The Great Bloggers’ Bake-Off — Perfect St. Patrick’s Day Cake



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Now don’t get your hopes up that you will soon be seeing something from the kitchen of Martha Stewart of some other celebrity/chef who bakes impeccable-looking product.  One thing I can guarantee is the taste, but currently there is no way — yet! — to provide this in a digital forum.  That said, let us begin.

I went out looking for a tasty layer cake at  Usually my cakes come out of a box, but not this time.  Since it is less than a week since the day some of my ancestors and I celebrated, when I saw, “Perfect St. Patrick’s Day Cake,” a quick scan of ingredients and preparation instructions told me this was the one.

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Now for some of the prep pictures.  Melting butter into the Guinness stout, stirring cocoa powder in until smooth, then letting cool.  Beating eggs and sour cream until smooth (no mixer was needed).  Then mixing both of them together until smooth, again by hand.

After the cakes came out of the oven — 30 minutes bake time, exactly — they cooled while I did step #5.  I added quite a bit more O’Maras than the 3 tablespoons called for — maybe too much?  You’ll see why in a minute.

Not having made a lot of layer cakes, the problem began when I tried to lift one of them from parchment paper I’d laid it on and it stuck.  I tried to lift it/slide it with my thin spatula, and was able to land it, but a piece underneath left with the spatula, so it began to slide and crack at the same time.  Everything looked like chocolate lava on a tectonic plate so I snapped a photo fast.  The last picture is the one of the piece of the cake I just finished eating.  YUM.


15 Comments Add yours

  1. I know from plenty of personal eating experience that a Guinness Cake is extremely yummy!
    I have never had one smothered with chocolate – that looks even more decadent!
    Thank you so much for baking – I am wishing we could help eat your cake!!!

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    1. Just wow. Thank you for taking part

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      1. msjadeli says:

        You are very welcome 🙂

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    2. msjadeli says:

      I’ve made beer batter bread before, but never a chocolate cake with Guinness. Surprising how moist and tasty it is. That bittersweet chocolate with the heavy cream is decadent. Perfect word for it. I’m livin in Guilty Guinness Chocolate Decadence today 🙂

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  2. Very nicely done Li 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Live and learn. In hindsight — isn’t that how it always goes — why didn’t I just flip the top cake over and then peel the parchment paper off? There’s always next year. Thank you for your kindness, Rory.

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      1. Hey Li, Rome wasn’t built in a day – we all live and learn from our trials and errs 🙂

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  3. Reblogged this on A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip! and commented:
    The Great Bloggers’ Bake-Off — Perfect St. Patrick’s Day Cake

    Li’s entry looks right scrumdiddlyumptous!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks again, Rory. Long time since hearing that term! It’s a good’n.

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      1. It is indeed 🙂

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  4. Lwbut says:

    Wow! Not a huge fan of Guinness (i’m so not Irish!) 😉 – but that cake looks decidedly scrumptious. 🙂

    Nice job!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much. I don’t drink Guinness (or any beer, cider is my choice) so I have a 5-pack now in the fridge just sitting there. The cake was quite tasty yes 🙂

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      1. Lwbut says:

        I’m more of a cider person too, although i only tend to drink some around Christmas time – as a treat – the rest of the year i stick with Tea! 🙂

        I WILL make exceptions for cakes however. 😉

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