bourbon chocolate cake, candy corn cocktail, and a few shout-outs

Community: The name of a much-loved television show (which I’ll admit to never having seen–sorry, amb!) and also a support system found in the blogosphere. I’ve mentioned here before how gratifying it’s been to find others who are as crazy for all things food as I am. I’ve also met folks with completely different perspectives (you listening, wdydfae? πŸ˜‰ ) that I can learn from.

Because I focus on food and drink, my community is mostly (but not entirely, Miss Fannie) made up of food bloggers, and though there are too many to list, you know who you are. You’ve inspired me with your recipes, photos, ingredients, and general celebration of all things culinary.

It’s also been rewarding to see this community extend to deLizious’ facebook page. Started purely for business purposes–potential clients should see that I’m out there trying new foods, restaurants, recipes, right?–it’s also become another point of connection for fellow bloggers.

Which brings me to the first of the two recipes I have for you this week.

Some months back, a blogging friend and facebook contact (hi, Dave!) posted a photo of a bourbon chocolate cake a friend had made for his birthday. The image grabbed my attention and stayed with me. A week or so ago, I mentioned that cake in a comment response on his blog, and he surprised me by starting a facebook conversation with me and the cake’s baker, asking her to share the recipe. And she did. (Hi, Courtney!) I’m giddily grateful to Courtney and Dave for their generosity and willingness to connect.

Enough with the ramble. Here is that cake!

the other half went down easy!

it goes down easy

Easy to make, it’s dense and boozy and chocolatey. We gobbled up half the night it was served and have been working on leftovers since. Letting it sit, I’ve found, is an excellent move as the cake gets boozier and fudgier by the day.

because even a piece of over-the-top boozy chocolate cake needs mounds of whipped cream

because even a piece of over-the-top boozy chocolate cake needs mounds of whipped cream

The cake was dessert at a get-together with friends. That same gathering gave me opportunity to debut another fun bit of party fare. This recipe connection came not from on-line relationships, but a phone call from my mother-in-law. She’d seen a recipe for a candy corn vodka (!) cocktail that had brought me to mind. (Not sure if it is good that my m-i-l thinks of me when she sees a booze recipe.)

I jumped on this candy corn bandwagon quicker than you can say “trick-or-treat,” combining 1/2 cup candy corn and 1 1/4 cups vodka in a mason jar. “Brewing” time is recommended at 4 hours up to overnight, and I gave the jar a good shake often as I wanted the candy corn dissolved in time for our evening party. Picture a kid shaking a snow globe–that’s where I was, watching the candy corn slowly dissolve as the alcohol ate the sugar.

Five hours later, the resulting liquid was day-glo orange and stunningly beautiful.

Candy corn vodka hanging with crabapple liqueur. Come back in a few weeks for the liqueur unveil

Candy corn vodka hanging with crabapple liqueur. Come back in a few weeks for the liqueur unveil.

Combining it with lemon juice and Grand Marnier (subbing for Triple Sec), along with ice as instructed in the recipe left me with a powerful strong beverage, highly drinkable with an extra shot of soda water. (Thank you, soda siphon!) I hadn’t realized until finding the recipe link online that this was a “pucker-tini” and have decided since that I’d use 1 to 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice instead of the 2 next time around.

puckertiniCrazy-good cake and cocktails made for an evening to remember and I owe it all to connections and community–online and off. Many thanks to all of you for your follows and Likes and comments and reads. I’m honored and thrilled to be in your most excellent company. Candy corn cheers to you!

66 thoughts on “bourbon chocolate cake, candy corn cocktail, and a few shout-outs

  1. I love the idea of a candy corn martini, and it is so pretty! But I don’t like cocktails that are too sour. If it’s good with lemon, I wonder if it would be good with orange juice (with the Grand Marnier). I might have to make some and try it. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks HotDish πŸ˜‰ I bet orange juice would work well–good call. Am not a big fan of overly sour cocktails, either, so hoping you report back on whether you’d give it a thumbs up or no.

