This is my second year attempting to make Irish food for St. Patricks Day and- despite the fact that last year was great- I'm stressed about it. The thing is, it's totally my fault...I hear myself saying "hey, everyone come over my house for Irish food this weekend! We'll celebrate St. Patricks Day!"...after which I immediately remember "wait a minute...you don't like Irish food". Regardless, it just seems like the right thing to do. Plus it's always good to stretch yourself. I'm not sure what I'll make Saturday, but I pre-gamed with a little Guinness chocolate cake. I based the recipe on this one from Taste of Home and was super happy with it. In fact, I'd probably make it even if it wasn't part of a silly celebration! So, what's your plan for 'ol St. Patty's Day? Anything exciting?
1 cup Guinness beer
1/2 cup butter, cubed
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup baking cocoa
2 eggs, beaten
2/3 cup sour cream
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 & 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
Cream cheese icing
Grease a 9-in. springform pan and set aside. In a medium to large saucepan, heat beer and butter until butter is melted. Remove from heat and whisk in sugar and cocoa until blended.
Combine the eggs, sour cream and vanilla; whisk into beer mixture.
Combine flour and baking soda; whisk into beer mixture until smooth.
Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Remove sides of pan and cool completely on a wire rack.
Once cooled, spread that icing and enjoy!