First off, stout cake, the original recipe calls for guinness, but I found this double chocolate stout with great reviews to use instead. The cake actually turned out really moist and yummy. Though it is too heavy to turn into cupcakes. Stout makes it very interestingly wonderful flavor that I really like. Besides, this cake is easy enough that you can whip it up in no time, and it requires no slicing or any fancy frosting technique (my kind of cake.) It could be perfect for Black and White Christmas theme anywhere.
I added black food coloring to make this cake more dramatic, and to look good for the photo, but you do not need to.
Merry B&W Christmas to you all….
for the cake
- 1 cup guinness or young double chocolate stout (see reference)
- 8.83 oz unsalted butter
- ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa
- 2 cups superfine sugar
- ¾ cup sour cream
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 ½ teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon black food coloring (option)
for the topping
- 8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1 ¼ cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
- ½ cup heavy cream (or whipping cream)
Preheat the oven to 350ºF, and prepare 6-inch cake pans with butter and flour.
Whisk flour and baking soda in the bowl and set aside.
Pour the Guinness into a large wide saucepan, add the butter – in spoons or slices – and heat until all the butter has melted, then whisk in the cocoa and sugar. Let cool slightly.
Beat the sour cream, eggs and vanilla until well combines. Add the beer mixture and then whisk in the flour mixture. (You may choose to add black food coloring at this point.) Mix lightly until well-combined.
Pour 3 cups of cake batter into each prepared cake pan and bake for 35-45 minutes or until cake tester inserted into center comes out almost clean. Leave to cool completely in the tin on a cooling rack, as it is quite a damp cake.
For icing, lightly whip the cream cheese until smooth, gradually add the confectioners’ sugar and then beat well.
Add the cream and beat again until it makes a spreadable consistency. Ice the top of the black cake and enjoy.