People often ask me, “Rachel, what’s the best way to deal with getting laid off?” I then reply, “Well, make a cake, of course! Even better, put booze in it!” And so we have the Guiness Chocolate Cake.
Here’s the recipe, which I originally found here.
For the cake:
Butter for pan
1 cup Guinness stout
10 tablespoons (1 stick plus 2 tablespoons) unsalted butter
3/8 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 cups sugar
3/8 cup sour cream
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
For the icing:
1 1/4 cups confectioners sugar
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup heavy cream
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-inch springform pan and line with parchment paper. In a large saucepan, combine Guinness and butter. Place over medium-low heat until butter melts, then remove from heat. Add cocoa and sugar, and whisk to blend.
In a small bowl, combine sour cream, eggs and vanilla; mix well. Add to Guinness mixture. Add flour and baking soda, and whisk again until smooth. Pour into buttered pan, and bake until risen and firm, 45 minutes to one hour. Place pan on a wire rack and cool completely in pan.
Icing: Mix confectioners sugar to break up lumps. Add cream cheese and blend until smooth. Add heavy cream, and mix until smooth and spreadable. (Note: this made a ton of icing. I probably could have halved the recipe and still been fine.)
Last Step: You probably had to buy either a 6-pack or a rather large bottle of Guiness, and only used one cup for the cake, so I would recommend taking the leftover beer and drowning your sorrows while the cake bakes and cools.
Okay, confession: I didn’t really run out and make a cake because I got laid off (although the layoff part is totally true). The cake was made for a dinner party with friends, and turned out really well. It was very moist and wasn’t over-chocolatey (for those who may shy away from chocolate cakes). Anyway, I don’t start my new job in Piscataway until the first week in October, so we may see a revitalization of the BBA Challenge throughout the month of September! Stay tuned.