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  • Chocolate Guinness Cake In Advance

    Hi can you tell me how long the Chocolate Guinness Cake will keep un-iced - I need to make it a few days in advance as so busy! Will this be ok? Is it best to wrap it in cling film and put somewhere cool? Thanks

    From the nigella team:

    Nigella's Chocolate Guinness Cake (from Feast and on the Nigella website) is a very moist cake and keeps fairly well. Un-iced it will keep for 5-7 days but we would prefer to make it up to 2 days in advance so that it is as fresh as possible.

    Once the cake is fully cooled then it is a good idea to wrap it tightly in clingfilm (plastic wrap) and then put it in a cake tin or airtight container and leave it in a cool place. The un-iced cake can also be frozen for up to 3 months. Wrap the cake tightly in a double layer of clingfilm and a layer of foil before freezing. To thaw the cake unwrap it and leave it on a wire rack at room temperature for about 4 hours.

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