Black velvet baby cakes

Black velvet baby cakes

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(34 ratings)

Prep: 35 mins Cook: 25 mins


Makes 6
These gorgeous Guinness puds are an indulgent treat - and perfect for St Patrick's Day on 17 March

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freeze cakes only

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal587
  • fat41g
  • saturates21g
  • carbs52g
  • sugars36g
  • fibre2g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.59g
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  • 100g softened butter, plus extra for greasing



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 175g light brown soft sugar



    Honey and syrups made from concentrated fruit juice were the earliest known sweeteners. Today,…

  • 1 egg



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 50g ground almonds
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

  • 5 tbsp cocoa, plus a little extra for decorating
  • 150ml Guinness

For the cream

  • 200ml double cream
  • 25g icing sugar
  • splash champagne (optional)



    A sparkling wine and name of the most northerly wine region in France. Most Champagnes are a…


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease and line the bases of 6 dariole moulds with baking parchment. Put the butter, sugar, egg, flour, ground almonds, bicarbonate, cocoa and Guinness in a mixing bowl. Beat together until lump-free. Divide between the tins then bake for 20-25 mins until risen and a skewer poked in comes out clean. Cool for 15 mins, then remove from tins and cool completely – the same way up they baked, don’t turn upside-down.

  2. Whip cream with the icing sugar and splash of Champagne, if using, until thick. Spoon a dollop onto the top of each cake and dust with a touch of cocoa. Serve with glasses of Champagne or Black Velvets for pudding.

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16th Apr, 2012
These turned out great!
31st Mar, 2012
Made this twice, so simple to make but absolutely delicious
17th Mar, 2012
St Patrick's day failure. They are revolting! I bake a lot and these were not a success. THey were way more crumbly than I expected and despite the parchment paper in the greased dariole moulds they didn't come out cleanly. As for the taste... yuch! Have made other guinness based recipes in the past and none had such a bad taste. Tonight also made the guinness glazed pork for main and it was great. My suggestion would be avoid - make normal chocolate cupcakes and serve decorated like pints.
17th Mar, 2012
Jasmine, best thing is to cuts strips of baking parchment about an inch thick. Line tins with two of these, crossing over at the base and the tops sticking out the top. When cooked you simply lift out the cakes by holding the tops of strips of parchment. Hope this works for you.
17th Mar, 2012
Okie doke, it's up now
17th Mar, 2012
How much bicarbonate of soda do you put in? It's not in ingredient list but says to add it in recipe... Do I just not bother?
16th Mar, 2012
Well I've made these twice now. I even bought the dariol moulds whi cost me £20. Both times i made them exactly to the recipe, put the parchment in the bottom and greased the tins liberally but when cooled after 15 minutes they would not come out of the moulds and all I got was a crumbly mess. I have wasted so much time on these I will definitely not make them again and will now have to find another dessert for my St Patricks Day dinner party. This is the worst experience I have had from a Good Food Recipe!!!!! Jan, Lytham
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30th Nov, 2011
I made a whole cake of this and it was incredible! I regularily make it for friends now. You can see mine here:
3rd Oct, 2011
Fabulous! Made them with Baileys cream which went perfectly. I made in cupcake cases which didn't work too well. Next time I will just grease muffin tin and not use cases.
28th Sep, 2011
These look great so am going to try them ASAP. Sounds like a suggestion would be warm with Baileys ice cream. Can anyone let me know if they have tried this?


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