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The Most Popular Recipe of All Time: Katie Quinn Davies’ Guinness Cake Recipe

by Grace Bonney

Well, it’s here: the final spot on our final countdown of the most popular Design*Sponge posts of all time. I find myself typing more and more s l o w l y to try and drag this post out, but I guess I need to get on with it. So here we go: our most popular recipe of all time.

Irish-born and Sydney-based food photographer/food stylist Katie Quinn Davies’ Guinness Cake recipe was, without a doubt, one of my favorite recipes we’ve ever run. Why? Because it is quite simply one of the most delicious and richest chocolate cakes I’ve ever tasted in my life. If you’ve never had a Guinness Cake (Katie’s version is an adaptation of Nigella Lawson’s recipe), the flavor is like nothing else. Rich and chocolatey but also with a slight hint of sourness from the Guinness. Top that with decadent cream cheese frosting and you have a winner. Happy Baking! xo, Grace

#1: Katie Quinn Davies’ Guinness Cake


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  • I have been making this cake at least once a year since the original publication. It’s so easy and so steadfastly easy. Thanks friends for sharing this again. <3