Guinness chocolate stout cake [as taken from bon appétit, with a few tweaks]
I first made this cake years ago for Chouchou’s birthday. I make it sometimes when I am craving it (like now, while I am writing about this), and it was one of our wedding cakes (YES! We had multiple wedding cakes at our backyard barbecue party!) This is a crowd pleaser and one of my most baked cakes!
I love to cook and bake, although I like to stick to simple recipes. This one may sound complicated, although it is simple and looks beautiful as a three tiered cake.
- 2 cups stout (such as Guinness)
- 4 sticks unsalted butter
- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
- 4 cups self rising flour
- 4 cups sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 1 1/3 cups sour cream
- 2 cups whipping cream
- 1 pound bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, chopped
Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter three 8-inch round cake pans with 2-inch-high sides. Line with parchment paper. Butter paper. Bring 2 cups stout and 2 cups butter to simmer in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add cocoa powder and whisk until mixture is smooth. Cool slightly.
Whisk flour, sugar, baking soda, and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt in large bowl to blend. Using electric mixer, beat eggs and sour cream in another large bowl to blend. Add stout-chocolate mixture to egg mixture and beat just to combine. Add flour mixture and beat briefly on slow speed. Using rubber spatula, fold batter until completely combined. Divide batter equally among prepared pans. Bake cakes until tester inserted into center of cakes comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Transfer cakes to rack; cool 10 minutes. Turn cakes out onto rack and cool completely.
Bring cream to simmer in heavy medium saucepan. Remove from heat. Add chopped chocolate and whisk until melted and smooth. Refrigerate until icing is spreadable, stirring frequently, about 2 hours.
Place 1 cake layer on plate. Spread 2/3 cup icing over. Top with second cake layer. Spread 2/3 cup icing over. Top with third cake layer. Spread remaining icing over top and sides of cake.
What is your favorite St. Patrick’s Day food?