21 Apr 2014

Chocolate Guinness cake recipe by our friend Maya Bakery

I discovered Maya Bakery in a local market in the Horniman Horniman Farmers' Market in South London. Maya comes from a Lebanese family and that influence the flavours in her cakes. Her cakes are infused with Lebanese ingrediants like tahini, dates and rose. Maya shared with me this recipe of a Chocolate Guinness cake.


125g unsalted butter
250g light muscovado (or brown) sugar
175g plain flour
80g cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 eggs
200ml Guinness

White chocolate buttercream:

600g icing sugar
250g unsalted butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
100g melted white chocolate
Few tbsp milk if required to loosen the buttercream

The cake

Beat the butter and sugar together until fluffy and pale. And the eggs, one by one until fully incorporated. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt and add to the wet mixture. Whisk until fully incorporated then add the cocoa powder.  Add the Guinness at the end and mix in well. Pour the mixture into two 8 inch tins and bake at 180° for approx 25 mins - or until sponge is fairly firm to the touch. Leave to cool slightly before releasing from the tins and leaving to cool fully on a wire rack.

The buttercream 

Mix the butter and icing sugar together for approx 8 mins. Add the vanilla extract and mix for another few minutes. Then add the melted white chocolate - and milk if necessary. Spread all over the cake and devour!


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