Thursday 30 May 2013

Hot Toddy Layer Cake

Hot Toddy Layer Cake - vegan.

Well, a bit of a double post for you today as this recipe *is* already on the blog as Hot Toddy Cupcakes. It was my father-in-law's 70th birthday last week and I was thinking what kind of cake to make. He's actually not that into sweet things, especially things with frosting but he did really like those cupcakes when I made them all those Christmas's ago :-)

Hot Toddy Layer Cake - vegan.

So, I thought I would have a go making the recipe as a layer cake - and I am so happy to report that it turned out beautifully! Same light and fluffy yet moist texture, nicely clove spiced whiskey lemon cake with a whiskey buttercream frosting. Sigh. This thing broke my diet but it was worth it!

Hot Toddy Layer Cake - vegan.

Hot Toddy Layer Cake

• 240ml soy cream
• 120ml rice milk
• 4 Tbsp Irish whiskey 
• 4 Tbsp fresh lemon juice 
• zest of 2 lemons
• 350g plain flour
• 2 tsp baking powder
• 1/2 tsp baking soda
• 4 Tbsp cornstarch 
• 1 tsp salt
• 3/4 tsp ground cloves 
• 160ml vegetable oil
• 2 tsp vanilla extract
• 320g caster sugar

Whiskey Buttercream Frosting:

• 80g vegetable fat, room temperature
• 100g vegan margarine
• 540g icing sugar
• 2 Tbsp Irish Whiskey
• zest of 1 lemon

Preheat the oven to 180C and line the bottom of two 7" round cake tins with baking paper and grease the sides. Mix together the soy cream and rice milk then stir in the whiskey and lemon juice, it will curdle! Set aside. 

Whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, soda, salt and cloves and set aside. In another bowl whisk together the oil, sugar, vanilla, lemon zest and the soy cream curdled mixture until very well blended and sugar seems to be dissolved. It shouldn't look curdled any more. Add the dry ingredients to this and whisk gently until just blended and no lumps remain. 

Fill cake tins evenly and bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until golden and springy to the touch and a toothpick comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin then run a knife around the edges, turn the pans over onto a wire rack and peel off the baking paper. Let fully cool.

To make the frosting, soften the vegetable fat first with a fork, then add the margarine and beat until well blended. Add half the icing sugar and all the whiskey and mix well. Add the rest of the icing sugar and mix well. You may need a touch more whiskey and or icing sugar. Just keep adding what you need until you get a smooth spreadable frosting. Now stir in the lemon zest.

Sandwich the cakes together with some of the frosting then frost the entire cake. Decorate with lemon halves and whole cloves.

Hot Toddy Layer Cake - vegan.
Hot Toddy Layer Cake - vegan.

I'm afraid we were too busy celebrating for me to get a good quality photo of the whole cake - this is the only one I got! Making everyone wait to eat while I set up a photoshoot never seems to go down very well, lol!

Hot Toddy Layer Cake - vegan.

I had much better light the next morning :-)

Hot Toddy Layer Cake - vegan.

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  1. Love your blog! Thanks for inspiration. Wish you sun and a lot of good food!
    Hugs from Poland
    Wegan Nerd

    1. Thanks so much :-)
      Best wishes!

  2. What can I use INSTEAD of Irish Whiskey ??? I'm gonna make this for a birthday coz I need a vegan layer cake. But it is a kid's birthday and I cannot use alcohol. PLEASE SUGGEST A suitable SUBSTITUTE......

    1. I suggest making a different cake… this really isn't a children’s cake as the whiskey can’t be substituted well (without changing several other ingredients) and the spices and lemon flavour might be a bit too strong - it really does taste like a hot toddy. I have SEVERAL more suitable vegan layer cakes on the blog here:

      Raspberry White Chocolate Mousse Cake OR Victoria Sponge Cake (the latter MUCH easier):

      10 Layer Chocolate Orange Layer Cake: (swap ganache with frosting)

      Quadruple Layer Chocolate Cake: (can be made 2 layer easily)

      Red Velvet Cake:

      In any case you can make either the chocolate cake (from the quadruple layer cake post) or vanilla cake (from the Victoria Sponge Cake post) and frost with whatever flavour frosting you like.

      IF you are set on this one then apple juice *might* work in place of the whiskey but I can't guarantee the results.

      Good luck!


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