There are many drinks to go with chocolate cake that will enhance the pleasure of eating your dessert. A rich, dark, chocolate cake is delicious paired with milk, coffee, wine or stout. You have choices in each of these four categories to add a personal touch to a delectable drink paired with your favorite, chocolate cake.
Chocolate cake with a tall glass of milk is a traditional pairing. Milk is available as whole milk (having the highest fat content), low-fat and non-fat, all good with chocolate cake. Stir a little chocolate syrup in your milk; chocolate cake is delicious with chocolate milk. If it’s cold outside, you may want to heat the milk; it may be plain, chocolate or vanilla, made by mixing a drop of vanilla extract into your hot milk. Milk is a great choice for children and adults to drink with chocolate cake.
Coffee and chocolate cake are delicious together. Your coffee can be iced or hot. Liqueurs add a nice taste sensation when stirred into coffee; good choices to pair with chocolate cake are Baileys, Kahlua and Frangelico (hazelnut flavor). Top your coffee and your cake with a dollop of freshly whipped cream. Espresso, a concentrated coffee drink, is also a good choice. Espresso is delicious with Sambuca or Anisette, both licorice flavored and wonderful with chocolate cake.
There are many, sweet wines to enjoy with chocolate cake. Serve a dessert wine that is slightly sweeter than your cake to balance the acidity of the wine. To further ensure the wine does not taste too sweet, chill it in the refrigerator for three hours or in an ice bucket for one hour. The sweet wine does not combine with the sweetness of the cake to be ultra-sweet. Instead, the wine and the cake complement each other beautifully. The many choices of good, dessert wines include Madeira, Port, Muscat, Riesling, Sauternes and Ice Wine. Another good choice is a raspberry or strawberry wine. Add a few berries to the chocolate cake to make a perfect pairing.
Stout is a dark, sweet brew, also available in a chocolate flavor. Paired with chocolate cake, it is a tasty treat. Stout gets its chocolaty flavor from dark roasting the malts. Chocolate stout is made by Brooklyn Brewery and Oregon’s Rogue Brewery. If you prefer regular stout, Guinness or Samuel Adams Honey Porter are great choices. For a special treat, scoop some vanilla ice cream into the stout and enjoy this grown-up float with your chocolate cake.
References and ResourcesChocolate Stout Layer Cake With Chocolate Frosting
"The Good Cook Techniques & Recipes; Cakes"; Time-Life Books; 1981
"The Good Cook Techniques & Recipes; Wine; Time-Life Books1981