Thursday, May 20, 2010

Beer Me a Chocolate Guinness Cake

I was again commissioned to make a cake. This one was a little more involved than I was used to, but I was happy to do it! I didn't try any but MAN it smelled great!

I like using not so common ingredients in desserts. This cake called for Guinness beer. Good times.

Guinness Chocolate Cake


1 c Guinness beer
1/2 c + 2 T butter
1/2 c dutch-processed cocoa
2 c superfine sugar
3/4 c sour cream (I used light)
2 eggs
1 T vanilla extract
2 c all-purpose flour
2 1/2 t baking soda

For Frosting:
8 oz. cream cheese (I use low fat)
1 1/4 c powdered sugar
1/2 c heavy cream

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9" spring form pan and line with parchment paper.
  2. Pour Guinness into large saucepan and add butter. Heat until butter melts, then remove from heat. Whisk in cocoa and sugar.
  3. In a bowl, beat sour cream with eggs and vanilla.
  4. Add sour cream mixture to Guinness mixture in saucepan. Beat in flour and soda.
  5. Bake 45-60 min. Cook completely and cool on wire rack.
  6. For frosting: Beat sugar and cream cheese until creamy. Slowly add heavy cream and beat until spreadable. Ice only top on cake to resemble foam on the top of beer.
I would suggest a different icing than this. maybe something with Bailey's in it. The icing just didn't seem to have a lot of flavor to it. Again, didn't get to try the cake, but the smell alone made it worth baking.

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