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Chocolate Beer Cake

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Here’s a simple Chocolate Beer Cake recipe. Now, I actually can’t stomach beer but when it’s baked into a chocolate cake the result is heaven. The texture and flavour were still wonderful, even using a cheap beer brand. I adapted the original recipe to include almond meal, for a fudgy texture and nutty flavour complement to the beer. The cake has an amazing soft crumb that melts away in your mouth.

Here’s a simple Chocolate Beer Cake recipe. Now, I actually can’t stomach beer but when it’s baked into a chocolate cake the result is heaven. The texture and flavour were still wonderful, even using a cheap beer brand. I adapted the original recipe to include almond meal, for a fudgy texture and nutty flavour complement to the beer. The cake has an amazing soft crumb that melts away in your mouth. I didn’t even bother with a frosting. To make it fancy you could dust it with icing sugar but it’s great without any toppings.

CHOCOLATE BEER CAKE

Makes one 20cm round cake, serves 8-12 people

Difficulty: Easy

EQUIPMENT:

20cm round cake tin

INGREDIENTS:

125ml Beer
112g Unsalted Butter
32g Cocoa Powder
107g Plain Flour
40g Almond Meal
180g Caster Sugar
1 teaspoon Bicarbonate Soda
1 pinch Salt
1 large Egg
80g Sour Cream
Icing Sugar Mixture, to dust on top

METHOD:

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (160 fan-forced; 350F). Line the bottom of the cake tin with baking paper. Grease the sides with non-stick spray. Set kitchen timer for 20 minutes.

In a small saucepan add the butter and beer. Simmer over medium heat until the butter has melted. Stir in the cocoa powder until it’s fully combined. Set aside. Allow it to cool slightly.

In a large bowl sift in the flour, and add the almond meal, sugar, bicarbonate soda and salt. Stir the dry ingredients together.

In a medium bowl add the egg and sour cream. Whisk together until combined. When the melted butter is lower than 60 degrees Celsius (114 F), stir it into the mixture.

Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients. Gently hand-fold the wet mixture in with a spatula until all the ingredients are combined.

Pour the batter into the cake tine. Ensure oven has reached the correct temperature. Place cake tin on the middle rack of the oven. Bake until the cake comes away from the sides of the pan and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. If not ready, add another 5 minutes to the timer then retest again. Cake takes 20-25 minutes to bake approximately.

Remove cake from the oven. Allow it to cool completely in the tin. Once cool, remove cake to a wire rack. Dust with icing sugar to finish.

BAKING TIPS:

  • Keeps in an airtight container at room temperature for at least 3 days.

Recipe adapted from the Barrington Brewery, in Great Barrington MA

Chocolate Beer Cake
Chocolate Beer Cake
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Servings Prep Time Cook Time Passive Time
12slices 20mins 20mins 45mins
Servings Prep Time
12slices 20mins
Cook Time Passive Time
20mins 45mins
Ingredients
  • 125 ml Beer
  • 115 g Unsalted Butter
  • 30 g Cocoa Powder
  • 100 g Plain Flour
  • 40 g Almond Meal
  • 180 g Caster Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Bicarbonate Soda
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 1 large Egg
  • 80 g Sour Cream
  • Icing Sugar to dust (optional)
Servings: slices
Units:
Ingredients
  • 125 ml Beer
  • 115 g Unsalted Butter
  • 30 g Cocoa Powder
  • 100 g Plain Flour
  • 40 g Almond Meal
  • 180 g Caster Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Bicarbonate Soda
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 1 large Egg
  • 80 g Sour Cream
  • Icing Sugar to dust (optional)
Servings: slices
Units:
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (160 fan-forced; 350F). Line the bottom of the cake tin with baking paper. Grease the sides with non-stick spray.
  2. In a small saucepan add the butter and beer. Simmer over medium heat until the butter has melted. Stir in the cocoa powder until it’s fully combined. Set aside. Allow to cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl sift in the flour, and add the almond meal, sugar, bicarbonate soda and salt. Stir the dry ingredients together.
  4. In a medium bowl add the egg and sour cream. Whisk together until combined. When the melted butter is lower than 60 degrees Celsius (114 F), stir it into the mixture.
  5. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients. Gently hand-fold the wet mixture in with a spatula until all the ingredients are combined.
  6. Pour the batter into the cake tine. Ensure oven has reached the correct temperature. Place cake tin on the middle rack of the oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes. When ready, the cake comes away from the sides of the pan and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  7. Remove cake from the oven. Allow it to cool completely in the tin. Once cool, remove cake to a wire rack. Dust with icing sugar to finish if you'd like
Recipe Notes
  • Keeps in an airtight container at room temperature for at least 3 days.
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Beer Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 310 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 62mg 21%
Sodium 233mg 10%
Potassium 98mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 36g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 23g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 10%
Vitamin C 0.2%
Calcium 3%
Iron 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Fudgy decadent chocolate cake with a gentle nutty beer flavour.
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