My tasting panel Dream Team includes Jason Hendrick, founder of Everybody's Hungry and my co-host on pints&pairings; and Lisa McKinnon, a staff writer for the Ventura County Star. Lisa and Jason are serious foodies and bring wonderful palates to the panel.
Feel free to comment on any of these pairing suggestions, especially if had another beer pairing in mind.
This is a dense, super rich, flourless chocolate cake, but what makes this cake so special (like it needed anything else) is that Wolf Creeks's newest seasonal beer, Winter Wonderland was incorporated in the recipe. You can see that the cake comes with fresh whipped cream and berries which also open up all the pairing opportunities, as you will soon read.
*Please excuse this bad instagram photo, for some reason I didn't get a picture with my DSLR.
The Howlin' Hefeweizen is also the perfect pairing with the side of berries that also comes as a side to the Beer Cake.
While we were enjoying all the different combinations that this wonderful dessert can provide, Lisa reminded us of a really important tasting rule. Well, its really more of a guideline, but you know what I mean. While we were picking apart the cake and enjoying the individual components and the various combinations, Lisa reminded me of an important tasting technique. If you are trying to find the perfect pairing don't be afraid to break down the elements on your plate and try each one separately. This is a great way to discover the individual flavors of the dish and how a beer can impact each element. This technique works really well with a full set of tasters in front of you.
If you can't get the BEER cake made with Winter Wonderland, these pairing suggestions will still work because most of these pairing suggestions play off the cake's rich chocolate flavors.