Father’s Day is on the horizon again and for me, it means buying 3 bloody cards, even though I only actually have one Father of my own. The boys are perfectly capable of getting a card for Clyde, as is Clyde for own Father, but left to their own devices, no cards would be purchased. I feel Fathers and all Father figures should be celebrated so I am happy to do the card honours, but I do draw the line at writing the soppy messages other than for my own lovely Dad. But it’s not all about the cards, cake is always the perfect way to tell someone you love and appreciate them. With that in mind, this Chocolate Beer Loaf Cake is a great one for the Dad in your life.
I made this cake for my Dad years ago, and it was delicious. But as is often the way, I forgot about it completely; until now. I tracked it down in an ancient inbox file and hooray, it’s still as good as it was then. I don’t know who wrote it originally, but rest assured, it’s mine now. This is cake so simple to make and right up my Dad’s street with the inclusion of beer and not too much sugar. The resulting loaf is dark, *eek* super moist and soft, in a good way. The Chocolate Beer Cake can be served as a pud, it’s crying out for thick cream, clotted even, and some berries. If you’re serving as a cake, cut into thick slices, as it can crumble, and I can personally recommend slathering with some chilled cream cheese. I don’t know what the beer brings to the table from a science point of view, but from a taste perspective, it makes this cake soft, dark and mysterious.
Who doesn’t love cake? No one I know. If I was a Father, I’d love someone to make me this Chocolate Beer Loaf Cake. And to let me go out with a group of dads on a pub crawl for the whole day, which is Clyde’s way of celebrating being a Father. Rest assured, we’ll keep his cake safe until he gets home *we won’t*.
This recipe will feature on Lucy Loves later this week.
Chocolate Beer Loaf Cake Recipe
Chocolate Beer Loaf Cake Recipe
Makes a 2lb/1kg Loaf
You will just needs bowls for this recipe
125ml beer, lager of some nature is best here
125g self raising flour
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
125g caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
75g chocolate chips, I used dark chocolate
Berries, cream or cream cheese to serve
Pre heat your oven to 160 degrees fan assisted and line a 2lb/1kg loaf tin.
Take a saucepan and measure in the butter and pour in the beer. Heat over a low heat until the butter has melted. Pop to one side for the moment.
In a larger bowl weigh in the flour, cocoa, bicarb and sugar. Whisk to mix. In a small jug whisk the milk, egg and vanilla. Pour this into the flour mixture and whisk, then pour in the beer and butter. Whisk until you have a smooth batter. Fold in the chocolate chips then scrape and pour into your lined loaf tin.
Place the tin into your pre heated oven for 40 minutes. The cake will be ready when it’s firm to the touch and a skewer comes out clean when poked in the middle.
If serving as a dessert, leave to cool slightly before serving in large slabs with some berries and cream. If serving as a cake, serve in thick slices, slathered in cream cheese if you like.
This cake keeps well for at least 4 days well wrapped in a tin.