Pound cake is a staple in my house. Among my family is is hands down the most requested dessert. I grew up with a dad who has a love for pound cake like you would not believe. When I was young I didn’t get the whole draw to pound cake it took a long time for me to emerge as a pound cake fan girl. Now I like to experiment and do different takes and twists on my favorite basic pound cake recipe. To bring out the Irish from my maternal grandmother I just had to break out some Jameson Whiskey and make it into an utterly irresistible orange whiskey pound cake.
I’ve only drank whiskey once in my life It’s a moment I won’t ever forget. I’m a drinking wuss! Whiskey burns going down, made me cough and my eyes water. I know I’m never going to be that uber cool chick that can shoot whiskey so instead I make myself cooler by boozing up an awesome, freaking cake!
The whiskey in the cake adds a smoky undertone that pairs really well with the brightness of flavor that you get from the orange juice and zest. Pair the cake slices with some melted orange marmalade drizzled over the top and some whipped cream to finish it off. Serve with an Irish coffee or a shot depending on the crowd that your sharing it with.
- 1 c. salted butter, softened
- 3 c. sugar
- 1 orange zested
- 6 large eggs
- 3 c. all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 c. heavy whipping cream
- 1/3 c. Jameson Whiskey
- 3 tbsp. fresh squeezed orange juice
- In a large bowl cream together the butter, sugar and orange zest until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing until completely incorporated. In another bowl mix together the flour and baking powder. In a measuring cup combine the cream, whiskey and orange juice. Alternating between the wet and dry ingredients add them to the butter and egg mixture. Make sure to start and end with the dry ingredients.
- Thoroughly spray a bundt pan with baking spray and pour the batter into the prepared pan. Place the pan into the cold oven. Turn the oven to 325° and bake the cake for one hour and fifteen minutes without opening the door. When time is up check the cake. If done remove from the oven. If it still needs more time, let it continue to finish baking.
- Let the cake cool in the pan for 15 minutes and then invert onto a plate, wire rack or cake plate. Serve warm or cool completely.
- Additional serving ideas: ice cream, whipped cream, orange zest, warmed orange marmalade
What’s your favorite way to enjoy whiskey?
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