chocolate guinness cake
from Paces / epicurious
I haven't actually made this recipe yet, but I had a version at Paces in mid-April 2003 that was so good I had to look it up. Mmm. This is directly plagarized from here.
"I am a lifelong chocoholic and have eaten many a piece of chocolate cake," writes Elizabeth Means of Williamsburg, Massachusetts. "Never before, though, have I enjoyed anything as much as the chocolate stout cake at the Barrington Brewery in nearby Great Barrington. If I could get a copy of this recipe, I would be eternally grateful."
Amelia has made it, however, and says (Tue, 29 Jul 2003 18:38:42 -0400 (EDT)) of it:
"i made the chocolate guiness cake from your website and my entire family now thinks i'm some sort of culinary goddess. it wasn't all that hard, either. only problem is the size of the recipe, which is: huge. i made a double and ended up with three overflowing 13 by 9 cakes.
The dark beer known as stout gives this cake an intense, not-too-sweet flavor.
Whisk flour, sugar, baking soda, and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt in large bowl to blend. Using electric mixer, beat eggs and sour cream in another large bowl to blend. Add stout-chocolate mixture to egg mixture and beat just to combine. Add flour mixture and beat briefly on slow speed. Using rubber spatula, fold batter until completely combined. Divide batter equally among prepared pans. Bake cakes until tester inserted into center of cakes comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Transfer cakes to rack; cool 10 minutes. Turn cakes out onto rack and cool completely.
Place 1 cake layer on plate. Spread 2/3 cup icing over. Top with second cake layer. Spread 2/3 cup icing over. Top with third cake layer. Spread remaining icing over top and sides of cake.
Makes 12 servings.