Cousin Rosie’s Pale Ale Chocolate Cake

Beer is good and cake is amazing, so it stands to reason that putting McGargles and Cake together means that this Cousin Rosie’s Pale Ale chocolate cake will be better than amazing.

And trust us, it is.

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Cousin Rosie’s Pale Ale Chocolate Cake


  • 236ml of Cousin Rosie’s pale ale.
  • 117g unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 473g sugar
  • 117g cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 473g flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda



Preheat your oven to 180 degrees, and grease your round pan well. Whisk the sour cream, eggs and vanilla well in a small bowl – the mixture should be creamy yet fluffy. Pour your beer into a large saucepan over medium heat. Drink the rest!

Slice up the stick of unsalted butter into about 1 tablespoon chunks and drop them in that beer to melt them slowly while stirring occasionally.

As soon as that butter is melted, whisk in the unsweetened cocoa powder and white sugar until you have a rich, dark, chocolaty mixture.

Add your egg/sour cream/vanilla mixture to the chocolate mixture and whisk together. Mix the creamy combo with your flour and baking soda until mixed.

Pour into your greased bund pan, and bake for about 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.


Take the pan out of the oven and cool for about 15 minutes on a wire rack. Lay some parchment paper or wax paper on another wire rack and invert the bund pan and let the cake gently slide out. Ditch the pan and let the cake cool the rest of the way on the rack. Frost with a cream cheese frosting


This cake is Big, enough nosh for a good few people– if you have a smaller posse, you could easily cut the recipe by 1/3 to 1/2.

Serve and enjoy!


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