Seriously? A chocolate cake made with beer? Yes indeed and what an outstanding cake that Irish Porter makes! Rich, dense, fudgy and full of incredible chocolate flavor with just a hint of Porter. If you did not know that beer was in this cake, you’d never guess it was there. Just a tiny hint of cinnamon puts this cake over the top. Speaking of “top,” this cake is crowned with a three ingredient topping that that could not be easier or more delicious. Sla´inte!
Here’s what we’ll need.
Irish Porter Chocolate Cake
World famous Guinness beer is a form of Porter, so if you can't find the authentic Guinness, don't fret. Just buy like I did, a nice dark Porter. It will work just fine. You'll need a 9 inch Springform Pan for this one and please use a good quality cocoa to obtain that rich chocolate flavor. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
- 1 cup dark Porter Beer like Guinness
- 1 stick butter-sliced 1/2 cup
- 2 cups sugar
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder
- 2 large eggs lightly beaten with a fork
- 2/3 cup dairy sour cream
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups AP flour
- 1-1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp cinnamom
Cream Cheese Frosting
- 8 oz cream cheese softened
- 1-1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- Grease a 9 inch Springform pan, then line the bottom with parchment paper.
- Heat together the Porter and butter in a small saucepan until butter is melted.
- Place the sugar and cocoa powder in a large bowl and pour the hot butter and beer over the sugar mix. Whisk until the sugar has melted.
- In a small bowl whisk together the eggs, sour cream and vanilla, then whisk this into the beer/sugar mixture until smooth.
- Combine the flour, baking soda and cinnamon in medium size bowl.
- Whisk the flour mixture into the beer/sugar mixture until smooth.
- Pour the batter into the prepared Springform pan. Place in the pre-heated oven. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- Remove the cake from the oven to a wire rack and let cool completely before removing from the Springform pan. It will take a couple hours to cool completely. Remove the cake to a serving platter.
- Place the softened cream cheese in a large bowl and using an electric mixer, beat until fluffy. Gradually add the powdered sugar, alternating with the cream cheese and beat until smooth.
Cream Cheese Frosting
- Slice the cake in half ( I used dental floss) and apply a thin layer of frosting to the sliced cake bottom. Place the top of the cake back over the bottom. Frost the top and sides of the cake with the remaining frosting. Refrigerate the cake until needed.
- Enjoy! I know we sure are loving this one!
- Thanks for stopping by today friends. Most of the St. Patrick's Day public celebrations have been cancelled this year due to the Covid-19 but don't let that stop you from enjoying the day with your family. On March 17th we are all Irish for a day and my Irish eyes will be smiling! Journey on! Hugs and much love from me, Karen, TJG
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