3.14.2011

Chocolate Stout Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting and the Giveaway Winner



Well, it's not green, it's not corned beef and cabbage, it's not Irish soda bread but when I saw this in Donna Hay a while back the only thought I had was: gotta make this for St. Patrick's Day! You chocolate/peanut butter lovers are going to love this cake! Kind of tastes like Reese's in cake form WITH stout, do you believe? And the texture is heavenly. I love the idea that it's in loaf form too. Now I'm doing this just for you for St. Paddy's Day because I am NOT a chocolate with peanut butter lover. Of course, I'll not have any problem passing this cake around to friends!  


Chocolate Stout Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting
Donna Hay magazine, 50th Birthday issue




Ingredients:
1 cup stout beer
225 grams butter, chopped
3/4 cup cocoa, sifted
2 eggs
2/3 cup sour cream
2 cups all purpose flour, sifted
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2 cups superfine sugar


Frosting:
1 cup confectioner's sugar
1 cup smooth peanut butter
80 grams butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup coffee cream

Method:

Preheat oven to 325 F. Place stout and butter in a saucepan over medium heat and stir to dissolve butter. Remove from heat, whisk in the cocoa and set aside.

Mix together the flour, baking soda and sugar.

Whisk together the eggs and sour cream and add to the stout along with the flour mixture. Whisk to combine. Pour into a lightly greased loaf pan 21 by 10 by 7 cm lined with parchment paper. Bake for one hour and 20 minutes or until a cake skewer comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out on a rack to cool completely.

For the frosting:

Place all the ingredients except the cream into an electric mixer and beat for 6  minutes or until light and fluffy. (It didn't take 6 minutes) 
Beat in the cream until smooth. Frost the cake. Serves 6-8





May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.


Sláinte!



I am joining the Third Annual St. Patrick's Day Blog Crawl March 15th at Kathleen's. Check in with her on Tuesday to link up!






And now for the giveaway winner:  Congratulations, Velva from Tomatoes on the Vine




You've won Gabrielle Hamilton's book. Please email me at bsmithw@gmail.com with your mailing address so I can get your book in the mail ASAP!   

68 comments:

  1. What a darling cake Barbara. Personally I think it is refreshing that it's not sooooo green.

    Congratulations Velva. Enjoy your book.
    Sam

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  2. I'd be happy to eat a bowl of the icing!

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  3. I love that combination! Wish I were near enough to have some passed on to me.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  4. Great looking cake, Barbara. I'd have your piece, I love peanut butter.
    Congrats to Velva!
    Happy St Patrick's Day!

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  5. What a great cake! thanks for sharing, Maybe I can get this made but Thursday. If not I will find time it looks great

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  6. No green needed! I'll bet the flavors of stout, chocolate and peanut butter are fantastic!

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  7. This is a yummy cake , and Congrats to the winner .

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  8. Happy St Patrick's Day! That is a delicious looking cake.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  9. I had a chocolate stout cake years ago and remember it was delicious. The stout made the chocolate darker and richer... I remember thinking at the time it was a great idea. Peanuts and stout sound like a super combination too... I must get a Hay cookbook...I see so many great things from her books.

    ps love the little guys.. they look so darn happy!

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  10. Stout would add a special flavour all its own to this delicious cake!!!

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  11. Congratulations on the winning, Velva! Btw, the cake look awesome scrumptious! Happy St. Patrick Day to all. Have a great week ahead, Barbara.
    Blessings, Kristy

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  12. I'm sure my Irish relatives will turn over in their graves, but I can't stand stout, so I won't be trying this one, even though I do love PB & chocolate together.

    Happy St. Paddy's Day to you and congrats to the winner!

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  13. I am also not a fan of stout but I think the cake wouldn't suffer by adding a milder beer. It sounds awesome!

    Congratulations to Velva!

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  14. The chocolate stout cake is a fabulous dessert for St. Patrick's day, love the pb frosting!

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  15. Congrats to Velva - and geez louise thats one fine cake.

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  16. I don't enjoy drinking stout but baking with it is anohter story. A very fun cake.
    Mimi
    Congrats to Velva

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  17. What lovely cake Barbara, look awesome! Congrats to the winner! gloria

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  18. Congratulations Velva!
    The chocolate cake looks fantastic!

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  19. Barbara, great cake...and perfect for the St. Patrick's celebration. Love the combination of stout and peanut butter. Have a wonderful week ahead :-)

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  20. How sweet of you to think of others Barbara ;o)

    I actually do love chocolate cake and I've actually been curious about this stout beer variety.

    Happy St.Patrick's to you too ;o)
    Claudia

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  21. this is fantastic! so great for the holiday. congrats velva!!

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  22. That sounds like an incredible cake. Thanks for sharing!

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  23. Happy St Patrick's day to you Barbara.
    The cake looks so moist and delicious.
    congratulations to Velva.

    Happy week
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  24. Yum this is a glorious recipe barbara!! I mean chocolate. stout and Peanut butter icing! I don't think it can get any better.
    Happy St. Pats Day to you my friend
    xx
    Bunny

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  25. I'm still craving the PB frosting!

