Forget Nigella's "throw chocolate in and people will buy it" attitude. This is the original and best (IMHO) Guinness Cake.
8oz softened butter
8oz dark brown sugar
4 large eggs
10oz plain flour, sifted
1-2 teaspoons ground mixed spice
8oz each of raisins and sultanas
4oz chopped glace cherries
4 oz chopped mixed peel
4 oz chopped walnuts
1/4 pint Guinness
Cream the butter and sugar together until creamy.
Beat in eggs one at a time.
Fold in the flour, mixed spice, fruit, nuts and peel and 4 tablespoons of Guinness.
Pour into a greased and lined 8inch cake tin and bake at 160C (325F) for one hour, reduce oven temperature to 150C (300F) and bake for another 1.5 hours.
Cool in the pan and then turn out onto a flat surface.
Prick the base of the cake and feed with the remaining Guinness.
Store in an airtight container for at least 10 days before eating. It produces a dense, moist fruit cake.
A good recipe to make a couple of weeks before Christmas to serve to guests.