Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Mini Irish Whiskey Cakes

I have been hearing lots of oohs and ahhhs and flat out yums around here the last couple days since I made these. We have a favorite Irish restaurant we frequent and they have the best Irish whiskey cake and I was hell bound to recreate it. We now like mine better.

I bought these mini Wilton bundt pans from Michael's.

In the bowl of your mixer, pour 1/2 cup of water, 1/2 cup of canola oil, 1/2 cup of whiskey and four large eggs.

Beat this until frothy. Then add one box of yellow cake mix and one 3.5 oz. box of instant vanilla pudding. Beat until you have a smooth batter.

Please ignore how badly I need to clean my oven. Spray the pans with cooking spray and fill with the batter. Bake at 325 degrees for about 45 minutes. The edges will turn golden and a toothpick stuck in the middle will come out clean.

Melt 6 tablespoons of butter in a heavy pot. Add 1/2 cup of water and 2 cups of sugar. Bring this to a boil over high heat. Then turn the heat to medium and let it boil.

Boil it for about 20 minutes. It should just be turning a light golden color and should be thick. Remove the pot from the heat and carefully stir in 1 cup of whiskey. It will splatter and spit but just keep whisking until you have a semi thick syrup. It should be the consistency of maple syrup.

Remove the warm cakes from their pans.

Do so carefully or you will end up with this.

Poke the cakes all over with a skewer or toothpick.

Slowly drizzle syrup over all the cakes. You want as much syrup to soak into each cake as possible. Keep going back and refilling the center of each cake.

Let the cakes sit at room temperature for a day.

Then refrigerate them.

You can use rum in place of whiskey. You can also add chopped walnuts or pecans to the little pans before adding the batter if you want a nut topping on these.

Before I turned my cakes out, I poked the bottoms of each one and added syrup.

The bottoms crack a bit while cooking so it is a good place to get the syrup to sink in.

Tomorrow all of my friends will be getting Irish whiskey cakes delivered to them along with corned beef and cabbage dinners and freshly baked soda bread.