Happy Birthday – Beer choco cake

So here I am. Happy bday to me. I turned 30 yesterday and I must admit it is a strange feeling, like you’re entering the adult age but at the same time you can dream as if you’re still in your twenties. Turning 30 has been strange. I was dreaming of having a big party or having tickets for a great trip. I ended up being with my family, having a home made cake and thinking. Don’t believe I was sad or I felt miserable. I was experimenting a sort of relax, wisdom, interior thinking about the life I have lived until now. The places I have been but most of all, the people I have met during my life.


People play a major role in the person we become when we grow up. In the last months I left a job I hated, stop talked with toxic people, I found out that a special person will always be here for me even after years of mad love and then hate. I found out that family and health are the only things to take care of, the only things that can make you change your plans. That no boyfriend or no jobs are worth your happiness. I felt lucky when I left my job, looking at my ex colleagues still there, trapped in a condition of misery, crying secretly in the restroom or simply giving up the idea of being young and that they had to live their lives, and not wake up at 2 am to answer a boss email (and sorry but you boss calling me at night time, you are a depressed bastard with no respect, why should I respect you?).

I felt brave in the last years, leaving my comfort zone, changing house, friends, life, work but still following my heart. Yes maybe now I could be jobless but I am happy, not suffering anymore when my boss called my name or my former boyfriend was hiding the truth to me. No, now I can say that I am really free. And that should be the feeling for every person I care.

Curious about the cake? Yes, you are right. Here it is: nice, fluffy, full of flavour thanks to dark beer and chocolate. I made two cakes, cutting them into halves and having a strawberry filling, and a classic vanilla frosting. Added some fresh berries and here it is. The original version of the cake was taken from the blog www.cookika.com a great blog you should follow! Here it is, with the frosting I have made (using cream cheese and greek yogurt with vanilla).

For the cake:

250g. flour for all purposes
120 g. cocoa powder
2 tsp. baking soda
200 g. cane sugar (I used 150g in total)
100 g. Brown sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
480ml stout (I used red Scottish beer)
120ml olive oil or sunflower oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract


1 stick unsalted butter

1 cup cream cheese

1 cup greek yogurt with vanilla seeds

4 Tbsp confectioner’s sugar

strawberries, blueberries and other fruit you may like


1 stick unsalted butter

5 strawberries

1 cup cream cheese

4 Tbsp confectioner’s sugar

In a bowl, sift flour, cocoa, cane and brown sugar, baking soda and salt. In another deep bowl add olive oil and black beer. Mix well and whisk in the dry ingredients. Continue stirring until you have a smooth ‘dough’. Pour in form. Bake for about 50 minutes. Check by placing a toothpick in the center of the cake. If it comes out clean or with a few crumbs, then it is ready.Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out into a wire rack and let cool completely.

I suggest making the cake one day in advance. Then take the cake (double the quantities to make a four layer cake), cut them into halves and prepare the filling. Mix the butter, cheese, sugar and put the strawberries previously cut into small dices. Mix with a spoon and set aside.

Start assembling the cake: but one half of the choco cake as a base, then spread the cream cheese filling, continue adding the other 3 layers. Take the ingredients for the vanilla frosting mixing it with a hand whisker, and with a spatula spread the cream on top of the cake and on the sides, without being too precise. This is a nice way to have the so called naked cake, a good coverage of the top and the sides left almost “naked”.

Top and decorate with fresh berries or flowers. You can also add some nice herbs like thyme and mix it with strawberries, or orange slices.

Enjoy after a couple of hours, storing the cake in the fridge.

*Note the cake base is vegan, you can cover it with a vegan chocolate ganache or with strawberry jam and it will be delicious for your vegan friends!20160319_110134


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