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Master Chef’s NZ Beer Cake

by on 31 October, 2011

Here’s another Quick stop to hear from the Master Chef.

After reading about it in the Weekend Herald everyone must have their mouth ready for a piece of the moist chocolate cake made with Croucher Patriot, an American Black Ale full of American amarillo and simcoe hops, and topped with icing made using Dark Horse by Onekaka’s Mussel Inn.

The Croucher Patriot has to be my all time favourite beer – of all time.  Its not what you would imagine in a beer.  Pouring into a glass you would think it was a dark looking porter or a light stout but if you did a blind taste test the taste blows your mind, with a super smooth hop taste.

Read on for the recipe…


Serves: 10-12 ( But depends on how big a slice you have)
Prep Time:  5-10 mins
Cooking Time:    50-55 mins

330ml beer (any Dark beer) I used Croucher Patriot
3 Cups all-purpose Flour
2 Teaspoons Baking Soda
2 Cups Caster Sugar
1/2 Cup Cocoa
1 Teaspoon Salt
3/4 Cup Oil
4 Teaspoons Vinegar
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/2 Cup Cold Water

Oven: Preheat to 180 Deg

Bowl: Sift the flour, baking soda, sugar, cocoa and salt into a bowl.  Make a well in the mixture and add the oil, vinegar and vanilla extract. Lightly mix. Pour in the beer and add water. Continue mixing and stir well.

Cake tin: I use a slicone rubber one about 30cm, but you can use a square tin if you like. Make sure you grease the tin well.

Oven: bake for 50-55 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean.

Let the cake cool in the tin for a while then take it out and sit on a cake rack to finish cooling ready for icing.

80ml Dark Beer (I used Dark Horse by Mussel Inn)
120grams Butter
3 1/2 Cups of Icing Sugar
5 1/2 Tablespoons Cocoa powder

Bowl: Melt the butter. Sift the icing sugar and cocoa powder in a bowl. Mix well then keep mixing as you slowly add the beer.  Pour over the cake.

This cake its very moist and delicious, ENJOY,  and remember………

“Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with cake.”


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  1. I’m not exaggerating when I tell you this cake was absolutely delicious. The flavours of the roasty Dark Horse and the hoppy Patriot totally came through and combined beautifully… the texture was so beautiful and moist. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it! Damn you, Steve.

  2. Yay, thanks for posting this. I’m a horrible baker but I’m going to try it anyway, dammit.

    • Great stuff! You’ll have to let us know how you get on. Steve hasn’t shared half of his awesome recipes yet, so look out for updates.

  3. That looks pretty darn good.

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