St Patrick’s Day Guinness Cake

Credit: Flora

To celebrate St Patrick’s Day (March 17), Irish chef and author Clodagh McKenna has a delicious recipe for Guinness cake…

Clodagh McKenna said: “Every year, without fail, I create a St Patrick’s Day chocolate Guinness cake to share with friends, but this is the first time I’ve made one using Flora Buttery and it is delicious! The cake is extra spongey and moist, and the iconic taste of the Guinness really came through.”

Guinness CakeServes: 8
Preparation time: 20min 
Cooking time: 55min 

How to make this St Patrick’s Day recipe:

  1. Preheat the oven to Fan Oven 170°C, Gas Mark 3. Line the base of a 30cm round spring form tin with baking parchment.
  2. To make the cake, heat the Flora Buttery in a saucepan over medium heat until melted. Stir in the Guinness (or other stout/non-alcoholic stout), then remove from the heat and stir in the cocoa powder.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, vanilla extract and buttermilk and then slowly add the Guinness mixture, whisking all the time.
  4. Next sieve in the flour, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder, and whisk into the wet mixture until it is all well combined.
  5. Transfer the mixture into the cake tin and bake for approximately 55min. Test to make sure the cake is cooked by inserting a dry skewer into the middle of the cake – if it comes out clean, the cake is cooked. Set aside to cool a little, and then remove from the tin and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
  6. Meanwhile, make the icing by blending all the ingredients together using an electric whisk until light and fluffy.
  7. Place the cooled cake on a plate and generously spread the icing on top. The cake will keep for up to 1 week in an airtight container.

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