Jessica Kehoe, DPT
So, my husband and I did a little Whole 30 style cleanse for the month of April. Last week, after we made it 28 days (ok we didn’t quite do a full 30) we had a celebration. Not only did we celebrate the end of the cleanse, but it was my brother’s 40th birthday, AND we have all been vaccinated, so I had to make something special.
I’m a fan of baking and decorating cakes, and sometimes this means I work way too hard, but my mom helped me out by sharing this recipe. Turns out it was really easy, and really yummy! A great combo. This cake is nice and moist and I enjoyed the whipped cream icing. It was lighter and not as sweet as the usual frosting I make with cream cheese. I also added some frozen cherries for a little extra fun, but some raspberries or shredded chocolate on top would be nice too.
So if you need a little chocolate cake for some kind of celebration, or just because, give this one a try.
¾ cup salted butter
2.5 oz bittersweet chocolate
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup Guinness
½ cup sour cream
1 cup white sugar
⅓ cup packed brown sugar
2 tsp baking soda
2 cups flour
⅓ cup cocoa powder
½ cup brown sugar
1 ½ cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and line a 9 inch loose bottomed (spring form) cake pan with parchment.
Melt the butter, Guinness, chocolate and vanilla in a medium pan over low heat, stirring frequently until smooth. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes to cool slightly.
When the chocolate butter mixture is cooled, wisk in the eggs, and then the sour cream until smooth. Mix together the dry ingredients in a large bowl, and then wisk the wet ingredients into the dry until batter is smooth.
Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 60-75 minutes (mine was done right at 60 minutes, and maybe could have been taken out sooner even) until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Leave it to cool in the pan.
Make the icing by putting the cream, sugar and cocoa powder in a bowl and beat to soft peaks. Dollop this icing on the cake and spread it out with the spoon.