Irish Cooking

Once a month, we have a dinner with Robert's cousins and siblings here in town, potluck/pitch-in style It's fun. This month's theme was Irish, since we held it right after St. Patrick's Day.

I made a Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake. That was healthy. I KNOW, RIGHT?! For the record, I don't like beer, and a stout has no appeal to me, but I didn't mind the cake. It did take a lot of will power to dump in beer to a cake that looked perfectly fine on it's own. The cake was little dry since it's low fat, but not too bad! I did throw in a 1/3 cup powdered sugar and milk (instead of Guinness) into the glaze to make a butter cream chocolate glaze, but I figured the cake wouldn't be very rich and would need a boost. Though it wasn't a life changing cake, it wasn't bad!


Have a lucky week, friends!

Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake
Serves 8 
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:  



For the cake:
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Dash of sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup Guinness
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate chips (semi sweet)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
For the glaze:
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons Guinness
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Liberally grease a 6 cup bundt pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix flour, sugars, salt, cocoa powder and baking soda and stir well. Add in softened butter, applesauce, vanilla, egg whites and egg and beat with a hand held mixer until fully combined. Using a wooden spoon, fold in Guinness and chocolate chips until batter thickens a bit.
  3. Pour mixture into the bundt pan and bake for 35 – 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out dry. Let dry on a wire cooling rack before glazing.
  4. Prepare glaze by microwaving chocolate, butter and Guinness in a microwave safe dish for about 1 1/2 minutes, stopping to stir at 30 seconds. Using a spoon, drizzle glaze over the cake and dust with powdered sugar. Enjoy!
Guilt free cakes are my favorite. Especially when they have beer!

Nutritional information per 1/8 slice: 

Calories: 165
Fat: 5.5 grams
Carbohydrates: 35 grams
Fiber: 1.8 grams
Protein: 5 grams
Weight Watchers Points Plus Points:  6 points

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