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Legends of the Celts

Qualilty Crafted Items from Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales,
Cornwall, U.S. and other Celtic Nations

Guinness Chocolate Cake

This is a very moist cake.  I make it also in small muffins to serve as small bites.  Guinness can be bought in bottles.  Steve and I prefer to use what we call cooking Guinness.  The good drinking Guinness comes in a black bottle that has an hour glass figure, the cooking Guinness is in a brown plain bottle.  Either will work in the recipe. 

1 cup Guinness 

1 cup ( 2 sticks ) unsalted butter  

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 cups all purpose flour (I also use coarse grain flour from Ireland if you can get it, or mix  1 1/2 cup all purpose with 1/2 cup whole grain)

2 cups sugar       

 1 1/2 tsp baking soda    

 3/4 tsp salt    

 2 large eggs  

 2/3 cup sour cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Butter or spray a bundt pan, or prepare mini muffin tin with paper cups (approx. 48) Found it best to spray paper cups to remove the mini cupcakes easier.

Bring 1 cup of Guinness and 1 cup butter to a simmer in heavy large saucepan over medium heat.  Add cocoa powder and whisk until mixture is smooth.  Cool slightly.

Whisk flour, sugar, baking soda and 3/4 tsp salt in large bowl to blend.  Using electric mixer beat eggs and sour cream in another large bowl to blend. (I actually don't use an electric mixer, I use a spoon and just blend).  Add Guinness Chocolate mixture to egg mixture and beat just to combine.  Add flour mixture and beat briefly on slow speed (again I use a spoon to blend I think it makes a nicer texture)  Using rubber spatula, fold batter until completely combined.  Pour batter into prepared pan or the mini muffin cups.  Bake cake until tester inserted in center comes out clean about 35 minutes, muffins take only 10 to 12 minutes.  Transfer to rack  to cool.  After cool drizzle ganache over cake.

Dark Chocolate Ganache

6 oz semi sweet chocolate chips     3 tbsp heavy cream       3/4 tsp instant coffee granules

Melt the chocolate, heavy cream and coffee in the top of a double boiler until smooth and warm, stirring constantly.  Once smooth drizzle over the top of the cooled cake or use a small spatula to top the mini muffins.

 Enjoy !!!!  You can also top the cake with Clotted Cream (Like they do in Ireland)

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