chocolate guiness cake

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Lancashire Jan

chocolate guiness cake

I have just bought Delia's Cakes book and all the ingredients to make 2 quantities of the chocolate guiness cake for my son's 18th birthday. However, I have just noted when looking on the internet that a lot of people have had problems with the recipe. Mainly that the recipe has been shown previously to use plain flour but the book that I have just bought states self-raising flour. Apparently people seem to have had issues with the combination of the bicarbonate of soda and the self raising flour. I cannot find the recipe on this website to check the ingredients. Other people have had problems with the chocolate seizing when melting it together with the stout for the icing. Don't know what to do as I have to make this tomorrow and I am worried that it will all go wrong. If anyone has tried this recipe I would love to hear how it went and what flour you used and how you did the icing. Thanks.

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Lindsey, Food Editor

chocolate Guinness cake

Dear Lancashire Jan,

I made 2 of these cakes again for Easter. They do work perfectly as long as sandwich tins are the right size. They need to be 20cm wide and at least 4cm deep. The original recipe was made with plain flour, which gives a slightly denser result. The new book is self-raising flour. For the chocolate icing as long as the water is barely simmering and your bowl doesn’t touch the water this will be fine. It’s important to be patient whilst the chocolate melts and then after when you make the icing. Over heating will make it seize. The stout needs to be added before you melt the chocolate, not after. If you think the water might be getting too hot, pull the pan off the heat and just let the chocolate sit over the hot water. Once the melted chocolate has cooled a little and you have whisked in the icing sugar, if it feels too soft to spread just wait a little longer until it is.

I hope the celebrations all go to plan.

Best wishes

Lindsey

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Lancashire Jan

chocolate guiness cake

Thanks Lindsey for taking the time to reply. I will now go ahead and stick to the recipe. I am going with the self-raising flour as in her new book. I must admit I have had no prolems with Delia's recipes in the past. Must remember not to take any notice of other peoples disasters on the internet in future! Thanks again, Janet.

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Lindsey, Food Editor

chocolate Guinness cake

Dear Janet,

I will be thinking of you today and hoping that you come back with a success story.

All the best

Lindsey

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Lancashire Jan

Chocolate Guinness Cake - Success!

Hi Lindsey, just to let you know that the cake was a great success. I actually baked two batches making each batch in an 22cm and 18cm tin so that I could stack one cake on top of the other. I was worried about changing the tin sizes but the tins were deep enough and as one tin was 2cm smaller and one was 2cm larger than recommended the recipe worked fine. On the second batch though I made one and a half times the quantity of mixture to produce slightly deeper sponges as it was to be a celebration cake and I wanted the finished cake to be high, so I gave them a little longer in the oven. I had no problems with the icing but I melted the chocolate and stout very slowly and it was fine. Anyway, everyone was very impressed and it tastes great. I made extra icing so that once it was stacked one cake on top of the other I could coat it completely with the icing and I decorated it with maltesers and chocolate stars around the bottom of each cake and in the centre on the top cake instead of the walnuts and stuck a number 18 sparkler and some stars in the centre top cake. I was very pleased with the end result, so thanks again for your reassurance with the recipe and to Delia for another great recipe. I am actually a massive Delia fan. I now own 10 of her books and I started by buying her Complete Cookery Course when I got married 28 years ago. I constantly refer to this book which is my 'bible' when it comes to cooking. She has basically taught me to cook over the years, and I and all my family have developed a real passion for good food. My three children are all keen cooks and one of the first cookery books my daughter bought on leaving home was also Delia's Complete Cookery Course. Please pass on my thanks and compliments to her as she has helped me greatly over the years to feed my family really well and to inspire my children to take an interest in food and to learn to cook themselves. Best Wishes, Janet.

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Lindsey, Food Editor

Chocolate Guinness cake

Hello Janet,

It’s really great to hear from you.
What wonderful news, I’m so pleased.
I will pass on your lovely comments to Delia.

Best wishes
Lindsey

 
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