Irish Recipes And St. Patrick’s Day

March 11, 2012 by staff 

Irish Recipes And St. Patrick’s Day, Guinness Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting from Vinegar Hill House, This St. Patrick’s Day, you can opt to avoid the city’s crowded bars and revelers decked out in shades of green.

We asked New York City chefs with an affinity for all things cabbage and Guinness to give us their favorite Irish-inspired recipes. There’s “Corned” Salmon with Cabbage and Potatoes from South Gate and Guinness Chocolate Cake from Brooklyn’s Vinegar Hill House. All are perfect for at-home entertaining, and can be fixed up by even the most amateur of hosts.

Consider it the luck of the Irish. Or in this case, the luck of a New Yorker.

Recipe: Guinness Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Owner Jean Adamson, Vinegar Hill House
Yields 1 Cake
Butter for greasing pan
1 cup Guinness stout
10 tablespoons (1 stick plus 2 tablespoons) unsalted butter
3/8 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 cups superfine sugar (regular granulated sugar also works if superfine is not available)
3/8 cup sour cream
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 ½ teaspoons baking soda
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1¼ cups confectioners sugar
½ cup heavy cream

For the cake: Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-inch springform pan and line with parchment paper. In a large saucepan, combine Guinness and butter. Place over medium-low heat until butter melts, then remove from heat. Add cocoa and superfine sugar, and whisk to blend.
In a small bowl, combine sour cream, eggs and vanilla; mix well. Add to Guinness mixture. Add flour and baking soda, and whisk again until smooth. Pour into buttered pan, and bake until risen and firm, 45 minutes to one hour. Place pan on a wire rack and cool completely in pan.
When completely cooled, remove cake from pan, spread frosting over top of cake and serve.
For the frosting: In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth and add the confectioners sugar. Beat on low speed until just combined. Slowly add in the heavy cream and beat until everything is combined.

Recipe: Irish Breakfast
Serves: 6

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