Wait. Don't shy away. Beer in a cake, you ask?
Yes...... Dark beer. Dark, foamy beer.
After making this, and a similar cake over the years, I found the smell, texture of the batter
and even a bit of the cake flavor comparable to Hershey's Black Magic cake as featured
on the tin cans the chocolate came in many moons ago. This recipe calls for beer where
Hershey's version called for coffee. Sour cream for buttermilk, and so on.
Stand back, this recipe creates a three layer cake. If you don't have muscles, you should hope
to own a Kitchenaid mixer, at least for the frosting, as quite a bit of whisking is involved.
Two cups of butter, two cups of heavy whipping cream (fifty calories per tablespoon) and a
bottle of beer. And that's just the start! Diabetics need not read further. Walk away.
Be certain you have all of the ingredients necessary before embarking, as this is a
multi-tasking recipe, which is listed below compliments of Gourmet Magazine, as posted
by Epicurious. I have changed nothing with regard to the ingredients.
For fans of Gourmet, please note this is a different version than the one served with Stout Creme
Anglaise, (http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Chocolate-Stout-Cake-231665) which
was my original intention until I read 13 pages of 423 fabulous reviews for this particular version.
The positive and 'will make again' reviews just wouldn't stop.
* NOTE * Recipe creates enough batter for three 9" round pans with a 2" depth. If you do not own
a cake plate with a very tall dome, you can always bake two 9" cakes for a double, and make
cupcakes with the remainder of the batter, or cut and stack the third round for 1/2 of an
Step 1: Gather your ingredients...
* 1 pound bittersweet chips (Think Ghirardelli)
* 2 cups of stout beer. Example: Guinness
* 2 cups of unsalted butter (four full sticks)
* 1 and 1/2 cups unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
* 4 cups all purpose flour
* 4 cups white sugar
* 1 Tablespoon baking soda
* 1 and 1/2 teaspoons salt
* 4 large eggs
* 1 and 1/3 cups sour cream
Special equipment, although not entirely necessary, very helpful:
- Two whisks (one will be busy, left in frosting to stir on occasion)
- Parchment paper
- Kitchen timer
- 3 - 9" round baking pans with a 2" height
- Bottle opener (for the beer)