Saturday, May 19, 2012

This is an amazing recipe from the book "Booze Cakes".  

Pink Champagne Cake

3 cups all-purpose flour
3 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup (2 American sticks) unsalted butter
2 cups sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
6 egg whites
A few drops of red food coloring (the cake doesn't appear to be colored in the photo, so I would consider this to be optional)
2 cups Champagne

3/4 cup (1-1/2 American sticks) unsalted butter
4 cups confectioners' (icing) sugar
1/2 cup Champagne
1/4 cup whole milk
1 Tblsp. vanilla extract
A few drops of red food coloring

Preheat oven to 350 F/ 180 C. Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.

In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar 3-5 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and beat in egg whites one at a time.

Mix in food coloring. Beat in flour mixture and Champagne in three alternating additions, starting and ending with flour to prevent curdling. Pour batter into pans and bake 35 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

For the frosting: In a mixing bowl, beat butter 1 minute. Gradually add the confectioners' sugar, Champagne, milk, vanilla, and food coloring; beat until smooth and creamy.

Once cake has cooled completely, place bottom layer on a cake plate and spread half the frosting over the top. Add top layer and cover with frosting.

Booze Cakes features step-by-step recipes for spiking delicious confections with spirits, wine, and beer. These delightfully tipsy desserts are perfect for dinner parties, potlucks, and pitch-ins! You’ll find recipes for:
     •  Classic Booze Cakes: All the recipes your grandparents used to bake, including salty-sweet Honey Spice Beer Cake, bourbon-filled Lane Cake frosted with decadent bourbon buttercream, and teeny-tiny yet potent Tropical Fruitcake Cupcakes.
     •  Cocktail Cakes: These brand-new recipes are based on classic cocktails and mixed drinks: A tropical Piña Colada Cake, Mint Julep Cupcakes made with Kentucky bourbon, and creamy, chocolatey Rum-and-Coke Whoopie Pies. 
     •  Cake Shots: For the perfect party snack, try bite-sized Long Island Iced Tea Cakes, decadent little Wine-Tastiing Cakes, and every imaginable flavor of Jelly Cake Shot. 
     •  Cakes With A Twist: These extraordinary cake recipes are made even better with alcohol. Enjoy a Jägermeister-powered Deutsch German Chocolate Cake, Shamelessly Rich Carrot Cake infused with 151-proof rum, and frosty, delicious Spiked Ice-Cream Cake.

What at a great idea, I am going to try this up at the lake with our friend.  "Jars of ice cream"

Up at the lake this weekend and feeling a bit off.  A very close friend of ours passed this morning and all I can think of is our time spent together over the last few summers and how he made us all smile.  
He had such a good heart and will be missed very much.  
We love you Gary and will miss playing horseshoes.♥

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