Monday, May 21, 2018

Stout Cake Gone Rogue

This falls into the category of “no good deed goes unpunished. My daughter-in-law loves my chocolate stout cake. Her birthday was last weekend, and I decided to make that stout cake even better by using Double Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales to give it extra richness and flavor. The night before I decided to make the cake, an arm that runs up the back of my dishwasher and over the top to spray water onto the dishes during the cleaning process, broke off. Just spontaneously fell off. This is an expensive Maytag dishwasher, with a built-in chopper, stainless steel interior, and only about 18 months old. It’s out of warranty, but I still consider this to be a new dishwasher. I know I’ve wandered from my point, but you need to understand that, in addition to making a cake for my daughter-in-law, I had to wash all of the dishes by hand, standing as I did so, on my gimpy knee (and that is another story). And not only the dishes that I was freshly dirtying, but also the entire load that I had packed into the dishwasher the night before, prior to the arm falling off debacle. Stay with me here, it gets better.

I decided to make a round cake rather than the square one that I usually make. I thought it would photograph better with the Rogue Stout bottle in the background. So, I pulled out 2 9-inch cake pans, made up my cake with the addition of the Chocolate Stout, poured it into the greased and floured pans, and popped it into the oven. After about fifteen minutes of baking time I heard a bit of a sizzling sound, accompanied by the smell of burnt chocolate. Apparently (because, as I always tell you people I don’t bake), I had grabbed 8-inch cake pans instead of 9-inch cake pans, and the batter had run over the top and burned on the bottom of my oven. Deep breath.

At precisely that point I came to learn that the gift card that I was going to send to my daughter-in-law via email was not available. The company from whom I was buying the card only offered to mail physical cards, adding that it would take 7 to 10 days for them to arrive, and at a cost of five dollars for shipping in addition to the price of the gift card. Well, there was no way I was going to pay five dollars for something that they would only pay $.50 to ship, so I got dressed, and drove miles to the store to get a gift card. Done!

I was quite pleased with myself for getting the gift card, and let me add that I drove through driving rain to do so, so headed home satisfied that my day could only get better. When I got home I changed out of my “shopping
clothes, and into my comfortable “let’s make a cake clothes (a rather ratty Mr. Bean T-shirt, and jeans that were politely declined by Goodwill), and set about to make the frosting. It was then that I realized I didn’t have quite enough powdered sugar to do that. At this point, I wasn’t about to get dressed and head to the supermarket, so came up with the brilliant plan of making half of the frosting with the ingredients that I had, would frost half of the cake to photograph, and give that half to my son, daughter-in-law, and grand kids. Genius!

I wanted to photograph the cake with a bottle of Stout in the background, so you all would know what you’re looking for when you shop for it, and you should. I love Rogue products (do not get me started on the sublime deliciousness of their Dead Guy Whiskey, and, boy did I need some NOW!) and wanted to give them a shout out. I took a variety of photos, like I do, with the bottle standing up in the background, tilted one way, and then the other, and then decided to lie it down. It was when my toes started to get wet that I was reminded that I had opened that bottle to use the stout in the cake. That not-so-carefully-replaced cap had come off and it poured all over the counter, down the front of the cabinets, and onto my toes.

Here is the recipe for the cake. It was delicious. You would think that my tale of woe ended here, but no. I enjoyed my cake, while recovering from a Tupperware injury, acquired when I reached for the right size container to package things up to send home with my son, and the remaining of them came showering down on me in one giant, plastic, avalanche. At this point, you may want to re-read the first line of this overly long blog post. Yep, truth. Next year I’m buying that girl a cake.
Stout Cake Gone Rogue

1 cup Rogue Double Chocolate Stout
1 cups (2 sticks) butter
3/4 cup Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
2/3 cup sour cream

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour two 9” cake pans.  Set aside. Bring stout and butter to simmer in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add cocoa powder and whisk until mixture is smooth. Cool slightly.

Whisk flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in large bowl to blend; set aside. Using an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat eggs and sour cream until well blended. Add stout-chocolate mixture to egg mixture and beat just to combine. Add flour mixture and beat briefly on slow speed.

Using rubber spatula, fold batter until completely combined. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 30 minutes or until tester inserted into center of cake comes out clean. Transfer to rack to cool for 5 minutes and then invert onto a rack to cool completely. When cool, top with chocolate frosting.

Rogue Chocolate Frosting

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
½ cup butter, softened
2-1/4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
4 tablespoons Rogue Double Chocolate Stout
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Melt chocolate chips in the top of a double boiler.  Stir until smooth; set aside to cool for 10 minutes.  In a large bowl, beat butter until creamy.  Gradually beat in confectioner’s sugar alternately with stout.  Add melted chocolate and vanilla and beat at high speed until smooth and creamy.  Frosts one cake.

If you prefer your chocolate cake in loaf form, you will go crazy over this Triple Chocolate Loaf Cake.

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Linda said...

Oh Pattie what a story! It looks like the entire cake got frosted? Your photos make me want to dive into it. Did you tell your DIL the story? ;)
This recipe is similar to one of my favorites by Nigella Lawson. I may love it because of her description of it in which she says things like "magnificent in its damp blackness" and the stout addition as a "resonant, ferrous tang". I made it one time about 8 years ago and loved it, so I don't know why I haven't made it again. Your frosting looks wonderful.

Rustown Mom said...

Oh, dear....but it looks and sounds like that cake was meant to be!! I do love double chocolate stout. OK, well all stout beer! Will print this off and prepare myself all of the hazards!

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

Linda, clever photography can hide a multitude of sins. No, that cake was not fully frosted.

Don’t you just love Nigella? Gosh that woman can make food sound incredible! I am a subscriber to BritBox and was happy to see episodes from her series on there.

Debbie - Mountain Mama said...

Oh my gosh Pattie, that cake really beat you up, didn't it? That sounds like quite the crappy day....hope the cake was all the more delicious because of it!

Cathy Kennedy said...


I'm visiting from "Oh, My Heartsie Girl" mid-week link up. I'm not going to deny it, the image of your chocolate cakes sucked me in and I had to investigate which I'm glad that I did. I have no idea what Rogue Double Chocolate Stout is but if it makes a chocolate cake better then I want to know more! I will certainly look for this product. DH's bday is in July and he usually requests a chocolate cake for his special day, so that might be the time to try your recipe which I'm going to save. Thanks for sharing. I'm sure your daughter-in-law loved the cake and appreciated the hard work that went into making this gift of love for her birthday.

Curious as a Cathy

Miz Helen said...

Oh my goodness, this cake looks fantastic! Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!
Miz Helen