I have a pretty close-knit core team at work and one of them is having a birthday Friday. Since he is taking that day off I decided to bring in a cake today to celebrate, but what kind of birthday cake do you make for a man who has gone on a health kick and rarely eats sweets? I searched until I came across a recipe for Guinness Chocolate Cake. Perfect! He does enjoy an adult beverage along with a good cigar, so I decided to give it a shot. My first challenge was converting the receipt from UK measurements to US. I wasn’t up to the task, but I found someone else who was. Then I was surprised how hard it was to find a single serving of Guinness, so I ended up getting a four pack. Aside from the immense amount of whisking involved in this recipe it was remarkably easy.
If you would like to make this yourself, here’s the recipe:
1 cup Guinness (dark beer)
1/2 cup butter, cubed
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup baking cocoa
2 eggs, beaten
2/3 cup sour cream
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
Grease a 9-in. springform pan and line the bottom with parchment paper; set aside. In a small saucepan, heat beer and butter until butter is melted. Remove from the heat; whisk in sugar and cocoa until blended. Combine the eggs, sour cream and vanilla; whisk into beer mixture. Combine flour and baking soda; whisk into beer mixture until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Remove sides of pan.
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add confectioners’ sugar and cream; beat until smooth (do not over-beat). Remove cake from the pan and place on a platter or cake stand. Ice top of cakeso that it resembles a frothy pint of beer. Refrigerate leftovers.
Yield: 12 servings.
I’ll give the extra three beers as a gift to the birthday boy, and maybe tomorrow I’ll post a picture.