Celebrate St Patrick's Day with Guinness chocolate cake and creme fraiche topping

INGREDIENTS 250g unsalted butter 1 cup (250ml) Guinness or other dark beer 75g cocoa, sifted 2 eggs 150ml creme fraiche 1 tbs vanilla extract 275g plain flour 2 tsp baking powder 350g caster sugarTOPPING 300ml creme fraiche 1/4 cup (65g) mascarponeMETHOD1.

Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease and line the base and sides of a 20cm round springform cake pan. Place butter and Guinness in a saucepan over low heat and add sifted cocoa. Cook, stirring until smooth and melted. Set aside to cool for 5-10 minutes.


Beat eggs, creme fraiche and vanilla in a bowl with a wooden spoon and add the flour and baking powder, followed by sugar. Spoon into prepared pan, smoothing with a palette knife, then bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a skewer inserted in centre comes out clean. Cool in pan for 15 minutes, then turn out and cool completely on a rack.


For the topping, combine creme fraiche and mascarpone in a bowl. Spread onto the cooled cake when ready to serve.

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