Monday, January 10, 2011

Root Beer Chocolate Chunks Chocolate Cake

Its quite frustrating sometimes knowing that there's tons of work to be done and yet I just don't have the time of the day to get to them. :P With CNY around the corner, it's even more pressing with New Year cookies to be baked and the house to be thoroughly cleaned. It's insane that I don't even have time to go for my haircut...sad isn't it. :P Anyway, hopefully everything will come into place and proper time management is what I need the most right now. No, right now is to blog a little and let off some steam and get away from those work load. :) So please let me "indulge" myself a little by posting up this simple yet delicious chocolate cake...Root Beer Chocolate cake, yummy! :D
Seriously? Root beer? Yes my friend, it's the drink you top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream to make a float. I love root beer in the first place, so it's really not much problem for me to add this ingredient into my cake. :) If you ask me if it taste more root beer or chocolate....definitely more chocolate but with a much deeper, mellower taste then your usual chocolate cake for sure.
I actually got this recipe from one of my latest cookbook collection I acquired during my last visit back to California. The recipe actually calls for Coca Cola. But I didn't have that at home so I went with Root Beer instead, heehee. :D Furthermore I reduced the sugar a great deal for I know American cakes are pretty sweet. :P End result? Turns out great...but I might just try out the cola version next time just to cease my curiosity itch. Okay, I'll quit mumbling. Here is the recipe:

Ingredients for Root Beer Chocolate Chip Chocolate Cake: ( 10cup bundt pan)
225g all purpose flour
110g light brown sugar

100g caster sugar

90g unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

2 large eggs

1 cup sour cream

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 cup Root Beer

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

100g chopped dark chocolate (60% cocoa)

  • Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease the inside of a 9" round springform pan or a 10 cup bundt pan.
  • Whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, light brown sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk together the eggs, sour cream, oil, Root Beer and vanilla extract in another separate bowl.
  • Stir the root bear mixture into the flour mixture until just combined. Do not over mix.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake until tester comes out clean, about 45 to 50 minutes.
  • Let cool completely before unmoulding and store uneaten cake in a air tight containers @ room temperature up to 3 days.
This cake did give me a good chocolate fix. Soft and not dense like a pound cake since the sour cream and root bear helped, so do take note that the batter is rather runny. The cake has just the right amount of sweetness and very chocolaty. :) The chocolate chunks inside are like added bonuses. :) Delish!
My kids loved it and I actually made this twice before posting this. :) So if you happen to have a can of root beer hanging around next consider giving this delicious cake a will love it. ;)

Got to run. You folks have a great week ahead! :)


ann low said...

BeeBee, I want to bookmark this :) Sounds so good with root beer, must have a try. Thanks for sharing.

j3ss kitch3n said...

this is really good!!! so moist! bookmarked thanks for sharing bee!

tracieMoo said...

I've always wondered what it's like when people put beer in cakes. Rootbeer sounds new to me. I'm sure the cake would taste fab with a scoop of ice cream too :D

lena said...

hi bee, what a coincidence..i just saw a cake using root beer too in one of the blogs earlier..maybe 2 hours ago. Did you get to taste of the root beer in this cake or just very mild? This is interesting.

WendyinKK said...

May I suggest you bake these in cupcakes and add a float top to it :p

I saw a guiness cupcakes before with a "foam" frosting on top to make it realistic.

gertrude said...

Great mind think alike Bee Bee. I just baked a 7 up pound cake two days ago..and now you did one with root beer. Mine tasted just alright. I think I like your chocolate one better :)

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

Root beer, seriously? But on second thoughts, it makes sense. Just like we add ice cream soda into our gai Dan gou... I suppose the gas in root beer will function as a leavening agent to 'fluff' up the cake?

Unknown said...

Your cake looks delicious, I'll have to try it out. My hubby loves Root Beer so it'll get his vote for sure. x

MaryMoh said...

Oooh...I love that cake with my favourite drink there...root beer. I love root beer float, too. Thanks very much for sharing.

Your #1 Fan said...

Looks so good! So rich and moist! Wonderful combination too. Thanks for sharing.

E. said...

I'm going to try out this recipe one day because that cake sure looks good! What book was this from? I totally agree with you about American cakes being so sweet. I can't believe how much sugar is in one cake, it's horrifying.

Kitchen Corner said...

