Drunken Irish Whiskey Cake

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I am Irish by marriage..that is fair right? I love it! I pray that God gives us the opportunity to visit Ireland and see the wonderful sights. In the meantime….I will have to be content to wear as much green and try not to make too many Irish meals, if you know what I mean. If I had had time I would had made cabbage and some other item, but I decided to make a meals with lots of green and a dessert that would be traditional to its name.

I first started making vegetarian tostadas, while Ryan had the rest of his beef to eat with HIS tostadas from a previous meal.

I oven-baked the corn tortillas for 10 minutes, while I made the guacamole with one leftover tomato and red onion. I added some Tony’s for added pizzaz too! I washed some romaine lettuce and chopped it thinly and took out the red salsa and green tomatillo salsa. Can you tell there is a lot of green? I also warmed up some vegetarian refried beans for the base of the tostada. Here is how the layering happened:

  • Toasted corn tortilla
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp refried beans
  • shredded lettuce
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp guacamole
  • 2 tsp tomatillo salsa

I enjoyed this with a nice glass of cold hard cider since I found out that Guiness is NOT vegan! Boo…oh well, I survived.

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WHat you do not know is that I made dessert before dinner! I try to do my major cooking when Ryan is not home so that I am not consuming my time in the kitchen. I like to spend quality time with the husband.
As I scanned through various vegan desserts I finally decided to make a nice bundt cake. If you have been reading my blog you got to know that it seems like I like making bundts. They are fun and easy and yet look so elegant, what can I say?
I started out by greasing the bundt cake with a little nonhydrogenated shortening to prevent the cake from sticking. I then ground up 1/2 cup walnuts and placed that in the pan.

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I then mixed the wet ingredient in a medium bowl and the dry ingredient in a large bowl. I made a hole in the middle of the dry ingredients and poured the wet ingredients in the middle, stirring little by little.

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Once that was mixed well, I poured the batter in the bundt pan on top of the nuts.

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I placed the bundt in a preheated oven (325F) and cooked for an hour.

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While that cooled just a bit, I made the drunken glaze to pour over the cake. Did I mention I used whiskey IN the CAKE and in the GLAZE? A drunk little bundt, indeed!

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Once that all melted I poured over the cake and let the glaze soak . What were the results? I served Ryan a slice and I went to check on the clothes drying in the laundry room. When I came back, he was on his SECOND slice! Can’t leave anything hanging around, LOL. He still claimed the breading part needed more sugar, but that the glaze added sweetness to it but not that much. I decided to make a second batch of the glaze to add to the cake.
The results? I took the cake to a choir party and I heard great feedback from the choir. Another two thumbs up for vegan dessert!

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Drunken Irish Whiskey Cake
Adapted from vegweb.com
makes one bundt cake
1/4 to1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1-1/3 cups almond milk
2/3 cup oil
1/3 cup Irish whiskey (I did not have Irish whiskey, just used regular whiskey)
1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons coffee
2-2/3 cups whole wehat-white flour
1-1/2 cups vegan sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon baking soda


3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup Irish whiskey
3 tablespoons Earth Balance vegan margarine
2 teaspoon water

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a bundt pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle nuts onto bottom of pan.

In a medium bowl combine wet cake ingredients: almond milk, oil, Irish whiskey, and coffee. In a larger bowl combine dry cake ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda. Make a well in the center of dry ingredients and add wet, mix very well. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 60 minutes.

When done place pan on rack for 10 minutes then remove cake from pan and place on rack. Either proceed to glaze or hard sauce preparation or let cake cool and eat as is.

Glaze: Place all glaze ingredients in a small sauce pan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and continue boiling for 2 to 3 minutes. Poke still warm cake all over with a skewer or fork. Then slowly pour glaze over cake. Let cool and enjoy or add a dollop or hard sauce and enjoy.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13078495623470285715 Kim

    Here’s another reason to keep a bottle of Bushmill’s in the house!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16492661388892873640 Simply Life

    wow! that cake looks amazing!

  • http://www.simplysugarandglutenfree.com/ Amy @ Simply Sugar & Gluten Free

    My husband is Jewish so I consider myself Jewish by marriage. LOL. We don’t practice a religion but I love learning about the food so I can totally relate. Your cake looks fabulous!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07398846510990660291 Jess – The Domestic Vegan

    This cake looks INCREDIBLE!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16932360983765353619 Kelly

    Noelle! That cake LOOKS amazing–way to go! I love a good cake, and drenched in anything (maybe not alcohol, but still) making it even moister and better–what is not to love–I now have bundt cake envy! I am Irish by marriage, too! But my husband is “crazy” by marriage so that makes us even! (LOL!)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15423481444990401010 Danielle

    I’ll bring coffee if you make this for me!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13236777533457006312 Nicole

    I made traditional irish soda bread for my class, but didn’t have any. I need to make this recipe so i can have some irish dessert :) I bet this would be great with some ice cream! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04325736848992475285 Mother Rimmy

    My mother-in-law comes from Dublin. I’ll have to make her this cake. Looks delish!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01611764267469176948 Carol Egbert

    I’m amazed to learn that Guiness is not vegan. Great post. thanks

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12593756072189786548 Conor @ HoldtheBeef

    I was drooling over the cake, then over the tostadas, then back over the cake again. Always inspiring to see such delicious vegan food – it really proves that you can eat well within dietary restrictions if have the will!

  • http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/ marla {family fresh cooking}

    This Whiskey Cake sounds full of flavor….did it get you tipsy??? I bet the church group love when you bring goodies!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04023042517218744561 Mari’s Cakes

    Delicious looking hummus and potatoes. The whole plate looks deliciously healthy!

  • http://www.namelymarly.com/ Marly

    Now I know what to do with that whiskey in the cabinet! I knew it was there for a reason. Thanks!