  2. The bourbon chocolate cake sounds divine! Your cake looks so dense and chocolatey and perfect! I am definitely going to try out the recipe–thanks for the link!
    I’m usually not a vodka drinker, but this candy corn cocktail makes me want to have some! Looks so bright and delicious. This would be perfect to make for a Halloween party πŸ˜€

    • Thanks, Ada. Was simply following a recipe. (Shocker: didn’t change a thing! Confession–even when I made your avocado banana bread, I subbed in flax for the wheat germ as it’s what I had on hand. I’d like to try it with wheat germ, too, as the flax flavor comes through and I think the wheat germ would be more “gentle.”)

      For all the alcohol I post, I’m not much of a drinker myself. (Curious: what is your cocktail/spirit of choice?) But all of the possibilities are so much fun. Yes, imagine the hit your party would be if you served candy corn vodka!

  3. Where does one begin. Bourbon. Chocolate. Cake. Wow. I remember reading that on Dave’s FB page on his b-day. It looks fantastic. Yum!!

    Then there is the candy corn “pucker-tini” sigh. I love everything about this post.

    Thanks for the shout out. The feeling is mutual.

    • What Fannie meant to say was “I love everything about this post… except for the fact that I can’t eat my computer screen!”

    • Aw, Tracy…shucks and thanks πŸ™‚ Love that you remember seeing this on Dave’s page. Whoever makes this cake for a person’s birthday must really like that person!

      Will admit to liking the drink more BEFORE I found out it was a “pucker-tini” (all the ‘tinis seem so 1990, lol), but I can see oodles of possibilities with the day-glo orange candy corn liqueur. I think Dr. Who could use it to ward off alien enemies etc, don’t you?

        • I almost said something to that effect, Tracy, but didn’t want to sound (too) ignorant and get it wrong as I still don’t know exactly what the sonic screwdriver is. I’ve seen it, but I don’t really get what it is or what it does. Referencing a conversation from many posts back, if the sonic screwdriver is a beverage, this is the ingredient we’re looking for!

  4. It’s OK that you haven’t gotten into Community yet. It’s one of those shows that you start to totally fall in love with after a few episodes, and you need to save it til a point when you are able to devote some time and energy to your Community obsession. It makes even disciplined people do crazy things, like when I introduced my friend Saif (who just started pharmacy school) to the show in March, and he messaged me four days later saying he’d watched all 75 episodes up to that point. Needless to say, I had to introduce him to Amb and they’ve gotten along swimmingly!

    Thanks for the shout out (even though Courtney and you did all the work)!

    • duly noted re: Community–thanks, Dave. Makes me feel better. I do tend to get sucked into things obsessively (which wouldn’t be obvious at all by my kitchen antics, haha) and am sure I’d be a goner if I watched the pilot.

      Always glad to have you here–woohoo, Dave is in the house πŸ™‚

  5. Don’t you just love how much we can learn and connect on this interweb thing? I know other bloggers have I inspired me to cook and bake better and more adventurously. What better way to celebrate than with boozy cake and drinks? πŸ™‚

    • yes to connecting! You know you’ve inspired me with the quality of your dishes. Baking projects I wouldn’t even dream of undertaking (too much work, lol) and you turn things out like a superstar. Focaccia, for instance–not one way, but three πŸ™‚

      Agreed on the celebration fare. Seems we really do need to get that virtual cocktail party thing in order. πŸ˜€

  6. these are perfect for the season, well anytime really. making the candy corn vodka is the adult version of kids making the homeade butter. shake until ready and it turns into something even better ) great post and happy to be part of your community –

    • Thanks, Beth! Am glad we connected on FB as now I can at least attempt to keep up with your posts. lol, candy corn vodka being the adult version of making butter. Yep, you won’t be making these recipes with your students anytime soon. Glad to have you here.

    • I’m on to you, Princess. No tripping me up as I can google with the best of them. Yes to mit schalg πŸ˜€ And thanks for coming on over. I especially love that hat you are wearing πŸ˜‰

  7. Liz, wow!! First of all that chocolate cake looks and sounds so good. I love bourbon and chocolate and slathered with that whipped cream has me drooling on the keyboard. Candy Corn vodka, whoa!! I wasn’t sure what to think about that but the ensuing drink really sounds delicious. Dare I use the kids candy corn for a boozy drink, I think maybe I’ll have to try, that day glo orange is irresistible.

    • Thanks, Suzanne! Agreed that the color is one of its best features. (Sampled straight, its kerosense-like intensity is not.) I could put it in the windowsill and watch the sunlight coming through and be perfectly happy. Though it’s fun to “cook” with, too.

