What's better than the morning of June 14th knowing it's Frogfest 2014? Being able to start your day enjoying some Chocolate Beer Cake! Here's the recipe.

First you'll need the ingredients:

- 1 cup of Saranac Pale Ale

- 0.5 cup unsalted butter

- 0.75 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

- 2 cups sugar

- 0.75 cup sour cream

- 2 eggs

- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

- 2 cups flour

- 1 tablespoon baking soda


If you're going to make a beer cake, you got to use our local beer right?

Now for the directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and grease your round bundt pan well. Whisk the sour cream, eggs and vanilla well in a small bowl – the mixture should be creamy yet fluffy. Pour one cup of beer into a large saucepan over medium heat. Drink the rest – I would hate for there to be a party foul on cake night. Slice up the stick of unsalted butter into about 1 tablespoon chunks and drop them in that beer to melt them slowly while stirring occasionally. As soon as that butter is melted, whisk in the unsweetened cocoa powder and white sugar until you have a rich, dark, chocolaty mixture. Add your egg/sour cream/vanilla mixture to the chocolate mixture and whisk together. Mix the creamy combo with your flour and baking soda until mixed.

Pour into your greased bundt pan, and bake for about 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Take the pan out of the oven and cool for about 15 minutes on a wire rack. Lay some parchment paper or wax paper on another wire rack and invert the bundt pan and let the cake gently slide out. Ditch the pan and let the cake cool the rest of the way on the rack. Frost with a cream cheese frosting (you can use one of the recipes on the site: cream cheese frosting recipe #1 and cream cheese frosting recipe #2) and I garnished with chocolate freshly grated into a fine powder.

This cake is large and feeds many – if you have a smaller audience, you could easily cut the recipe by 1/3 to 1/2. Serve and enjoy!"


Here's a video with a similar recipe and directions:

So how do you make it a Frogfest cake? My suggestion use plenty of green frosting, and enjoy it the day of the greatest summer concert you'll experience.