A cool well poured pint of Guinness is said to taste of chocolate, so there's no better combination than Guinness and chocolate cake. Serve when still slightly warm with sweetened creme fraiche or sour cream.
I used a slab cake tin and shaped the cake into a tulip glass shape, stacked two layers together and stuck together with chocolate ganache. I used sugarpaste to cover it, just kept some out from colouring the rest black for the all important head. I simply traced the letters and the Harp and cut out of the cream sugarpaste with a scalpel. Looks much more complicated than it really was!
Altered ingredient amounts. I agree, far far too much mixture... - 25 Mar 2010
Something else. Cake batter definitely would not fit into a 20cm cake tin, so I used a lamington tray. - 22 Mar 2009
Thanks to the reviewers! We have updated this recipe to note that TWO 20 cm pans are needed (not one as originally published) and updated the amount of sour cream needed. - 16 Mar 2016