Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Podcast Recipes: Dominion City Lost Train Oatmeal Stout Chocolate Cake

Hello friends! In case you missed it, I recently launched Episode 2 of the podcast with Josh McJannett from Dominion City Brewing Company here in Ottawa. Take a listen here on iTunes and then try this absolutely delicious and easy to make cake recipe! It's never too hot outside to have an excuse to bake a cake and this one is a crowd pleaser for any birthday or other special occasion. I served it on Father's Day and received rave reviews. 

If you don't have iTunes you can also listen on Soundcloud by clicking below:


After each After the Harvest podcast episode, I will be asking each of my guests for a recipe to share with all of you. I will be making and blogging about each recipe, and I encourage you to join me in trying them yourself. Make them "by the book" or put your own spin on them, and please share your photos and experiences with me on Facebook and Instagram! 

Dominion City Lost Train Oatmeal Stout Chocolate Cake 

(I received the ingredients in grams but converted them to cups which I found easier):

  • 250ml (1 cup) Dominion City Lost Train Oatmeal Stout
  • 250g (2 sticks) butter
  • 75g (2/3 cup) Dutch cocoa powder *Dutch cocoa is so worth it -- richer and better quality. I used Camino. 
  • 400g (1 and 1/2 cups) sugar
  • 150ml, minus 2 tbsp (just under 1/2 a cup) plain yogurt  -- I used Organic Meadow.
  • 2 eggs 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 275g (2 and 1/2 cups) flour *I worried about not using cake/pastry flour but all purpose flour worked fine.
  • 2 and 1/2 tsp baking soda
Cream Cheese Icing
  • 200g (almost a whole package if using the rectangular package) cream cheese
  • 150g (1 and 1/4 cup) icing sugar
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) whipping cream


Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease and line the bottom of a 22cm (8-1/2 inch) springform pan with parchment paper. Pour the beer into a large sauce pan and add the butter in chunks. Heat over medium low heat until the butter melts.

Remove from heat and whisk in the cocoa powder and the sugar. Whisk together the yogurt, eggs and vanilla in a small bowl. Add yogurt mixture to the beer mixture and mix until thoroughly incorporated. Whisk together the baking soda and flour. Whisk the flour mixture in to the beer mixture. 

Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before removing it from the pan. 

At this point I got too excited about the rich, chocolatey batter to take a picture...

Whip the cream cheese until soft and smooth. Slowly add the icing sugar and continue whipping until smooth. Add the whipping cream and whip until light and a little fluffy. Spread on top of the cooled cake.

Your finished product should be a rich, dense chocolate cake and a sweet, creamy icing. I highly recommend enjoying a glass of the Lost Train Oatmeal Stout with the cake, or while cooking, or any time of day at all, really -- it is a rich, chocolatey stout that is also quite refreshing and soul satisfying. You'll love it if you love chocolate or coffee…or both. 

Happy cake eating, everyone! After I made this I thought it might be fun to think of unique ways to decorate the cake - if you decide to make this recipe yourself, please share your photos on my Facebook page -- After the Harvest -- or tag me @aftertheharvest on Instagram!

And…if you're free on July 1st and you want to enjoy some more delicious beer from Dominion City Brewing Company and other local breweries, as well as tasty food, great music and a super fun time away from the Parliament Hill crowds, you should definitely come to Dominion Day! Hosted by Dominion City Brewing Company this event brings together local food, beer, and music and a heavy dose of old timey Canadiana! Buy your tickets!