Guinness doesn’t necessarily seek its way directly from the can or tap into the glass. With our Guinness Cake Recipe, you use Ireland’s famous beer as an aromatic cake ingredient. The result? Incredibly delicious – and pleasantly sweet – thanks to chocolate, sugar and a cream cheese and sugar bailyes topping.
What is Guinness cake made of?
Guinness cake is a type of cake that is made with Guinness stout, a type of dark beer that is popular in Ireland. The cake is typically a moist, chocolatey cake that is flavored with Guinness and has a rich, slightly bitter taste.
There are a few different variations of Guinness cake, but most recipes include a combination of the following ingredients:
- Guinness stout: The main ingredient in Guinness cake, Guinness adds a rich, slightly bitter flavor to the cake.
- Chocolate: Many Guinness cake recipes include cocoa powder or melted chocolate to give the cake a chocolatey flavor.
- Flour: All-purpose flour is typically used in Guinness cake recipes to provide structure and texture.
- Sugar: Sugar is used to sweeten the cake and balance out the bitterness of the Guinness.
- Butter: Butter is used in Guinness cake to add richness and moisture to the cake.
- Eggs: Eggs help to bind the ingredients together and provide structure to the cake.
- Leavening agent: Baking soda or baking powder is often used in Guinness cake recipes to help the cake rise and become light and tender.
- Spices: Some Guinness cake recipes include spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg to add depth and flavor to the cake.
Guinness cake is usually baked in a cake pan and can be served on its own or topped with a frosting or glaze. It is often enjoyed as a dessert or as a treat with a cup of tea or coffee.
Does Guinness cake contain Guinness?
Yes, Guinness cake is made with Guinness stout, a type of dark beer that is popular in Ireland. The beer is a key ingredient in the cake and is used to give the cake its rich, slightly bitter flavor.
Most Guinness cake recipes call for a certain amount of Guinness to be added to the batter along with the other ingredients, such as flour, sugar, eggs, and cocoa powder. The Guinness is usually mixed into the batter along with the other liquid ingredients, and it helps to give the cake a moist and tender texture.
It is worth noting that the alcohol content of Guinness cake may be reduced during the baking process, as some of the alcohol may evaporate while the cake is in the oven. However, it is still possible for the cake to contain some alcohol, so it is important to be aware of this if you are sensitive to alcohol or wish to avoid it for any reason.
Why does my Guinness cake sink?
There are several reasons why a Guinness cake might sink:
- Overmixing the batter: If the batter is overmixed, it can cause the cake to deflate and sink in the middle. Be sure to mix the batter just until the ingredients are combined and stop as soon as the batter comes together.
- Using too much liquid: If the recipe calls for too much liquid, the cake may become too heavy and sink in the middle. Be sure to measure the ingredients carefully and follow the recipe closely.
- Not using enough leavening agent: If the cake does not contain enough leavening agents, such as baking powder or baking soda, it may not rise properly and can sink in the middle. Be sure to use the correct amount of leavening agent called for in the recipe.
- Removing the cake from the oven too early: If the cake is removed from the oven before it is fully cooked, it may sink in the middle as it cools. Be sure to bake the cake until it is fully cooked and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Cooling the cake too quickly: If the cake is cooled too quickly, it may sink in the middle as it contracts. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for a few minutes before transferring it to a wire rack to cool completely.
By following the recipe closely and paying attention to the baking process, you can avoid common causes of a sunken Guinness cake.
Should you keep Guinness cake in the fridge?
It is generally recommended to store Guinness cake in the refrigerator, especially if it is frosted or glazed. The cake itself will be fine at room temperature for a day or two, but the frosting or glaze may start to melt or become less stable at warmer temperatures.
To store the cake in the refrigerator, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil to protect it from drying out. If the cake is frosted or glazed, it is best to refrigerate it in an airtight container to prevent the frosting or glaze from becoming too hard or developing a crust.
If you plan to serve the cake within a day or two, you can keep it at room temperature. Just be sure to keep it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight or heat sources.
Overall, it is best to store Guinness cake in the refrigerator to ensure that it stays fresh and retains its flavor and texture.
Ingredients for Guinness Cake Recipe
This chocolate Guinness Cake has a good amount of this dark stout beer “in it”. This beer gets its very dark colour from the intense roasting of the barley malt and another typical characteristic is the creamy white head. This cake replicates and reproduces both really well.
For the batter:
250 ml Guinness (beer, dark)
250 g butter
50 g dark chocolate
60 g cocoa powder
400 g raw cane sugar
150 g sour cream
1 vanilla pod
280 g wheat flour (type 550)
2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
1 pinch of salt
For the topping:
300 g cream cheese
150 g icing sugar
80 ml Baileys
Butter for greasing
Preheat the oven to 360 degrees. Grease a springform pan with butter.
Place the Guinness and butter in a saucepan and heat over a medium heat, stirring, until the butter has melted completely. The mixture should not boil. Chop the chocolate into small pieces and add to the saucepan along with the sifted cocoa powder and sugar. Carefully stir into the beer mixture with a whisk. Transfer to a bowl.
Whisk together the sour cream and eggs. Split the vanilla pod lengthwise, scrape out the pith and stir into the sour cream and egg mixture. Fold into the Guinness mixture, stirring constantly.
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