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Can I substitute Guinness Beer for the water in a cake mix?

I want to make milk chocolate cake mix, using the beer instead of the water. Is this doable?

Laura is a Customer Care Associate at Food52 & Provisions

asked over 3 years ago

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aargersi
aargersi

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added over 3 years ago

I think so! Look at Arielle Clementine's The Snakebite cake - that uses Guinness. (Or just make her cake)

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ChefJune
ChefJune

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added over 3 years ago

Why don't you try it and then tell us how it worked out?

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boulangere
boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

added over 3 years ago

Yes. But know that beer is obviously more acidic than water. For every ounces of acidic ingredient, add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to neutralize the acids.

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Matt Sloan
added over 3 years ago

do you think the addition of the baking soda to the already bubbly beer would result in too much air incorporated into the cake? just wanted your thoughts

boulangere
boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

added over 3 years ago

Sorry to be so long responding, Matt Sloan. Loooong day at work. No. You'll be fine. I make a chocolate cake made with Stout, and the outcome is divine.