Rich stout caramel sauce, drizzled over dark chocolate bundt cake. Low carb and sugar-free.
Apparently I have the luck of the Irish, at least when it comes to Kerrygold butter. As part of their Blogger Network, I won a drawing a few months ago for some butter and was delighted when it appeared on my doorstep. 10 bricks of pure Irish gold, churned by little leprechauns in the green fields of County Kerry. Okay I am making that part up, I don’t even know if their creamery is based in County Kerry. The butter IS churned by leprechauns, though. I know that for a fact.
And then I won a drawing for a Kerrygold Party in a Box, a box filled with green napkins, balloons, shiny shamrock-shaped confetti, buttons, tattoos and toothpicks. Oh and a cookbook by Clodagh McKenna, a truly Irish name if I’ve ever heard one. Everything you could possibly need to party like an Irishman or Irishwoman on St. Paddy’s Day. I had a heck of a time keeping my kids from ripping into everything right there and then, and had to stave them off with promises of a true St. Paddy’s celebration. We will be corning our own beef again this year, which I highly recommend for flavour and for the lack of unpronounceable preservatives. And I am thinking of whipping up some homemade shamrock shakes, again for flavour and for the lack of unpronounceable preservatives!
But I thought I’d get a bit of a jump on things and create a delicious Irish-themed dessert, one I’ve had in mind for a while now. I love Guinness, although I don’t really drink it much anymore. I find it too filling, it’s like a thick chocolate shake. But I love cooking with it, it makes for a seriously delicious meat stew, and I’ve used it to make a Chocolate Stout Sorbet that totally rocked my world. My original idea was to bake it into a chocolate cake, but I changed my mind at the last minute. I’ve become obsessed with trying to make a low carb caramel sauce that will stay smooth and creamy after cooling and I’d seen regular caramel sauce made with stout, so I thought I’d give it another go and drizzle that over a chocolate bundt cake.
First let me say that caramel sauce made with stout beer is pretty awesome and doesn’t really taste like stout beer, but has a rich brown colour and a delicious tang to it. I didn’t quite achieve the perfect Low Carb Stout Caramel Sauce, because although it stays smooth for quite a while, it does begin to re-crystallize the longer it sits out. If you drizzle it over the cake, it will start to harden up after a day and become like a caramel icing or glaze, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But if you want the sauce to be creamy and gooey when it’s time to eat, my suggestion is to keep in an airtight container (a jam jar works perfectly) and then give it a quick zap in the microwave just before serving. Then pour it over the cake and serve. It will knock your socks off!
*Please note that because Guinness is made with barley, this recipe is not gluten-free.
- 1 cup Guinness or other stout beer for gluten-free, use a dark GF beer
- ½ cup powdered Swerve Sweetener or powdered erythritol
- ½ cup xylitol
- ½ cup whipping cream
- 2 tbsp butter
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp plus 1/8 tsp xanthan gum an odd amount but it's the best way to write it
- For the cake, preheat oven to 325F and grease a large bundt pan.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together almond flour, cocoa powder, whey protein powder, instant coffee, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- In a large bowl, beat butter and erythritol until well combined. Beat in eggs and vanilla extract.
- Beat in half of the almond flour mixture, then the almond milk and then the remaining almond flour mixture.
- Spread batter in prepared pan and bake 40 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
- For the caramel sauce, place stout in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and continue to cook for 7 minutes, to reduce.
- Stir in powdered erythritol and xylitol, and continue to boil until mixture thickens and becomes slightly syrupy, about 7 minutes. Mixture will smoke.
- Remove from heat and add whipping cream and butter. Mixture will bubble vigorously.
- Stir in vanilla extract, then sprinkle with xanthan gum and whisk quickly to combine.
- Let cool half an hour, then pour over cake. Alternatively, drizzle over pieces of cake before serving.
- *Caramel sauce will begin to crystallize a bit when exposed to the air. Store in an airtight container and give it a few seconds in the microwave to warm just before serving.
Serves 12. Each serving of cake has 7.5 g of carbs and 4 g of fiber. Total NET CARBS for the cake = 3.5 g. Each serving of caramel sauce has 4.6 g of carbs. Total NET CARB count for the whole dessert is 8.1 g.