St. Patrick's Day Recipe: Guinness Cake

Photo by Kathryn Cartwright
Guinness Cake. My version doesn't always look so neat, but it is always delicious.

I use almost any holiday as an excuse to celebrate, and St. Patrick's Day is no exception. If you know my full name (Joanna Shawn Brigid O'Leary) it's clear that I was born with a shillelagh in my mouth. My Irish heritage compels me to mark the feast day of Ireland's patron saint (one of three actually) by cooking authentic Irish (American) dishes and drinking Guinness.

For the past 15 years or so, I've made a Guinness cake that I've enjoyed with some libations with friends and family (except in 2005, when I accidentally used salt instead of sugar and almost induced a stroke in my then-boyfriend-now-husband).

My Guinness cake, as the name might imply, does contain Guinness, but it's more obvious connection to Ireland's national drink is its appearance: The finished product resembles a tall dark pint of beer with a sizable frothy head.

Over the years I've refined my recipe, and here's the version I'll be using in preparation for March 17, 2014.

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