A Manly Chocolate Cake

by jerseygirl on April 22, 2010 · 27 comments

My husband requested that I make a chocolate cake for one of his co workers birthday. I scoured the internet and came up with a cake perfect for the occasion. Since my husband works with mostly men, I thought a cake that had stout added to it would be perfect. I found the recipe on Epicurious and the reviews were fabulous so Chocolate Stout Cake it was.

The recipe was supposed to make a huge three layer cake but I felt two layers was enough and used the extra batter to make a dozen cupcakes. I also melted some white chips for a decoration on top of the cake and cupcakes. The cake got great reviews and I loved the moist, chocolaty, but not too sweet cupcakes. The stout definitely cut some of the sweetness and it smelled wonderful while baking. This will probably be my new GO TO chocolate cake!


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Niki April 22, 2010 at 9:17 am

Lisa, this recipe looks so amazing! This might have to be my go to recipe for chocolate cake too!


kat April 22, 2010 at 9:34 am

Ah yes adding beer to chocolate makes for wonderful flavor


dawn April 22, 2010 at 10:02 am

who gets the cupcakes? LOL


RecipeGirl April 22, 2010 at 10:49 am

Love to gather other people's Go-To recipes! A manly cake recipe is a good one to have 🙂


Patsyk April 22, 2010 at 12:31 pm

What a great chocolate cake! Love the melted white chocolate on top… very cute!


The Japanese Redneck April 22, 2010 at 12:42 pm

Looks good enough for a particular woman that I know.


melissa April 22, 2010 at 2:13 pm

that sounds lovely – but then again it has both chocolate and beer, so why wouldn't it be?


Mary April 22, 2010 at 3:41 pm

It certainly looks delicious. Lisa. I'll have to try this one on Bob. Thanks for sharing it with us. I've used stout in gingerbread but never in a chocolate cake. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary


teresa April 22, 2010 at 5:27 pm

love this! i bet it had such a great flavor.


frankg April 22, 2010 at 6:15 pm

I was lucky enough to get some of the cupcakes. They were great nice to great neighbors even better when they are good cooks/bakers.


Debbie April 22, 2010 at 6:54 pm

I love chocolate stout cake. I've made one before and used a white frosting. I would like to try it with your frosting. It sounds so good. I like the fact that they are not too sweet!


Sook April 22, 2010 at 7:32 pm

That is so nice of you to make a delicious cake for your husband's co-worker! Looks sure delicious!


frankg April 22, 2010 at 7:55 pm

I can state for a fact that the cupcakes were great. Nice to have good neighbors even better to have great neighbors that cook/bake. Thanks for the treats.


Julie April 25, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Very nice! I made a stout cake some time back and we all loved it. I love the icing drizzled on top 🙂


Leslie April 25, 2010 at 9:32 pm

I have been wanting to try this recipe..look wonderful!


black eyed susans kitchen April 26, 2010 at 9:00 am

Great idea Lisa..I will be trying this recipe.
♥, Susan


The Food Hunter April 26, 2010 at 1:03 pm

I will try this the next time I make a chocolate cake. And I love that ou made some cupcakes too. great idea.


Juliana April 26, 2010 at 7:36 pm

Lisa, what a nice chocolate cake, love the way you decorated 🙂


Danene April 27, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Normally my recipes come (out of a box)from Betty Crocker, but I may have to give this one a try! Looks fabulous!!


Jamie April 27, 2010 at 6:54 pm

What a unique ingredient to put in cake. It does look very yummy. From the comments it looks like your neighbor enjoyed those cupcakes too.


biz319 April 29, 2010 at 11:42 am

What a great idea to add beer to the batter!

My go to chocolate cake that gets rave reviews?? Has ONE CUP OF MAYO!


Chef Fresco April 29, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Totally bookmarking! Michael wants chocolate cake every bday & his last name is Stout. Perfect! 🙂


Shelly Borrell April 30, 2010 at 3:00 am

Great plan and execution — A manly cake is right 🙂


The Blonde Duck April 30, 2010 at 6:49 am



Catherine Parker June 1, 2010 at 2:41 pm

This looks amazing! I'm definitely going to make it for my man! I'm a long time reader of your fabulous blog, but first time follower as I've only just opened a blogger account and set up a blog (http://bakezilla1.blogspot.com/). I just hope mine is as great as yours! 🙂


Shelby January 22, 2011 at 3:30 pm

I have been craving chocolate cake like crazy lately. I'm going to have to just break down and make one I guess! Looks yummy!


Aggie January 28, 2011 at 10:24 pm

Oh these look so good Lisa! I want to make my hubby a Guinness cake for his bday! 🙂 with Irish Cream frosting….hint hint Irish Car Bomb! LOL! 🙂


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