Guinness and chocolate are a match made in heaven. This moist cake will definitely make your valentine a happy camper. I'm not a beer drinker myself, but the bitterness of the beer, combined with the sweet chocolate and butter are the perfect accompaniment to each other. The results are a not too sweet cake and the cake is rich with chocolatey flavor. You can decorate as simple or frilly as you want. In honor of Valentine's day, I chose to make mine look like a confetti explosion hit it.
No glitter no glory (it's my new motto).
FOR CAKE (from Nigella Lawson):
- 1 cup of Guinness
- 1/2 cup of butter, cubed
- 2 cups of sugar
- 3/4 cup of cocoa powder
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2/3 cup of sour cream
- 3 teaspoons of vanilla
- 2 cups of flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease a 9 inch springform pan, set aside. I wanted to make a small, 2 layered cake so I used two 6" springform pans.
In a small saucepan, heat butter and beer together until the butter has just melted. Remove from heat. Whisk in sugar and cocoa powder until well blended.
In a separate bowl, whisk together your eggs, sour cream and vanilla together. Whisk in the beer mixture.
Combine the flour and baking soda in a large bowl and then add in the beer mixture. Pour batter into your prepared pan. I placed my springform pans on a large baking sheet in the event there were any unforeseen leaks.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until your toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack and remove from the pans. HELLOOOO GORGEOUS!
Since I made two layers out of mine, I carefully sawed the second layer's "dome" off to make a flat surface. That way, when you place your top layer on top, it won't crack and break in two.
- 1 package of cream cheese softened
- 1 1/2 cups of confectioners sugar
- 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add confectioners sugar and cream, do not over beat. Frost your cake as you wish. Refrigerate leftovers (if there are any!).