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A five-star topping (totally decadent and delicious!) over a two-star cake, so I'll be generous a give this a 4. I will definitely use the topping for other cakes and I guess it would be wonderful over baked apples, but I'm sorry to say I found the cake itself barely edible. The beer seemed to emphasize the baking soda taste, which I don't care for (and I'm positive I measured it right). The cake had a good moist texture, but I found it quite bland - would probably be greatly improved by using more orange zest and spices (what about some cinnamon?) and adding some dried fruits (chopped dates, raisins...). Needs some tweaking, but good potential.

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Anne La Quebecoise December 11, 2005
Oatmeal Stout Cake