Dark Chocolate Cake w/ White Chocolate Whiskey Buttercream

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As a frequent baker, I am constantly looking for places to draw on inspiration. The easy way is to refer to the “national” food holidays. Another is the actual holidays. I am always so tempted to cover any of these desserts in themed sprinkles but I know those one-time use sprinkles aren’t always practical. That being said, my sprinkle collection is anything but practical…

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My family went to Ireland two years ago and it is one of my favourite trips. I can confirm they don’t pour whiskey and Guinness into their desserts. They actually take a very simple approach. Luckily, my family tried them all, everywhere we went.

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Last year I made the most delicious Espresso Sponge Cake with Irish Cream Filling for St. Patrick’s Day. I wanted something to bring in the booze again but craved a chocolate cake. This is the lazy girls St. Patrick’s day dessert.

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Dry ingredients all tossed into a bowl.

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Rich, glossy batter.

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I made my own white chocolate. I used cocao butter, coconut oil, sugar and almond butter.

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Melt the white chocolate until there are one or two whole pieces left, pull from the heat and stir until smooth.

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The icing is quite beautiful, it takes a while to get to this point but its ethereal and worth the time.

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The icing is best spread right after its made!

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Ingredients

1 1/2 cups flour

1 cup white sugar

1/3 cup dark cocoa powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup milk

1/2 cup oil or melted butter

1/8 cup apple cider vinegar

1 tsp vanilla extract

Icing

5 ounces melted white chocolate

1/2 cup butter

1 1/2 cup icing sugar

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp whiskey

1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line and grease one 8-inch baking pan. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, white sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a measuring jug whisk the milk, oil, vanilla and apple cider. Stir this into the dry ingredients.
  4. Pour this into the prepared cake pan and bake for 30 minutes. Allow the cake to cool.
  5. For the icing, add all ingredients to a stand mixer and beat for 5 minutes.
  6. Ice the top of the cake and serve!

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