After your Irish meal of corned beef and cabbage, enjoy the balance of flavors in this Chocolate Orange Guinness Cake.
It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day, originally meant to celebrate the man who allegedly drove the snakes out of Ireland — did you know that Ireland never had any snakes? The phrase is a metaphor for his converting the pagans of Ireland to Christianity.
Now, the day is more or less a day when everyone is at least a little bit Irish, drinks green beer and eats corned beef and cabbage. I’m going to spoil another myth: corned beef isn’t a traditional Irish meal. The Irish did make corned beef, but it was mostly for export, as it was very expensive.
I have my doubts as to whether this Chocolate Orange Guinness Cake is a traditional Irish dessert. The recipe is an adaptation of one handed down to me by my Scottish grandmother. But it’s a delicious cake, with rich molasses flavor and a pleasantly bitter aftertaste from the Guinness. If you’re a fan of the molasses-y flavor of gingerbread, you’ll probably enjoy this cake.
So, add an “O'” or a “Mac” before your last name, enjoy your not-traditional Irish meal of corned beef and cabbage, and follow up with a probably-not-traditional Irish dessert of chocolate orange Guinness cake. Have a Happy St. Paddy’s Day!
An adaptation of a family recipe by The Redhead Baker
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