This week, both Ricky (#2 in the kitchen) and JC (head chef) celebrated birthdays, so on Tuesday, Ana Patty (GTF pastry chef) brought in a chocolate Guinness cake of her own creation to celebrate and share with the kitchen crew. This cake is moist, dark, and richly flavorful. The added Guinness isn’t an afterthought or a subtle “secret” ingredient but more like the star of the show. The crumb tastes like beer but in a delicious, chocolately way, and the light touch of Bailey’s Irish Cream in the whipped cream topping adds a little boozy complexity.
Chocolate Guinness Cake
makes two 8″ cakes
very loosely adapted from a chocolate buttermilk cake recipe in Caprial’s Desserts
for the cake:3 1/8 (1 lb) all purpose flour 2 3/4 cups granulated sugar 1 1/2 tablespoons baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup cocoa powder 1 1/3 cup vegetable oil 1 cup buttermilk 2 good eggs 3 good egg yolks 2 1/2 cups Guinness beer 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons strong coffee
for the topping:1 cup heavy whipping cream 2 tablespoons powdered sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 ounce Bailey’s Irish Cream or other flavored syrup dark chocolate (grated) or extra cocoa powder
*This recipe can be done with or without an electric mixer.
Preheat the oven to 350°.
Mix dry ingredients together, and make sure no lumps remain. Add the oil and buttermilk and mix until thoroughly combined. Gradually add in the eggs and egg yolks a little at a time and mix until thoroughly combined. Add in the beer, vanilla extract, and coffee mix until smooth. The batter will be very runny (the consistency of chocolate syrup).
Grease two 8-inch pans and pour in the batter. Bake. Check the cakes after 20 minutes to make sure they’re not burning. Remove the cakes from the oven when an inserted toothpick comes out clean (about 30 minutes total).
When the cakes are cool, whip the cream and then fold in the powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Spread a layer of whipped cream on top of each cake and then use a pastry brush to paint on the Bailey’s Irish Cream or flavored syrup. Sprinkle on grated dark chocolate or cocoa powder.
Ana Patty‘s cake was thoroughly enjoyed by the GTF staff. Though there were a few plates and forks involved, most folks unceremoniously picked up pieces of cake in their fingers and savored big bites of deliciousness.