This cream cheese topped beer cake is moist and flavorful. Perhaps the most convincing part is that it only needs a splash of beer. Sip the rest of the bottle while it bakes.
By Tania Cusack
When it comes to incorporating beer into baking there really ] are no limits. What does matter is that this rather interesting recipe produces a moist soft cake that goes ever so well with a cream cheese icing. If you are anything like me then that alone could sway you into making beer cake. The other more obvious encouragement is that it only requires a cup of beer, thats 250ml and if I am correct an average beer is about 350ml . That means you get a nice little beverage while you are waiting for it to bake. I’ve made it in a square tin so it is more like a slice. I think this is the ideal way to make it.
- 300gm caster sugar ( 1½ cups)
- 230gm unsalted butter (1 cup)
- 4 separated eggs
- ½ cup of desicated fine cocnut
- 2 cups of flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- zest of 1 lime or lemon ( optional)
- 350gm / 1½ cups butter softened
- 250gm / 8 oz cream cheese softened
- 3 cups of icing sugar ( sifted)
- 3 tablspoons lime juice ( or lemon juice)
- 3 Tablspoons beer
- ½ cup toasted coconut threads
- I used a few toasted pepita seeds too
- Oven pre set 170C/325F. Line and grease a 23 cm square tin 23cmx 23cmx 7cm deep (9x9x3)
- Combine the dry ingredients stirring in a bowl
- Beat the butter till light and fluffy and white ( about 3 minutes) then add the sugar and beat for another 4 minutes.
- Add the egg yolks one at a time then add the dry ingredients and beer alternatively. Mix till just combined.
- In a clean bowl beat the egg white till they form soft peaks and hold together. Fold these through the batter and pour into the tin.
- Bake for 50- 60 minutes, testing with a skewer or knife in the middle before removing. Cool.
- Make the icing by beating the butter and cream cheese till very light and fluffy. Add the icing sugar and mix till incorporated then add the lime juice. Add the ¼ teaspoon of salt and then a bit of the beer at a time till incorporated. Turn out the cake. When fully cool spread onto the cake and decorate with coconut and seeds.