|Photo by James Merrell from NPR website|
Seriously I'm obsessed, it'a condition really. I cannot get enough of Nigella Lawson. Ever since I made her Chocolate Guinness cake, I have been scouring the interwebs for her recipes, cookbooks, and food ideas. Her food just exudes love and comfort. Both of which, I would like more of in my life and food. I also love that she is British and has a different way of talking about food and it's preparation. I mean, she makes food sound so delicious and wonderful that I am compelled to cook her recipes. I plan to scoop up one of her cookbooks ASAP!!! The first one on the list: How to Be a Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking. After that, maybe Feast or Nigella Bites. Oh man, there are just too many to choose from!
See, I got on a Nigella tangent and almost forgot about this amazing cake. Rich, chocolately and moist, with a slight hint of beer. In fact, I couldn't really taste the Guinness, but some of the other cake-partakers could taste it. Guinness has a bit a of a molasses flavor, so it gives the cake a lot of depth and enhances the chocolatey goodness of this cake. Well, and who doesn't love cream cheese frosting? It goes so well with this cake, but it can definitely stand alone, sans frosting.
(Note: A friend of mine said to chill the Guinness before trying to open the bottle or it will spray all over you, your guests, and your kitchen. What? You think it was me? What makes you say that?)