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Chocolate Guinness Cake

1 Oct

Don’t worry about any other chocolate cake recipes.  This is the only one you will ever need.  It is definitely the cake they serve up in Heaven. Convinced? Good, now go and make it!


  • 250ml Guinness
  • 250g Butter
  • 80g Cocoa
  • 400g Sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla essence
  • ¾  Cup Buttermilk
  • 280g Plain Flour
  • 2tsp Baking soda
  • ½ tsp Baking powder


  • 50g Softened Butter
  • 300g Icing sugar
  • 125g Cream cheese

Oven: preheat to 1.70.C  Then line a 23cm round cake tin with baking paper.  I just line the base of the tin by cutting a circle out of baking paper.


Place the Guinness and the butter into a saucepan and gently heat until the butter is melted.  Take the pan off the heat and stir in the cocoa and sugar in to the warm liquid. In a small bowl mix together the eggs, vanilla and buttermilk, then add to the mixture in the pan.

Sift together the remaining ingredients into a large bowl. Get you hand held electric beaters ready. (or if you are lucky enough to have a cake mixer use that with the paddle attachment.)  Pour in the contents of the pan and beat on the lowest speed and only until the mixture is all combined and has no lumpy bits.

Pour the batter into the prepared cake tin and bake for 45 mins or until a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.


Using your electric beaters, mix the softened butter and icing sugar together until it forms a crumbly type mixture.  Then on  a low speed add in the cream cheese and then increase the speed to make a light and fluffy icing.

When the cake is cool spread on the icing.  You should have enough icing to cover the whole cake, top and sides.  I like a thick icing so I just dumped it on the top of the cake.  You can even dust the icing with cocoa to give it a nice touch.  If you do this, make sure you use a sieve as you do not want large lumps of cocoa, just a light dusting.


This cake was AMAZING!!!!  So moist, rich and chocolatey.  My Husband thinks that it would be even better cut through the middle and filled with raspberries and fresh cream or cherries, much like a black forest Gateaux.   This cake is a big cake and it would be easy to turn it into a layercake and fill it with all sorts of creamy goodness.  The cream cheese icing goes well with this cake.

Adapted from: Cake Days Recipes to make everyday special by The Hummingbird Bakery.  It is their second book and it is a must buy book!

Chocolate, Fruit and Nut Slice

9 Aug

This really is, a one pot wonder.  It is so fast to make, I often whip up this slice to take to work meetings.  I find that people are a lot happier in meetings when they eat some home baking. My husband starts a new job this week and he is having lots of meetings so I think they will benefit from this scrummy slice.


  • 150g butter
  • 2 Tbsp golden syrup
  • ¾ cup caster sugar
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1 cup sultanas (or any dried fruit)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (or any nuts)

Oven: Set to 150.C


Melt the butter in a large saucepan then add the golden syrup.  Add all of the dry ingredients into the saucepan and mix well.  Press mixture into a paper lined slice tin.

Bake for 15 mins or until the top looks matt.  It will still look a bit shiny if it hasn’t cooked long enough.  Let cool then ice with chocolate icing.

Chocolate Icing:

  • 3 Tbsp cocoa
  • knob of butter
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • drop of vanilla essence (to taste)
  • hot water

Mix together with enough hot water to make a smooth icing.  Do not be afraid to add more water if too thick or more icing sugar if too watery.


Use whatever size slice tin that you have.  The bigger the tin the thinner the slice.  If you want a think slice, use a smaller tin, it is up to you.  This slice is a great way to use up any dried fruit or nuts that you have sitting in the pantry.  I have used everything from almonds, brazil nuts, to dried cherries, currants, dried blueberries, dried cranberries and a combination of them all.

Adapted from: Sugar and Spice with Jo Seagar