Chocolate Guinness Cake with Caramel & Sea Salt Flakes


Today is a special day: Mondomulia turns three years old! It’s crazy to think how this little blog revolutionized my life, motivated me, shaped who I am, gave me new friends and a new career.

Chocolate Guinness Cake with Caramel Sauce & Maldon Sea Salt Flakes

I missed my blog’s second anniversary last November as I was on my honeymoon in Australia, but this year I wasn’t going to let the 24th of November pass without a special post (and miss the opportunity to eat a slice of cake…or three!).

Chocolate Guinness Cake with Caramel Sauce & Maldon Sea Salt Flakes

This year I have another reason to celebrate: in two weeks I will officially retire from advertising and start working full time on my blog and photography! I still can’t quite believe this is happening… I am incredibly happy and excited to see what the future holds for me and for Mondomulia!

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I had reached a point where I simply couldn’t keep juggling multiple jobs and leaving Mondomulia wasn’t an option. It was a scary decision to make, but I knew in my heart it was the right thing to do. I want to dedicate all my time to food writing and photography and I hope it’s going to pay off.

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Blogging, writing, taking photos, working in the food and coffee worlds: this is my life and what I love and I hope to be able to continue doing this for a long time!

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To celebrate my blog anniversary and special announcement, I made a Chocolate Guinness Cake with Caramel Sauce and Maldon Sea Salt Flakes. After a month without sugar or grains (one of the recipes I loved making during my Whole30 diet was this Date & Almond Cake) I am really enjoying baking again! Oh, the joys of eating cakes made with flour, butter and sugar!

I had never made Guinness Cake before, but as I am going to travel to Dublin, Ireland in a few days for a press trip, I thought this was the perfect occasion to try it!

Chocolate Guinness Cake with Caramel Sauce & Maldon Sea Salt Flakes

This recipe is featured in The Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days cookbook. However, I replaced the cream cheese frosting with caramel sauce sprinkled with Maldon sea salt. We loved this cake in my house! I served it with a scoop of clotted cream ice-cream for dessert after dinner, but also enjoyed a slice of cake with a coffee for breakfast!

Chocolate Guinness Cake with Caramel Sauce & Maldon Sea Salt Flakes


For the sponge

  • 250ml Guinness
  • 250g unsalted butter
  • 80g cocoa powder
  • 400g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 140ml buttermilk
  • 280g plain flour
  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

For the caramel sauce

  • 70g butter
  • 100g packed dark brown sugar
  • 80ml double cream
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 80g icing sugar
  • Maldon Sea Salt Flakes for decoration


Preheat the oven to 170 °C. Grease and flour a cake tin.

Pour the Guinness into a saucepan, add the butter and gently heat until it has melted. Remove the pan from the heat and stir the cocoa powder and sugar into the warm liquid. Mix together the eggs, vanilla and buttermilk in a bowl, and then add this to the mixture in the pan.

Sift together the dry ingredients into a large bowl. Using a hand-held electric whisk, set on a low speed, pour in the contents of the pan. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and continue to mix thoroughly until all the ingredients are incorporated.

Chocolate Guinness Cake with Caramel Sauce & Maldon Sea Salt Flakes

Pour the batter into the prepared cake tin and bake for approximately 45 minutes. Set aside to cool and, when the cake is cold, remove it from the tin on to a wire rack.

Chocolate Guinness Cake with Caramel Sauce & Maldon Sea Salt Flakes

In a medium saucepan, bring the butter, dark brown sugar, double cream and salt to a  boil, stirring constantly. Boil for one minute, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat, stir in the vanilla extract. Add about half of the icing sugar and whisk until smooth. Continue to whisk in powdered sugar by the tablespoon until you reach your desired consistency.

Place the cake on a serving plate or stand and pour the salted caramel sauce over the top. Sprinkle the sea salt flakes over the caramel glaze.

Chocolate Guinness Cake with Caramel Sauce & Maldon Sea Salt Flakes

Take a look at all the cakes I made to celebrate my blog’s anniversary over the years! Flourless Double Baked Chocolate CakeLemon Cake with Rosemary Buttercream Frosting,Turkish Mosaic Chocolate CakeSalted Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Cake. You can also read about The Ups and Downs of Travel Blogging Full TimeMy 10 Years in London, and 40 Facts About Me.

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[…] I celebrated my first blog anniversary with a chocolate cake; the third year of my blog I made a Chocolate Guinness Cake; the following anniversary it was a Turkish Mosaic Cake; I took a break from chocolate in 2016 with […]

01/12/2014 08:47

Wow exciting times ahead. The best of luck and I am sure it will pay off.

01/12/2014 09:33
Reply to  Michelle

Thank you Michelle! Will you be in Trieste for Christmas or coming back to UK?

Thalia @ butter and brioche
27/11/2014 22:46

This chocolate cake looks SO delicious… loving the addition of sea salt especially. Wish I had a slice to devour right now!

Laura - Chronicles of Passion

Oh my golly, I have been wanting to make a chocolate Guinness cake for a long time. I might go to town making it vegan this weekend and give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

Daniel Young
25/11/2014 16:12

Congratulations, Giulia. And how lucky for us you’ll be sharing more views and news from that delicious and beautiful place we’ve come to know as Mondomulia.

25/11/2014 16:15
Reply to  Daniel Young

Thank you for such kind words, Daniel!

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