James Martin’s very best of British: Chocolate stout cake
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This cake is everything that’s good about comfort food, you’ll struggle not to have a second piece
I made this delicious cake on my visit to Northern Ireland for the road trip and I was shown around the area by my old friend and local chef, Paul Rankin
- 200g (7oz) butter
- 150g (5½oz) dark chocolate, broken into smaller pieces
- 300ml (10fl oz) stout
- 4 eggs
- 500g (1lb 2oz) soft light brown sugar
- 350g (12oz) self-raising flour
For the icing
- 400g (14oz) full-fat cream cheese
- 25ml (¾fl oz) stout
- 200g (7oz) icing sugar
- A couple of squares of dark or milk chocolate, to decorate
Preheat the oven to 160°C/fan 140°C/ gas 3.
Line a 27cm, deep-sided cake tin with baking parchment.
Put the butter, dark chocolate and stout into a large heatproof bowl and rest over a pan of just-simmering water, making sure the base doesn’t touch the water, until the butter and chocolate have melted.
Lift the bowl out of the pan and leave to cool slightly. Add the eggs and sugar then whisk together well.
Fold in the self-raising flour until the mixture is smooth. Pour the cake batter into the prepared tin and bake for 1 hour.
Leave the cake to cool in the tin and then turn out onto a plate or stand.
For the icing, whisk the cream cheese, stout and icing sugar together until smooth. Spoon the mixture on top of the cake and spread all over to cover.
Grate the chocolate over the top of the cake and serve in slices.
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