I found this recipe on the Cookie Madness blog and made it for my birthday a year and a half ago. I made it a while back for the head of my department for his birthday. It was well received at the office and at home.
Chocolate Guinness Layer Cake from: Cookie Madness (adapted from Epicurious)
1 cup of butter
1 cup of Guinness Stout
3/4 cup Hershey's Dark Cocoa
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
2/3 cup sour cream
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 2 8 inch cake pans.
Melt the butter over medium heat. Add the stout and cook until it starts to simmer. Turn the heat to low and add the cocoa. Whisk ingredient together and remove from heat. Whisk the flour through salt together in a bowl. In another bowl beat the eggs for 5 minutes until thick. Add the sour cream, then the stout mixture. Add the flour mixture and stir until well combined. Bake the cakes for 28-32 minutes.
Even though the cake was great, the best part was this frosting:
Malted Chocolate Frosting from: Cookie Madness (adapted from Dorie Greenspan)
6 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate ( I used semisweet)
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup of malted milk powder ( I used Carnation)
1 tablespoon of cocoa
1/4 cup boiling water
1 cup of butter, softened
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon of vanilla
2 1/4 cups powdered sugar
Melt the chocolate and half of the brown sugar in a double boiler or a glass bowl over simmering water (or carefully in the microwave)
Mix the rest of the brown sugar with the malted milk, cocoa and boiling water until smooth.
Beat the butter, then add in the melted chocolate, the malted milk and the vanilla. Slowly add in the powdered sugar until smooth. Chill the frosting for at least 60 minutes, then beat with a mixer until light and fluffy. What a great cake! I think I need to make it again soon.