Three Types of Liquor Cakes


Booze adds unique flavors and aromas that elevate cakes’ flavors and can alter moisture, texture, and flavor profiles in ways you never expected. Baking requires precise skill; changing any of its components (predominantly liquid ones ) could result in unexpected outcomes.

Brushing genoise or sponge cake with liqueur is one way to add liquor-flavored notes without making the cake overpoweringly strong while submerging fruitcake in alcohol allows it to take on rich, nuanced flavors.

Fruit Cake

Fruit cakes are a traditional Christmas dessert, but can also be enjoyed throughout the year. It is composed of a sweet batter layered with dried fruits, nuts, and spices; traditionally, the batter is also soaked in dark rum or brandy for extra moisture and flavor; once baked, the cake can either be decorated with traditional icing or covered in fondant for extra smoothness and fondant frosting can also be applied as decoration.

Fruit cakes come in all forms and flavors; therefore, it’s best to select a recipe that meets your personal preferences. Some recipes call for more candied cherries than prunes or golden raisins, while others use various fruits like apricots, apples, and pears – even some varieties flavored with orange peel and cinnamon!

Making an excellent fruit cake begins with choosing high-quality ingredients. A thriving fruit cake should contain plenty of fruits while offering both sweet and sour flavors in balance. Furthermore, proper seasoning makes all the difference between an unappetizing brick of fruit cake and one that tastes divine!

According to Reid, before mixing them into the batter, fruits should be soaked in a strong spirit or other liqueur for 24 to several months to help plump up and deepen the flavor in your cake. It is also a good idea to apply a regular layer of syrup; Reid suggests using half alcohol (rum or whiskey) with half sugar plus another liquid such as apple juice, Earl Gray tea, or even orange water as part of this method.

Once your cake has cooled, wrap it in cheesecloth soaked with your chosen liquor and store it in a dark location. These cakes can last up to two months with proper “seasoning.” To maintain freshness, check periodically and spray additional alcohol over it if needed.

Whiskey Cake

Whisky cake (Irish whiskey cake) is an irresistibly creamy treat made with either bourbon or another liquor. While often made using a mix, homemade versions can also be baked from scratch for maximum tastiness! Whisky cakes can usually be found as part of restaurant dessert courses; there are various variations, but typically, this dessert offers rich and moist textures perfect for pairing with coffee or whiskey for a delightful dessert experience.

Typically, this treat requires three ingredients: boxed yellow cake mix, pudding, and some whiskey. Some bakers add walnuts for crunchiness and an additional burst of flavor.

This luxurious cake can be enjoyed alone or served alongside soft whipped cream for a creamy treat. Additionally, this treat makes an excellent addition to any brunch buffet or after-dinner cocktail party.

Alcohol evaporates during baking, making this dessert safe for children and those who don’t care for solid flavors. Some bakeries even offer non-alcoholic versions by substituting lemon juice or other liquids for whiskey for its inclusion.

Traditional single-layer cakes do not include frosting; however, some bakers opt to decorate it to give an additional elegant look and bring more flavor to their dessert.

To create the cake, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10-inch Bundt or tube pan before spreading walnuts evenly across its base. Combine cake mix, pudding, water, vegetable oil, eggs, and 1/2 cup of whiskey into a large mixing bowl using an electric mixer on medium speed until thoroughly mixed, about two minutes. Pour this batter onto walnuts evenly throughout your prepared pan before baking in a preheated oven for 1 hour 10-15 minutes until a wooden pick inserted in its center comes out clean – 1 hour 10-15 minutes should do it!

Rum Cake

If you like sweet and boozy desserts, this cake may be for you. Rum cake is a light sponge cake drenched in rum butter syrup for an irresistibly moist experience – popular among Caribbean and Latin American countries where rum is produced heavily and also considered an appropriate holiday dessert. Rum cake’s popularity increased significantly during prohibition as people sought an easily drinkable treat!

Rum cake can be found at many restaurants and bakeries, but making one at home is also straightforward. Most recipes call for dark rum, but any flavor will do. Additionally, this cake needs to be made ahead of time so the sauce has time to soak into its layers; then serve either with vanilla ice cream or alone – even shipping one overseas is possible, as this cake holds up well against transportation!

This cake is thought to have originated when British colonists brought steamed fruit pudding recipes from home with them to the Caribbean islands, leading local chefs to adapt these traditional British cakes by adding their ingredients and liquors for maximum flavor and deliciousness. Today, it remains part of Caribbean culture but remains deliciously distinct!

To make this recipe, combine all the ingredients in a large bowl before pouring them into a greased bundt pan and baking until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. While cooling, prepare rum syrup. Poke holes with a skewer or fork all over your cake while pouring half of your syrup on top gradually. Continue this step until all your syrup has been used up!

Allow the cake to cool before inverting onto a serving platter and brushing on any remaining rum glaze. Serve at parties, holidays, or special events! For optimal results, this cake should be stored in the refrigerator, covered by plastic wrap but may remain at room temperature for up to 5 days if necessary, or frozen tightly wrapped in foil and then plastic wrap for up to three months!

Irish Cream Cupcakes

Irish Cream is a highly smooth and creamy alcoholic beverage enjoyed by many. It can be mixed into cocktails or enjoyed on its own on ice or coffee; alternatively, it makes for an irresistibly tasty treat in this Irish Cream Cupcakes recipe – featuring rich chocolate cupcake bases filled with decadent Irish Cream Ganache that’s topped off with an easy Irish Cream Buttercream Frosting that adds the final flourish! Perfect for St Patrick’s Day celebrations but sure to please any guest of any age.

You will only require a few essential ingredients to craft moist and fluffy cupcakes using this recipe. The first step in creating them will be mixing up the cake batter: to do this, combine sugar and butter in a mixing bowl on medium speed until well-combined, whisk in eggs and vanilla extract until combined, and mix flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt separately until evenly distributed, combine wet with dry mixture then stir thoroughly to achieve consistency before pouring the wet ingredients back in to complete your batter mixture.

Prep the filling by heating heavy cream until it reaches boiling temperature, pour it over the chopped chocolate, allow it to sit a few minutes, and stir the ganache until smooth. Finally, stir in Irish Cream before leaving it to cool.

While your ganache cools, make the frosting. To do this, beat butter until softened before gradually adding confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract, and Irish Cream, beating until combined and smooth. Adding green food coloring for an eye-catching festive finish would also work nicely!

Assemble the cupcakes by spooning ganache into the center of each cupcake and topping it off with Irish Cream buttercream. Decorate further by garnishing with some shredded coconut or cocoa powder for extra texture.

These Baileys Cupcakes make the ideal dessert for any special event! Quick and simple to make, their irresistibly refreshing Baileys flavor will have anyone craving more! Plus, with rich and creamy ganache and frosting layers, it is sure to delight any Baileys lover!