March 5, 2012
What is St. Patrick's Day without a glass of Guinness and a shot of Bailey's? Not all of us are planning to knock back an Irish Car Bomb but you can bake this decadent Guinness cake with Bailey's buttercream instead. This rich chocolate cake is given an incredible boost of flavor from the stout and pairs perfectly with the sweet and buttery frosting. If you want a more festive look, add a few drops of green food coloring to the buttercream. Guinness cake with Bailey's buttercream is a dessert you'll want to remember.
2 cups sugar
1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 ounce green food coloring
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup Guinness
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Whipped Cream Filling Ingredients:
12 ounces Heavy whipping cream
3/4 cup Powdered sugar
Bailey's Buttercream Frosting Ingredients:
2 tablespoons Bailey's Irish Cream
2 tablespoons Heavy Whipping Cream
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Green Guinness Cake:
Add the eggs one at a time and mix well after each addition.
Mix cocoa and food coloring together and then add to sugar mixture (I always do this in a disposable solo cup- to avoid staining anything); mix well.
Sift together flour and salt.
Add flour mixture to the creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk and Guinness.
Pour batter into 2 or 3 (depending on how many layers you want. I went with 2)8-inch round greased and floured pans.
Combine ingredients in KitchenAid or use a hand mixer in a large bowl on high.
Blend until firm and peaks develop.
Bailey's Buttercream Instructions:
Beat butter for a few minutes on medium speed.
Add 3 cups of powdered sugar and set mixer to the lowest speed until the sugar has been incorporated with the butter.
If you need to make the frosting thinner- add more cream or Bailey's. If you need to thicken it- add more sugar. It should be firm but, fluffy.
You should have the smooth side of the cake facing up- as you don't want crumbs to break off and muddy up your frosting skills.
The original Buttercream recipe came from The Savory Sweet Life and was altered to create the Bailey's Buttercream.
For the frosting I wanted a traditional Buttercream texture-wise but need a little more ooomph.