Saturday, March 15, 2008

Chocolate Guinness Stout Cake

It's time for a celebratory dessert worthy of representing St. Patrick's Day: Chocolate Guinness Stout Cake. The guinness is cooked within the cake, and it's also incorporated into a "sauce" that you drizzle into the cake before you top it with ganache.

This recipe comes from Kell's Restaurant and Pub in Portland, Oregon (rated the number 1 Irish restaurant and pub in the nation.) And you know those Irish pub guys know how to make some tasty bar grub... this cake was rich, flavorful and delicious!

The cake is baked in a 9 or 8-inch cake pan (I used 8), and the ganache is simply poured over the top and sides.

The recipe makes enough ganache so that you can put the remaining chocolate goodstuff in a plastic baggie, refrigerate it until it's a little firmer and then snip of the bag end and make decor out of ganache on top of your cake. I thought about trying to draw a big shamrock with my ganache, but I'm not much of an artist so I opted for some squiggly lines.

It turned out to be a very moist cake. The guinness just gives it a slight malty taste- not liquory or anything. As you can see, the extra ganache provides for a good deal more sweetness on top. I'm a frosting-girl so that worked for me!

I'm submitting this to Emiline at the fabulous blog Sugar Plum for her blog event: St. Paddy's Day Pub Crawl.


Have a Happy St. Patrick's Day!

This recipe can be found HERE.

10 comments:

Allen said...

OH MY GAWD! The layer of ganache on top is enough to make me cry. Amazing job with this cake -- I've seen a few recipes out there lately using Guiness. Another one for the to-do list!

Kevin said...

Beer in a cake...mmm... That looks good!

Gretchen Noelle said...

Boy oh boy, this looks delicious!! I would eat a slice (or two) if that was in my kitchen!

Emiline said...

Mmm, that looks decadent. This is a great entry! You get extra points for making it a chocolate cake. And also for using Guinness. Great job!

Mike of Mike's Table said...

That cake sounds delicious and I really like how you decorated the cake with the ganache--I never would have thought to do that! Save me a slice!

ali said...

omg ... yum! Happy St. Patty's Day!

ali

Peter M said...

Whoa! Guinness for savory and sweets and getting tipsy...indeed it is good to be Irish (or want to be)!

Gena said...

I want to run to the store, buy some Guinness, and make this right now. It looks so delicious, I may just have to make it tomorrow! Oh - and I love all the St. Patty's day recipes you've put up!

Karen said...

This is really fun! My hubby love Guinness and chocolate, I'll have to try this one.

dabooklady said...

I love chocolate....yummy

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