Stout and dark chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting

Stout and dark chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting

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Sweet
Serves
8-10

The deep, dark flavour of stout adds another dimension to this chocolate cake sandwiched with a fluffy cream cheese frosting. Not only does the stout add flavour, but colour and texture too.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
250ml stout
100g cocoa powder
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
350g soft light brown sugar
4 eggs
180ml creme fraiche
250g self-raising flour
1 pinch salt

For the frosting

Quantity Ingredient
100g cream cheese
50g icing sugar
45ml double cream

To serve (optional)

Quantity Ingredient
peanut butter
nutella, (chocolate and hazelnut spread)
baby marshmallows, toasted
praline, crumbled
edible flowers, such as pansies

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C. Grease and line a 23cm springform cake tin.
  2. Pour the stout into a saucepan and bring to a simmer, then add the cocoa powder and bicarbonate of soda and whisk until smooth. Remove from the heat.
  3. Whisk the sugar and eggs together in a bowl until just combined. Add the crème fraîche, then the warm stout mixture and whisk together. Sift in the flour and salt. Fold together, then pour into the prepared cake tin and bake for 40 minutes until risen and firm to the touch.
  4. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out and cool on a wire rack.
  5. Meanwhile, place the cream cheese in a bowl and sift in the icing sugar. Beat together until softened and fluffy. In a separate bowl, whip the double cream to soft peaks, then fold it into the cream-cheese mixture. Split the cake in half horizontally and spread the frosting over the bottom half of the cake, then place the other half on top.
  6. Serve the cake as it is, or slice it into thirds and place on a large serving plate over discs of peanut butter and Nutella, made with a circular template cut from a piece of card. Scatter a row of toasted baby marshmallows and crumbled praline alongside, and top with some edible pansies.
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James Martin
Saturday Kitchen
desserts
puddings
sweet
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