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Chocolate Stout Cake with Swiss Meringue Buttercream | Peaches Please

Yep. It’s a Halloween mummy cake, a pun and a Doctor Who joke all in one. You have no idea how happy that makes me.  It’s also a damn tasty piece of deliciousness with a light, tender chocolate stout cake within and a silky, fluffy swiss meringue buttercream without. What flavor is the buttercream? Well, mostly vanilla, but with a hint of rum and grand marnier. Basically, this cake is a whole bevy of good things. And don’t let the mummy decorations mislead you, this cake is good at any time of year. It’s just that it’s Halloween and I felt like jumping on the celebration bandwagon. Okay, that’s a lie. Really this post is about a little television show

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In the midst of all the New Year’s resolutions to be healthy, to get fit and to generally be a better person, I made a cake. And not just any cake, a decadent cake filled with delicious butter, creamy peanut butter and chocolate, both dark and white. I mean, if you’re going to make a cake, might as well make it really worth eating, right?

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So I’m always looking for new cake recipes or trying to think of new deliciousness to make and so I get pretty excited about birthdays and other events for which I have the opportunity to bake. Luckily for me, my co-worker recently had a birthday, so I got to bring the cake for our office birthday lunch! (yay.) I started looking through my cookbooks and wasn’t seeing a complete cake that I wanted to make. Pretty shocking since I generally want to make cakes. All the time. So I decided to piece together a cake using different recipes and ended up with that bit of gorgeousness shown up top. The cake is a Victorian Sponge out of Eric Lanlard’s book

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Okay, so clearly I’m rubbish at cutting cake layers evenly, but let’s ignore that for the time being. I made this cake for my step-mother’s birthday. It’s a very light lemon cake with a strawberry jam filling. The whole thing is elegant, fabulous and full of summer. And pretty, if you can cut straight. The recipe is from Baking: From my Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan, which is also the source for the lovely Chunky Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Chocolate Chipsters…

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