Monday, March 9, 2009

irish whiskey cake

Here's a sneak peak at part of Wednesday's column:
Suzanne's Pound Cake for Alcoholics.
Oops, I mean
Irish Whiskey Cake with Chocolate Chips.
Delicious but a just a tad too boozy for the kids.
Easy because it starts with a cake mix but it tastes homemade. Either that or I am always too tipsey to notice. Or care.

If you are looking for a family dessert, I've got the non-alcoholic version at the end.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
Grease and flour a regular old Bundt pan. I use Crisco but feel free to use butter. Make sure you get it into all the nooks and crannies.

Assemble the ingredients:

For the cake:
4 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup oil
1 cup Irish Whiskey
1 box yellow cake mix without pudding
1 box vanilla INSTANT pudding (not sugar free)
2/3 cup chocolate chips

For the glaze:

1 cup Irish Whiskey
1 cup sugar

Put the four eggs and the rest of the liquid ingredients into a stand mixer or large mixing bowl.
Add the cake mix and the pudding and beat for two minutes until thick and smooth.

I like to put the liquid ingredients in first so that you don't get clumps of the dry stuff on the bottom. Do what you will.

Pour into the prepared Bundt pan and sprinkle with 2/3 cup chocolate chips.
Try to remember to take a photo of this step if you are posting it to your blog.

Bake for 50 minutes until browned and cooked through.
Take a photo of this step too, if you're not distracted by your children and their nonsense.
Set the timer for 10 minutes and let cool on a rack.

Meanwhile, make the glaze:
Stir together the whiskey and the sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat.
Bring to a boil and cook just until sugar melts.

After 10 minutes invert the cake onto a rack over a cookie sheet.

Pour about a third of the glaze over.
Repeat two more times over the course of several hours.

Top with powdered sugar before serving.

et voila!

Non-alcoholic Recipe:

Substitute another 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 cup oil for the 1 cup of Irish Whiskey.

For the glaze substitute 1 cup orange juice or water for the whiskey.
If you use oj, you can add a teaspoon of finely grated orange peel to the cake batter.

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