Friday, July 6, 2007

Chocolate Guinness Cake

One word that almost every guy I know perks his ears to is beer. Images proceed of the stereotypical "alpha males" in the pub on Friday nights, watching the latest game (whatever season it happens to be) and downing a few pints after work. It's more than a mere beverage, it's a social binder.

On the other hand, the magic word for most of us women out there is simple: Chocolate. Creamy or dark (I won't even dream of calling the bitingly sweet white slabs out there chocolate, even though I did in a previous post), chocolate is the cure all for everything in my household of three ladies. From headaches to cramps to a bad day at work, a luscious square of cocoa heaven smoothly glides over the bad and makes the world seem at peace.

So now the task: combine the female "chocolate" and the male "beer". What do you get? In this case, you get an astoundingly rich and decadent dessert that demands no icing or decoration whatsoever (although that won't stop certain people from insisting on it) and no other name but this: Chocolate Guinness Cake.

The preparation of this cake is awesomely simple, and the base recipe and method was gratefully obtained from The Domestic Goddess' website. No need to dirty bowls, the entire thing is mixed on the stovetop before being poured into a 9" spring-form pan and baked. If you haven't already, please do check out her gorgeous site! Her recipes are to die for, and she also hosts the blogging event Sugar High Fridays, which I definitely intend to take part in next time! Her pictures are also a heck of a lot better than mine, but I blame my inability to remember to take photos while cooking. I guess I get into my fun (lol).

Chocolate Guinness Cake (adapted from The Domestic Goddess)
1 cup Guinness
1/2 cup butter, sliced

1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup cocoa
1 3/4 cups caster sugar
3/4 cup vanilla or cherry yogurt
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups plain flour
2 ½ teaspoons baking soda

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F, and grease a 9 inch springform pan.
  2. Pour the Guinness into a large saucepan, and add the sliced butter.
  3. Heat until the butter is melted, stir in applesauce, then remove the saucepan from the heat.
  4. Whisk in the cocoa and sugar.
  5. Beat the yogurt with the eggs and vanilla, then pour into the saucepan, stirring well.
  6. Beat in the flour and baking soda.
  7. Pour the batter into the tin, and bake for an hour. Leave to completely cool in the tin.

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