Happy Mothers day Mum x
Recipe adapted from Feast by Nigella Lawson
You will need
250ml Guinness (Sweetheart Stout also works very well)
400g caster sugar
130ml of Buttermilk (or sour cream if you cant find it)
1 tbl vanilla extract
275g plain flour
2 1/2 tsp bicarb of soda
1 tub of soft white cheese, like Philadelphia
175g icing sugar
125ml double cream
A few drops of lemon juice (optional)
Heat the Guinness and butter until it all melts together, take it off the heat, add the sugar and cocoa and whisk well. (Be careful though as the butter and beer will be hot.) In a separate bowl mix together the buttermilk, eggs and vanilla then add this to your hot mixture and mix in again. Gradually add the flour and bicarb to this mixture stirring as you go until you have a thickened cake batter. (Don’t worry if it’s still a little damp, its supposed to be a really moist cake.)
Pour it in to a lined cake tin and place in the middle of a preheated oven at gas mark 4 (180C) for around 45 minutes. It will probably need longer for you to get a clean skewer in the middle so be prepared to give it a little longer. When its baked leave the cake to cool in it its tin as it will fall apart if you tip it out on to a rack.
To make the icing cream the cheese, icing sugar and cream together, you make need to add a little more icing sugar if its still very runny, and then liberally spread all over the cake with a palate knife.