It’s not really Beer Day, although I’m sure its a holiday somewhere. This is what my husband said to me when I surprised him with a Guinness Chocolate Cake at 9am yesterday morning. We came across this recipe in a People Magazine article featuring chief Brian Leth of Vinegar Hill House ( you can see the article here) Vinegar Hill is a nearby (like 2 miles) Brooklyn neighborhood, one we don’t really explore, but ought to, and Im adding it to our list. Anyway my husband’s birthday is next weekend and I always ask him what type of cake he’d like. We had it narrowed down to a Red Velvet or repeat of last years Chocolate Strawberry Tallcake when he threw me for a loop asking for this Guinness cake. We keep Guinness in the fridge regularly so I surprised him the next morning with the cake, which means I still get to bake what I had in mind next week :)
The cake really does have a cup of Guinness Stout beer in it and yes I had to taste test the beer to make sure of its freshness…at 8am. Tasted great! Other than that it was a pretty standard cake recipe. Here is the recipe per People Magazine:
Guinness Chocolate Cake
1 cup Guinness Stout
10 tbsp. butter unsalted butter, softened
6 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa
2 cups granulated sugar
6 tbsp. sour cream
2 large eggs
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degree. Butter a 9in springform pan and line with parchment paper
2 Heat Guinness and butter in large saucepan over medium-low until butter melts, remove from heat. Whisk in cocoa and sugar.
3. Combine sour cream, eggs and vanilla; whisk into cocoa mixture. Whisk in flour and baking soda.
4. Pour batter into pan. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until cake is firm. Remove to wire rack; cool completely. Remove from pan. Spread frosting on top.
Cream Cheese Frosting
Beat 8 oz. softened cream cheese until smooth; gradually add 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar, beating at low speed just until blended. Gradually add 1/2 cup cream; beat until blended.
I followed the recipe almost exact, except I used Salted Butter and more than 2 cups of powdered sugar in the icing. I also baked it in two 8″ round pans so I could stack a pretty cake. So can I taste the Guinness? No not really, but it doesn’t taste like a standard chocolate cake either, more like a brownie that is on the bittersweet side. My husband loved it regardless and was super excited that I surprised him and thats what matters most!