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nigella's guiness cake - any good?

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BBBee Wed 29-Aug-07 23:25:43

my friend has had a horrid summer and I am making her a cake for her birthday - this looks good but does it taste nice or is it all a Nigella showy-of thing?

Clary Wed 29-Aug-07 23:49:38

Not made it, sorry, but can I recommend:

her choc orange cake (Dom Goddess)

her malteser cake (Feast)

her choc and cranberry cookies (feast, sorry not the same thing at all)

BBBee Thu 30-Aug-07 09:04:23

thank you - will look at those - malteaser one sounds really nice.

Habbibu Thu 30-Aug-07 09:12:01

Haven't made Nigella's, but chocolate Guinness cakes are really really really good. I don't like cream cheese, so use a chocolate glaze. Have to say that the Domestic Goddess is actually my favourite baking book. And I do have quite a lot, mostly not celebrity types

Habbibu Thu 30-Aug-07 09:12:14

PS You nice friend, you.

BBBee Thu 30-Aug-07 09:15:38

oh habbi - you see I was at her house and did a bit of fishing and she said she had a chocolate guines cake that she loved - I only know of the nigella one. I had thought pretty much the same about the cream cheese topping. Do you think Nigella's recipe is pretty similar to most guiness cake ones? I want to make the one she really likes.

Habbibu Thu 30-Aug-07 12:42:05

I have a recipe from the Green & Blacks cookbook that I use. Do you want that one?

TheOldestCat Thu 30-Aug-07 12:44:14

Friend of mine made it - it was gorgeous. If I wasn't already married and he wasn't going out with my best friend and...urmmm....gay, I'd have proposed on the spot.

You are a very nice friend, BBBee.

GreatAuntieWurly Thu 30-Aug-07 12:45:19

can someone post the recipe for the malteser cake please.

Lilymaid Thu 30-Aug-07 12:47:41

Delia's Chocolate Guinness Cake.

PoshShinyNewTent Thu 30-Aug-07 12:47:57

Indeed malteser cake sounds yummy.
I've made the stout cake from the Green and Black's book, and although it tasted great I did suspect it of giving us all a mild case of the runs the next day - sorry if TMI!

Habbibu Thu 30-Aug-07 12:52:51

Here it is, just in case:

225g/ 8oz unsalted butter, softened
350g / 12 oz soft dark brown sugar
4 large eggs, beaten
225 g/ 8oz plan flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp bicarb
400ml guinness (allow head to settle before using)
100g/ 3 1/2 oz cocoa powder
150g dark chocolate (60-70% cocoa solids, grated)

Oven 180C/350F/GM4

Butter & line 23cm/9 in deep springform tin

Cream butter & sugar. Gradually add eggs. Sift flour, baking powder & bicarb together. Mix Guinness & cocoa in jug (you will need to persevere with this) Add grated chocolate to Guinness mix.

Add flour & Guinness mix alternately to egg mix, stirring between each addition, until completely mixed. Resulting mix will be quite soft.

Spoon in to tin. Bake for 1-1 1/4 hours until skewer comes out clean. You may need to cover the top with foil or greaseproof paper after a while (check after 45 mins, I'd say) to stop top from burning.

Leave to stand for 10 mins before turning out.

I reckon you could just go for whipped cream on top, or even melted white chocolate, if you want the Guinness look. Otherwise, chocolate glaze:

100g dark choc
40g unsalted butter (cubed)
3 tbs water
75 g icing sugar

Melt chocolate in bowl over hot water. Leaving bowl over water, sift in icing sugar, stir well, then add butter and stir well. Remove from heat, add water, 1 tbs at a time. Use while still warm, but not too hot.

DoubleBluff Thu 30-Aug-07 12:53:53

I make the guiness cake all the time, i don't bother with the cream cheese top though as it tastes delicious without it.
It is indeed the only cake i make as it is very very easy!!

MrsBadger Thu 30-Aug-07 13:14:11

another vote for her store-cupboard choc-orange cake - dead easy, also good using raspberry jam.

maman4 Thu 30-Aug-07 14:19:30

my mum s Guinness cake was just a fruit/nut type cake but was covered in guinness (a tablespoon)every day for 3 weeks.Best xmas cake ever.

Slubberdegullion Sun 02-Sep-07 16:57:09

Made Habbibu's/ Green&Blacks cake yesterday. Wonderfull. Really rich. The DC's were a bit overwhelmed with the rich uber chocolateyness of it but DH (not a huge cake fan) was v impressed.

I will def. do it again. Would make a good pudding if served warm, with raspberries and cream.

jaynehater Sun 02-Sep-07 17:11:17

Is it any good?


It's so good you'll buy something from Tesco for your friend instead and sit in the cupboard under the stairs scoffing the guiness cake grin


Nigella's guiness cake is my most 'asked-for' recipe - utterly simple, never fails, v. delish, moist, chocolatey, and yum.

Also v. good served warm with fresh rasps or red fruit compote, no frosting, and good vanilla ice-cream.


Make it, you'll never regret it, until you realise you've gained 20lbs smile

inamuckingfuddle Sun 02-Sep-07 20:40:35

I made it for DH's birthday a couple of years ago and he loved it, it was moist and chocolately and yummy (but the choc orange store cupboard one is easier and just as nice!)

janeitebus Sun 02-Sep-07 20:51:52

Nigella's Chocolate Guinness cake is amazing and ludicrously easy to make - even dh can make it and he had never made a cake before. Everyone that I have made it for has started by looking dubious and ended by asking for the recipe - and gone on to make it too - it really is that good!

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