Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Guinness Stout Ginger Cake Recipe

Guinness Stout Ginger Cake

My friend Sarah knows what she is talking about. “I know what you should blog about,” she said enthusiastically, offering me a slice of her homemade ginger-Guinness cake. Proud she was right to be; the spiced and not-too-sweet richness of this moist cake urged me to ask her for the recipe and make it for my sister and parents over the holiday break. A wonderful cake at this time of year, it triples as a sweet breakfast, a dessert, and an afternoon snack, and is so extraordinary it caused me to involuntarily dance around the house while singing these ridiculous made-up songs. Thanks, Sarah...

Sung to the tune of O, Tannenbaum:

O ginger cake, o ginger cake, you look like chocolate but you aren’t.
Not too sweet, and awfully moist, the epitome of holiday cake,
O ginger cake, o ginger cake, I’ll like you so much always.

O ginger cake, o ginger cake, I know you’ll never come out blue.
Easy to make, and not a pain, you barely stuck in the bundt pan,
O ginger cake, o ginger cake, please don’t be sad when we eat all of you.

O ginger cake, o ginger cake, you are so spiced and lovely.
Yes, I know, this song is dumb, but you are not, and there’s the rub,
O ginger cake, o ginger cake, friends we’ll be forever.

And, to the tune of Dreydl, Dreydl:

I have a tasty beer cake;
I think it’s really neat.
And when it’s baked and ready,
A beer cake I will eat.

Beer cake, beer cake, beer cake,
You’ll never let me down.
In twenty minutes or less,
I’ll be whirling round and round.

Finally, a beginning to the tune of Jingle Bell Rock:

Ginger cake, ginger cake, ginger cake freak. Ginger cake week, and ginger cake cheeks.
Dancing, and chanting, and singing out loud, I’m so lucky that no one’s around.

See what this cake has made me become? A multicultural dancing and singing fool, prancing around the house, waxing ridiculous about its merits. Make it for yourselves and your families for New Year and I’ll look forward to reading (and humming) the resulting songs. Come on, don’t be shy...

Guinness Stout Ginger Cake Recipe

by Claudia Fleming, from The Last Course: The Desserts of Gramercy Tavern

1 cup Guinness stout
1 cup molasses
1/2 tablespoon baking soda
3 large eggs
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
3/4 cup grapeseed or vegetable oil
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons ground ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 tablespoon grated, peeled fresh ginger root


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 9- X 5-inch loaf pan, line the bottom and sides with parchment, and grease the parchment. Alternatively, butter and flour a 6-cup Bundt pan.
2. In a large saucepan over high heat, combine the stout and molasses and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat and add the baking soda. Allow to sit until the foam dissipates.
3. Meanwhile, in a bowl, whisk together the eggs and both sugars. Whisk in the oil.
4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, ground ginger, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and cardamom.
5. Combine the stout mixture with the egg mixture, then whisk this liquid into the flour mixture, half at a time. Add the fresh ginger and stir to combine.
6. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake for 1 hour, or until the top springs back when gently pressed. Do not open the oven until the gingerbread is almost done, or the center may fall slightly. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Similar recipes from A Hungry Bear Won't Dance: John Cage Cookies Recipe, Raspberry and Blueberry Whole Wheat Muffins Recipe, Maple-Pecan Cookies Recipe


Richard said...

Looks great, going to have to try this, nothing better to do as a single guy than cook some beer cake. :P

Pekin Ogan said...

Hey Banu!! I finally get to eat/taste/savor/devour your cookings!! It started with the cookies and ended with the crazy ginger/beer cake. BTW it is incredibly tasty.. Many thanks for leaving the rest with us for later consumption!!Keep on cookin', bloggin, singin' N dancin'!!

Lucas Vilanova said...

hmm....yum yum!!!...

Tau-Mu said...

It looks really good!

Jennifer said...

i only wish we had had a traditional christmas dinner this year. :\ we had lasagna... idk why... i like traditional holiday dinners.

Michelle J said...

Beer = awesome. Cake = awesome. Beer Cake = Crazy awesome.

My husband will LOVE this! Thanks for sharing! :)

Chris Ogan said...

One of the moistest and gingeriest cakes of all times. but what if I can't dance and sing your songs while I eat it. BTW, only one piece is left. I hate to see it go. The only solution is to bake another one.

Murphyfish said...

Mmmmm Guinness and ginger cake, I have truly died and gone to heaven with all my prayers answered. (I know, it doesn’t take much to keep me happy!) Thank you for sharing this Banu.
Have a great new year.


Aaron said...

Made this yesterday and just finished eating a slice... so good. Even better the next day, too. Just wanted to say that I love this blog - I've already accumulated so many great food memories with your recipes: pic manti, purslane salad, curry mee, oven baked squash and kale, the john cage cookies. You've inspired me to cook well for myself and to be adventurous - because of this blog I bought my first kaffir lime leaves in chinatown and made my first bechamel sauce. Hope you have an awesome new year!

Aaron L

Banu said...

Thanks, Pekin, Richard, Lucas, Tau-Mu, Jennifer, Chris, Michelle, Murphyfish, and Aaron!

I'm so thrilled that this blog is inspiring you all to cook and to try new things.

Happy new year to all of you, happy cooking and happy eating!


SM said...

new reader :)

sounds delicious! I can't wait to try i tout!

Chef E said...

How cute, I just heard that song today while shopping for my orange-rum cakes I am making...I will have to try this, since I am fascinated with Guinness, or beer period as an ingredient in something like this...

Hathor's Bath said...

I'll be lifting this recipe as well, methinks! Also wanted to let you know I made the walnut/feta spread recipe last week; best. breakfast. evah! Your recipes mean I have been eating better than I have in ages. Thanks so much!

Banu said...

Thanks, Hathor's Bath. It makes my day that this blog is helping you to eat healthier food, and on a budget, too! Happy new year, and happy cooking.

Elizabeth Riggin said...

I need to make this! It looks really good! I have enjoyed your blog. Have wonderful new year. E-

Banu said...

Thanks, Elizabeth, happy new year to you, too. I hope you'll keep reading!

kathryn lamberg said...

The ginger cake looks wonderful.
I like your little jingle. Looking for your recipe.
I stumbled upon you, this Sunday morning.
I am a poet/piano player/massage therapist, who at one time did alot of modern dance. I stay with the gentle yoga.
Feel free to write back.
Any venturing out to Long Island?
I am in Port Jeff(on northshore, near Stonybrook). Have montly RETREATS, for serenity, with yoga and music, poetry, and good healthy brunch! Nice to meet you here. Peace!

Jane said...

I am not a big fan of Guiness however that looks like a pretty excellant cake and I think I would eat it nonetheless. Thanks for sharing these wonderful recipes:)

auto części said...

it looks soooo goood,yumyyy

Nobody said...

Thanks for sharing this recipe. I just tried my first slice of the Guinness Stout Ginger cake and it tastes yum !!

sanjeet said...

i like traditional holiday dinners.

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Mimi said...

Banu, I'll definitely try this one. Guiness is so good for you- here they used to recommend that nursing mothers drink a bottle of Guinness every day!

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