1 3/4 cup unsifted flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa (I used Ghirardelli)
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
½ cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 cup Samuel Smith’s Organic Chocolate Stout (or Guinness)
2 teaspoons instant espresso powder (dissolved in the stout)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine dry ingredients in large mixer bowl.
Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla.
Beat 2 minutes at medium speed.
Combine Guinness and instant espresso powder; stir into batter–batter will be thin.
Pour into greased and floured 13 x 9 x 2″ pan.

Bake for 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool. Frost.

What really makes an Irish Car Bomb out of this cake is the frosting, so let’s get it together!

IRISH CAR BOMB FROSTING
3 oz. Neufchâtel, softened
4 tablespoons salted butter, softened
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon Maker’s Mark (originally Jameson’s, but what is not to love about Maker’s?!)
1 tablespoon Bailey’s Irish Cream
1 ½ cups powdered sugar
good pinch of salt

Cream together butter, cream cheese, Maker’s, Bailey’s and vanilla.Gradually blend in powdered sugar and a pinch of salt. And now, it’s time to frost–then eat!
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Happy St. Pat’s, amici! And happy spring!
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Breakfast is served!

With St. Pat’s just around the corner and Guinness in the house, my thoughts turn to Irish Car Bomb Cake. Rather than follow other recipes I’ve seen, I took Hershey’s Deep, Dark and made a car bomb out of it. It’s fantastic. Dare I say: It’s da bomb. 🙂 Ready for these easy modifications?

http://www.hersheys.com/recipes/recipes/detail.asp?id=4608

IRISH CAR BOMB CAKE (MODIFIED HERSHEY’S DEEP, DARK)
1. Substitute the cup of boiling water for Guinness.
2. Replace 2 cups of white sugar with 1 cup white sugar, 1 cup light brown sugar
3. 1 tablespoon vanilla instead of two teaspoons
 The changes in steps two and three are negligible, so you can easily follow the original recipe with just the Guinness substitution to keep it simple. It makes a truly “deep, dark,” moist, delicious cake. Once I even forgot to put the eggs in–and though the cake was flatter than usual, it still tasted good. How’s that for foolproof?

What really makes an Irish Car Bomb out of this cake is the frosting, so let’s do it!

IRISH CAR BOMB FROSTING

1 stick butter, room-temperature
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon sour cream
1 tablespoon Bailey’s Irish Cream
2 teaspoons Jameson’s Irish Whiskey
dash salt

Beat butter at medium speed for a few minutes. Turn mixer to low to add sour cream, Bailey’s and Jameson’s. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar and salt and increase mixer speed to get the frosting nice and fluffy.

I’d like to thank Bill Cosby for telling me it’s OK to eat chocolate cake for breakfast: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4K5YBNQq-Qo

It may not be breakfast of champions, but it certainly is a tasty treat…and leaves my (partially) Irish eyes a-smilin’!

The great American chocolate cake, Irish-style, with milk!