Hi Bee,
Very special chocolate cake indeed! I never think of using root beer for my cake. I love to drink root beer especially the A&W. The cake looks moist, soft and fluffy. I have been long time didn't use my bundt pan already :(

Ayu said...

hi, Beebee
Hope its not too late to wish you a Happy new year 2011.
this cake really look chocolaty and yummy..will add into my 'to do' long lists of chocolate cakes..

Anyway, bee, just want to say thank you for sharing the 'thousand layer chocolate cake' I baked it for my hubby's birthday same like yours but with some was indeed a 'tough' cake to do..heheh ..but its because those things that I did for love, I managed it but not so nice as yours, will post it in my blog hope you dont mind,I link to your post ya..

Thabks again Bee..keep on posting more chocolate ckaes ya..hehe "winks"

Bakericious said...

Bee Bee, I must try this, you sound it like a must to bake for me heeheehee...

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks for the support Ann! Hope you will like thus recipe. :)

@j3ss: no problem! Do let me know how you like this cake. :) Cheers!

@tracie: you know a good friend of mine has been urging me to bake a stout cake but I still haven't tried it, heehee. I guess using root beer is a start. ;)

@ Lena: actually not much root beer taste.... But definitely not your usual chocolate cake taste. :) yeah, adding root beer into cake batter has become pretty popular! Do try!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

@Wendy: thanks for the sugguestion! I did think of it, perhaps ice it with vanilla cream or something to make it more float like. But since I didn't want any more extra sugar, I omitted the idea. But yes, a dollop of vanilla ice cream would be really yum combo. :)

@Gert: heehee, couldn't agree more! Cool! 7-up cake? I love that drink, heehee. Can't wait to see your post. :D

@Shirley: yes, I think the bubbly in the drink did give it a more fluff after effect. Actually it's no surprise using root beer, I was contemplating to make stout cake... Yeah Guinesses stout, lol!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Welcome to my blog How To Be Perfect! So glad that you found a recipe that your hubby likes. Do let me know how it turns out. Enjoy!

Thanks so much for dropping by MaryMoh. Hope you like the cake, and happy baking!

@ Jet: My pleasure! Hope you bake it soon and enjoy eating it as well. :)

Honey Bee Sweets said...

@Esther: Actually it's more like a magazine published by Fibe Cooking. If I'm not wrong, it's call Simple Deserts. I got it at Wholefoods when I was shopping there. Yes yea, try it and let me know howyou like it.

Grace, I used A&W root beer! Hahaha, that's my favourite too. Anyway, hope you are not too busy and I'll see you real soon yah!

@Ayu: oh not at all! It's only past 11 days since the new year, so it's still very new, lol! So Happy New Year to you too! Really? Oh gosh I do want to see your thousand layer cake! So glad it turn out wonderful and it made a special treat for your hubby. :) it's my pleasure, hope I can share more yummy cakes with you all. :)

@ Jess: oh yea, I think you will like this cake, heehee! Enjoy yah!

Edith said...

Oh gosh, this one looks to die for.... now I have so many to choose from my "to bake" ... I am at a lost now... in the meantime, please DHL a piece to stop me from drooling. Thanks!

ReeseKitchen said...

Wa Wa!!...this is new to me, my fren..:) I think whatever you add into your chocolate cake, it will turn out perfectly delicious!!

My Little Space said...

Bee, the texture look fabalous! Ya, I can imagine the taste of it. The sweetness of Root beer isn't over the head, so the cake should be just nice. Actually, I need a slice too, right now! haha... Still planning my cookies project. Not sure what to make for the coming CNY! Hope you're having a great day.
Cheers, Kristy

Honey Bee Sweets said...

@Edith: Hahaha, sure can! I will DHL a good big slice yah.

@Reese: thanks for the constant support my friend. :) actually it taste very much like any chocolate cake, but with a back taste that makes you wonder what it is if you don't know it's root beer. Hey, I am looking forward to going back and visiting you all...hopefully I can still go.

Hey Kristy! YeH, I know what you mean about planning the CNY cookies...I have already plana to make 3 kinds, but because of the orders that is coming in, I am quite worried I can't make it all in time. ;P wish me luck!

Angie's Recipes said...

I had cake made with red wine, but haven't had a chance to try one with beer. Root beer...sounds really cool.

pigpigscorner said...

This is similar to Guinness chocolate cake! Root beer sounds even better =)

Esther Yip said...

I baked this cake using Coke instead and it is so moist and yummy. Now I found my fav choco cake.... I like to bake cake using vege oil, hassle free, no need to beat the butter, sure win. When I baked using butter for cupcake, the cake will shrink a bit from the paper liner, why ah? Thanx for the great recipe.