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Frosting for Chocolate Guinness Cake

Asked by Sandra Piper. Answered on 27th December 2014

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Hello, I have a friend who doesn't like cheese, can you suggest an alternative frosting for the Chocolate Guinness Cake?

Do you have any suggestions as to an alternative icing for the Guinness Cake? I want to make it for my son's birthday but he doesn't like cheese, even tho' you can't taste it he knows it's in there! Many thanks. Nosila51.

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Nigella's Chocolate Guinness Cake (from Feast and on the Nigella website) has a frosting made from cream cheese, sugar and cream as it looks a little like the frothy head on a pint of Guinness. It is also not quite as rich as a traditional buttercream. A regular vanilla buttercream would also be suitable for the cake.

You could also try using mascarpone instead of the cream cheese. This is a cheese but tastes like double cream and not at all cheesy. It can be quite easy to over-beat mascarpone so we suggest beating the mascarpone, cream and sugar together until just combined. You should also refrigerate the cake with this frosting.

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