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Chocolate Guinness Cake Frosting

Asked by PangorBan. Answered on 27th February 2017

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I've been making the Chocolate Guinness Cake successfully for many years, but find it increasingly difficult to find Philadelphia cream cheese in a solid foil wrapped pack, which is firm enough for this icing. The more widely available Philadelphia in a tub I find too soft - even when I whip the double cream, the icing remains soft enough to wander off the cake! Any advice gratefully received.

Chocolate Guinness Cake
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Chocolate Guinness Cake
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Nigella's Chocolate Guinness Cake (from FEAST) is an almost gingerbread-like cake topped with a frothy frosting of cream cheese, icing (confectioner's) sugar and whipped cream.

Some cream cheeses seem now to be made softer-spreading, which can make a frosting less thick. If you wish to thicken yours, simply beat in 1 teaspoon of cornflour (cornstarch) per 100g (4 ounces) cream cheese, before continuing with the frosting recipe.

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