I made Corwin’s favorite cake, chocolate stout cake, for his birthday. I had to be a little crafty in getting the recipe from his mom, though, since I wanted it to be a surprise. The cake was DELICIOUS, and my first successful cake to bake from scratch! The Guinness really brought out the chocolate flavor. Yum.
Chocolate Stout Cake
From Corwin’s Mom
Ingredients: 1 C stout (like Guinness), 1 C (2 sticks) butter, 3/4 C cocoa powder (like Hershey’s), 2 C all purpose flour, 2 C sugar, 1 1/2 t baking soda, 3/4 t salt, 2 large eggs, 3/4 C sour cream
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Oil and flour two 9 inch cake pans (cooking spray is recommended, but I’ve had bad luck with the spray, so I wiped the pans down with a paper towel coated with oil instead).
- Bring stout and butter to simmer in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add cocoa powder and whisk until mixture is smooth. Cool slightly. (it’s OK if it separates a little).
- Stir together flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a bowl to blend.
- In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat eggs and sour cream together.
- Add stout mixture to egg mixture and beat just to combine.
- Add flour mixture and beat briefly on low speed until combined.
- Divide batter between the 2 cake pans and cook for about 35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
- Cool completely before frosting.
- Use 2 cans of milk chocolate frosting (Betty Crocker and Duncan Hines are both good) to frost and fill the cake.