Long story short I only eat chocolate as a gift (I won't pay for it). Last year, someone gave me a chocolate Guinness cake for my birthday and it was AWESOME (actually it was an Irish car-bomb cake, it was brushed with Jameson syrup and had Baileys butter cream frosting). The Guinness gave the cake a lovely texture and flavor, which was offset nicely by the chocolate, but the Guinness was the dominant flavor.
I've been interested in baking another Guinness cake, but without chocolate. I'm wondering if chow hounds think it would even be good. I don't want to go the carob thing, but I'm wondering what else I would pair with the Guinness. Salted caramel maybe to offset the bitterness? Almond came to mind, not sure why. Orange maybe? Or do you think a Guinness cake could stand on it's own without another flavor.
Looking around the internet I only find a few Guinness cake recipe without chocolate, and they seems more like a quick bread with lots of dried fruit and spices in it, which wasn't really what I was looking for. I wanted something a little more cakey, and the spices (cinnamon and nutmeg mostly) might be good but not so sure about the dried fruit.