Apr 8, 2014

Jack Daniels Cake - and a celebration

itbritt.com: Chocolate Jack Daniels Cake

This week, held the blessing(s) of being able to celebrate several, close friend's birthdays - just a few days apart. Although we knew we had to add a dash of "us" to the celebration, we were stumped until we came upon a recipe for chocolate cake - with Jack inside. Yes, foodie friends everywhere - I know you've seen them floating around the internet, and have pinned it three or four times. Now is the time to bake this sucker!

Now this may or may not have been a mixed party of those over/ under the age of twenty one. And I may or may not have splashed 3-4 extra shots into the uncooked frosting. It was a concern of mine that if any of the minors tried it - they'd be drunk and unprepared. As we cut the cake the warning was clear: eat responsibly. The good news? The cake actually tastes like Jack. So those who like the stuff will go cukoo over this, where as most of your minor friends will probably pass due to dislike of the flavor anyway. Win, win!

This is seriously one of the moistest and dense cakes I've ever made. Its one of those cakes that you can feel drop into your love handles the second you take your first bite. Now that its gone, my only regret was that I didn't enjoy a second piece. Well, without further adieu...
Ingredients for cake:
2 Cups flour
3/4 cup dark cocoa powder
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup coffee
1/2 cup Jacky D
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
Directions:
1. Preheat that miracle baker (your oven) to 350°.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients together. 
3. In a separate bowl, mix together all of the wet stuff.
4. Mix wet and dry in the larger bowl, and whisk all together until completely blended.
5. Pour batter into a well greased baking pan - I used a springform, but you could also make cupcakes as well.
6. Bake for about 45 minutes (16-18 for cupcakes)
And of course, no cake is complete without that creamy, fluffy stuff smeared in between layers...
Ingredients for frosting:
2 cups unsalted butter - at room temperature
6 cups powdered sugar
1 cup dark cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons milk
6 tablespoons Jacky
Directions:
1. In a mixer, cream butter.
2. In a large bowl, mix together sugar and cocoa powder. 
3. Sift powder into the butter in parts, beating until fully combined.
4. Mix in the remaining ingredients and beat until well blended. 
5. Add more Jack to taste - if necessary.
I honestly hope that you get the opportunity to make yourself one of these cakes. Or have somebody make you one - maybe for your birthday. I got so many compliments on this cake - it goes great with a layer of chocolate ganache. Mmm. Goodness, I have a chocolate problem...

P.S. I'm doing a new baking series in the upcoming month - I'll be rolling out a whole lot of crust. 

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