Superb cake with excellent texture and taste. The glossy smoothness of the chocolate ganache topping is a Thermomix specialty, and the Cream Cheese topping is also a winner.
250 g Guinness or stout
250 g unsalted butter, diced
60 g cocoa
400 g caster sugar
140 g sour cream or crème frâiche
1 tsp vanilla essence
280 g plain flour
2½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
Prepare a 23cm springform tin (suggest line base and sides)
1. Pour Guinness into TM bowl and add butter. Heat 3 minutes/80°C/Speed 1
2. Add cocoa, sugar, sour cream, eggs and vanilla. Mix 20 seconds/Speed 3.
3. Add flour and bicarbonate of soda. Mix 20 seconds/Speed 3.
4. Pour into springform tin and bake 45 minutes 180 degrees or Gas Mark 4. Aga Ovens: Bake 1 to 1½ hours in the middle of the Baking Oven.
5. Leave to cool completely before applying one of the toppings.
Either Cream Cheese Icing:
300 g cream cheese, e.g. Philadelphia
150 g icing sugar
125 g double cream
1. Insert Butterfly Whisk. Whip cream cheese until smooth Speed 2½.
2. Add icing sugar and mix in on Speed 2.
3. Add double cream and mix Speed 2½ until smooth. Spread over cake with a palette knife.
Or Chocolate Ganache:
150 g double cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp unsalted butter
150 g dark chocolate, broken into small pieces
1. Add all ingredients to TM bowl. Heat 3 minutes/Speed 2 until chocolate is melted.
2. Pour over cake and use a knife to smooth the icing over the edges. It will harden when cold.
UK Thermomix recipe
Gert - On the rare occasion I do make a cake it is this no fail recipe I use. Easy as and you can make it the day before and cover it with ganache as you need it. My friends love this one and I usually buy a 250 ml bottle of special chocolaty stout. It is Red Oak Belgian Chocolate Stout. It is a huge, dense cake. I fed 14 people with the last one I made.
alioop - loved it, thanks for the recipe CP. The cake was a very very rich, dark, moist cake (also covered it with the cream cheese icing which was done in a flash in the TM). Was quite a large cake, and given the richness, I may do in two separate, smaller tins next time. Yum, Yum. Will be doing this one again!!
cookie1 - What a lovely cake. I made this with left over guiness. I ended up making a few changes as I was running short on stores. I topped up the guiness with about 50ml of beer as I ran out of guiness. I reduced the sugar to 250g as I thought I should. I didn't have enough sour cream so had about 100ml of buttermilk added. Even with all this messing up it was a really beautiful cake and I will definitely be making it again, thanks CP63.
Thermie007 - Yummy,yummy & yummy is all we can say about this one esp with the cream cheese slavered thickly on the top of it. Mine collapsed a bit in the middle but that just meant more cream cheese to fill it. We loved it and I want to try it again another day with the chocolate ganache. Thanks for the recipe CreamPuff63
Gert - I always turn the cake upside down when removing it from the oven to give the ganache a flat surface as it is runny at first.
Kissmypixel - WOW it's a winner in this house. Took exactly 1.5 hrs to cook and it makes a big/enormous cake. Whenever I make the beef and guiness stew I will be making this. Thank you for sharing the recipe. PERFECT
ES - I made this in my Themo Chef, and the only adjustment I made to the recipe was to drop the temperature by 10C when heating the stout and butter. I used Coopers Stout as it's our local brew. I made the ganache, but as my TC seems to be burning things at the moment, I changed the method. I blitzed the chocolate in the TC and then poured in the cream, which I had heated in the microwave until it was hot but not boiling, through the hole in the lid at speed 3 until it was smooth.
The cake turned out really well and made a lovely birthday cake which served lots of people.
Blue Wren88 - I can't believe how good this TM makes me look! Everyone that tasted it thought I was brilliant! I made the chocolate ganache & served it with the EDC Strawberry sauce & double cream......yum!
Lellyj - Very yummy, thank you. Used a bit less guinness in the beef and Guinness stew so that I would have enough for this cake. Very easy, too.