Miniature Guinness Cakes - The 60 Second Chef
Guinness Chocolate Cake—and the Best Cream Cheese Frosting Ever!
For years I've been dying to try Nigella Lawson's recipe for Guinness Chocolate Cake. I wanted to bake it to celebrate my friend's return from two years living in Dublin, but seeing as how her marriage broke up as she and her husband were returning to the States, I thought it best to forgo any Irish themes in her "welcome back" party.
But last week I bought a 6-pack of Guinness to celebrate St. Patrick's Day (and Rich and I only drank one bottle each), and then the very next week was Easter -- so of course I put it all together and decided it was now or never for this tempting recipe. I baked it to bring to Rich's parents' house for Easter brunch, and wow was it a hit!
First, there is the visual punch. See how the bottom is dark, like it's namesake stout, and then the delicious cream cheese frosting is airily piled on top, like the head on a well-poured pint? She is so clever. Next, there is the amazingly deep chocolate flavor, moist, dense texture... and did I mention the delicious cream cheese frosting? Rich's mom even went back for a second slice! Oh, and on Day 2, after we'd refrigerated the leftovers, the cold slice of cake was even denser but so incredibly tasty and moist.
I will definitely make this recipe again in it's entirety, but I am most excited about adopting Nigella's brilliant cream cheese frosting as my own, with every cake I make! You see, instead of the usual cream cheese, butter, confectioner's sugar combo, she uses cream cheese,heavy whipping cream, and confectioner's sugar. It makes for a light, creamy frosting that really lets the cream cheese flavor shine through. I think maybe I'll need to make carrot cake this weekend, just so I could make that frosting again!
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