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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Give that Man a Guinness

@Dunk Place – Australia

What do you do when your little nephew is on the brink of turning 1?  Bake him a cake of course!  The wifey and I were in Sydney last week, unfortunately while we were there the Petersen clan were headed off to a wedding in Melbourne.  We were lucky enough to house sit while they were away so we thought that it would be a nice surprise for Luka to find a cake waiting for him when he got back.

I headed out to the local neighborhood Coles and Woolies supermarket to get my supplies; let me digress for a moment to say that I adore grocery shopping in Australia, you’ve got a very wide selection of goods, extra wide non-cluttered aisles.

IMG_1635Solidified Oil and Lard.. mmmmm 

A projected 30 minutes of shopping turned into 1 hour, with bags filled I returned with supplies ready to bake.

IMG_9840 [1024x768]Aussie Ingredients – Somehow they’re just better! 

Here’s the recipe for Lukas 1st birthday cake, being an Aussie I couldn’t think of no other cake to make for him other than one that contained alcohol: a Guinness Chocolate cake!

The Cake

IMG_1650 [1024x768] Oh come here my pretty..

  • 250ml Guinness
  • 250g unsalted butter
  • 75g cocoa
  • 400g caster sugar
  • 1 x 142ml pot sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon real vanilla extract
  • 275g plain flour
  • 2 1/2teaspoons bicarbonate of soda


  1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 4/180°C, and butter and line a 23cm spring form tin.
  2. Pour the Guinness into a large wide saucepan, add the butter - in spoons or slices - and heat until the butter's melted, at which time you should whisk in the cocoa and sugar. Beat the sour cream with the eggs and vanilla and then pour into the brown, buttery, beery pan and finally whisk in the flour and bicarb.
  3. Pour the cake batter into the greased and lined tin and bake for 45 minutes to an hour. Leave to cool completely in the tin on a cooling rack, as it is quite a damp cake.

The Guinness ‘Head’

  • 300g cream cheese
  • 150g icing sugar
  • 125ml double or whipping cream


  1. When the cake's cold, sit it on a flat platter or cake stand and get on with the icing. Lightly whip the cream cheese until smooth, sieve over the icing sugar and then beat them both together. Or do this in a processor, putting the unsieved icing sugar in first and blitz to remove lumps before adding the cheese.
  2. Add the cream and beat again until it makes a spreadable consistency.
  3. Ice the top of the black cake so that it resembles the frothy top of the famous pint

IMG_1653 [1024x768] Now who wouldn’t want to come home to this?

And there you have it.. a simple and fuss free recipe for Guinness Chocolate cake.. I’ve made this twice already and it has been made by another friend of mine from work.. all getting a big thumbs up!

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