Wednesday, October 26, 2011

chocolate cake for Daisy

It was Daisy's birthday party on the weekend.  I had briefly contemplated the construction of a Dorothy the Dinosaur cake, but decided against it in favour of the angst-free option combining three of her favourite foods - chocolate, strawberries and marshmallows (mamos). The cake was Nigella's Chocolate Guinness cake - over the past few months this cake has cemented itself as my new favourite. Nigella describes it as damp and delicious,which covers it perfectly.

I paired it with Alice Medrich's fast fudge frosting -  this was the first time I had tried this unusual  method of making icing and I loved it.  The cocoa-based frosting can double as a chocolate sauce if melted down,and it had a beautifully glossy,  gooey texture, just as chocolaty as ganache but without the richness. The frosting recipe below makes enough to generously sandwich and ice this cake.

We ate the cake with the fresh strawberries and mamos, a spoonful of berry compote and a dollop of cream. So delicious. Served this way the cake will feed around 20ish people.  Next year = no doubt Dorothy or her 2012 equivalent as requested by a more knowing Miss D will grace the brithday table.

Nigella's Chocolate Guinness Cake

250ml Guinness

250g unsalted butter
75g cocoa
400g caster sugar
140ml sour cream  or yoghurt
2 eggs
1 tablespoon real vanilla extract
275g plain flour
2.5 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda

Preheat the oven to gas mark 4/180°C, and butter and line a 23cm springform tin.

Pour the Guinness into a large wide saucepan, add the butter - in spoons or slices - and heat until the butter's melted, at which time you should whisk in the cocoa and sugar. Beat the sour cream with the eggs and vanilla and then pour into the brown, buttery, beery pan and finally whisk in the flour and bicarb.

Pour the cake batter into the greased and lined tin and bake for 45 minutes to an hour. Leave to cool completely in the tin on a cooling rack, as it is quite a damp cake.  

Fast fudge frosting

120g unsalted butter

1.5 c sugar
1.5 c cocoa
1.5 c cream
1 tsp vanilla extract

In a saucepan,melt butter. Stir in the sugar and cocoa. Gradually stir in the cream. Heat over medium heat, stirring till everything is mixed well and is smooth and hot but not boiling. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and a pinch or two of salt, to taste.Set aside to cool. (I left it overnight, after which it was the perfect consistency to spread.)

Daisy made the most of her proximity to the abundance of marshmallows...

Happy Birthday Daisy x


  1. Wow two already! Her hair is so long now. I also love this cake recipe and made it recently for my dads birthday :)

  2. Happy Birthday! What an awesome cake...I may make a version as the adult cake at my daughter's upcoming fifth birthday extravaganza.

  3. So cuuuute >.<

    Thanks for the frosting recipe too - I tend to prefer recipes using melted butter since I never have the foresight to soften butter :P Nigella's CGC is sooo amazing too.

  4. My friend made the CGC for the rugby this past weekend (with a vanilla buttercream icing it was the perfect supporters cake!), and it was amaaaaaazing. I just finished the last piece last night and it was still perfect. Daisy looks adorable, happy birthday!

  5. What a gorgeous birthday cake! Hope you had a lovely party :)

  6. That icing was the best! The perfect icing for that cake.

    There was no way you were going to be able to blow out those candles with your mouth stuffed full of mamos Daisy!

  7. I think I will have to give this cake a go! Happy birthday Daisy xo

  8. What a lovely blog :-), I'll follow you and put you on my Kiwi Blogroll!


  9. What a cutie!

    Fav cake ever - good for birthdays too because you can make it well ahead of time. The hard part is knowing you've got CGC you can't eat...


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