Thursday, October 18, 2012

Honey Beer Cake (★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆)

I love crazy coincidences.

Like that one baby who fell from a high window and was caught by a man who not only saved his life then, but also a year later when he fell out the same window and was caught by the same man.


Like that Edgar Allan Poe book about four survivors of a shipwreck who after many days out at sea decided to eat the cabin boy, Richard Parker - 45 years later there was an actual shipwreck, with four survivors and an unfortunate cabin boy, named Richard Parker. 

I'll let you put the pieces together on that one. 


I've even found a few of these "occurrences" in my own life.  Now, granted, no man has saved me twice from falling into the hands of cannibalistic sea men, but they make for good stories nonetheless...

There was that one time when our family bused it across the country and bumped into the same friends in Washington D.C. at the Spy Museum and in line to see the Liberty Bell in Pennsylvania before our purposely planned meeting with them for dinner in New York City.


There was that one time I finally sat and had a real conversation with a coworker I had been working with for almost two years and we discovered we had the same taste in shows, same addiction to coffee, we had similar childhood experiences and personalities, we had even dated the same guy.  

I've come to the conclusion that some things fit together too perfectly to be merely coincidence.  
Like this post.

I know what you're thinking.

Beer bread? 
You're going to claim life-alterting non-coincidences involving cake?
You hittin' the bottle a little hard there?

1) Yes, to the non-coincidence part.  And I'll explain.
2) No, to the snide alcoholism reference.  There's only one cup of beer in here and a good chunk of the
     alcohol content gets cooked out during baking.  No, duh!  In your face!

And now, the proof...

Non-coincidence #1: I took a wine class my last semester of college.
Result: I no longer found alcohol disgusting.

Non-coincidence #2: I tasted a beer cupcake at work.
Result: The idea that beer and dessert do not mix was firmly implanted in my mind.

Non-coincident #3: My first baking blog request: beer cupcakes.
Result: First, the obvious: I wondered why the heck people like beer cupcakes so much.  Second, my brain started developing strategies as to how to make a tolerable beer dessert.

Non-coincidence #4: While searching for a good recipe that would travel well to my uncle who is the reason this particular post exists, I stumbled upon this recipe that expressed what I was feeling EXACTLY.
     -Girl makes cake out of devotion to relative.
     -Girl cringes at thought of destroying beautiful cake with football belch juice.
     -Girl puts devotion above personal feelings.
     -Girl tastes cake before serving as all bakers must.
     -Girl realizes cake it good.
     -Girl is a baking goddess.
Result: Feelings of excitement and frankly a strong kinship with this girl fueled my resolve.  Beer cake, it's on!  

Non-coincidence #5: Having absolutely no experience in picking out beer, I went with the one that caught my eye at the supermarket.  Gold star + "premium beer" promise = I took home a Sapporo. When my friend came over to help take pictures for this post he mentioned that not only was this his dads favorite beer, BUT his mom was once a hand model for this brand.
Result:  Are you kidding me?!  This is too good to be true.  I bought a brand that my friend's mom was a hand model for?! Love it.

If you take 1 through 5 and add them together you get a pretty legit story.
Enter:  The Honey Beer Cake

Honey Beer Cake
adapted from Tastespotting

3/4 Cup butter, room temperature
3/4 Cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 eggs
1 Tbsp milk
7 oz. Sapporo Beer (or beer of choice)
1 tsp lemon zest
1/2 Cup honey
2 2/3 Cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of nutmeg

Approximately 10 Servings
Cooking Time: About 45 Minutes
Preheat Oven to 350F
1) Preheat oven to 350F.  Cream butter, sugar, and vanilla together.

2) Add eggs one at a time.  Beating well after each addition.

3) Mix in milk, beer, and lemon zest.  Add honey.
    (I knew there was a reason I started taking step-by-step pictures.)  The batter will look almost
    curdled.  It's from the carbonation.  Don't worry, this is normal and will settle after adding dry

4) In a sifter combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Sift over wet ingredients, beating
    occasionally between additions.

5) After ingredients are well combined, spoon batter into well greased loaf pan.  Cook for
     approximately 50 minutes.  Start with 45 min and work your way up.  I left it in for almost an hour
     and it was slightly overcooked on the edges.

6) Test for doneness by inserting toothpick two inches from edge of pan.  It's done when the pick
    comes out clean.  Let cake cook on rack for 10 minutes before removing.
    Tip: To get the cake out, I ran a knife along the edges and flipped it upside down on a cookie sheet.

The Legend of the Beer Cake shall live on for generations!

My poor children.  


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  1. Honey Beer CAKE?! :O Omg! I'm speechless! Thank you so much for linking up with me this week at Tasty Tuesdays! I’ve pinned this & shared it with my followers!

    1. Thanks Anyonita! And thanks for giving me an opportunity to share this again! :)

    2. I've just posted my Tasty Tuesdays link party on my blog & wanted to tell you that this recipe has been featured & that I’m now following you socially! You can find the feature here: Don’t forget to grab our features button and link up again!

    3. Ah, that's awesome! Thanks so much Anyonita! I'll be sure to grab the button. :)

  2. This looks awesome!!! We would love it if you would link up at our linky party:
    Live every Wednesday to Sunday.
    Hosted by: Parrish @ Life with the Crust Cut Off Dana @ This Silly Girl’s Life
    We hope to see you there!

    1. Thanks! I already do! Party on Wednesday, heyah!! :) I have your button on my "Fav Blogs/Link Parties" page.

  3. This sounds great, Nat! Thanks so much for sharing at All My Bloggy Friends this week - I've shared this on FB :)

    1. Thanks Jamie. I appreciate you hosting it every week and for the follow up comments. :)

  4. Nat,

    This looks to die for! Yum! I'll have to try this one. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    - Erin

  5. This looks really delicious! I think that I may have to try this one out this weekend. It's too interesting of a combination to pass up (that being said this last weekend I tried jalapeno infused beer - so I guess beer really can go with anything!)

    1. Ooooh, Jalapeno beer?!? I love weird things. The craziest with beer I've ever gotten though was apple. Kinda boring come to think of it. :)

  6. Thanks so much for sharing at #allmybloggyfriends this week, Nat! Enjoy your weekend! :)

  7. I love this bread, Nat! And I love cooking and baking with beer so this recipe just jumped right out at me. Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Mondays!

    1. Thanks Julie! Why does beer go so well in baked goods?! It's a marvelous mystery! :)

  8. What an interesting combo, honey & beer in a cake. Can't wait to try it. Pinning! Found your link on The Chicken Chick.

    1. Thanks Robin. I didn't used to like beer and I liked this cake. It's very subtle. :)

  9. You forgot one: Girl gathers beer-swilling worshipers at her feet and becomes their queen.
    I feel like I'm constantly saying this about your recipes, but I need to make this STAT. Anything with beer (or pretty much anything with alcohol) is totally in my wheelhouse.

    1. Haha, Stephanie. You make me laugh. I totes stalk your blog so we're even then. ;)