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Name of Event

Easter Sunday

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A moist chocolate/orange cake enhanced with Guinness


Yield 6-8 servings
Preparation time 20 minutes
Cooking time 35-40 minutes
Main Ingredient Guinness/Orange


For the Cake

  • 8 ounces butter, at room temperature

  • 8 ounces soft dark brown sugar

  • 10 ounces self-raising flour

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 2 heaped tablespoons good quality cocoa

  • Grated rind/zest of 1 orange

  • 4 large eggs

  • 1/2 cup Guinness

For the Frosting/Icing

  • 8 oz butter

  • 16 oz confectioners' sugar / icing sugar

  • Juice of half of one large orange, or all the juice of a small one ( any sweet orange or Seville for a tangy flavor)

  • Grated rind/zest of 1-2 oranges


  1. Preheat oven to 375F.

  2. Grease two 8-9-inch cake pans.

  3. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Sift the flour, salt and cocoa into a mixing bowl.

  4. Add the orange rind/zest to the creamed butter and beat in the eggs, one at a time, including a spoonful of the measured flour mixture with each one, and beating well between additions. Gently mix in the Guinness, a tablespoonful at a time, including another spoonful of flour with each addition. If there's any flour left over, fold it in gently to mix; blend thoroughly without over-beating.

  5. Divide the mixture between the tins, smooth down, and put the cakes into the center of the preheated oven.

  6. Reduce the heat to moderate (350F) and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the cakes are springy to the touch and shrinking slightly in the pans. Turn out and cool on a wire rack.

  7. Meanwhile, make the icing. Cream the softened butter and icing sugar together very thoroughly, then blend in the grated orange rind and enough juice to make an icing that is soft enough to spread.

  8. When the cakes are cold, use half the icing to sandwich the two cakes together, and spread the rest on top. If you want to frost the sides of the cake as well, increase the icing recipe by half.

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