Having a lot of family together in one place over the holidays can lead to a lot of strife. Sally doesn't want to sleep in the same room as her boy cousins. Little Bobby will only sit next to his brother at meals. No one likes Aunt Julie's green bean casserole. And Uncle Ned keeps muttering to himself in the corner about how his gifts are never appreciated.
Instead of Adding To The Toys In Your House Why Not Give Your Kids This Gift?
Luckily, there is a cake that makes it all better: The Guinness Cake. Serve it up at the end of any holiday meal and sit back as peace and brotherly love permeate the home.*
* It's a well known historical fact that no war was ever started with a Guinness in hand.
1/2 pound butter
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 2/3 cups flour
3/4 cup cocoa
1 cup Guinness stout
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 pounds confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a bowl, cream together the butter and both sugars. In another bowl, mix together the baking powder, cinnamon, salt, flour and cocoa. At the very last moment, add the Guinness to the eggs. (Don’t let it sit too long, or the alcohol will begin to cook the eggs!)
Add half of the dry ingredients to the butter and sugar mixture and blend, then add half of the wet ingredients. Repeat this process until all the ingredients are combined.
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F, and line the bottom of two 9-inch diameter cake pans with wax paper. Divide the batter between the pans, and bake until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Cool cakes in pans for about 10 minutes, then turn them out onto a wire rack and peel off the wax paper. Let the layers cool completely before frosting.
In a bowl, beat together the cream cheese and butter until mixed, then beat in the sugar. Finally, add the vanilla.
Place one cake layer, bottom side up, on a platter. Spread with frosting, then top with another layer, bottom side down. Spread the remaining frosting smoothly over the top and sides of the cake.
Adapted from Oprah.com
Servings: About 16 1-inch slices