I bake, you brew

I bake, you brew

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Blonde Ale Beer Bread – 2 SD Beers go Head to Head

Blonde Ale Beer Bread – 2 SD Beers go Head to Head

This week, I made 2 loaves of Garlic Cheddar Beer Bread with competing Blonde Ales. I knew I wanted to use a local blonde for my beer bread but couldn’t decide which one so I figured – try both! I used the same recipe for […]

White Chocolate Blackberry Cheesecake Bites

White Chocolate Blackberry Cheesecake Bites

Hello readers! Welcome to my second post – cheesecake bites! These white chocolate blackberry cheesecake bites are gluten free and absolutely scrumptious. Granted, there’s no beer and I know that’s supposed to be the theme here but it didn’t work for this one. I have a […]

Victory is near! Chocolate Porter Cake recipe and a blog

Victory is near! Chocolate Porter Cake recipe and a blog

Welcome the the inaugural post of “I bake, you brew”! I can’t wait to share all my adventures in crafting cake, cookies, breads and many other delicious foods with beer and coffee!

My first post would be remiss not to begin with the recipe that started it all, the recipe that gave life and purpose to this idea: Victory at Sea Chocolate Cake with Baileys Buttercream Frosting.

I’m a fan of context so here’s how the recipe came about:

I’ve always loved baking so for any holiday in college I made something, it was a requirement. So for St. Paddy’s one year, I wanted to make Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes I found on Pinterest. They were good of course, just not great and at the end I was left with 5½ of the 6 Guinness’ I bought and was never going to drink – I just don’t like it 🙁

But then, Ballast Point came up with the perfect pair for my cupcake – Victory at Sea! It’s such a great beer and the flavor is so amazing that my second thought upon tasting it was that I needed to make cupcakes with it – like yesterday! I got myself a 22 oz bottle, dug up my old recipe and got to work.

Oh dear were they good. Moist, chocolatey, beer-y basically perfect. Then I whipped up my favorite frosting recipe and added some Baileys (since why not?) and I never looked back. I make these cupcakes for any reason, any season and I’ve never been disappointed. For this post, I made a cake because this a very special occasion! Cupcake and cake recipes are below! Test out the recipe with your favorite stout or porter and let me know how it goes in the comments!

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My Recipes

White Chocolate Blackberry Cheesecake Bites

White Chocolate Blackberry Cheesecake Bites

Hello readers! Welcome to my second post – cheesecake bites! These white chocolate blackberry cheesecake bites are gluten free and absolutely scrumptious. Granted, there’s no beer and I know that’s supposed to be the theme here but it didn’t work for this one. I have a friend that can only eat gluten free and well – beer isn’t (or at least most of it isn’t) and I don’t know if it goes too well with cheesecake yet – any ideas for future beer cheesecakes???
To make up for not having beer, I’m sharing this delicate cheesecake recipe with white chocolate and a blackberry jam swirl. The crust is made with gluten free graham crackers and I substituted the flour for corn starch to make sure everything was gluten free. I’ve never modified a recipe to be GF but this was really easy and I don’t see any difference in the end result from the last time I made this cheesecake. If you don’t want gluten free, I’ve made the notes in the recipe to show where changes can be made.

Since its summer, I wanted some fresh flavors to balance the richness of the cheesecake so I used white chocolate and blackberry with a hint of lemon. The result is a balanced cheesecake bite with a good portion of white chocolate cheesecake, a bit of blackberry topping and an essence of lemon. Feel free to leave out the lemon and everything will still taste great – I just love to add some tang! Also, raspberry works well in this instead of blackberry!

Nothing about this recipe is too complex, I made little bites for sharing so there was no spring form pan and water bath to deal with! Try, share and let me know how it goes!

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