Thursday, February 19, 2009

Who has coffee?? I have cake!!

I am going to share one of my favorite recipes today. This is the cake of all cakes, as far as my husband is concerned. Any excuse to make one will do - B'day's, Sundays, Test Day, Down Day, Gym Day, you name it, the cake is worth it.

It is a heavy, dense, killer chocolate cake. This recipe will make a three layer cake and serve 20 - 25 ppl.


2 c guinness (one bottle of the guinness stout will do honestly)
2 c butter
1 1/2 c cocoa powder
4 c flour
4 cups sugar
1 T baking soda
1 1/2 t salt
4 eggs
1 1/2 c sour cream

ganache -
2 c whipping cream
1 lb. choc. chips

Grease 3 8" cake pans. Set oven to 350.

Combine dry ingredients - minus the cocoa power - set aside.

In heavy sauce pan, bring the beer and butter to a simmer, add cocoa, wisk till smooth. set aside
to cool slightly.

With mixer, beat eggs and sour cream, add in the beer/butter mixture, beat till smooth, add dry ingredients, beat till smooth.

Divide batter between the three pans and bake for 35 mins. maybe longer, just test with a toothpick or knife.

Let cool - completely - this is the key. Ii cook mine before I go to bed, and let them sit in the pans all nite. they only get better, trust me.

Ganache -
In heavy sauce pan, bring the heavy cream to a simmer - stir, stir, stir, so it won't scald - dump in the choc. chips and beat till smooth. let cool for about an hour.

use a genererous ladle of the ganache between the layers of the cake, then let the remainder drape down the sides.


This is the two layer version. I sent the third layer to work with my husband to share with everyone and get the hooked :)

Are you licking your monitor!!!!

This recipe was used as the base for the 'Hamburger Cake' pictured below. I made this for an artist cake competition held by The Nature of Art, the gallery/store that showcases the wares made by local artists.

I won!!!