12 Mar An Irish Tradition Mixed with Chocolate!
March keeps giving us reasons to celebrate and this week it’s time for St Patrick’s Day! The holiday gives us an excuse to enjoy a pint or two of the black stuff and now everyone really can enjoy a pint of Guinness since it became vegan friendly recently.
To mark Guinness’s recent change we are sharing with you a new way to enjoy Ireland’s national drink this St Patrick’s Day with a Chocolate Guinness Cake!
What you’ll need;
250 g plain flour
120 g unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp baking soda
220 g caster sugar
100 g light brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
480 ml Guinness
120 ml vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
What you’ll need to do;
- Preheat oven to gas mark 4 / 170c / 350f. Grease and line two 8 inch sandwich tins.
- In a bowl sift the flour, baking soda, cocoa powder, salt and sugars. Make a well in the centre, pour in the Guinness, oil and vanilla. Whisk until there are no lumps.
- Pour into the prepared tins and bake for 25-30 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean.
- Once baked, let them cool for 15-20 minutes in their tins before transferring them onto a cooling rack.
You can make it that extra bit special and Irish by finishing it off with an ‘Irish Cream’ buttercream frosting.
Here’s what you’ll need;
250 g vegan butter (you could use regular butter or margarine if you’re not going for the vegan option)
1 tsp vanilla extract
600 g icing sugar
2-3 tbsp Irish Whiskey
1/2 tsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp very strongly brewed coffee
How to make the frosting;
- To make the buttercream, cream the vegan butter and vanilla extract together in a stand mixer. Add the icing sugar in a large tbsp at a time until well mixed.
- Beat in the whiskey, cocoa powder and brewed coffee. Taste and adjust quantities if needed until you get the required taste.
- Once the cake has completely cooled, spread the frosting on top of one layer, sandwich the two layers together and then top the cake with the rest of the frosting.
- Serve and enjoy! It will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days, covered.
We hope we’ve got you in the mood for some Paddy’s day fun! Why not make this year extra special by organising a dinner party with us to mark the occasion where our chef can prepare a traditional Irish roast. Or maybe we’ve inspired you to bring a bit of Ireland into your kitchen! We can also cater for a Irish themed cooking lesson so whether it’s Guinness infused food or soda bread we can show you the ropes!
Contact us today to organise your cooking lesson or dinner party.
Call- 0208 226 37 59