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Irish Whiskey and Stout Chocolate Cake
It's getting be that time of year again, Happy St. Paddy's Day!! Ingredients Guinness Stout Chocolate Cake: 1 cup stout beer 10 Tbsp unsalted butter 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 2 cups granulated sugar 2 large eggs 3/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt 1 tsp pure vanilla extract 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp fine sea salt Whiskey Simple Syrup: 1 part simple syrup (1 part water+1 part sugar, boiled and cooled) 1 part Irish whiskey Whiskey Cream Cheese Frosting: 1 pound cream cheese 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened 3 Tbsp light brown sugar, packed 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted 3 Tbsp Irish whiskey 1 Tbsp store-bought caramel sauce (optional) Chocolate Glaze: 4 oz dark chocolate, chopped 1 Tbsp unsalted butter 2 Tbsp light corn syup 1/2 cup heavy cream Instructions Guinness Stout Chocolate Cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter 2-8inch cake pans and line with parchment paper. Set aside. In a large saucepot, combine beer and butter. Melt butter over medium heat. Remove from heat and add cocoa powder and sugar. Stir until incorporated. Add eggs one at a time and whisk until incorporated. Add vanilla. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Alternative adding dry mixture and yogurt in three additions. Add 1/3 of dry mixtures, mix to combine. Follow with 1/2 of yogurt and mix. Repeat and end with remaining 1/3 of dry mixture. Divide batter evenly between prepared cake pans. If desired, use a kitchen scale to ensure cake batter is even. Level off batter using a mini offset or the back of a spoon. Bake for 40-50 minutes until cake is done and a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Let cake cool in pan for 5-8 minutes. Unmold cake and allow to cool to room temperature on a wire rack. Whiskey Simple Syrup: In saucepot, combine water and sugar. Bring to boil and allow sugar to dissolve. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Store in fridge until ready to use. Combine 2 tablespoons simple syrup and 2 tablespoons whiskey. Use this to lightly soak the cake layers during assembly. Whiskey Cream Cheese Frosting: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add softened butter and mix until incorporated. Scrape down bowl as needed to ensure thorough mixing. Add brown sugar and sifted powdered sugar. Mix on slow speed until smooth. Add whiskey and caramel and mix until incorporated. Chocolate Glaze: In a medium bowl add chopped chocolate, butter, and corn syrup. Pour heavy cream in a small sauce pot and bring to a boil. Pour hot heavy cream over chopped chocolate. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let mixture sit undisturbed for 90 seconds. Remove plastic wrap and slowly stir together contents. Chocolate with melt and mixture will look watery, but as you stir the chocolate glaze will come together. Once mixture is smooth, let sit for a couple minutes until slightly thicken and mixture is a nice pourable consistency. Assembly: Slice the cakes into two even layers. You will end up with 4 cake layers. Place first cake layer on a cake stand, or plate. Use a pastry brush to lightly soak cake with whisky simple syrup. Follow with about 1/2 cup of whiskey cream cheese frosting. Use an offset spatula to spread frosting into an even layer. Add second cake layer and repeat with syrup and frosting. Continue to build cake until you have used all the cake layers. Crumb coat the exterior of cake with frosting. Place in the fridge for 10-15 minutes to chill. Remove cake and apply another coat of frosting around the side of cake. Place cake back in the fridge until you are ready to pour chocolate glaze. Remove cake from fridge. Pour slightly thicken chocolate glaze over the top of the cake. Allow the glaze to drip over the sides of the cake. Keep cake chilled until ready to serve.
14 Things You Never Knew You Could Do With Beer
Bro! Is the frat house covered in half-empties after a night of drunken revelry? Don't get rid of that extra beer just yet – here are 14 weird ways to reuse it. Check out these cool things you never knew you could do with beer: 1. Marinate a steak pre-grilling, and possibly reduce your risk of cancer. Turns out marinating your meat in beer can help prevent the formation of carcinogenic compounds due to high-heat grilling. You can learn more here! 2. Trap and kill slugs, and save your garden from slimy, destructive pests. If you find your garden under attack from slugs, set out a little dish of beer. They'll be attracted to the sugars in it, climb on it, and drown. Sorry lil' buddies! 3. Condition your hair for a healthy, textured shine. So the above picture is apparently one that exists on the internet. Hmm. Well, it seems you can also now use beer as a shine-enhancing, texturizing hair rinse! Read more here. 4. Cook rice in beer instead of water, giving it an interesting nutty flavor. Sounds like it could be good! Inexpensive American lagers work particularly well; avoid anything overly hoppy. Samuel Adams has a recipe on their website. 5. Make a beer can roof! Turn beer cans into aluminum shingles. That's one way to shingle your shed. Probably pretty cost-effective, too! Learn how here. 6. Cook a deliciously moist roast chicken. Beer can chicken is a classic! Shove a can up its chicken butt and taste the magic. Recipe here. 7. Make a beer can into a really cool dish or ashtray. A great DIY gift for your favorite beer-lover. Instructions here. 8. Make an impromptu can stove. Add fuel, and you can cook dinner! Just... don't blow anything up, okay? Learn more here. 9. Craft a DIY dixie cup dispenser. I feel like this would be really cool in a dive bar bathroom. Instructions here. 10. Soften skin and prevent blemishes. Try a homemade beer face mask or foot soak! 11. Mix up some finger-lickin' good homemade barbecue sauce. Recipe here. 12. Polish wooden furniture (with flat beer, in particular). Spill some beer on your coffee table? It's actually good for it! Rub it in with a soft cloth. 13. Remove tarnish from brass and copper. This isn't really a problem for me, because I'm too poor to have anything made of brass or copper. But you can apparently use beer to polish your pots and pans! Beer's slight acidity dissolves tarnish, leaving the metal surface shiny and squeaky clean. 14. Draw insects away from party guests. Simply place a few bowls of beer far from the party. Bugs are attracted to the sugars in beer. Do you know any other weird things you can do with beer (besides get drunk)? :D