Seriously, the incredible combination of Guinness and Harps is the ultimate adult-only treat. Guinness and salt increase the bitterness in the chocolate, while the Harps adds a light and smooth balance of flavor. So much goodness and so fun to make.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare two 8 in. x 2 in. round pans with vegetable pan spray.
In medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
In large microwaveable bowl, melt 6 ounces chocolate and butter on 50% power for one minute. Stir and continue to melt at 50% power until smooth. (Mixture can also be melted on top of the stove in a heavy saucepan over low heat). Transfer mixture to large bowl. Add sugar and beat with and electric mixer until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla; beat until combined. Add flour mixture alternately with Guinness; beat until just combined. Divide evenly between two prepared pans, filling pans about 2/3rds full.
Bake 38-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pans; remove and cool completely on cooling grid.
For icing, combine Harp® lager and salt in large skillet. Heat over medium-high heat until liquid has reduced to about 1/3 of a cup; about 30-35 minutes. Remove from heat and cool completely.
In large bowl, beat butter and shortening with electric mixer until fluffy. Gradually add confectioners? sugar, one cup at a time, beating on low speed. Add reduced lager, one tablespoon at a time, continuing to beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. If icing is too soft add additional confectioners? sugar, one tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached.
To assemble, spread icing onto one cake layer; top with second cake layer. Spatula or spoon ice top and sides of cake with remaining icing. Shave remaining 2 ounces chocolate with peeler; press onto sides of cake.