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Ginger-Chocolate Stout Cake with Sweetened Sour Cream

“Chocolate cake for grown-ups” is how VT taste testers described this dessert. 



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2 cups all-purpose flour
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¾ cup unsweetened cocoa
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1 Tbs. ground ginger
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1 Tbs. ground cinnamon
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2 tsp. baking powder
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¼ tsp. salt
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1 cup maple syrup or molasses
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1 ¼ cups stout, such as Samuel Smith
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½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
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¼ cup brown sugar
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2 large eggs, room temperature

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Sweetened Sour Cream


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1 cup low-fat sour cream
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⅔ cup light brown sugar


1. To make Cake: Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat 11- x 9-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Whisk together flour, cocoa, ginger, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt in bowl.

2. Place 1 cup maple syrup in 4-cup measuring cup. Bring stout to a boil, and pour into maple syrup.

3. Beat butter and brown sugar with electric mixer. Beat in eggs. Alternate adding stout and flour mixtures to batter. Pour into prepared pan, and bake 35 to 40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cake in pan; cut into 16 squares.

4. To make Sweetened Sour Cream: whisk together sour cream and brown sugar until sugar dissolves. Serve Cake with Sweetened Sour Cream.

Nutrition Information: 

4 g
Total Fat: 
9 g
Saturated Fat: 
5 g
42 g
48 mg
169 mg
2 g
24 g
Serves 16

Comments on this Recipe

This recipe works well as written. It makes a slightly spicy, not too sweet, moist cake. The sweetened sour cream is a perfect complement.