It’s only a couple of days now until St Patrick’s day my friends! I’ve baked a cake for us to celebrate the occasion.
Since I’m not a huge fan of green food colouring, this Chocolate Guinness Cake came to mind. The recipe is a favourite of mine, straight from my copy of Nigella Lawson’s Feast: Food to Celebrate Life.
While the recipe may not be closely tied to Irish traditions, it does contain the nation’s famous black stout. If you use your imagination a little, you might agree that topped with the cream cheese frosting this cake also loosely resembles a pint of it’s namesake… no?
I hadn’t come across a recipe for Chocolate Guinness cake before discovering this one, and while there are now a huge variety of interpretations of this recipe, I still stick to Nigella’s, partly because I’m a creature of habit, but also because it consistently produces a gorgeously moist chocolate cake with a nice subtle hint of stout… so why mess with a good thing?
It also doesn’t hurt that it’s a really simple cake to bake. In fact, the preparations are not too dissimilar to my all time favourite Boiled chocolate cake.
If you don’t own a copy of Nigella’s Feast: Food to Celebrate Life, you can find a copy of the recipe for this Chocolate Guinness Cake on her website here.
I hope you have a happy St Paddy’s Day.