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Individual Chocolate Guinness Cakes: Happy St. Patty’s Day!

March 17, 2008

Though B and I don’t have much in the way of Irish ancestry, that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a little holiday spirit on St. Patty’s Day. I’ve never been one for green beer or artificially green-colored food (bad memories from junior high when a friend brought a green bagel on a ski trip with the school ski club…ugh) — but I’m happy to enjoy chocolate guinness cake!

I’m not a big beer drinker, but surprisingly, I don’t mind Guinness as much as I thought I would. I kind of like its bitter, coffee-like flavor. It goes terrifically with chocolate, probably largely because of this coffee-like flavor (and I’ve already mentioned what a big fan of coffee & chocolate I am.)

Even if you don’t like Guinness, I promise you’ll like this cake. I’m serving it with some brown sugar whipped cream and a dusting of cocoa powder.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


Individual Chocolate Guinness Cakes

Adapted from The Cake Book by Trish Boyle

This recipe originally made one 9-inch cake, but I’ve adapted the measurements to make four individual cakes in 3/4 cup (7-oz) ramekins.

Ingredients (for 4 individual cakes)
1/3 cup + 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon + 1/3 teaspoon baking powder
scant 1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
7 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup Guinness stout (do not include foam when measuring)

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Generously butter four 3/4 cup (7-oz) ramekins, and dust with flour. Tap out the excess flour and set them aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter on high until it’s light and fluffy. Add the brown sugar and continue to beat until light and creamy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides as necessary.

Add the egg and vanilla extract, and beat until well combined, about 1 minute.

Reduce the speed to low and add the dry ingredients in three additions, alternating with the Guinness in two additions. Mix just until blended.

Use a rubber spatula to scrape the batter into the prepared ramekins. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet and bake until a sharp knife inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 33-35 minutes.

Cool the cakes on a rack in the ramekins for about 15 minutes, then run a sharp knife around the insides of the ramekins and invert to remove the cakes. Cool the cakes completely on the rack.

Brown Sugar Whipped Cream
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Using an electric mixer, beat the ingredients together at high speed until soft peaks form. Dollop over the tops of the cakes.

To dust with cocoa, place the cocoa in a small mesh strainer and hold it over the cake while you tap the side of the strainer.

17 Comments leave one →
  1. March 17, 2008 10:05 am

    It looks beautiful!!!

  2. March 17, 2008 3:58 pm

    That looks so yummy!

  3. March 17, 2008 5:35 pm

    so cute! i make the chocolate and guiness nigella cake. as she rightly says, it doesn’t taste like beer, but the guiness gives teh cake a “ferrous tang.” she has a way with words, that nige.

    happy st. patty’s day!

  4. Lynne permalink
    March 17, 2008 5:51 pm

    I love the size of the cake and your picture is wonderful! The recipe sounds delicious, thank you for sharing it and showing the result in such a lovely way!.

  5. March 17, 2008 7:54 pm

    Thanks, Patricia and Sarah!

    michelle, I agree — love that nigella and her phrasing!

    Thanks, Lynne! 🙂

  6. March 17, 2008 9:14 pm

    That looks good. Nice photo.

  7. March 18, 2008 8:42 am

    Everybody’s Irish for St Patty’s day! That dessert looks amazing!

  8. March 18, 2008 9:59 am

    I love the idea of individual cakes, and brown sugar whipped cream sounds divine!

  9. March 18, 2008 1:41 pm

    I have a friend who would just love this cake! Delicious.

  10. March 18, 2008 2:27 pm

    This looks so yummy! This is perfect if you don’t want to make a large cake but want to serve an individual desserts to family and friends. Great pic!

  11. March 18, 2008 5:20 pm

    Thanks, Kevin!

    It’s true, brilynn – thanks!

    LyB, I adore individual desserts…the brown sugar is nice for a change in the whipped cream.

    Lisa – thanks!

  12. March 19, 2008 7:31 am

    Lovely, lovely, lovely! I would like to try these, they look adorable and I am sure they were delicious!!

  13. March 19, 2008 11:17 am

    I am going to try this when I get home!! This looks too good to resist! YUM!

  14. March 19, 2008 4:56 pm

    Thanks, Gretchen Noelle. Yes, they were quite yummy. 🙂

    Corinne, hope you like them!

  15. aglioandolio permalink
    March 22, 2008 11:20 pm

    Oh My God! Your cake sounds amazing and the picture is awesome. I am so going to make this one of these days! We love Guinness beer and chocolate and I don’t think you can go wrong with this combo!

  16. March 24, 2008 5:32 pm

    I agree, aglioandolio! Enjoy! 🙂

  17. April 8, 2008 5:18 pm

    I made these today and they are unbelievable. Very moist with great flavor.

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