Now for St. Patrick's we wanted to do a very non-traditional type theme but still keeping true to the key points. Well except when it came to dessert. We made a very traditional Irish dessert, Chocolate Orange Guinness Cake.Plus it was perfect for orange picking in Alixx's yard. Yea for fresh fruit!
Cast of characters: butter, salt, orange, eggs, brown sugar, flour, baking soda, cocoa powder, and Guinness (not pictured).
First things first, add the brown sugar and butter to a bowl and mix it! If you are Alixx you'll try and convince Kelsey to just go ahead and eat the batter. Thank goodness Kelsey reigned her in. But no matter keep mixing until light and fluffy.
In a separate bowl combine the flour, salt...
and cocoa powder.
Mix it all up!
While that is going down zest your orange!
Add the zest to the sugar and butter mixture. It will smell out of this world.
First you'll add one egg at a time with one spoonful of flour mixture. Then once you run out of eggs you'll add the flour mixture a little bit at a time, adding the Guinness little by little as well. Until everything is gone.
Pour the mix into a pan, or two, and place it into the oven.
Our cakes came out so so so thin.
Kelsey presented the itty bitty thin cake. We laughed so hard about those cakes.
While the cakes cool, it's time to mix up some icing! But make sure you check your powdered sugar stock. It would be horrible to realize last second there is not enough powdered sugar to make some icing. We know because it happened.
Alixx took her frustration out on another orange. She zested like no one has zested before. Please ignore the messy pantry.
But no worries, if you've got some pre-made icing just add the orange zest and orange juice to the container and mix. It will smell and taste like an orange creamsicle. No joke. The orange is strong with this one. And yes, we did just say that.
Now since we had two thin cakes we were doing it layered so there was a nice thin layer applied to the bottom cake.
Then to the top cake!
Then we covered it to ensure a nice smooth coating over the entire delicious cake.
Place some extra zest on top and serve!
Opps! Cake toppled over but it was still good! Now the cake turned out really dense. And while thinking it over we decided it probably has something to do with the cakes turning out so thin. But no matter, it was still the perfect was to end our Second Friday St. Patrick's day feast.
Chocolate Orange Guinness Cake
- 1 cup of butter
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- 1 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
- 2 heaping tablespoons of cocoa
- Orange zest from 1 orange
- 4 large eggs
- 1/2 cup of Guinness
- 1 container of plain icing (or 1/2 cup of butter and 1 cup of powdered sugar)
- Juice and zest from 1 orange
- Pre-heat oven to 375F.
- Cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy/
- In a separate bowl combine the flour, salt, baking powder and cocoa into a bowl.
- Add the orange zest to the brown sugar and butter mixture and beat in the eggs one at a time, adding a spoonful of the flour mixture with each egg.
- After adding the eggs, gently mix in the Guinness, a tablespoon at a time, also including another spoonful of flour with each addition.
- Any additional flour can be folded in gently. Blend well, but be careful not to over-beat.
- Divide your mixture into two well-greased pans (for a layered cake), smooth and place into pre-heated oven.
- Once centered, reduce oven temperature to 350F and bake for about 35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Remove and allow to cool.
- To make icing, zest another orange and add the zest to a container of icing. Also add the juice from the orange to the icing and mix well.
- Once the cakes are cold spread 1/4 of the icing in between the layers and use the rest to cover the cakes.
- Cut and enjoy!