Inspired by the American boilermaker-like drink made with Guinness, Irish whiskey and Irish Cream named the Irish Car Bomb this impressively rich, moist and densely chocolatey cake is sure to impressive!
[Editor's note: Several people have commented that they were offended by the name of this recipe. The drink The Irish Car Bomb is an American drink create in 1979 that refers to the dropping of a shot of Irish cream & Irish whiskey into a glass of Guinness. It is similar to a boilermaker drink, with the term "car bomb" referring to the dropping of the shot glass into the beer glass, otherwise known as a bomb shot. I truly apologize if this name offends anyone and I have subsequently changed the name of the recipe]
“I think I’ve seen Jesus…” blasphemed a friend of mine, after he took a bite of my Irish Drunken Cake. Apparently the combination of Guinness, Irish Whiskey and Irish Cream combined in a layer cake form was a religious experience to him. That or he had run out of accolades for my desserts. Either way, I was happy to take the compliment, though I’m sure my more sensitive friends would be offended. Thankfully they were out of earshot when he said it. (Jump directly to the recipe.)
Now, I’m not much of a drinking, something that perplexed many of friend and co-worker of mine. One Irish co-worker of mine at a temp job when I first moved to San Francisco was utterly confused when I mentioned to her that I didn’t really drink. “So what do you do for fun?” There was absolutely no irony in her question at all, as she was genuinely curious as to what I did for recreation. It seems the entire Irish culture revolves around going to the pub.
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Forget hot chocolate and double lattes. This salted caramel drink is rich, sweet and knock your socks off delicious.
“If I had a candy factory filled with strange little green-haired orange-skinned employees that helped make my magical sweets, I would totally want a waterfall made of THIS…” said AJ right after he took a sip of a salted caramel drink at a Meals on Wheels fundraiser we had attended a few years ago. I immediately made a mental note to reverse-engineer it when I got home. Of course I never got around to doing that as I’m utterly filled with good intentions that are rarely realized. In truth, I have a crazy long laundry list of recipes and ideas that I want to attempt but have never really get to. Thankfully I finally decided it was time to whip up the caramel drink in our kitchen this past weekend and immediately wondered how our lives were ever complete without it! (Jump directly to the recipe.)
Of course, nearly every coffee house worth it’s sea salt has the option for hot chocolate or caramel lattes. But I’ve never understood why the sipping salted caramel drink hasn’t taken off. After all, the super trendy salted caramel flavor has been around for a number of years, to the point where I can barely visit any semi-popular food sites without being assaulted by their “appointed food trend expert” proclaiming how tired and overplayed salted caramel is. I don’t care though, I still love the stuff and will continue to consume it in any fashion I can.
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If you love the classic Hostess™ Cupcake treats, you’ll love this homemade chocolate marshmallow cake, with step-by-step instructions on how to make it!
There’s a reason why you don’t see me making cute little cakes and precious little treats here on the blog. I like to pretend it’s because I’m super sophisticated and eschew the trappings of a delightfully dainty decorated pie. But really it’s because I’m a bit of a klutz in the kitchen with very little hand-eye coordination. I have traumatizing memories of junior high gym where I was forced, in front of the class, to free-throw basketballs in my oversized shorts. It did not end well. Thus it comes as no surprise that when I went to make a big chocolate marshmallow cake cake inspired by the old-school Hostess™ cupcake (you know, the ones with the squiggly white doodle on top) I failed miserably at making it look adorable. Instead I got something that looks like a monkey did it; a not very coordinated monkey at that. (Jump directly to the recipe.)
Of course my friend Shauna, of the fabulously blog Piece of Cake, told me she thought it looked rather charming. Or, to be exact, “Kind of vintage adorable” was what she texted to me, after I messaged her a pic of my cake fail. Throw a 50s style housedress on me and some horn-rimmed glasses and all of sudden the cake makes sense I guess. Oh to be a vintage drag queen…I’d lounge about the house, drinking martinis and whipping up cakes just like this, all charmingly quirky and delectably darling.
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