
177ml (3/4 cup) of Guinness or another stout you like
227g (8 ounces) of dark chocolate (bittersweet), roughly chopped
3 large free-range eggs, at room temperature
220g (1 cup) of granulated sugar
110g (1/2 cup) of brown sugar (I use light brown)
120g (1/2 cup) of sour cream
Chocolate Ganache Icing:
113g (4 ounces) of dark chocolate, roughly chopped
115g (1/2 cup) of double cream (heavy cream)
1. To make the cake: Preheat your oven to 350 F / 176 degrees C. Butter a 12 cup bundt tin and set aside. In a small mixing bowl combine the dry ingredients (flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt) and mix together.
2. In a medium saucepan add the Guinness and butter. Melt on a medium heat. Once melted take off the heat and add the chopped chocolate, stir until smooth and completely melted. Allow it to cool for a few moments.
3. Meanwhile, in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment add the eggs and sugars. Beat on medium speed until fluffy and ribbony – this will take about 5 minutes. Now add the chocolate mix and the sour cream and mix to combine. Sift in the flour and add in bit by bit – DON’T OVER MIX! Once the batter is smooth and all the ingredients are incorporated spread the cake batter into the prepared greased cake tin. Even out with a spatula, then bake in the oven for 45-55 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean and collecting a few cake crumbs. Once risen and cooked through, allow to cool in the tin then once cooled remove from the tin carefully and leave on a wire rack.
4. To make the ganache: Bring the double cream up to the boil. Add the chopped chocolate to a small mixing bowl. Pour over the boiled cream and leave the mixture for 5 minutes. Now stir or whisk until smooth.
5. Decorate by drizzling or spreading the ganache over the now cooled cake. Then I like to sprinkle with extra chocolate. You could also decorate with your fave green sprinkles!
(recipe from Real Simple)
I have to confess, even before baking this cake batter is way too addictive. I couldn’t stop eating it and licking the bowl was definitely one of the best parts of this recipe!… ;) See if you can resist it!
Slice up, dig in and enjoy! I’ve got one more recipe lined up for you all perfect for St. Paddy’s day on the blog later this week! So stayed tuned for that!
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