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Monday, December 15, 2008

Chocolate Guinness Cake for Buu day

i think december babies rock. iJustDo.

today is buu's official 30th birthday but we celebrated in high style this past Saturday. naturally, she had to bring it in all dramatical. she requested that i bring in buckets of Popeye's Chicken and biscuits, along with chocolate cake and white icing. the only thing missing was the grape soda.

for her cake, i used a Nigella Lawson recipe, who by the way, knows her cake! you know how some angst ridden teens ask "how do you know you're in love?" and the sage response is always "you'll know it when it happens..." well as i was assembling her cake, i just knew it was my best piece of work yet. it just felt right. and i called her to let her know too.

Me: Buu?
Buu: yo, what's up?
Me: i just wanted to let you know that i am done making your cake and i think it's the best mother f-ing cake i've ever made. Ev.Er.
Buu: word?

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i initially saw the recipe at Culinary Saints and i knew i had to make it. i doubled the recipe and what i'll post will be the american measurements because seriously, whose bright idea was it to have to different metric systems???? keep in mind, i doubled this recipe, and i also used half special dark cocoa powder and half regular cocoa powder.

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Chocolate Guinness Cake
From "Feast" by Nigella Lawson

1 cups Guinness
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup cocoa
2 cups superfine sugar
3/4 cup sour cream
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

Preheat oven to 350° and grease and line with parchment paper a 9-inch springform pan. (i also used a smaller spring foam pan for the top tier)
Pour the Guinness into a large saucepan and add the sliced butter. Heat until the butter is melted and remove from the heat. Whisk in the cocoa and sugar. In a separate bowl, beat the sour cream with the eggs and vanilla. Add the sour cream mixture to the Guinness mixture in the saucepan. Finally, beat in the flour and baking soda.
Pour the batter into the greased and lined springform pan and bake for 45 minutes to an hour. Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack.

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i baked my cakes at 47 minutes. the knife came out clean but the cakes were a bit on the still slightly shaky side. i liked it immediately, that meant it was going to be deliciously chocolately moist. (also, the batter is quite liquidy, not so much a thick batter) word of warning, wait til the cakes are completely and thoroughly cool before springing them out of the pan. they're delicate and easily comes apart. buu asked for store bought icing (i was scandalized) and so i used whipped vanilla icing on top. that is all. simple and actually, quite stress free.


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10 comments:

  1. AHH! That cake is OH MY GOSH amazing! I want!

    p.s.--I love Nigella.

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  2. I love this cake sooo much! I made it for my birthday as cupcakes. One of the best chocolate cake recipes around.

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  3. That cake makes my mouth water! You've been tagged! http://theknittingtype.blogspot.com/

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  4. buu - i heart your crazy ass to.

    shannalee - nigella is pretty amazing, isn't she?

    esi - this is the best chocolate cake recipe, i know i'll be making this many many times!

    kirby - thanks!

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  5. Lan - this cake is GORGEOUS! Lucky Buu!

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  6. i'm giong to make this for someone's bday next week. that'll teach those nigella wannabe's to bring in a boxed version of whatever.

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  7. i just notice some-ting. buu's outfit matches the cake. meant to be or what?

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  8. i just notice some-ting. buu's outfit matches the cake. meant to be or what?

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  9. buu - i heart your crazy ass to.

    shannalee - nigella is pretty amazing, isn't she?

    esi - this is the best chocolate cake recipe, i know i'll be making this many many times!

    kirby - thanks!

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