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Guinness Chocolate Cake


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I’m always up for an adventure, especially when that adventure includes eating probably one of the best chocolate cakes I have ever had. I was very curious about what cake with beer in it would taste like, but you can’t taste the beer at all, and it really only enhances the richness of the cake. The icing needs to be refrigerated for at least 2 hours, so this recipe does require some planning ahead. The cake is very moist, and when it’s covered in this silky smooth ganache it gets even better. With St. Patrick’s Day coming up this is a fun one to make for a dinner party, just be sure to warn your guests ahead of time to save lots of room for dessert.

Cake

  • 2 cups stout (such as Guinness)
  • 2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder (preferably Dutch-process)
  • 4 cups sugarIngredients
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/3 cups sour cream
  • 4 cups all purpose flour

Icing

  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 1 pound bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, chopped

For cake:

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.

For icing:
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.

Recipe Source: Epicurious

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