Saturday, May 23, 2009

Doesn't Time Fly?

I can't believe that it's a year since I started blogging but when I look back I began with Teenboy's birthday cake and here is this year's offering. Actually, I'm a bit late as the cake has been and gone so I can confidently say that it was a success!

I did have a long hard think as to what cake would go down well with a 16 year old and he was too busy with living to give a great deal of thought to it so I went with a recipe that I've been wanting to try, Nigella's Chocolate Guinness cake!

I just love the thought of chocolate and guinness together and the frosting on top makes it sound wonderful. It is also so easy to make which gives it the big thumbs up around here. If you haven't tried it do give it a go and don't worry if you haven't got easy access to guinness as I just used a Tasmanian stout which tasted pretty good! If you have a copy of Nigella's Feast you'll find the recipe there!

250 ml Guinness
250 g unsalted butter
75 g cocoa
400 g caster sugar
142 ml sour cream
2 eggs

1t tbsp real vanilla extract
275 g plain flour
2 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
For the icing:
300 g Philadelphia cream cheese

150 g icing sugar
125 ml double or whipping cream
Preheat the oven to gas mark 4 / 180oc, butter and line a 23 cm springform tin
Pour the Guinness into a large wide saucepan, add the butter gradually, and heat until the butter has melted. At which time, whisk in the cocoa and sugar.
Beat the sour cream with the eggs and vanilla and pour into the brown, buttery, beery pan and finally whisk in the bicarb and flour.
Pour the cake batter into the greased, 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.
Lightly whip the cream cheese until smooth, sieve over the icing sugar, then beat together. Add the cream and beat again until it makes a spreadable consistency. Ice the top of the black cake so that it resembles the frothy top of a pint.

Things have changed such a lot since I started this blog. I'm no longer a student but am working in community services as a family counsellor and loving it. However, it does mean that time is a little more hard to come by and Tuesday nights are a rush to finish work, get home, feed everybody, make next day's lunches and then get out to orchestra practice so imagine my delight when OH came home early and got this gastronomic feast ready for us all! He invented the curry recipe but I know that it contained Patak's Madras paste. The raita was his own and very delicious. I'm hoping that Tuesday nights will become a regular cooking feature for him!!


Sally said...

Wow, indeed that did go quickly.
Happy BLOGAVERSARY to 2 drumsticks and a bottle of wine.
The cake looks wonderful, and so does that curry. What a lovely suprise. Good on you Mr. 2 drumsticks. LOL.
Sending love and hugs.

Maria♥ said...

Happy Blogaversary!!

The Chocolate Guinness cake has to be one of my favourite cakes! It is absolutely amazing. Your cake turned out perfect.


JillyB said...

Thanks for your good wishes Sally and Maria.
The cake was great and so was the curry.

♥Rosie♥ said...

Happy Blogaversary Jilly!!

A great choice of cake one of my favourite cakes from the lovely Nigella!

Rosie x

all in one printer said...

Happy Blogaversary to you Jilly..

Laura @ Hungry and Frozen said...

Happy Blogoversary! This Guinness cake is one of my very's genius.

I used a Tasmanian stout just the other day in a stew, because it was cheaper than Guinness! Lovely it was too :)

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Lovely dinner :)

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George said...

Happy Blog Birthday Jilly (belatedly).

What a gorgeous cake you made, the Guinness cake is one of my favourites.

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