A wonderfully delicious chocolate cake with subtle beer overtone.

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan. Sift flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

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  • In a large bowl, cream 2/3 cup butter and white sugar until light and fluffy. Add 2 eggs and 2 squares melted chocolate. Add flour mixture alternately with beer, buttermilk and cherry juice. Mix until smooth, then fold in cherries and chopped nuts. Pour batter into a 9x13 inch pan.

  • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of cake comes out clean.

  • To make frosting: in a large bowl, combine 2/3 cup butter, 1 egg, 4 squares melted chocolate, confectioners sugar and milk. Beat until smooth. Spread on top of cooled cake.

Nutrition Facts

385.8 calories; 4.6 g protein; 55 g carbohydrates; 50.8 mg cholesterol; 295 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (13)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
07/22/2009
Totally delicious and not too sweet! What kind of beer you use makes a difference here (guiness is prob the best choice) - I used a belgian-style white beer because it was what i had on hand and it ended up with a lingering alcohol taste (not in a good way). So instead of fighting it I went with it! Just before icing I brushed on about 1/4c of SoCo and a bit of homemade apricot liqueur. It was DELICIOUS! I'm sure any liquer would work... Grand Marnier perhaps? Substituted a Cream cheese icing also - Cream together 1 pkg Neufchatel or Cream Cheese & 1/2 stick butter then mix in 1 to 1.5 cups confectioner's sugar (depending on your sweet tooth) and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. This was a big birthday hit:-) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/01/2011
This was just ok. It nearly overflowed the pan and the flavors of cake and beer delish as they both are just don't go together for me. The beer did make it very light and fluffy though. Read More
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13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
08/21/2008
The ingredients alone seem a bit suspect... even as you are making the batter!! How they marry to compliment one another in the end result is absolutely wonderful!!! Not too sweet very moist and great with or without the frosting. I didn't have cherry juice so I used raspberry syrup mixed with water and eleminated the actual cherries altogether..... I'd doubled the recipe and everyone truly enjoyed it. Three have asked for the recipe and I've been asked to bake another for a birthday just three days after I'd baked the first one!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/21/2009
Totally delicious and not too sweet! What kind of beer you use makes a difference here (guiness is prob the best choice) - I used a belgian-style white beer because it was what i had on hand and it ended up with a lingering alcohol taste (not in a good way). So instead of fighting it I went with it! Just before icing I brushed on about 1/4c of SoCo and a bit of homemade apricot liqueur. It was DELICIOUS! I'm sure any liquer would work... Grand Marnier perhaps? Substituted a Cream cheese icing also - Cream together 1 pkg Neufchatel or Cream Cheese & 1/2 stick butter then mix in 1 to 1.5 cups confectioner's sugar (depending on your sweet tooth) and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. This was a big birthday hit:-) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2009
I used Sam Adams-Cherry Wheat beer since the recipe called for cherries and it came out deliciously moist! I also used a cream cheese icing instead of the icing pvodied that worked wonderfully. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/31/2008
FANTASTIC Its a great "grown up" chokolate cake. Not to sweet. I could not get any cherrys so I bought jared cherrys I dont think it made it any worse! Will make again.! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2002
a real moist and delicious cake Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/24/2010
Loved it! Next time I'd double the amount of cherries though. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/28/2009
I used milk chocolate regular milk and black cherries and omitted the walnuts (Because that's what I had on hand). I also made them into cupcakes. The tops were a little over-done even at 45 minutes so I would suggest checking them at 30-40 minutes. The flavors of the beer and cherry juice mixed very well and the rest of the cake was moist and delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/17/2008
made this for some friends and they said they liked especially after they found out there was beer in it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/17/2010
A surprisingly mature chocolate cake. It was very popular when I served it to guests.:) I did tweak the recipe a little bit. I replaced cherries with a frozen assortment of berries and also added dark chocolate chunks into the cake. I found the 2 squares of chocolate too little for my taste and added another two. I also used three cups of confectioner's sugar instead of four and found the frosting perfect. All in all a great recipe. Would definitely use again--and experiment with various other kinds of beers. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/01/2011
This was just ok. It nearly overflowed the pan and the flavors of cake and beer delish as they both are just don't go together for me. The beer did make it very light and fluffy though. Read More
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