Alexandros Porfyris - Ultimate Guinness Cake

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Alexandros Porfyris is a Greek-Austrian Chef settled in Corfu, a Greek Island in the Ionian Sea. Despite his young age, he has been working in top restaurants in Malta, France, England, and Greece. He has acquired a broad knowledge in culinary arts and gained significant experience working alongside great Michelin star chefs.

His competencies include proficiency in all sections of the kitchen, preparation, service, menu development, costing, banqueting, buffet service, and design. Chef Porfyris is also focused on butchery, filleting, and preparation as well as obtaining a thorough understanding of French, Italian, and Eastern Mediterranean and Greek Cuisine. Currently, chef is working privately for prestigious clientele and partakes in consulting.

One of his favorite cakes was curated and shared with us for Saint Patrick's Day. Chef Porfyris created this recipe to honor his father in law from Wales.

Ultimate Guinness Cake

Yields: 16 generous slices 

 

Ingredients

Cake

  • Guinness Beer 250ml
  • Butter (room temperature) 250ml
  • Cocoa Powder (sifted) 75g
  • Caster Sugar 400g
  • Sour Cream 140ml
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Vanilla Pod
  • Plain Flour (sifted) 275g 
  • Baking Soda 2½tsp

Frosting

  • Cream Cheese (room temperature) 1 Pound (450g) 
  • Unsalted Butter (room temperature) 4 oz (110g) 
  • Powdered sugar (sifted) 2-3 cups (240g) 
  • Cocoa powder (sifted) 50g

Steps

Cake

  • In a small saucepan, heat beer and butter until butter is melted
  • Remove from heat and whisk in sugar, and cocoa powder until blended 
  • Combine the eggs, sour cream and vanilla; whisk into beer mixture 
  • Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl; flour and baking soda
  • Whisk dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix until smooth
  • Pour batter into a greased rectangular loaf tray
  • The recipe should weigh1386g which will yield 2 rectangular trays of 693g
  • Bake at 330°F for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. 
  • Cool in the pan on a wire rack.

Frosting

  • Beat the cream cheese and butter together until smooth
  • Slowly add the powdered sugar (do this on low speed to avoid a dust cloud) and mix until light and silky
  • Add the vanilla and approximately 50g of cocoa powder. 

When cooled, you can top with your frosting and enjoy. This cake is rich, dense, and moist which is perfect to share with others! Be sure to check out chef @porfyrisalexandros on Instagram for a look at some of his incredible work and to help support others working in the culinary field! 


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