I've previously had success making a guinness cake (http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/chocolate-guinness-cake-3086), and, whilst it was tasty, I figure there has to be a better stout to flavour it with. Any suggestions?

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Guinness is in a style called "Dry Irish Stout", so anything on this list would probably substitute well.

It sort of depends on what you felt was missing from the cake. We could work on narrowing it down to stouts that were stronger in those flavors.

Oatmeal or milk stouts as styles would be sweeter than Guinness, some stouts might play up chocolate or coffee or roast/burnt. Porter is a really similar style that takes well to interesting spice combinations like vanilla and anise. Bourbon Barrel aged stouts will have a wood/vanilla/whiskey thing going on. You could make some interesting cakes.

  • The cake has what can only be described as a rich and 'heavy' taste, which is great, but could perhaps do with slightly more chocolate coming through. I'll have to check out some more chocolatey stouts - coffee notes would overcomplicate it, and most porters I've seen would be a little too light. Thanks! May 6, 2015 at 13:02

There are some stouts with cocoa in their recipes. Two that I like are Young's Double Chocolate Stout and Sadler's Mud City Stout, both available in bottles in the UK.

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