You read that correctly, it’s an Irish feast around here today! It’s my twins birthdays so we’re celebrating with cake…who doesn’t? Only THIS cake is meant for the grown-ups. After-all, we deserve a little treat, our twins are 3, and it’s St Patrick’s Day!
I did make a non-alcoholic version for the babes, just so everyone is happy 😉
Here’s my cheat…I used a box this time around to make it easier on you and it worked just as well!
For the cake you will need:
- One box chocolate cake mix (Duncan Hines is what I used)
- 3 large eggs
- 1/3 c vegetable oil
- 1 12 oz bottle Guinness Stout
Grease two 9 inch round baking tins. Combine all ingredients into a large bowl until mixture just comes together, small lumps are ok, but be careful not to over mix. Pour equal amounts into each tin and bake at 350 for 25-28 minutes, or until cooked through. Cakes will be rather moist so the toothpick method may not work well here. Allow cakes to cool completely before frosting.
For the frosting you will need:
- 1 c chocolate chips
- 1 1/2 c heavy cream
- 2-3 tbsp Irish Cream ( Bailey’s is what I use)
- 1 tbsp coffee from breakfast or instant is fine
- 1 tbsp corn syrup
You’ll need a double boiler for this. For those that many not know what one is, you can use a medium size pot, about 7-9 inches across and at least 6 inches deep with a few inches of water in the base, using a glass bowl large enough to cover the top of the pot and bring water to a boil. Be careful the water doesn’t touch the glass bowl.
Once the water has come to a boil add the chocolate chips to the glass bowl. Stir to help even melting. Once chocolate has melted about half way, turn off the heat. You can now add the corn syrup, coffee and 1/2 cup of the cream…saving the rest of the cream. Use a spatula to combine the chocolate mixture until smooth and cooled, may take 3-4 minutes.
Now comes the fun part! Add the remaining cream and turn on the electric mixer. Allow mixer to go for several minutes until the chocolate has whipped. Once the color has lightened and chocolate cream is whipped slowly add the Irish cream with mixer on.
Tip: if you add the Irish cream while the mixer is off the frosting could curdle.
The only thing left to do is apply frosting generously! Don’t waste a single drop! Its so yummy, why would you?!
Happy Birthday to my babies and Happy St Patrick’s Day to the rest of you!