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  26. So now you've basically made my perfect/ideal cake. A little bit of booze, chocolate and PB all together in one place. Love it.

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  27. That cake looks great, wish I had a piece right now:@)

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  28. Slainte! You gotta love a dessert with booze in it :)

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  29. Congratulations to Velva a for the book and to you for this beautiful cake Barbara!

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  30. The cake looks so good and thanks for sharing recipe.

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  31. Congratulation to the winner!

    Your stout cake sounds super, I never made anything like this. I am sure it is very good.

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  32. This looks delish...thanks for sharing your recipe :)
    Happy SPD!
    Big hugs,
    Queenie

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  33. This cake is soooooo very good. The stout adds such a depth to the chocolate. have a great Saint Paddy's!

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  34. love this cake I must try adding beer to a cake, yep I am pregnant about 16 weeks :-) I mentioned a few times but no worries

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  35. What a great looking cake :)

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  36. Congrats to the Winner!!!
    Now, as for that cake, simply incredible! Each and every ingredient sings St. Patrick's Day to me.

    I sure could use a piece before my dentist visit tomorrow:)

    Thanks for sharing, Barbara. You really do have such an appetizing blog:)

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  37. I am a total peanut butter nutter :D. This cake is a winner, I can tell without even tasting it. Love how you dressed it all up for St Patricks Day, so cute :)
    Congrats to Velva!
    *kisses* HH

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  38. Whoa! I bet chocolate stout and peanut butter is the best combination ever :) :)

    Sues

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  39. I don't like chocolate, but I like stout! :)

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  40. oh this sounds delish and blends several of my favs in one...we will be making this, this weekend....

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  41. O.K., now I have to SNATCH this recipe! MY HUSBAND LOVES STOUT, I LOVE CHOCOLATE, and well, I LOVE ALL THINGS IRISH!!! Barb dearest, thank you for coming to visit with me. You are so kind and let us always celebrate the good in our lives...be well dear one and enjoy every moment, Anita

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  42. Oh, your cake looks so delicious, Barbara! I've been meaning to try a cake with a hearty stout. I see them often in the blogosphere, and they do sound so good. I'm keeping this recipe for my files.
    Ooh, and congrats to Velva-that's so nice!

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  43. Your stout cake looks completely delectable! And it looks so cute with those happy little leprechauns! Happy St. Pat's Day!

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  44. I've never had stout in a cake, as far as I know, but I do love chocolate/peanut butter, so I would very willingly take a large piece. Looks delicious! Linda

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  45. Love the happy little guys on top of the cake. Hey, they're no dummies. They're lining up first for a big slice of that fabulous cake.

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  46. What a lovely way to celebrate St Patrick's Day Barbara! :D

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  47. This is an incredible sounding cake that must have been so full of flavor. My kids would get a big kick out of your decorations too. How fun!

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  48. The little Leprechaun topping are so cute!

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  49. St.Patrick's Day already? Sigh...I wanted to make something green but ran out of time. Ah well. Happy St.Patricks Day to you Barbara, love the little leaping leprechauns! (And congrats to Velva on winning the giveaway).

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  50. Have you ever taken Dance Trance classes?

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  51. I'm not much of a stout person in general but would definitely give this cake a try. You had me at chocolate and peanut butter...

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  52. Yay for Velva! She's such a luv. :-) I AM a chocolate peanut butter fiend, Barbara. Just thinking about this cake makes me happy. :-)

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  53. have fun...

    The Versatile Blogger Award 4 You!

    Thanks for the support,
    Happy Wednesday!

    xoxox

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  54. wow! this is too cute! great looking cake!

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  55. The cake looks delicious! Thanks for linking up, and Happy SPD!

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  56. What a perfect cake for St. Patrick's Day. I saw peanut butter and became your slave for life. Have a great evening. Blessings...Mary

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  57. Love chocolate & PB - also the idea of the loaf pan. The recipe is going in my file!!

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  58. What fun....sounds so so yummy. xoxoxo hugs

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  59. I just knew you would have a 'knock my socks off' recipe for St. Patricks Day Barbara. And I AM a lover of all things chocolate and peanut butter!
    Have a wonderful green day!
    big hugs

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  60. this chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting sounds perfect for St Patrick's day. would love a slice or maybe 2
    thanks for sharing

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  61. Hi Barbara and happy St Pats Day!! My web designer is making some fixes on my site.. If you have a moment could you check to see if it is easier for you to view my website now... Where do you have trouble on my header etc??? I think it is flash related and we are trying to resolve it
    Thank you so much
    Xx
    Bunny

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  62. Happy St Patty's day!

    I was asking about dance trance b/c we're going to Tampa with Ben's parents this summer and they have a studio there. I want to try one out!

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  63. Congratulations to Velva!!!!That frosting sounds delicious!

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  64. You pulled off a beauty, Barbara. This is a lovely cake to behold.

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  65. Happy St. Patrick's Day! I love the leprechauns, and the cake sounds delicious. Chocolate, stout, peanut butter, and coffee cream sounds like a combination I would enjoy.

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  66. there's a lot of magic at the end of the rainbow that is this post, but the pot of gold is that peanut butter frosting--s-woon! :)

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