Cake Of The Week: Spreading The Guinness Love

With the St. Patrick spirit in the air, I couldn’t help myself.  I was putting Guinness in everything!  Seriously… everything.

It started Sunday afternoon.  I rushed home after participating in the local St. Patrick’s Day parade with my coworkers.

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Yup, that’s a standard poodle with a shamrock painted on his bum in the front.

Parade behind us, I rushed home and started baking.  Step one was to make Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes with Bailey’s Irish Cream Frosting.

The cupcake recipe is from Write Meg’s blog.   I was completely amazed how rich the Guinness made the chocolate batter taste.  And once it was baked?  Girlfriend!  (Or boyfriend!)  Amazing.  Meg offers a Bailey’s buttercream recipe, but I decided to go with the Bailey’s Cream Cheese frosting from Closet Cooking’s blog.   The results:  Kicked Ass.  I sprinkled the cupcakes with some green sugar granules and I was done!

Okay, the picture I took is super sad.  I realized once I got to work that I had not taken a cupcake picture!  If you want to see beautiful pictures of this dessert, please swing by Meg’s blog post!

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While on the subject of Closet Cooking … I changed up my Corned Beef plate this year and tried Closet Cooking’s Guinness Glazed Slow Cooker Corned Beef.  So good!  I think that recipe will be a keeper.  It also gave me the ability to say I was cracking open a Guinness before 7 a.m. St. Patrick’s Day morning.

Now, our cake of the week!  This recipe for a Chocolate Guinness Cake is quite similar to the cupcakes I made for work.  The recipe was published in The Virginian Pilot last year.  The recipe can also be found here on Simply Recipes.  I frosted it with simple cream cheese frosting.

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Mmm… this cake is just how I like my beer, dark and delicious!  The beau rated this cake at an 8.5.

Yes, I made this cake for the St. Patty’s holiday. However, I think you could make this anytime of the year.  Like right now!  Go make yourself one of these babies right now!

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