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Tam's picture

I was at a party last night and tried this great chocolate cake. My friend said the recipe came from a fine cooking magazine, but she wouldn't give out the recipe to anyone. Anyway this cake had Guiness beer in it, and it was WONDERFUL. So, I'm hoping someone has this recipe to share with me. It's my boyfriends 45th birthday on April22 and I would love to make it for him.....THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!!!!

MadMom's picture

(post #63474, reply #1 of 18)

Hi, town, and welcome to FC.  The recipe was in the 2003 holiday baking issue.  I'm hoping someone can post it for you, who already has it in machine readable form...otherwise, I can type it in later.



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Tam's picture

(post #63474, reply #2 of 18)

Thanks for your help....you were fast to reply!!! Have you tried this cake???? It's for chocolate lovers, that's for sure. I forgot to type my user name, it's not TOWN it's TAM. Sorry, had a late night last night!!

MadMom's picture

(post #63474, reply #3 of 18)

No, because I have some extra pounds on my bottom I'm still carrying around from Christmas, and the last thing I need is a big chocolate cake to eat.  However, it's tempting because my Irish DSIL and family are coming up next weekend.  Might be a nice celebratory thing to fix...and they could take home the leftovers!



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(post #63474, reply #4 of 18)

This is kinda-sorta off subject, but - why wouldn't this friend give out the recipe?  If it was in Fine Cooking, which anyone has access to?  That makes no sense to me.  Odd...


I'd go get the recipe for you, I would, but I don't have access to my FC's at the moment.  But I know someone here has it.  I believe there was a long discussion on this cake right after that issue came out.


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MadMom's picture

(post #63474, reply #6 of 18)

Some people are just stupid about recipes.  I can see it if you are a professional and it is your "signature dish" although many are more than gracious about sharing their recipes.  To refuse to share a recipe you picked up out of a magazine is simply ignorant and a bit selfish.



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Gretchen's picture

(post #63474, reply #5 of 18)

How silly is that--not to give the recipe out to ANYone.

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Jean's picture

(post #63474, reply #7 of 18)

Here you go. Enjoy.


Chocolate Stout Cake


Yeilds 1 large bundt cake or 12 miniatures


1 1/2 cups stout (Guinness) (not including foam)


1/3 cup molasses (not blackstrap)


1 2/3 cup AP flour


3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutched)


plus some for pan


1 1/2 tsp baking powder


1/2 tsp soda


1/2 tsp salt


1 1/4 cups unsalted butter softened


plus some for the pan


1 1/2 cups light brown sugar, packed


3 large eggs, room temp


6 oz. semisweet chocolate, very finely chopped


Chocolate glaze-- optional


Rack in center of preheated oven. 350°


Butter a 10-12 cup bundt pan, lightly coat with sifted cocoa.


Tap out any excess.


In small saucepan over high heat, bring stout and molasses to a simmer.


Remove from heat and let stand while you continue.


Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, soda, and salt.


Using the paddle attachment on stand mixer or hand mixer, cream the


butter until smooth. Add brown sugar and beat until light and fluffy.


Scape down sides of bowl as needed.


Beat in eggs one at a time. Scrape down bow.


At low speed, starting and ending with dry ingredients, alternate mixing


the stout and the flour. Stop and scrape down then at med speed mix until


batter is smooth. (20 sec)


Stir in chopped chocolate.


Spoon batter into prepared pan, spread evenly with a rubber spatula. Run a


knife through the batter to eliminate air pockets.


Bake until skewer comes out with only a few moist crumbs clinging to it.


45-50 minutes. Less for mini cakes. Cool on rack for 20 minutes then invert and


remove pan. Let cool until barely warm and then drizzle with chocolate.


Let cool to room temp before serving.


If you plan to serve later, wrap it while still barely warm without the glaze.


Can be frozen and glazed later.


Optional Chocolate glaze


3/4 cup heavy cream


6 oz. chopped semisweet chocolate


Bring cream to a boil in a small saucepan over high heat.


Remove from heat and add chocolate. Let stand for 1 minute


then whisk until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Let cool


for 5 minutes, then pour over barely warm cake.



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Tam's picture

(post #63474, reply #8 of 18)

Thank-you so much!!!! This will make a GREAT birthday cake, since he likes chocolate so much. He also likes beer!!!! Maybe at her next dinner party I will make this cake and bring it over.....might be the last time I will be invited for dinner!!! BUT I NOW HAVE THE RECIPE!!!! Just kidding, I would not be that mean. HAVE A GREAT DAY!!!!!!!

MadMom's picture

(post #63474, reply #9 of 18)

Thanks, Jean...you saved me a lot of typing.  Besides, now I can print it out and think about trying it.


A question for those who have tried this recipe.  Does it have a beer taste?  I'm not particularly fond of the taste of beer, but love the taste of chocolate.  Any comments?  I know that posters were pretty well divided, seemed they either loved or hated this recipe, yet Li said it was a favorite of the staff (bunch of sots, probably!) LOL




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FitnessNut's picture

(post #63474, reply #10 of 18)

This is soooo funny. I took this cake to a party last night and it was demolished, except for a small piece I brought home for my son. I'll be making it again....it is probably the best chocolate cake I've ever eaten! I don't particularly care for Guinness, which is what I used, but I didn't notice the beer flavour in the cake at all. Nor the molasses for that matter. It was a deep, rich, almost fudgy chocolate cake. I expect to be providing many friends with copies of the recipe, judging from the appreciative comments last night. And I have to confess that I didn't use very good chocolate either.....DH was sent to the store with specific instructions and came back with Baker's semi-sweet chocolate. You'd never know it, the cake was so good. Has anyone else made this and what chocolate did you use? Results?

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FitnessNut's picture

(post #63474, reply #11 of 18)

Forgot to say that I also used Dutch-process cocoa, since that is all I can get here. Didn't seem to make a difference in the flavour.

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CookiM0nster's picture

(post #63474, reply #12 of 18)

When I made it I noticed a very pronounced beer taste. Not being a beer drinker, I hated the cake. It wound up in the trash.

Li's picture

(post #63474, reply #13 of 18)

Hey, now. I resemble that remark.

I never detected a beer taste, and I'm a beer drinker. Our staff is pretty split as to drinkers/nondrinkers, but we all loved it. Go figure.

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MadMom's picture

(post #63474, reply #14 of 18)

Guess it can't hurt to try it...if it tastes too much like beer, I'll toss it.  Maybe Willie Ray and Irish DSIL will like it!



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RheaS's picture

(post #63474, reply #15 of 18)

I'm not much of a beer person, so I need advice. Can I substitute oatmeal stout or porter cream ale for the Guiness?

Li's picture

(post #63474, reply #16 of 18)

LOL. You're not a beer person, but you have oatmeal stout and porter cream ale on hand?

I would go with the oatmeal stout.

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RheaS's picture

(post #63474, reply #17 of 18)

I needed some amber ale for that FC chili recipe and the grocery store said I had to either buy a full 6-pack of the amber or do a mix and match. They were out of Guinness and I picked up the oatmeat stout and the cream porter because I thought I saw recipes that used them somewhere.

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(post #63474, reply #18 of 18)

I hate to throw a wrench in the works, but if your hostess said "a fine cooking magazine" rather than "a Fine Cooking magazine," she might have served one of two other chocolate stout cakes that are on the Epicurious site.  One was from 2002; the other was from a March 2005 magazine.  Could it have had prunes in it?  Take a look.  I hope the link works.  If not go to Epicurious and search chocolate stout cake.


http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/find/results?search=chocolate+stout+cake&x=14&y=8