GUINNESS CHOCOLATE CAKE

with Bailey's Cream Cheese Frosting

I have to admit I’m not really a beer drinker, so the idea of adding Guinness to chocolate cake just seems like a good way to ruin chocolate cake. I mean Bailey’s cream cheese frosting is clearly a no brainer, but beer cake? Gross. But, I must also admit that I am sometimes wrong. This is one of those “extremely infrequent” times. Hear me out.

GUINNESS AS AN INGREDIENT

Ok. So, I can honestly say I don’t know a barley from a hop. Beer mostly tastes the same to my uninformed palette and generally lands on the spectrum of more bitter to less bitter. I would say Guinness lands on the bitter side, but what the hell do I know. Now that’s not to say I haven’t downed my fair share of frothy pints or car bombs over the years. But trust me when I say, it all kind of tastes the same to me.

Of course cooking with Guinness is obviously different than chasing a shot of Jameson with it. Like wine and other liquors, the alcohol evaporates when it’s heated leaving a much different flavor profile than the one you are used to. In fact, Guinness has a variety of complex flavors that really stand out when you add it to a recipe. Trust me, it’s almost mocha-esque, which is why it works so well in desserts. So if you can get past the idea of bitter beer in something sweet like I had to do, you are definitely in for a treat. I even enjoyed the pre-cooked batter from the beaters.

MORE BAILEY’S PLEASE

Of course, we had to keep the Irish theme going with the addition of a Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheese Frosting. There are tons of recipes out there for Bailey’s frosting, but we liked the idea of a cream cheese version, since the cake is already so rich. 

Once you add a layer of the frosting to the top of the cake, the end result is supposed to resemble a frothy pint of Guinness. Trust me, this version of a Guinness pint is WAY better than the original. 

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GUINNESS CHOCOLATE CAKE


  • Author:
    Jennifer Richmond

  • Prep Time:
    20 minutes

  • Cook Time:
    50 minutes

  • Total Time:
    1 hour 10 minutes

  • Yield:
    1 Single Layer Cake


Description

Adapted from NYT Cooking


Ingredients

FOR THE CAKE

Butter for the pan

1 cup Guinness stout

10 tablespoons (1 stick plus 2 tablespoons) unsalted butter

¾ cup unsweetened cocoa

2 cups superfine sugar

¾ cup sour cream

2 large eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 ½ teaspoons baking soda

FOR THE ICING

8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

4 tablespoons butter, at room temperature

3 cups powdered sugar

3 – 4 tablespoons Baileys Irish Cream


Instructions

For the cake: heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-inch springform pan and line with parchment paper. In a large saucepan, combine Guinness and butter. Place over medium-low heat until butter melts, then remove from heat. Add cocoa and superfine sugar, and whisk to blend.

In a small bowl, combine sour cream, eggs and vanilla; mix well. Add to the Guinness mixture. Add flour and baking soda and whisk again until smooth. Pour into a buttered pan, and bake until risen and firm, about 50 minutes. Place the pan on a wire rack and cool completely.For the frosting, add soft cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar and Bailey’s Irish Cream to a medium mixing bowl. Whip until smooth.

Remove cake from pan and place on a platter or cake stand. Ice top of cake only, so that it resembles a frothy pint of Guinness.


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