Vixen Vanessa’s Irish Car Bomb Cake

12 Mar

With St. Patty’s Day just around the corner, here is a great recipe. If you recall, Vanessa was a Vixen last year, and has shared this awesome cake recipe with me. It isn’t gluten-free, and I haven’t had the pleasure of trying it out yet, but it has gotten amazing reviews!

Irish Car Bomb Cake

Guinness Chocolate Stout Cake:
2 cups stout (such as Guinness)
2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder (preferably Dutch-process)

4 cups all purpose flour
4 cups sugar
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
4 large eggs
1 1/3 cups sour cream

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter two 9-inch round cake pans with 2-inch-high sides. Line with parchment paper. Butter paper.

Bring 2 cups stout and 2 cups 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 1 1/2 teaspoons salt in large bowl to blend. Using electric mixer, beat eggs and sour cream in another large bowl to blend. 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. Divide batter equally among prepared pans. Bake cakes until tester inserted into center of cakes comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Transfer cakes to rack; cool 10 minutes. Turn cakes out onto rack and cool completely.

Jameson Chocolate Ganache:
8 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 heavy whipping cream
Jameson whiskey to taste

In a double boiler melt down chocolate and cream. Stir in whiskey to desired taste.

Bailey’s Irish Cream Frosting:
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup Bailey’s Irish Cream

Whip together to a solid peak.

Once both cakes are cooled, layer as desired. Top with whipped cream!

One Response to “Vixen Vanessa’s Irish Car Bomb Cake”

  1. Maahm March 18, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

    YUM! I used two shots (2 oz) of Jameson in the ganache. Make sure the ganache is completely cooled before you put any whipped cream on it. If you don’t, it will melt and truly look like a drunken Irishman made it!

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