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Happy St Patrick’s Day

Happy St Patrick’s Day

St Patrick’s Day is upon us again, and to celebrate we thought we would share an extra special treat with you.

Here’s the Guinness Cake recipe from our StrEAT Alternatives cookbook – a proper Ireland inspired treat.



For the cake:

200ml Guinness

170g plain flour

2 medium eggs, beaten

290g dark soft brown sugar

60g cocoa powder

115g butter

1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder


For the Icing:

2 tablespoons Guinness

115g icing sugar, sifted

115 dark cooking chocolate

60g butter

1 pack ready-made white icing



Preheat oven to 180C (160C fan)/350F/Gas Mark 4.

Grease two non-stick 20cm baking tins.

Mix together butter and sugar then gradually beat in the eggs.

In a second bowl sift the flour and baking powder.

In a third bowl mix together the cocoa powder and Guinness.

Gradually add all the mixtures together and fold in until completely mixed.

Separate between the two tins and bake for 30-35 mins.

Leave to cool before turning onto wire rack.

Melt chocolate then mix in Guinness.

Beat in butter, leave to cool for five minutes, then beat in the icing sugar.

Use some of the mixture to sandwich together the two layers, and use the rest for the top and sides.

Cover the top with white icing and leave to set.

Wit the icing for this recipe your cake should end up looking like Guinness (dark sides and white top).


Copies of our StrEAT Alternatives cookbook are still available to buy for just £10. Contact 01224 625732 or fundraising@aberdeen-cyrenians.org for more details.

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