Chocolate and ale cake with muscovado malt cream

This is a really simple but still impressive cake, with dark ale to keep it moist and add extra flavour – a great make ahead dessert.

Tom Kerridge Recipes

By Tom Kerridge
From Tom Kerridge's Proper Pub Food


For the chocolate and ale cake

  • 200ml/7fl oz dark ale, plus 4 tbsp for the icing
  • 50g/1¾oz cocoa powder
  • 110g/4oz butter, softened
  • 275g/9¾oz soft dark brown sugar
  • 2 large free-range eggs
  • 175g/6oz plain flour
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 220g/8oz good-quality dark chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa solids)
  • 220g/8oz icing sugar
  • 100g/3½oz soft butter

For the muscovado and malt cream

  • 250ml/9fl oz double cream
  • 50g/1¾oz muscovado sugar
  • 50g/1¾oz malt extract
  • pinch salt

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