      Please wipe down your keyboard for me. Wouldn’t want you to short out or have your fingers slip, haha. It really is an amazing cake, yes. Glad to have met someone who knew someone who had the recipe! Funny how we connect like that. Yay, community πŸ˜€

  8. We’re totally adding this to the menu for when I come visit, right? Right?!? Both the cake and the candy corn vodka?! I don’t think I’d be able to choose between the two!!!

    I loved all of the little interconnections in this post and, to steal Fannie’s line, I can’t decide which I loved more, the post or the comments! This was such a fun read πŸ™‚

    • Yes, candy corn cocktail and chocolate bourbon cake on the list πŸ™‚ No need to choose. Glad you enjoyed reading, amb. Always grateful to have you here as a part of the rock-star commenters.

  9. I love tart and sour drinks so your pucker-tini sounds perfect to me — and I have a few Halloween parties on the horizon so this is definitely going to be an experiment very soon! Also that cake looks sooo good!

    • this DIY vodka has Halloween Party written all over it! Please report back any experiments πŸ™‚ Yes, the cake is fantastico. And easy to throw together, too. Highly recommend.

      Enjoy those parties πŸ™‚

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  11. Thanks for the mention, Liz! I am honored.

    That cake looks and sounds quintessentially deLIZshush.

    I probably didn’t mention this to you yet, but I also love candy corn, so you won’t mind if a grab a handful of those babies will you?

  12. That cake looks amazing! And you tried to say that you can’t make pretty cakes! Psh.

    Also. Are you a candy corn or a candy pumpkin person? For some reason I think the pumpkins taste better. My theory is that they taste better because the corn is thinner and therefore dries out faster than the denser pumpkins. Sorry to be all super-nerdy. πŸ™‚

    • candy pumpkins–I forgot about those! Love them best for the exact reason you do. Totally agree about their being denser. I am a food nerd, too πŸ™‚

      And thanks for the cake kudos. This was a matter of using baking spray in the pan, then coating it with powdered sugar. No decorating involved.

      Thanks for coming over, Jenny! Hope your internships are going well.

  13. How could I not love this post? It has 2 very important food groups — chocolate and booze — well-represented. In fact, that cake is a two-few with both groups in use. I’ll try the cocktail first since I haven’t a bundt pan — yet. I’ll be back when I do. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, John. If only we could live on chocolate and booze… Then again, there’s something to be said for variety. (looking forward to the octopus post πŸ™‚ ) I’d imagine any pan would do for the cake, but the bundt pan makes it prettier. If you do make the vodka and are inspired to create a new cocktail recipe with it, would love to hear about it!

  14. Wow that cake looks good! I loved candy corn as a kid, happy memories! I’ve not had candy corn for years (cant get it in the UK!) but I love your grown up version! Great picture of your pucker- tini!

    • Thank you, Jayne. Candy corn is a classic for sure. Hadn’t realized it’s not sold in the UK–crazy! Have seen DIY recipes (which I know you’re all over πŸ˜‰ ), but it looked plenty complicated. Have a friend in Birmingham who has introduced me to all sorts of British sweets–you’re good even w/out candy corn.

    • Saved a slice of cake and just made another batch of the vodka yesterday, so you’re good πŸ˜‰ Thanks for stopping over and thanks for the kind words. Was thinking of your “community” post as I wrote this. Pretty cool how we’re forming these bonds.

  15. Great recipes! Those candy corn delectables sound so Halloween-friendly for the grownups! πŸ˜‰ I’ve always wondered why some households were way too cheery for this time of year! πŸ˜‰

    • Thanks, Jack. Do you suppose those cheery households have been sipping the candy corn vodka in between trick-or-treaters?

      I’m all for grown-up Halloween treats. Can’t put away the fun-size candy bars like I used to, so it’s nice to have alternatives πŸ˜‰

      Hope you’re enjoying your weekend of feasting!

    • Brilliant! You’ve connected food for fun, Blog of Funny Names, and You Tube.

      My new favorite song lyrics: “Yellow and orange and Candy be reborn, be reformed. Candy corn.” Perhaps Captain Beefheart (again, a food link) enjoyed a batch of “special” candy corn before working on this song and video? Creepy, but I couldn’t stop watching. Glad you shared.

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