This is one of my favorite go-to recipes. It originally came from…I dunno, the internet. But I’ve been making it this way since 2006, so I don’t mind calling it “mine.” Obviously I make no claim to inventing the concept of making food better by adding beer to it, or to this recipe itself. By the time you finish making this your house will smell amazing, and you will want to eat it immediately. But try to hold back–I’ve discovered that this cake tastes better if you let it cool fully and even sit overnight. I think the flavors need to meld or something.
This ancient and historical recipe comes from….the internet. But I give it a homey, personal feel by scrawling it out and sticking it in a binder.
Before you begin, make sure you have a helper!
First ingredient–1 cup of Guinness!
You will have approximately this much Guinness left in the bottle. Pour it into your favorite novelty glass and enjoy!
Put the Guinness into a big pot and melt a bunch of butter into it–1 1/4 sticks, sliced into chunks.
Meanwhile, get your dry ingredients ready. Obviously I properly leveled off this flour (2 C. in all) before dumping it into the bowl. Also: my measuring cup is clearly designed to be held in the right hand. Jerks.
This is usually where I screw up because I get distracted while counting teaspoons of baking soda (you need 2 1/2 tsp in all). Try to focus for one whole minute, and you’ll be ahead of me. My teaspoon is made for righties, too! Where are the lefty utensils?
Butter melting? Good!
Time to whisk in 2 C. sugar and 1/2 C. cocoa. At this point your mixture should resemble the La Brea tar pits.
In a separate bowl, mix up 2 eggs, 3/4 c. sour cream or plain Greek yogurt (that’s what I used) and 1 T. vanilla. There’s not actually supposed to be any cocoa powder in this bowl. I was just flinging utensils around haphazardly. Whisk all this together until smooth.
Then, pour the yogurt mixture into your tar pot and whisk *that* up. This recipe involves a lot of whisking.
No, keep going.
Once the sour cream mixture is all blended, slowly add the flour mixture, and whisk that in. When the baking soda hits the Guinness, it will all start bubbling. This just completes the tar pit effect. Pour this into whatever kind of pan you want to use and bake at 350 until it’s done.
Time to make the frosting! Check in with your helper. Everything good? Good.
Do. Not. Lick.
I like to make two loaf cakes so I can take one to work and leave one at home. For some reason my cakes always have a sinkhole in the middle. Maybe it would help if I actually knew how long they were supposed to bake. Luckily, this part will be covered with frosting and no one will ever know.
Frosting on top makes the cake look like a pint of Guinness. Voila!
Recipe for chocolate Guinness cake
1 c. Guinness
1/2 c. (one stick) + 2 tbs. of butter
1/2 c. cocoa
2 c. sugar
3/4 c. sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt)
1 tb. vanilla
2 C. flour
2 1/2 tsp. baking soda
Pour Guinness into a large saucepan. (Pour remaining Guinness into a class and enjoy). Add sliced butter. Gently heat until butter is melted. While waiting, in a separate bowl whisk together flour and baking soda; set aside for now. When butter is melted, remove saucepan from heat. Whisk cocoa and sugar into the saucepan. In a separate bowl, whisk together yogurt, eggs, and vanilla. Stir this mixture into the saucepan. Slowly whisk the flour mixture into the saucepan. Batter will start to bubble.
Bake at 350° for 45-60 min (less for cupcakes). Keep an eye on it. Since the batter is so dark to begin with, you can’t really see when it’s getting toasty around the edges. I usually have to test a lot with a knife or skewer. If your luck is like mine, the center will never really rise even when the cake is done.
Recipe for cream cheese frosting
8 oz. cream cheese or neufchatel
1 1/4 c. powdered sugar
1/2 c. heavy whipping cream
Beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar together. Slowly add cream and beat until you reach a smooth, fluffy consistency.
When the cake is cool, top it with the frosting so that viewed from the side, the whole thing resembles a pint of Guinness.