Friday, September 03, 2010

Guinness Chocolate Cake

Guinness Chocolate Cake

Is it an ordinary Friday morning? No sirree! It is TheHusband's birthday today! And not just any birthday, the man is hitting the big 3-0 today and we've got big things planned. Starting with a sneaky afternoon off, organised by myself with his employer. And ending with  a mafia/1920's themed murder mystery party tonight, in which the birthday boy will play Don "Big Jim" Ravioli, the biggest baddest mafia boss that these here streets have ever seen.

Well, considering "these here streets" constitute the small student town of Stellenbosch, I suppose that's quite a small pond for a big fish like "Big Jim", but I'm sure he'll be in his element nonetheless. We are also expecting appearances from his (much younger) starlet and songstress wife, Carrie Crooner as well as the mysterious Al Capone, the bouncer of "Big Jim's" new speakeasy, The Four Deuces.

Guinness Chocolate Cake [photo]

Of course, "Big Jim" has had some brushes with the law as well and that's where I come in, in the guise of Inspector Neville Sheryl "The Nose" Nutella who will be investigating a burglary that took place a few weeks ago. There are quite a few suspicious circumstances surrounding ole "Big Jim", not least of which is the fact that the big boss from New York is also rumoured to be in town. Wonder what he will get up to?

Dear old Sheryl will also be causing quite the uproar tonight as it is rumoured that she is having affairs with not one, but two of the other ladies who will be at the Grand Opening of the Four Deuces tonight... Philandering lesbians in the 1920's? Scandalous!

And then of course there's the cake. Two in fact. Number one - a deliciously complex chocolate cake with a hint of bitterness coming through from the Guinness, topped with a whipped cream cheese frosting. Number two - a rich and decadent cheesecake brimming with chocolate and Amarula flavours. Think it'll be enough to distract the partygoers from the rest of the scandalous activities? 

Guinness Chocolate Cake [photo]

Guinness Chocolate Cake
Adapted from The Kitchn (Originally Nigella Lawson

1 cup Guinness
150g (1/2 cup + 2 tbsp) salted butter
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 cup sour cream
2 eggs
2 cups cake flour sifted
1 1/2 tsp baking soda

For the icing:
250g (approx 8 oz) firm creamcheese
1 1/4 cup icing (confectioner's) sugar, sifted
1/2 cup cream

1. Preheat oven to 180C (350F). Combine Guinness and butter in a medium sized saucepan over medium heat and stir until all the butter has melted. 
2. Remove from the heat and transfer to a mixing bowl. Beat sugar and cocoa powder into the liquid. 
3. Add sour cream and eggs, whisking until fully incorporated. 
4. Sift flour and baking soda together, then add to the chocolate batter, again beating until thoroughly mixed.
5. Pour into a greased loose bottomed cake tin and bake for 45 minutes or until a test pin inserted into the middle comes out clear. Remove from oven and allow to cool before removing from cake tin. Place onto serving platter.
6. Prepare icing by beating cream cheese and cream together until smooth. Add icing sugar and mix until everything is incorporated. Use to decorate the Guinness cake so that the top looks like the frothy head of the beer.


nina on September 03, 2010 10:32 am said...

I made guiness cupckes before and I thought they were too dry, but I think in big cake form, it will be the opposite. Love that frosting!!!
Happy birthday to hubs!!

Marisa on September 03, 2010 10:39 am said...

Nina - Really hope the cake tastes okay, will have to get TheHusband's verdict later today. :-) The batter was divine though and the one or two crumbs I managed to catch wasn't too bad either.

Bakstein said...

Moet asb. nie vanaand my dorpie verwoes nie. Maar na daardie koek verorber is dink ek die Familie sal in 'n baie rustige bui verkeer.

Anonymous said...

hope you have a super spectacular evening

Faith on September 03, 2010 1:25 pm said...

Happy Birthday to your hubby, it sounds like an amazing celebration you have planned! The cake is drop-dead gorgeous!

Valerie Gamine on September 03, 2010 2:04 pm said...

A huge Happy Birthday to your husband! This cakes is downright sinful, I love it! :D

Sarah (veggiedelish) on September 03, 2010 2:20 pm said...

Oh my gosh, this sounds totally awesome! My boyf would love it! Going to have to make it for him as a treat now :) Happy birthday to hubby!

Prerna@IndianSimmer on September 03, 2010 2:49 pm said...

Looking at that cake I wish I was your husband ;-)
What an awesome cake and what beautiful photography! Congratulations to your husband on having you and wish him a happy birthday!

Arnold on September 03, 2010 3:05 pm said...

It sounds as if you have a great evening planned. I hope a good time is had by all. I almost forgot, the cake looks just splendid, well done.

Mika on September 03, 2010 6:09 pm said...

Happy birthday to your hubby!!!!
This seems a perfect mafia cake! ^_^

Joanne on September 03, 2010 7:36 pm said...

Happy birthday to the husband. That is quite a complex birthday party you have planned! He's going to be in heaven.

I've made Irish car bomb cupcakes before which are basically guinness-chocolate cupcakes, whiskey ganache, and a bailey's buttercream frosting. Amazing. I love guinness in chocolate. It's a dream.

Merut on September 03, 2010 7:54 pm said...

That party sounds like so much fun! And your cake looks fantastic. I've never had a cake with alcohol in it (that I knew of), but I'll have to try a guinness cake. Thanks for the idea!

browniegirl on September 04, 2010 12:11 pm said...

Happy birthday to the man. Hope the fun party went down a treat! The cake looks so yummy. I enjoy the bitterness of the guinness with the chocolate. Its not the easiest cake to bake. Can turn out quite dry but I love it. Makes nice cupcakes xx

Kristen on September 05, 2010 4:39 am said...

Happy birthday to your hubby - what a delicious cake!

Pam on September 05, 2010 2:34 pm said...

Happy birthday to your husband! Your cake looks incredibly delicious and what a fun day. I'm new here and so happy to find your great blog.

delicieux on September 06, 2010 11:59 pm said...

This cake looks like a guys dream! You have one very lucky husband.

Marisa on September 07, 2010 7:16 am said...

Thanks for all the birthday wishes everyone! TheHusband had a super special day and the party was awesome. Oh - and the cake got rave reviews from his colleagues. :-)

Meeta K. Wolff on September 07, 2010 3:33 pm said...

i died & went to heaven! looks incredible!

Eliana on September 07, 2010 4:46 pm said...

That is quite the birthday cake. I wish someone could make one like it for me when I hit the big 3-0 next month.

Leaine's Kitchen on September 08, 2010 3:21 pm said...

Oh wow! How was the party? Sounds too exciting for words! The cake looks spectacular - bet it tasted diiii-vine!

Sarah, Maison Cupcake on September 09, 2010 11:51 pm said...

That looks fabulous! I was in Dublin at the weekend and my husband kept saying "are you going to make a cake with guinness in it" and I'd forgotten about this Nigella recipe. I must go check it out, that frosting looks so frothy!

Angeliqueca said...

love it! I so want to try this. I love the dimension that beer brings to food!

Marisa on October 24, 2010 3:17 am said...

It does add lovely depth doesn't it? Enjoy it!

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