Chocolate Guinness Caramel Cake with Bailey's Frosting

I sit on the board of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. Recently we had a fundraiser/banquet and there was an auction involved so I volunteered to donate a cake. I saw this cake, dreamed of some other variations I had seen and figured I could make it happen. This is adapted from a number of recipes.

If you don't know NWIRP - you should. They do some of the best immigration work in the country. I am incredibly proud to be associated with the board.

Chocolate Guinness Caramel Cake with Bailey's Frosting

Ingredients

For the cake
1 cup Guinness
1 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup cocoa powder
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
2/3 cup nonfat milk with 1 tablespoon vinegar

For the caramel
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1/3 cup cream or 1/2 and 1/2
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt

For the Frosting
2 cups unsalted butter
5 cups powdered sugar
7 tablespoons Bailey's Irish Cream




Directions

For the cake

So this is going to make 2 round cakes that will be layered on top of each other - I used 9 inch pans, you can use smaller or bigger if you like, your call. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and spray the pans well with some nosticknocalspray. Mix all the ingredients well and separate evenly into the two pans, bake 25 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean.

For the caramel
I'm not going to lie - this took me two tries. I was not following the instructions carefully. In a pan - put the sugar and water together and bring to a boil over high heat. Cover with the top and leave for 2 minutes. Then take the top off, and swirl until the mixture is a caramel-color, or a deep brown. Remove it from the heat and add the cream and butter and then put it back on to the heat and mix until smooth. It won't necessarily be that thick, just smooth. Take it off the heat again, add the vanilla and salt, and then set aside to cool. Don't put in fridge. It'll be great!

For the frosting
Mix everything together in a mixer. Awesomeness will follow.

To assemble
Not rocket science, fortunately. Take the first cake, put it on a tray or plate or whatever. Then spread caramel on it to use as a thick "glue" for the second cake, but also tease a little and have some drip down the sides because everyone loves caramel. Place the second cake on top and frost the top cake.



It is an amazing cake - and really unique. I later found out all sorts of compliments that the people who had bought the cake had sent along to NWIRP - "Wow! The cake is amazing. Thank you so much for dropping it off this morning. Our dept has already starting devouring it!"


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