Carrot Cake Loaf (& sweets)

‘Bout time I earn my keep around here.

I’m embarrassed at how long it’s been since I’ve posted a baked good of some kind.

Lately, I’ve been more into main courses and side dishes than anything. A gal can’t live on cake alone, after all.

Lord knows there’s been no shortage of sweets in my life, though. I eat dessert/something sweet nearly every day. Lately though, it’s been ice cream topped with cinnamon toast crunch (trust me on this) or those mini chewy M&M cookies from the grocery store.

On occasion, it’s also been a piece of carrot cake from work.

There’s a lovely woman at work that does all of the baking. It is not me. I was hired to bartend, not to bake. I tell customers that on a weekly, if not daily, basis (inevitably after they see my tattoos and then glance at the pastry case). I have no desire to usurp her territory and I’m enjoying a break from professional baking. That, and she makes a damn fine carrot cake, arguably better than mine.

Until now.

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Chocolate Coffee Stout Cake

When people say “beauty is on the inside,” I think they’re talking about cake.

Chocolate Coffee Stout Cake | via Midwest Nice Blog

Because this cake isn’t the most gorgeous from the outside. Pretty simple, pretty unassuming. But on the inside! Oh, on the inside! Three layers of the delicious chocolate cake sandwiching thick layers of beer chocolate sauce and covered in coffee frosting.

Chocolate Coffee Stout Cake | via Midwest Nice Blog

I don’t need to tell you about it, I can just show you.

Chocolate Coffee Stout Cake | via Midwest Nice Blog


Chocolate Coffee Stout Cake | via Midwest Nice Blog

I’ve been making some variation of a chocolate stout cake since I was in college. Because the most exciting thing about finally being of legal drinking age was buying booze to bake with. (My desires are very simple.) It’s only taken 4 years, but by golly, I’ve finally nailed it!

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