Who’s ready to get a little tipsy over dessert? I know I am. Just kidding! Don’t worry, although there will be alcohol in this cake, however, the alcohol is cooked off all there is left is the strong, bitter flavor that is paired of nicely with the sweet, citrus orange.
Mid-terms is right around the corner and I have been stressing over them for the past few days! This calls for a major session of baking to calm myself down. It’s like an easy and quick therapy for me because baking somehow helps me relax a little. Maybe because it involves creating delicious food…? I don’t know. Or maybe I just have an addiction to baking. Which is not bad at all considering that I always have cake in the house haha.
Orange Whiskey Cake
- 2 cups + 2 tablespoons (300g) all purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon corn starch
- 2 ¼ teaspoons baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon table salt
- ¾ cup (170g) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 ½ cups (300g) granulated sugar
- finely grated zest of 2 large oranges
- 4 large eggs
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup (120ml) freshly squeezed orange juice
- 2 tablespoons whiskey
- 3 tablespoons (42g) unsalted butter, chopped
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon whiskey
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F. Generously butter a 10-cup capacity Bundt pan, flour it then remove the excess flour.
- In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, corn starch, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
- In the large bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter until soft. Gradually add the sugar and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy. Next, beat in the orange zest and vanilla. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well between each addition. Scrape the sides of the bowl occasionally. On low speed, alternatively the flour mixture in three additions and the orange juice in two additions, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Mix in the whiskey.
- Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake the cake for 45-50 minutes or until golden and risen and a skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
- Cool in the pan over a wire rack for 10 minutes – in the meantime, make the glaze: combine all the ingredients in a small heavy saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring, until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat.
- Carefully unmold the cake onto the rack. Brush the cake generously with the hot syrup. Cool completely before slicing and serving.