Nigella Lawson's chocolate Guinness cake recipe

A Nigella Lawson classic, this chocolate Guinness cake is a perfect mixture of stout and rich chocolate flavour. Presenting this at your Coffee Morning will surely raise the bar for other baked goods.
A chocolate cake is resting on a cake rack. The cake has a dark sponge and white frosting. A slice of the cake is resting next to the rest of the loaf.

Key information

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 45 - 60 minutes

Serves: 12

Recipe difficulty rating: Medium

Allergens: Remember to provide a list of potential allergens for each item served at your Coffee Morning event so people can clearly see what ingredients they contain. You can use our cake labels, but make sure you write clearly in block capitals and black ink.


For the cake

250ml Guinness

250g Unsalted butter

75g Cocoa powder

400g Caster sugar

150ml Sour cream

2 Large free range eggs

1 tbsp Vanilla extract

275g Plain flour

2½ tsp Bicarbonate of soda

For the icing

300g Cream cheese

150g Icing sugar

2 tsp Cornflour

125ml Double cream (or whipping cream)

How to prepare Nigella's chocolate Guinness cake