Monday, 16 June 2014

Chocolate Guinness Cake

So. Here I am. Back from Uni, exams, and, frankly, an inexcusably long break from blogging. Now that I've found my feet back in Wales i.e. found a job (a girl's gotta pay rent) and had some time to relax after grueling (but totally worthless) first year exams, I'm delighted to share with you this heavenly chocolate cake recipe. Super rich, moist and dense, this cake means business. And so do I.
We're back with a vengeance.

My first experience with Guinness Cake was in a little tea shop in Falmouth, Annie's Kitchen. If you're ever lucky enough to be in the area it's definitely worth checking out, I lived in Fal almost a year and never visited another cake shop once, it was that good. While showing a friend round Falifornia (as it's known to the Uni folk) we stopped at Annie's for a slice of something nice and a drink. I decided on the vanilla marshmallow cake (my usual) in the window, but was swayed at the last minute by the glorious and intriguing 'Chocolate Guinness Cake' in the fridge counter inside. Coins and cake were exchanged (you can pay in excess of 4 quid for a pasty in Cornwall, but an amazing piece of cake at Annie's will only set you back £2.50. Frankly I'd rather skip the pasty) and a few minutes later we were sat down on the pier enjoying our treats.

Honest to God that slice of cake was one of the nicest things I've ever eaten in my life. Dark, rich, fudgy chocolate cake met perfectly with light, sweet whipped mascarpone and cream, marrying to create the ultimate chocolate dessert. I knew I would have to recreate this masterpiece somehow, but before you read on, heed this warning, this cake is not for the feint of heart. Dieters beware, even looking at the recipe will give you heart palpitations.