Friday, January 16, 2009

Chocolate Stout Cake

The sinfulness that is Nigella's chocolate cake recipe. I've yet to find a chocolate cake to come close to this recipe in richness. It's so moist! I'm not usually too much of a cake gal, but this cake makes a believer out of me. I would normally do a cream cheese icing with this cake (to resemble a pint of Guinness), however, I'm practicing smoothing my icing so I did a chocolate buttercream.

Chocolate Stout Cake:
butter for pan
1 c. Guinness
6 tbs. unsalted butter
3/4 cup good quality cocoa (cheap cocoa, cheap cocoa taste)
2 c. granulated sugar
3/4 c. sour cream
2 large eggs
1 tbsp vanilla
2 c. all-purpose flour
2.5 tsp. baking soda

Heat oven to 350. Butter a 9-inch springform pan.

In a large saucepan over medium-low, combine Guinness, butter, and cocoa. Stir and cook very gently until butter and chocolate melt and the mixture is fairly smooth; remove from heat. Whisk in the sugar.

In a small bowl, mix the sour cream, eggs, and vanilla. Whisk this mixture into the Guinness mixture. Add the flour and baking soda and mix again until smooth.

Pour the batter into buttered pan and bake 45 min to an hour, until risen and firm. Place pan on a wire rack and cool completely in pan.

Thank Nigella! Adapted from Feast.


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