If you don't want to watch the video and just want the cake recipe, you can find that here: Chocolate Stout Cake with Burnt Caramel Buttercream.
I'm sure you've heard by now that I am in love with Google +. And while it can do a lot for me SEO-wise, the main reason I love it is the Hangout on Air. Some of you may even have seen some of my cooking demos in the HoA setting. I've made profiteroles and pepperoni bread, pimento cheese, Pavlova....
When I reread that list, it looks like I was challenging myself to only make foods that start with the letter P. This was unintentional, but I find it amusing. Like Scattergories but for cooking.
Anyway, through Hangouts on Air, not only can I share with readers and fans, but I can also answer questions and make clarifications in real time. And unlike with a video that I usually inexpertly edit over the course of several painful hours, an HoA streams to YouTube and then just magically lives there.
The benefits of the immediacy of the medium were underscored on Saturday. I was about 1 1/2 hours away from going on-air with my Burnt Caramel Buttercream for the Chocolate Stout Cake when I received an email from a guy named David. He was writing to say that he'd attempted Said Buttercream and that it didn't work out at all. He explained what happened and asked if I had any tips.
I wrote back and told him about the hangout and asked if he'd like to be in the Peanut Gallery so he could ask questions, but he had to work. I told him I'd address his questions in the hangout so he could watch it later. And here it is:
I heard back from him and this is part of what he wrote:
A huge thank-you for the incredibly helpful video demonstrating how to make the burnt caramel buttercream. All the tricks and techniques were extremely helpful. And I especially appreciate your answering some of my specific questions during the demo. About a week ago, I came across your website and your recipe for the chocolate stout cake while I was Googling for some St. Patrick's Day desserts, and so it really was crazily serendipitous timing that I e-mailed you with questions literally an hour or two before your demo....
...Again, many, many thanks for your incredibly helpful tips and for the excellent demo video. I really appreciate it and look forward to making this buttercream work next time!
--David from Montana
At any rate, things that you should take away from this post:
- Google + Hangouts on Air are a wonderful way to connect people for a whole host of reasons.
- You really should make some Chocolate Stout Cake with Burnt Caramel Buttercream.
- When I announce an upcoming hangout, you are welcome to ask to attend in the peanut gallery or to just email me your questions. I will be sure to address them in the hangout.
- Did I mention you should probably make some Stout Cake? Because here's the hangout for you to watch.
And there you have it. I do hope you'll give both the cake and the icing a try. They really do go together like Forrest and Jenny.
I appreciate your spending some time with me today, and I hope you have a marvelous day.