Guinness Chocolate Cake - rich, moist, chocolate cake spiked with stout beer. Malty, sweet, and perfect for a St. Patrick's day party.
- 1 cup Guinness extra stout
- 10 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup unsweetened natural cocoa
- 1 1/2 cups superfine sugar
- 1/2 cups dark brown sugar
- 3/4 cup sour cream
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cream cheese frosting recipe
1 Preheat oven, prepare pan: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 8 or 9-inch springform pan with butter and line the bottom with a round of parchment paper.
2 Heat Guinness, butter, add cocoa and sugar: In a large saucepan place the stout and butter. Cook over medium-high heat until the butter has melted. Add the cocoa powder and sugars and whisk together. Take off heat and allow to come to room temperature.
3 Beat sour cream, eggs, vanilla, then add to stout butter mixture: In another bowl beat together the sour cream, eggs, and vanilla extract until very, very well combined. Add to the butter-stout mixture and whisk together.
4 Whisk flour, baking soda, salt, add to stout-butter mixture: In another bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to the stout-butter mixture and whisk together until it just comes together.
5 Bake: Pour into the prepared pan and give the pan a few short drops onto the countertop to shake the air pockets in the batter to the surface and out of the cake. Bake at 350°F for 50-60 minutes.
6 Cool: Allow to cool on a wire rack. Run a knife around the edge to separate the cake from the pan and pop the ring off the springform.
7 Frost: Spread frosting on the cooled cake and serve.