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Chocolate Guinness Cake + St. Patrick's Day Decor with Legally Crafty

Chocolate Guinness Cake + St. Patrick's Day Decor with Legally Crafty

St. Patrick’s Day is this weekend! And in the spirit of the holiday craziness I’ve got a fun filled - maybe a little all over the place - blog for you today! I’m sharing a chocolatey cake that’s made with Guinness, decor ideas for your cake (courtesy of me) and home (courtesy of my good friend Holly, aka Legally Crafty), and fun Guinness trivia.

Guinness

Let’s start with the cake. Guinness in a cake? I know it’s wild. Wildly delicious! This cake is the perfect dessert for any St. Patrick’s Day celebration. And compliments a dinner of Pork Chops & Cabbage beautifully. I promise the Guinness simply intensifies the richness of the chocolate. The stout flavor is not detectable (sorry, Guinness lovers). Add some festive decorations, like the ones pictured, and this dessert is sure to grab everyone’s attention. The recipe is below!

Decor

Now time for decor! Not only did I want to include an Irish ingredient in my cake but I also wanted to decorate the cake to scream St. Patrick’s Day. I am happy to share that for just $4 I accomplished my goal. The pictured decor is:

  • Ribbon, from the local fabric store: orange, green, and Irish flag ribbon  
  • Coffee Stirrer, I grabbed 3 extra on my last coffee run, then glued an Irish flag ribbon to each, let it dry, then stuck the flags into the cake
  • Shaved Chocolate, I used a vegetable peeler and my favorite dark chocolate bar, and shaved chocolate all over the cake and counter 
  • Shamrock table centerpiece, from Dealz, which made a lovely centerpiece for the cake 

Don’t stop with your cake. Ensure your party setting is equally as festive as your cake. And to do that is where I call on my good friend, Holly, for some DIY party decor ideas! Holly and I met in college and lived in the same sorority house for three years. Holly's that friend who works hard and kicks butt in the process, evident from her legal career and her successful DIY craft blog, Legally Crafty. On her blog today she shares a Guinness inspired bar. Want more? Check out her St. Paddy's Day posts from previous years: a shamrock drink station + recipe, decorating with apothecary jars, and affordable St. Patrick's Day decor tips! All great posts.  

Guinness Trivia

 
 

After a person visits the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, Ireland six times, they're bound to memorize something. And today I decided to share that something: Guinness trivia! Impress your friends with your newly acquired Guinness knowledge this weekend. Here are three of my favorite facts:

  1. To order a Guinness you might say, "A pint of the black stuff, please." However, Guinness is actually red not black. Hold it up to the light to see it’s amber hues.  
  2. Guinness is the singular and plural. “Five Guinness please.” Is correct, never Guinnesses.  
  3. The version of Guinness synonymous with the word was created to celebrate their 200th anniversary! Guinness was founded in 1759 and the first draft Guinness was served in 1959. In 1959, keg and draft beer become popular so Guinness added nitrogen to their original beer, creating the drink we order today.
 
 

Side note, yes, you read that right, in two years I've been to the Guinness Storehouse six times! And while no one needs to visit the Storehouse that many times, in all seriousness I return because it is a great tourist attraction and all our visitors have really enjoyed themselves there.

Thank you for reading! How are you celebrating St. Patrick's Day?! Will you be baking a cake, decorating your home, and/or heading to your favorite Irish pub? I'd love to hear! 

See you soon, I have a fun cocktail still to come this Friday!

 

 

Chocolate Guinness Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Serves 6-8 slices 

 
 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup/185ml Guinness

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 ¾ cup/245g Flour
  • 1 cup/180g Sugar
  • ¾ cup/105g Cocoa Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Salt

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 cup/ 200g Sour Cream, room temperature
  • 2 Eggs, room temperature
  • ½ cup/100ml Vegetable Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 stick/135g Butter, room temperature
  • 10 oz/280g Cream Cheese, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla  
  • 2 cups/200 g Powder/Icing Sugar

Make the Cake

Preheat the oven to 350F/180C. Grease and flour two 8-inch round cake pans.

Combine the dry ingredients in a medium bowl, set aside.

Combine the wet ingredients in a large bowl.

Add half the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, combine. Add half the Guinness to the mixture, combine. Add the remaining dry ingredients, combine. Add the remaining Guinness, combine. 

Divide cake batter evenly between prepared cake pans. Bake 20-35 minutes until toothpick comes out clean and cakes bounce back when tapped. Allow to cool in cake pans for 10 minutes, then remove, and cool completely on cooling rack before frosting.

Make the Frosting

In a mixer on medium speed cream the butter and cream cheese and vanilla. Turn the mixer down to low, slowly add the powder sugar to incorporate. Mix until smooth. Frost the cake! And decorate accordingly.

 

 

Reading this post in July, when St. Patrick’s Day isn’t on anyone’s mind? This cake will still work for your occasion. Serve the cake as a Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. Instead of decorating the cake in green, orange, and white. Add mixed berries on top. It’ll still be a hit!     

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