Guinness Layer Cake with Whiskey Ganache and Baileys Icing

 

My favourite chocolate cake ever is my Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake that has been going bonkers on the internet lately (last count it’s been shared over 177,000 times on Facebook alone!). As it’s St Patrick’s Day this week, I wanted to rework my beloved Guinness Cake into something better. Is it possible? Why yes, I think it is. Imagine a layer of dark and moist Guinness chocolate cake, followed by a layer of dark chocolate whiskey ganache, topped with Baileys …

What you will need

250ml Guinness beer (1 cup)

250g butter (1 cup + 1 tbsp)

100g cup cocoa powder (2/3 cup)

400g caster/superfine sugar (1¾ cups)

140ml sour cream (2/3 cup)

2 eggs

1 tbsp vanilla extract

250g plain flour (2 cups)

2½ tsp bicarbonate of soda/baking soda

225g dark chocolate (8 ounces)

140ml heavy cream (2/3 cup)

2 tbsp butter

2 tsp Irish whiskey

500-600g sifted icing sugar/powdered sugar (4-5 cups)

100g butter at room temperature (1/2 cup)

250g cream cheese at room temperature (8oz)

4-6 tbsps Baileys Irish Cream (to taste)

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