This cake I baked for International Woman’s Day, which was observed for the first time in 1909 in the United States following a declaration by the Socialist Party of America. But the holiday used to be celebrated ostentatiously, especially in Soviet Union and in the countries of the Eastern Block. When the Iron Curtain felt people didn’t want to celebrate the communist holiday anymore, especially in the way they did it in the past, when working women was given a carnation and (you can laugh, but it’s all truth) a pair of pantyhose at their workplace.
To find out what IWD means today you can visit: http://www.internationalwomensday.com/about.asp).
In a large mixing bowl, I combined:
2 cups Double Chocolate Stout
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups raw cane sugar
1/3 cup grapeseed oil
Then I mixed in:
1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour.
I preheated the oven to 350F. I buttered and floured 13 x 9 x 2 in. oblong pan and I poured the batter. I topped the batter with the slices of Blueberry Vanilla Chevre (10 oz) and about 1/2 cup of roasted unsalted pistachio pieces.
I baked for 40 minutes.
Adapted from the recipe from Jenelle’s “One Apron” blog (http://www.oneapron.com/2011/08/root-beer-cake/)