About this recipe:A unique combination of flavours - this chocolate cake is studded with cherries and made with beer for a special something that everyone will be trying to put their finger on. The type of beer you choose will affect the flavour - Guinness® or stout will produce a fuller, more distinct flavour than compared to a light lager, for instance. Enjoy!
Chris & Carole Koceja
375g plain flour
2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon salt
400g caster sugar
60g cooking chocolate, melted
60ml cherry juice
250g cherries, stones removed and halved
120g chopped walnuts
110g cooking chocolate, melted
500g icing sugar, sifted
3 tablespoons milk
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Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease and flour a 20x30cm cake tin, or two 23cm round tins. Sift flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream 150g butter and caster sugar until light and fluffy. Add 2 eggs and melted chocolate. Add flour mixture alternately with beer, buttermilk and cherry juice. Mix until smooth, then fold in cherries and chopped nuts. Pour cake mixture into prepared tin.
Bake at 180 C / Gas 4 for 45 to 60 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of cake comes out clean.
To make icing: in a large bowl, combine 150g butter, 1 egg, 110g melted chocolate, icing sugar and milk. Beat until smooth. Spread on top of cooled cake.
For some reason, in 3 attempts, I couldn't get the cake to bake. Initially I thought the cherries were too ripe and plump but even using maraschino cherries I had the same problem, I have no idea what I might be doing wrong but the middle of my cake is always like a soft fudge. HELP! - 25 Sep 2014