chocolate guinness cake.

I’ve written about this cake before mainly because I’m, well, kind of obsessed with it. It’s the perfect chocolate cake; it manages to taste rich without being overly sweet, chocolatey with just a hint of my favorite stout.

If there were a cake that’s perfect for a midwest guy, this is it. Generalizations aside, Christian loves beer and knows a whole lot about it. Why not bake a stout cake for Valentine’s Day? Who’s a genius? (I’d declare “I am!” but when I inquired about dessert requests, Christian suggested it. I chose the entree: veggie lasagna and a simple green salad.)

How was your V.D.? (Ha…hahaha.)

Did you manage to avoid the stereotypical pitfalls, like eating heart-shaped chocolate, watching a Julia Roberts movie, or crying alone? Most years I’ve watched a cheesy movie while eating copious amounts of popcorn. One particularly sad year I found myself watching a documentary about WWI while eating Kraft mac and cheese.

This year’s was a lovely, lovely day; I had my cake and ate it too. And I’m totally cool with cliches because, hey, it’s Valentine’s Day, the biggest cliche of all.

lv, molly

Chocolate Stout Cake

1 C stout (such as Guinness)
1 C (2 sticks) unsalted butter
3/4 C unsweetened cocoa powder (preferably Dutch-process)
2 C all purpose flour
2 C sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
2 large eggs
2/3 C sour cream

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter or spray a bundt pan well; don’t miss any spots! Bring 1 cup stout and 1 cup butter to simmer in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add cocoa powder, and whisk until mixture is smooth. Set aside to cool a little.

Whisk flour, sugar, baking soda, and 3/4 teaspoon salt in large bowl. 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; don’t overwork it. Add flour mixture, and beat briefly on slow speed. Using a spatula, fold batter until completely combined. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake cake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 35 minutes.

Serve with unsweetened freshly whipped cream.


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