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This is a dark, moist cake that keeps beautifully. It doesn't taste exactly of chocolate or Guinness, but a lovely deep flavor somewhere between the two. I can see the addition of some ginger doing very nicely in this. It comes together in a flash on the stovetop. From Nigella Lawson by way of Kim O'Donnell of the Washington Post.
- 1 cup Guinness stout
- 1⁄2 cup unsalted butter, sliced
- 3⁄4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 cups superfine sugar
- 3⁄4 cup plain yogurt or 3⁄4 cup sour cream
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 1⁄2 teaspoons baking soda
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1⁄2 cup heavy cream
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Butter a 9-inch springform pan and line bottom with parchment paper.
- Pour Guinness into a large saucepan, add butter and heat until melted.
- Whisk in cocoa powder and sugar.
- In a small bowl, beat sour cream with eggs and vanilla and then pour into brown, buttery, beery mixture and finally whisk in flour and baking soda.
- Pour cake batter into greased and line pan and bake for 45 minutes to an hour (Check at 45 minutes for doneness, poking a skewer in center).
- Leave to cool completely in the pan on a cooling rack, as it is quite a damp cake.
- When cake is cold, gently peel off parchment paper and transfer to a platter or cake stand.
- Place cream cheese and confectioners' sugar in a mixing bowl, and whip with an electric beater, until smooth (You may also do this with a food processor).
- Add cream and beat again until you have a spreadable consistency.
- Ice top of cake, starting at middle and fanning out, so that it resembles the frothy top of the famous pint.