Working in the Test Kitchen this week I had a great deal of flops and some of the cakes I tried to make were actually quite disgusting as my granddaughter would say. There were cakes that lacked taste, were rubbery (which happens when you try to remove too much fat from baked goods), weighed enough to be a boat anchor or tasted just dreadful. And most of this took place on just one day! But the next day I was determined to try again for a moist, but slightly dense, tasty cake and I found one!
The guilt came when I was making the cake and the recipe called for a box cake mix (oh, my mom would so not approve) and instant pudding. The other cakes I tried were some of my old favorites and yes they were all from “scratch” as my mom calls them (ie; no box) and how would I feel if the cake I made from a box turned out to taste just scrumptious? At this point I would happy if I didn’t have to dump out any more cakes to the animals in the field behind my house.
I peaked in the oven as the cake was baking and it looked wonderful, there was so much anticipation as it cooled slightly before I removed it from the pan and I was just beginning to start the glaze when………….hold the phone…..I was out of powdered sugar! Crap, with all the flops I had experienced I forgot to check my pantry for extra staples. Off to the store I went, came back made my glaze, still antsy with anticipation. My husband came home just as I was slicing a small piece to try and as I handed him some his comment was “what, dessert before dinner”? But I knew what he was really thinking, “oh God, I have to try another test cake” But to my delight (and I’m sure my husbands too) the cake was fantastic. Everything I had hoped for, moist, rich, very flavorful and still low in fat.
This cake is not for the young or anyone who has issues with alcohol because of the beer that is used. Yes, the alcohol is baked out of the cake but you use beer for the icing also. Please, don’t wrinkle up your nose yet before you try it because the cake was gone in 5 minutes when the taste testers got their hands on it. Inhaled would be more like it. I used a chocolate cake and devils food pudding for my combination but what is nice about this recipe is you can pare the cake to what ever beer you want to use. I used a whiskey stout that my husband made but a blue moon style with a white or yellow cake with white chocolate mouse or cheese cake pudding would be nice too. I would stay away from real hoppy beer like an IPA.
I do have a quick note regarding the glaze for the cake. There is a fine line between cooking the glaze too much where it becomes crystallized and where it’s still a glaze that only slightly sets up. Be sure as the glaze is boiling you do not over cook it. Enjoy!!! For comments/questions contact me firstname.lastname@example.org
1 box cake mix (not the one with pudding in the mix – higher in fat) of your choice to pare with beer
1 3.5 pkg. pudding – any flavor that will pare with your cake
1 cup beer – flavor that will work well with cake mix (stout, wheat, etc)
1/4 cup oil
3/4 cup egg beaters
Spray and lightly dust with flour a bundt cake pan with Pam.
Combine cake mix and pudding mix in large bowl and whisk to combine. Add beer and oil. Whisk to combine. Add egg beaters and beat with hand mixer on high for about 2 minutes or until lumps are gone. The batter will be very thick and rich.
Bake 350 for 40 minutes (be sure if you have a dark bundt pan you lower the temp to 325 and check the cake after 35 minutes so you don’t’ over bake it). Remove cake from oven and set on rack for 10 minutes to cool before you remove it from the pan. Place on the rack with parchment paper under for the glaze.
While the cake is cooling start your glaze. In a sauce pan, add 2 oz beer, 1 Tlb. Blue Bonnet Lite and whisk until butter is melted. Whisk in 1 -1/2 cup powdered sugar and bring your glaze to a boil. Continue to whisk so the glaze is clear and there are no lumps. Cool for about 2-3 minutes and then drizzle/pour over warm cake. Let the cake cool before cutting it. I saved a small piece from the second cake I made so I could try some the next day and wow it was even better. Delish!!!
This picture is of my first cake where I cooked the glaze a bit longer than I should have. It still tasted good but when it cooled I found it to be firmer than I wanted. Be careful of that fine line in over cooking your glaze. You just want the glaze to be free of lumps and be clear.