Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Friday, 3rd December 2010

When I spotted Nigella’s recipe for Guinness Chocolate Cake I thought it was time to put my can of Guinness Draught to good use.  I deviated from the recipe just a tad and decided to ice the cake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting.

A photo of 3 mini Guinness Chocolate Cakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting arranged in a row, each on a pink polka dotted napkin.

I know it doesn’t have the look of a just poured glass of stout with the pale frothy top but necessity won out.  I’ve had a dreadful week and I needed a double kick of comfort and for me that always means chocolate.  Plus, if there’s ever an opportunity to justify (believe me this was!) doubling the chocolate, I will always succumb!

A photo of Guinness Chocolate Cake squares on a coloured cloth napkin.

The lonely can of Guinness has been in my fridge since I made my last Chocolate Stout Cake.   As I recall, I didn’t go with the usual frosting then either (what a rebel!).  One of these days I will bake and decorate the cake as intended.  I think I’ll save it for my son’s (Matt) coming of age birthday party.  I also decided to make mini cakes instead (we could each have our very own) and I had enough batter left to bake a small cake that I cut in squares.  It’s the perfect grab and go treat (tastes just as delicious without frosting!).

A photo of 2 mini Guinness Chocolate Cakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting on small white dessert plates.

The recipes are fairly similar but I was curious to see which one would take the cake (pardon the pun). In the first Chocolate Stout Cake I used Young’s Double Chocolate Stout instead of the more commonly used Guinness.  When brewing the Double Chocolate Stout, Young’s adds chocolate malt and real dark chocolate in the process.

A photo of Chocolate Guinness Cake squares on a white cake stand.

Both cakes are absolutely divine but I must say the cake baked with the Double Chocolate Stout was intensely richer and deeper in chocolate flavour.  Both cakes are extremely moist and neither will disappoint.  In fact quite the opposite, both deliver huge in flavour and in texture.

A photo of Chocolate Guinness Cake topped with sweetened whipped cream.

Each cake rose magnificently.  So much so I thought they might explode.  It was like watching someone over inflate a balloon in slow motion.  The whole time holding your breath for the inevitable kaboom…that thankfully never came (what a hassle that would have been to clean the oven)!

I did prefer the colour of the Guinness Chocolate Cake; it was so dark, almost black. In fact, Nigella’s description couldn’t be more fitting, “damp blackness”.

A photo of 2 Chocolate Guinness Cake squares topped with sweetened whipped cream on small white dessert plates with dessert forks.

Either Chocolate Cake will have your taste buds singing but some where in between these two recipes is a killer combination that will have your taste buds singing like the Philharmonic Orchestra playing Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee. And I intend on finding it.

A photo of 3 mini Chocolate Guinness Cakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting served on small white dessert plates.

A photo of 2 mini Guinness Chocolate Cakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting served on small white dessert plates with wooden dessert forks.

A photo of a Guinness Chocolate Cake square topped with sweetened whipped cream served on a white dessert plate.

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Comments (23)

23 Responses to “Guinness Chocolate Cake-Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting”

  1. Marly Says:

    These cakes look so delicious. Why bother with dinner, head straight for dessert! Looks like a great dessert for the weekend too. Thanks, Grace!

  2. Sandy Says:

    These chocolate recipes look amazing! Thanks for the chocolate fix! It’s a great way to start off the holiday baking season.

  3. Grace Says:

    Thank you Sandy, I love this time of year, all the baking and entertaining and of course eating!

  4. Lauren at KeepItSweet Says:

    i have been looking for a good guinness chocolate cake recipe and this looks great, thanks for sharing!!

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  6. Luna Recipes Says:

    Wow!.. These look incredible!.. Thank you so much for sharing. Luna

  7. Belinda @zomppa Says:

    I love that it looks like a glass of stout. It’s perfect.

  8. Rhonda Says:

    WOW! All of your pictures are amazing. You are great with presention! I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  9. Grace Says:

    Thank you Rhonda, if you can get Chocolate Stout you must give it a try it really tastes amazing.

  10. SMITH BITES Says:

    Grace, I always come here and just gasp! Really! Because the photos are stunning and the recipes are always spot-on!!!

  11. Grace Says:

    Thank you Debra! It means so much coming from you because your site is one of my absolute favourite!

  12. penny aka jeroxie Says:

    Must be rich and moist. I have not tried this cake yet. But then I am not a big fan of Stout.

  13. Grace Says:

    Very rich and moist Penny and you really can’t taste the stout. I’m not a fan of beer, any kind really and this beer cakes have become favourites.

  14. Big bOys Oven Says:

    wow this such a divine dessert, I just adore them any more recipes with guinness? :)

  15. Grace Says:

    This one and the Chocolate Stout (this one uses Chocolate Stout Beer) with Peanut Butter Frosting – absolutely delicious!

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  17. karen Says:

    Looks like a great recipe. have to ask- is it necessary to use caster sugar or would plain white refined sugar be ok?

  18. Grace Says:

    Karen caster sugar is just a super fine granule white sugar, regular granule sugar is fine but it could affect the crumb because caster sugar dissolves better because it is finer. If you have a food processor just blitz the regular sugar for a second or two and you will have caster sugar.

  19. Lauren at Keep It Sweet Says:

    I love chocolate cream cheese frosting! Everything about this looks delicious!

  20. Lauren at Keep It Sweet Says:

    Haha wow, just realized I had already commented……. long day!

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  22. Didi Says:

    This look awesome! Im a big guinness lover! And definitely will try this cupcakes (by the way, what kind of mold did you use for those?? They are cool! Not the typical muffin. ) :) thanks!

  23. Grace Says:

    Didi are you talking about the mini cakes?

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