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Chocolate and Ale Cake

I haven’t baked anything new in ages. Life is a lot calmer now so I am trying to get back in the kitchen and bake more and cook us new dinners. Even I am getting tired of the same old dishes every night!

My motivation for trying this recipe was not only that it is a chocolate cake but also because I was sent some Boston Breweries Craft Beer to try out and thought it would be perfect for this cake. It is their Boston Black River Coffee Stout, what goes better with chocolate than coffee, right?Boston Breweries Black River Coffee Stout | HarassedMom

I have baked a lot of cakes and can honestly say I think this one was the softest one I have ever made. It was like velvet and I can only assume it was because of the ale. It was finished before it was even cool. I never added the icing because I ran out of cocoa, which means I will just have to make it again.

Boston Breweries Black River Coffee Stout | HarassedMom

I also made this recipe in our microwave because our oven is not working and we just haven’t bothered to fix it because our Whirlpool Jet Chef just does it all!

Chocolate and Ale Cake


  • 140g Butter
  • 280g Sugar
  • 3 Extra large eggs (at room temp)
  • 180g Sasko Cake Flour
  • 70g Cocoa
  • 2 tsp Baking powder
  • 250ml Milk Stout/Ale
  • Ganache Icing:
  • 180g Dark chocolate
  • 250ml Cream
  • 1 tbsp Milt Stout/Ale


  1. Preheat the oven to 180*C and grease and line 2, 23cm baking tins.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar with an electric beater on medium speed until combined, scraping the sides of bowl occasionally.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well between additions until you have a thick, pale consistency and all the sugar has dissolved.
  4. Sift the cocoa, flour and baking powder together before adding to the butter mixture along with the ale. Fold through until just combined.
  5. Pour equal amounts of the batter into the 2 lined baking tins and even out the surfaces with a spatula.
  6. Bake for approximately 16 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centres comes out clean.
  7. Allow to cool.
  8. To make the ganache icing: heat the cream in a small pot on the stove until it’s warmed through then break the chocolate into it and stir on the heat until it’s dissolved then add the ale and stir through.
  9. Remove from the heat and allow to cool until it’s thick enough to ice the cake. (If it becomes too thick you can always pop it in the microwave for a few seconds to loosen it.)
  10. Place the first cake on a serving plate and top with 1/2 of the ganache.
  11. Top with the second cake and drizzle over the remaining ganache.
  12. Tip 1: Preheating the oven is very important – if the oven is not the right temperature it will effect the way the cake rises – cakes should also be baked in the centre of the oven as the top of the oven tends to be hotter than the bottom.
  13. Tip 2: To bring eggs to room temperature from the fridge put them in lukewarm (not hot) water for 20-30 minutes.
  14. Tip 3: Don’t skip the sifting of the flour, cocoa and baking powder – cocoa is notorious for forming little clumps, which remain in the batter and affect the texture of the cooked cake. Sifting also helps to distribute the baking powder and gets more air into the batter.
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What was the last thing you baked? Have you tasted this beer before?

Disclaimer: I was not paid for this post. Sasko sent me the recipe. Boston Breweries sent me some of their Black River Coffee Stout to review (which will follow shortly).

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