Eat a Beer: Chocolate Bacon Beer Cake

chocolate cake2The quest: to bake a cake with Midweek Beer Geek’s Featured beer: Odell’s Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout.

The mission: to find the best recipe I could (I’m not that crafty or scientific for my own recipe!). It had to be easy, delicious, and would pair smoothly with the Lugene.

The journey: I settled on a bundt cake. I had so many ideas. I researched a TON of great recipes, but this one seemed fitting & would feed a thirsty crowd.

Follow me to chocolate-bacon-stout bliss!!

Chocolate Stout Cake with Ganache & Candied Bacon

1 cup of stout, preferably chocolate
2 sticks (1cup) unsalted butter
1 cup dark unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups All purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
2 large eggs
2/3 cup sour cream

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Candied Bacon:
4 -6 strips of trimmed bacon
2 tbsp whiskey
2 tbsp butterscotch schnapps
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp of stout beer

chocolate cake3Ganache:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
8 oz dark or semisweet chocolate chips
1 tbsp sugar

First I cooked the candied bacon in a medium skillet. Cook the bacon til it’s cooked through. Drain off excess grease. Add the liquors & sugars to the pan. Cook bacon until bubbly & liquid cooks down. Set aside on a nonstick surface to cool. Do not clean pan- use for next steps!

Candying bacon.

Spray/grease bundt pan. Turn oven on to 350.

Cake:
Add 1 cup stout & 1 cup unsalted butter ( 2 sticks!) to bacon pan. Cook over medium heat until melted. Add cocoa powder and whisk until smooth. **as mixture sits it will separate. Just stir before adding to egg mixture. Cool slightly.

chocolate cake 4Making butter & stout mixture.

Whisk flour,sugar,baking soda & salt in a large bowl & blend. Set aside.
Using an electric mixer, beat eggs & sour cream in a large bowl. Add chocolate stout mixture to eggs & beat just to combine. Add flour mixture & beat briefly on slow speed. With a spatula fold batter until well combined.
Pour batter into bundt pan.
Bake at 350 for 40-45 mins. Check with toothpicks til picks come out clean.
Set aside til cool. Flip upside down onto serving plate.

Almost done!

Ganache:
In a small sauce pan, add heavy cream & sugar. Combine until sugar is dissolved & almost to a boil.
Pour over chips in a medium bowl. Stir until smooth. Pour over cooled cake.
Finely chop up candied bacon. Sprinkle onto moist ganache.
Let ganache cool & setup. Serve & enjoy!!

chocolate cakeBacon! And enjoying at Midweek Beer Geek! Plus Chocolate Cheese!

**Trimming bacon or using a lean bacon (cottage style) will make cook time a lot easier & tastier!
**Want more bacon?? Add bacon into the cake- pour half the batter into pan, sprinkle bacon & them pour rest of batter. Bake as directed.

Recipe source:
http://lepetitbrioche.blogspot.com/2012/02/dark-chocolate-stout-bundt.html?m=1
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About the author

Melinda is a beer enthusiast seeking out which food and beer will join forces next... No beer is safe!! She is an active member of Barley's Angels-MN, an employee of a local brewing company, and a novice home brewer.