Chocolate Porter Coconut Cake – A Celebration

There are many days that call for celebrations in a food blogger’s lifetime. I’m so pleased and honoured to announce that Dish ‘n’ the Kitchen has reached 200 followers just shy of my very first blogiversary. I’m just really excited to have so many people interested in something that is so important to me.

I couldn’t help but take the opportunity to bake a cake for this occasion so I chose a special cake from one of my personal favourite bloggers and cookbook author, David Lebovitz. Any cake I have made using his recipes has turned out splendidly and so when I have a special cake to bake my first look is always at David’s site. Of course, he didn’t disappoint and I found this amazing recipe for a Chocolate Stout Cake.

I also wanted to experiment a bit today so when I hit the Co-op liquor store I didn’t get a bottle of Guinness but instead brought home a delicious sounding Longboat Chocolate Porter by Phillips Brewing Company. I had a rich, dense cake in mind marked with a bit of sweetness from coconut so this was a great opportunity for me to try baking with coconut oil.  I replaced half of the butter in David’s recipe with an equal amount of coconut oil. In addition, I added some shredded coconut for a bit more coconut flavour. I thought maybe I could get away with just a light dusting of cocoa powder…


But who am I kidding? I’m pretty sure David included a ganache for a reason.  Now, who’s coming over to celebrate?



  1. nepaliaustralian

    Big congratulation and the I wish I was there to taste a piece 🙂

    1. dishnthekitchen

      me too! It was good. Now I’m wondering why I don’t use ganache on cakes more often!

  2. foodisthebestshitever

    Nice work! Always good when peeps are keen 🙂

    1. dishnthekitchen

      I like to cook with beer. One for the cake, one for me 🙂

      1. foodisthebestshitever

        Amen sister. That’s my kind of cooking!

        1. dishnthekitchen

          Actually it was more of a 1:2 ratio

          1. dishnthekitchen

            It’s not really a porter kind of day at 34C…more of a Foster’s kind of day bwahahaha. JK
            I miss Little Creatures and Matso’s

          2. foodisthebestshitever

            Wow. WA styles. I’m from WA. Feeling the pride right now. Those watering holes are great!

          3. dishnthekitchen

            I actually found a sixer of Little Creatures at the bottle shop here once. happier than a pig in shit I was.

          4. dishnthekitchen

            Ha, just left to get a beer. I got thirsty. tonight…Salty Scot. It’s a dark caramel with a bit of salt. Interesting.
            Have a great day!

          5. foodisthebestshitever

            Nice one…
            Had a great day. Will settle into the evening with a beer or two though… Cheers

  3. tinywhitecottage

    This is my kind of cake. Really like the idea of you adding both coconut oil and coconut. Chocolate coconut is grand! Celebration indeed! Congratulations on your achievement. 🙂

  4. cathyandchucky

    Yumptious! I don’t know if you are able to get it over in Canada but Matzos have put out a lovely Mango Cider with finger lime and it is the bees knees! So very nice on a hot day. I like Little Creatures too but I’m more a cider girl 😀

    1. dishnthekitchen

      I’ve never seen Matzo’s in Canada 🙁 I miss the awesome mango beer.

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