Jenn Giblin, pastry chef of Blue Smoke, came up with this stellar version of this popular dessert. She uses stout beer, giving it the most compelling flavor of any I have tasted. The cake, which in England is referred to as a pudding, dissolves in your mouth.
The toffee sauce is the ideal accompaniment; it absorbs deliciously about an eighth inch into the top of the cake. An additional and unusual accompaniment, served by pastry chef Letty Flatt, is vanilla ice cream flavored with r