Chocolate Stout Birthday Cake with Sea Salt + Bourbon Caramel

Chocolate Stout Birthday Cake with Sea Salt + Bourbon Caramel


Submitted 7 months ago
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Noella May

A chocolate cake that won’t soon be forgotten...

Chocolate Stout Birthday Cake with Sea Salt + Bourbon Caramel

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This beautiful, rich, moist – need I go on? Chocolate Stout Birthday Cake with Sea Salt + Bourbon Caramel was created for my husband’s birthday back in March. Although he is not Irish, his birthday does fall four days prior to Saint Patrick’s Day, and what lover of beer wouldn’t appreciate a pint of Guinness stout added to their birthday cake adding depth and richness?! To top it all off I made sea salt and bourbon caramel, with Bulleit Bourbon. This cake also makes a beautiful naked cake. In the process of decorating, I covered the cake with a sweet cream icing. I would most certainly make this cake again, leaving it naked and adding either fresh flowers or fruit, or both.

Naked Chocolate Stout Birthday Cake

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Stout beers are often described as having chocolatey overtones, therefore the presence of the stout gives this cake a dark, rich color and adds an added richness to the chocolate. The cake itself is very simple to whip up and if you don’t have a stout beer on hand, any dark beer can be used to replace the stout; if you flat out don’t have any beer on hand, a strong cup of black coffee or water can replace the beer altogether.

Chocolate Stout Birthday Cake with Sea Salt + Bourbon Caramel

The sea salt and bourbon caramel seemed daunting at first to make. Caramel has always seemed like something an intermediate baker makes. This was my first time making it and it was truly simple! It took all of 15 minutes from beginning to end. The only part – you have to pay close attention so that your sugar doesn’t burn, but hey 15 minutes to create a beautiful HOMEMAYD caramel, easy peasy! And it lasts in the fridge for roughly one month. We have been dipping bananas in it, putting it on profiteroles, vanilla ice cream, you name it!

Sea Salt + Bourbon Caramel

Sea Salt + Bourbon Caramel

This recipe is my go to chocolate cake recipe, yet I most often times use one cup of strong black coffee. As for the sea salt and bourbon caramel, I used Maldon sea salt flakes. The sea salt and bourbon caramel was an extra special treat, as my husband absolutely loves the combination of chocolate and sea salted caramel. This cake describes him to a “T” – lots of depth, a bit salty, and a bit sweet. Let’s not forget the bourbon drenched part, his drink of choice. Happy Birthday to my husband!

Naked Chocolate Stout Birthday Cake

Chocolate Stout Birthday Cake with Sea Salt + Bourbon Caramel

This post was long overdue – first I was away, then I contracted some Northeastern bug that had both my daughter and I down for the count for nearly eights days. What was that?! Thankfully we are both feeling better – relishing in the first stringlike days of the year and developing recipes again!

A list of nut safe brands | local ingredients used:

King Arthur All-Purpose Flour and Vermont Creamery Mascarpone Cheese.

I use only nut safe ingredients | products in all my recipes. Every time I go to the market, I check the ingredient list and allergy disclaimers posted beneath the ingredient list; even though I checked this information the week before. I check this list prior to each purchase as the company may have had a change in manufacturing facility | plant.

Better safe than sorry when it only takes a moment to glance through both the ingredients and allergy information posted below the list of ingredients. I.e. “allergy information: may contain…; made on shared equipment…; or processed in a facility…”

Soon you will be able to refer to a blog post on How to Navigate Food Allergens for a safe home.

xox HOMEMAYD by Noella May

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