Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Chocolate Guinness Cake

It's Saint Patrick's Day and although the meal is pretty standard -- corned beef and cabbage, dessert is different from year to year.

This year, it will be this sinful chocolate cake:
Chocolate Guinness Cake. With beer and chocolate, it has to be good. (They are two of the food groups, aren't they?)

We first tasted this cake on a long ago vacation in Seattle. At an Irish Pub called Kell's. (We enjoy Irish Pubs and usually stop at one whenever we find one). I ate the cake at the pub, but found the recipe on the internet. (For I couldn't get them to share at the pub!)

It's chocolate with a chocolate glaze and then gilded with chocolate ganache. Alas, pansies decorate the cake -- seems like I was all out of shamrocks!


1/4 c. cocoa

1/3 c. Guinness draught stout

1 cup flour

3/4 t. baking soda

1/4 t. baking powder

1/8 t. salt

1/4 c. butter, softened

1 c. sugar

2 large eggs

1/2 t. vanilla

1/3 c. buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350 and place rack in middle of oven. Grease and lightly flour 9 inch cake pan.

In a small saucepan, combine cocoa and stout and heat over low-moderate heat until smooth. Set aside to cool.

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In a large bowl with an electric mixer on low-medium speed, beat butter until creamy. Gradually add sugar and beat until pale yellow in color. Beat in eggs one at a time and add vanilla

Stir buttermilk into cooled cocoa and stout mixture.

With mixer on low, slowly add one-third of buttermilk mixture into creamed butter until incorporated. Add the flour mixture in three parts, alternating with the remaining two parts of the buttermilk and ending with the flour. Batter will look grainy or appear to be breaking up.

Pour batter into cake pan and bake for 25 to 35 minutes or until the cake pulls away from the sides of the pan and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove to a wire rack with parchment or waxed paper beneath it. Allow cake to cool in pan for 10 minutes, then slide knife around the edge of pan and invert to release cake, bottom side up, onto wire rack. When cool, use a fork to poke holes generously into bottom side of cake.

Chocolate Guinness Sauce

1/4 c. Guinness draught stout

4 T. light or dark brown sugar

2 T. cocoa

1/2 t. vanilla

Mix ingredients in small saucepan and heat over low heat until smooth. Allow to cool. Spoon 3/5 of the sauce over bottom of the cake, allowing sauce to seep into cake. Invert cake right side up onto serving platter. Poke hole sin top of cake and spoon remainder of sauce on top of cake.

Chocolate Ganache Glaze

10 ounces (1 1/4 c.) heavy whipping cream

10 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

Bring cream to a simmer in a small saucepot. Turn off heat and stir in chocolate pieces until sauce is smooth and creamy. Pour onto finished cake, smoothing ganache atop and along sides of cake. Ganache will pool at bottom of cake and can be removed with a knife.

It's Saint Patrick's Day and I'm joining Kathleen at Cuisine Kathleen for her Second Annual St. Pat's Party.


Tobi Britton* said...

Ok seriously, can me and the pixies come live with you? You DO have a Corgy don't you??
Sparkly Chocolate Hugs,

D.B. said...

Guinness and chocolate? Get outta here. I'm in HEAVEN/pleasure coma! I must try this, damn the carbs!!!!

GardenOfDaisies said...

OH this looks soooo good! I won't get it made tomorrow, but it's going in my recipe file for later this week!

Marigene said...

That cake looks delicious, Martha!

Tracy F. said...

Sounds great! Of course, I would eat a piece of cardboard if it had chocolate ganache on top!

Allie and Pattie said...

It certainly does look sinful! And the "Irish" pansies are beautiful!
xoxo Pattie

Erica (Irene) said...

This cake looks decadent!!!!!
Happy St. Patrick's day Martha.

*Ulrike* said...

Oooooh, sounds very, very yummy, and I love chocolate, and guinnes is added? That makes the cake!

Rettabug said...

It really looks yummy, Martha! I'd like to try making it & good on you for hunting down the recipe. Besides, you get to drink the rest of the Guinness after you make it! ;_)

I think your pansies make it look very springy, too.

BumbleVee said...

alright !! this is more like it. Everywhere I go today it is Irish Soda Bread....

Guinness and Chocolate.... hahahha great is that?

Martha said...

This looks heavenly! Love the tea tablescape in the latest entry too. It's nice to meet another Martha, there are actually quite a few of us out here in the land of blogs. Happy St. Patrick's Day :-)

Lili said...

Oh this cake looks fabulous! ~Lili