Have Your Cake, and Drink it Too!

Now that’s a concept I can get behind!  Below is a recipe for a chocolate cake, which technically speaking is pretty good in and of itself.  However, when you add Guinness (stout beer), what’s not to like!  Chocolaty, moist, mmmm, can’t wait to try this one.

Chocolate Guinness Cake

Ingredients
1 cup of Guinness beer
1/2 cup of butter, cubed
2 cups of sugar
3/4 cup of baking cocoa
2 eggs, beaten
2/3 cup of sour cream
3 teaspoons of vanilla extract
2 cups of all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons of baking soda
1 package (8 ounces) of cream cheese, softened
1-1/2 cups of confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream

Directions
1.  Grease 9″ springform pan and line the bottom with parchment paper; set aside.

2.  In a small saucepan, heat the beer and butter until the butter is melted.  Remove from the heat; whisk in the sugar and cocoa until blended.  Combine the eggs, sour cream and vanilla; whisk into the beer mixture.  Combine the flour and baking soda; whisk into the beer mixture until smooth.  Pour the batter into your prepared pan.

3.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.  Cool completely on a wire rack.  Remove the sides of the pan.

4.  Prepare the topping: in a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until fluffy.  Add the confectioners’ sugar and cream; beat until smooth (do not over beat).  Remove the cake from the pan and place on a platter.  Ice the top of the cake.

Source: Taste of Home (Marjorie Hennig)

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