Getting geared up for St. Paddy’s with Guinness Chocolate Cake!

This is an epic way to celebrate any occasion, especially St. Patrick’s Day! We used Guinness for this but you can use any dark stout or porter. As you can probably guess, the beer that we suggest to pair with this is a stout… we of course chose the mighty black stuff!

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Serves: 8 | Prep time: 10 mins | Cooking time : 1 hour

What you need for the cake:
1 cup of stout or porter
2 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
2/3 cup (150g) of butter or margarine
3/4 cup (100g) cocoa
2 cups (220g) of plain flour
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1 tablespoon of vanilla flavour
1 1/2 cups (350g) of caster sugar
3/4 cup (170g) of sour cream
2 eggs
1/2 cup (100g) of light brown sugar

What you need for the icing
2 cups (220g) of icing sugar
1 cup (250g) of cream cheese
1 teaspoon of vanilla flavour
1/2 cup (100g) of butter or margarine
Our recipe on how to cook with beer, Guinness chocolate cake for St Patricks Day.

Directions for cake
Preheat the oven to 180°C/ 350°F/ Gas mark 4 and grease a cake tin with butter.
Pour beer into a saucepan and add butter. Simmer until the butter melts.
Add the cocoa powder, light brown sugar, caster sugar and whisk together. Take off the heat and leave to cool.
Beat the eggs, sour cream and vanilla flavour together, then add to the butter-beer mixture, then whisk well.
Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together. Add to the beer-butter mixture, then whisk well.
Pour into the cake tin, then give the pan a few taps to get out any air pockets.
Bake for 1 hour and allow to cool.

Directions for icing
Beat the cream cheese and butter together until smooth.
While mixing, add the vanilla flavour, then add the icing sugar slowly until your mixture has reached your desired thickness.
Spread frosting on cake.

Grab a pint of Guinness and enjoy!