You might be surprised to learn that the winter wonderland that adorns this Chocolate Stout Cake is not fussy or difficult to achieve. There are no food dyes or pastry bags involved. In fact the mound of cream cheese frosting is simply plopped on top with a big spoon and spread about until it resembles snow drifts on an alpine peak. The little pine trees are plastic and are standard in most cake decorating shops. I got mine on Etsy. Meaning the decorations on this cake are so unfussy that I didn’t even have to leave the house.
The only hard part was deciding what kind of cake I wanted to make into a snow-covered pine forest. I’d seen a photo on the internet by Agnieszka Wormus that inspired the look I was going for. I also knew I wanted a dark base to form the mountain beneath my snowy peak. However, a standard chocolate cake just didn’t feel festive enough to me. Besides, I planned to take this cake to a holiday party and I knew there would already be plenty of chocolate choices on the dessert table.
So I turned to the internet and came across a deep dark Chocolate Guinness Cake from Nigella Lawson. The photo convinced me that she and I were on the same page when it came to billowing piles of cream cheese frosting. Still, I needed to cross reference the recipe to be assured that the stout cake would be all that I hoped it would be. More clicking led me to Smitten Kitchen. She has a stout cake with the same ingredients and proportions as Nigella’s, so I was beginning to feel confident about the cake. Smitten Kitchen indicates that her recipe source is a 3 layer stout cake from Epicurious. Naturally I clicked over to Epicurious where I found out that their recipe was adapted via Bon Appétit from the Barrington Brewery. I’m sure you can guess where I went next. Once there I discovered that their Stout Cake was exactly the same as Nigella’s and Smitten Kitchen’s and Epicurious’.
Hence my stout cake is exactly the same as Nigella’s and Smitten Kitchen’s and Epicurious’ stout cake. Except of course mine has a very unfussy, alpine studded snow bank sitting proudly on top. GREG