Gloriously dark, mouthwatering sponge and a creamy frosting you can sink your teeth into. This cake is pure bliss – and it’s so, so simple to make. Perfect for busy women who wants to whip up a comfort food treat for friends or family, or to take into the office for a treat for colleagues.

Busy Girl Bakes: Chocolate Guinness Cake

This Chocolate Guinness Cake recipe from Nigella Lawson – the queen of easy cooking – is ideal if you fancy a bit of weekend baking but don’t actually want it to take that long!

Normally we avoid the word ‘moist’ at all costs. But there’s no other word for it here – the Chocolate Guinness Cake is delightfully moist, in the best possible way. Guinness may sound like an odd combo with chocolate, but trust us it really works – taking the edge off the sweet, cream cheese icing. This is a great cake for treat or makes an impressive dessert too. It may seem like a lot of icing, but layer it up to give your cake the white topping of the iconic Guinness pint.

Chocolate Guinness cake slice

Chocolate Guinness Cake

This recipe is from Nigella Lawson.



  • 250ml Guinness
  • 250unsalted butter
  • 75cocoa powder
  • 400caster sugar
  • 142ml sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 275plain flour
  • 2 ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda


  • 300cream cheese
  • 150g icing sugar
  • 125ml double cream 


  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 4/180°C/350ºF
  • Generously butter and line a 23cm / 9″ springform tin
  • Pour the Guinness into a large saucepan
  • Slice the butter and add it to the saucepan. Heat gently to melt the butter. Then whisk the cocoa and caster sugar into the saucepan mixture.
  • Separately beat together the sour cream, eggs and vanilla. Then pour this into the saucepan.
  • Whisk in the flour and bicarb and then pour the batter into the greased, lined tin.
  • Bake for 45 – 60 minutes. Leave to cool in the tin on a cooling rack.
  • While the cake cools, start the icing. Whip the cream cheese until smooth and then sieve the icing sugar over it. Beat together.
  • Add the cream and beat again until you have a spreadable icing.
  • When your cake is completely cooled, remove it from the tin and smother generously with the frosty icing.

Chocolate Guinness cake recipe

All that’s left to do now is sink your teeth in and enjoy!

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