Mary’s Tavern Recipes ~ Chocolate Stout Cake

Mary and John's Wedding

Mary and John’s Wedding

Welcome to the Mary’s Tavern! In celebration of my 33rd wedding anniversary, I’m sharing one of my husband’s favorite cakes. And since it’s Valentine’s weekend, I had to toss in something chocolate, too.

It’s hard to fathom that we’ve been married that many years–through sickness and health, good times and bad–he is still my knight in shining armor.

Mary and John at the Scottish Games

Mary and John at the Scottish Games

Yes, we’re much older, but our love has only grown.

So as we celebrate love this weekend, I share my love not only with this amazing man, but with my family, friends, readers, and animals.

Love is all around us!

 

 

 

CHOCOLATE STOUT CAKE

CAKE:

1 cup stout (I like Guinness)

1 stick plus 2 TBS unsalted butter

¾ cup unsweetened cocoa

2 cups sugar

¾ cup sour cream

2 eggs

1 TBS pure vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 ½ teaspoons baking soda

 

FOR THE TOPPING:

8oz Philadelphia cream cheese

1 ¼ cups confectioners’ sugar

½ cup heavy cream

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and butter and line a 9-inch springform pan.

Pour the stout into a large wide saucepan, add the butter- in spoons or slices-and heat until the butter’s melted, at which time you should whisk in the cocoa and sugar. Beat the sour cream with the eggs and vanilla and then pour into the brown, buttery, beery pan and finally whisk in the flour and baking soda.

Pour the cake batter into the greased and lined pan and bake for 45 minutes to an hour. Leave to cool completely in the pan. When the cake’s cold, sit it on a flat platter or cake stand and get on with the frosting.

Lightly whip the cream cheese until smooth, sift over the confectioners’ sugar and then beat them both together. Add the cream and beat again, until it makes a spreadable consistency. Ice the top of the cake.

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14 comments


  1. Nicole Laverdure

    Happy anniversary to you and your husband, Mary!

  2. Noelle

    Happy Anniversary to my two role models. Yours is a true love. One which many seek but only a few attain. Love you.

  3. Marilyn Munro

    Wishing you many more happy years together.

  4. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO YE BOTH AND MANY MORE YEARS TOGETHER, GREAT RECIPE ,,HAVE A FABULOUS WEEKEND.

  5. Lori H

    Happy Anniversary!

  6. Paulette D Field

    Happy Anniversary ! You so inspire me! May your days be blessed and your spirits be enchanted with eternal love ! Love you Mary!

  7. Happy Anniversary to you and you husband! I wish you both many more. I bet this cake is fantastic. I haven’t made a cake in a while, because I tend to love it t0o much. 🙂

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