Father’s Day is coming up this weekend.
With restaurants and cafés still closed for dining-in due to lockdown, it’s time to get creative at home.
If your dear dad is missing his local, we have the the perfect treat for him – a chocolate cake, served in a pint glass, made to resemble a pint of ale.
It’s even topped with ‘beer froth’ (OK, it’s actually whipped cream, but use your imagination).
The recipe, which was shared on Instagram by The Big Bakes, requires a fair few ingredients, but most of these will likely already be in your cupboard – and it’s super easy to make.
To perfect your dish, wash it down with an actual pint.
For the cake, you need:
- 220g self-raising flour
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 250g dark brown sugar
- 110g softened butter
- 60g cocoa
- 2 eggs
- 150ml stout or ale of your choice
For the chocolate sauce, you need:
- 60g cocoa
- 130g icing powder
- 190ml milk
- ¾ tbsp ale
- 2 tbsp butter
- Whipped cream
Set the oven to 180 degrees.
Then, whisk butter and brown sugar together. Once it’s light and creamy, crack in the eggs – one at a time – along with a spoonful of sugar. Stir as you go.
Once your mixture is nice and smooth, add the remaining flour, as well as the bicarbonate soda and baking powder. Stir some more.
In a separate bowl, blend the ale and cocoa, then pour into the cake batter and whisk until it’s evenly distributed.
Grease a cake tin and pour in your batter. Bake for 30-40 minutes.
While you wait on the cake, it’s time to make the chocolate sauce. Pour the icing sugar and cocoa powder in a saucepan, blend, and then add the milk and beer (optional).
Bring to a boil for a few minutes, while constantly stirring – don’t let it burn to the bottom.
Once it’s blended, turn down the heat and pop in the butter. Leave on the stove until it has melted and slightly thickened.
Take the cake out of the oven and let it cool, then grab a pint glass – it’s time to build your masterpiece.
Carefully drizzle on a final layer of the sauce and finish off with whipped cream (the ‘beer froth’).
Voilà – you’re done.
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