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Boozy Chocolate Sponge Cake recipe

This delectable sponge cake is definitely for adults only! The sponge itself is flavoured with Irish stout, whilst the indulgent buttercream is flavoured with Irish cream liquor. Use any flavour Irish cream that you like hazelnut would be a particularly good choice in this cake. For extra indulgence, try topping this cake with a smooth chocolate ganache.

Ingredients:

  • 250ml Irish stout
  • 150ml soured cream
  • 400g caster sugar
  • 250g plain flour
  • 225g butter
  • 75g cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 115g butter
  • 360g icing sugar
  • 3 tbsp. Irish cream liquor

Method of Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C and grease and line two 23cm cake tins.

  2. Pour the stout into a saucepan along with the 225g of butter. Bring the two to a simmer and whisk them together. Remove from the heat and then add the cocoa, whisking until the mixture is smooth. Allow to cool.

  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs with the soured cream until completely smooth, and then add to the stout mixture, stirring until you have a thick creamy liquid.

  4. Sieve together the plain flour, baking powder and cocoa powder. Stir in the sugar.

  5. Mix the dry ingredients with the wet mixture, stirring until you have a smooth cake batter. Divide this between the two prepared tins and cook them for half an hour or so. Allow them to cool completely before starting the icing.

  6. Mix together the 115g butter with the icing sugar and liquor until you have a spreadable, creamy icing. Ice the top of one cake and stack them before spreading any remaining icing over the top of the cake.

A handful of finely chopped nuts would be a delicious addition to the buttercream in this cake. This recipe should yield around 10 portions.

Author: Laura Young.

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Conversions
250mlabout 1 cup (1.0567 cups based on 236.59 mililitres in a US cup)
150mlabout ¾ cup (0.634 cups based on 236.59 mililitres in a US cup)
400gabout 14 oz (14.1092 oz based on 0.035273 ounces in a gram)
250gabout 9 oz (8.81825 oz based on 0.035273 ounces in a gram)
225gabout 8 oz (7.936425 oz based on 0.035273 ounces in a gram)
75gabout 3 oz (2.645475 oz based on 0.035273 ounces in a gram)
115gabout 4 oz (4.056395 oz based on 0.035273 ounces in a gram)
360gabout 13 oz (12.69828 oz based on 0.035273 ounces in a gram)
180C350F / Gas Mark 4

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Published: June 22, 2011
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