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Cake: Chocolate Chip Porter Cake

posted by Mai 01-28-103 7:08 AM

Chocolate Chip Porter Cake

3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons salted butter
2-1/2 cups cake flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 eggs, separated, at room temperature
1-1/3 cups sugar
3 ounces unsweetened Baker's chocolate, melted
1 cup Porter or other dark beer, flat

Chocolate Chip and Porter Cake Frosting:
1 pound semisweet real chocolate chips
2 tablespoons salted butter
5 tablespoons Porter
5 tablespoons milk


To make the cake: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease two 9-inch cake pans with the 2 tablespoons butter and dust with 1/4 cup of flour. Shake out and discard any excess flour, and set the pans aside.

Mix together the remaining 2-1/4 cups flour with the baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Beat the egg whites with 2 tablespoons of the sugar until stiff peaks begin to form.

With an electric mixer, cream together the remaining sugar with the 3/4 cup butter until light in texture. One at a time, beat in the egg yolks. Stir in the melted chocolate, the beer, and then gradually beat in the flour mixture. With a rubber spatula, fold in the egg whites. Scrape half the batter into each of the cake pans, and bake in the middle of the oven 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove the pans from the oven and let the cakes cool while you prepare the frosting.

To make the frosting: Soften the chocolate chips and butter in a double boiler. (The chips should be soft, but still hold their shape.) Remove from the heat. Using an electric beater, beat the chocolate and butter until smooth, about 1 minute. Beat in the Porter and milk, one tablespoon at a time, until the mixture is soft and shiny. Remove the cakes from the pans. Frost the layers.

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