Making Chocolate Stout Cake

Baking By staceyboots Updated 4 Jul 2011 , 12:21am by staceyboots

staceyboots Posted 2 Jul 2011 , 11:13am
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Hi CC'ers

I want to try baking a Chocolate Stout cake this weekend. I researched some recipes and most of them recommended boiling the stout and then melting the butter in it.

Is this an abosultely necessary step? Is there a special reason why the stout must be boiled first?

Please let me know because I would rather use me technique:

- boil water (in this case, stout) and stir in cocoa powder
- cream butter and sugar
- add eggs and flavouring
- alternately add dry ingredients and liquid

Hope that you can help.

Stacey

4 replies
frankdiabetes Posted 2 Jul 2011 , 11:38am
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I'm not exactly sure if it's CRUCIAL that the butter be melted with the stout, but in my recipe, I bring the stout and butter just to a boil, then add the cocoa powder and it all sort of emulsifies into a thick, buttery, beery, and chocolatey syrup. Which you then add to the egg and sour cream mixture, and stir in the dry ingredients and bake- to me, it actually simplifies things a lot since you don't need to cream anything.

Any particular reason you don't want to melt the butter with the stout?

staceyboots Posted 2 Jul 2011 , 1:09pm
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Hi frankdiabetes

Not really...I was just hoping that I could simply replace the water in my recipe with the stout.

confectionsofahousewife Posted 2 Jul 2011 , 5:40pm
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Hmm I don't see why that would be necessary. I just use my regular chocolate cake recipe and sub out the coffee for guinness. Here is the recipe that I use.
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Double-Chocolate-Layer-Cake-101275

I guess I must heat the beer up though since the recipe uses hot coffee to melt the chocolate. I usually microwave the coffee to make it hot enough so I guess that's what I've done with the beer. I honestly don't recall!

staceyboots Posted 4 Jul 2011 , 12:21am
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Hi confectionsofahousewife

Thanks for responding.

I did just that..replace the liquid in my chocolate cake recipe with the Guinness and it turned out quite good.

Thanks again.

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