|Happy New Year!|
2016 started with lots of laughs. I had a few people over last night. We ate a side of smoked salmon, cheeses and crackers, tomato bruschetta, prosciutto & parmesan gougères, and stuffed shells (thanks Christy & Allen!). For dessert, I made this delicious cake.
There are currently several hard ginger ales on the market. I've tried Not Your Father's Ginger Ale, Lewis Osterweis & Sons Hard Ginger Beer (made by local Schlafly), Coney Island Brewing Co. Hard Ginger Ale, and Crabbie's Spiced Orange Ginger Beer. Not Your Father's is my favorite of the four (I also really dig their hard root beer).
My least favorite to drink was the Spiced Orange Ginger Beer. It was way too sweet for me. So, I looked for some way to cook with it. This cake is sooooo good. The gingery orange flavor really comes through. Of course, you could use any ginger beer or ale you wanted to. I bet it would even be good with some of that root beer.
I have lots of bottles of ginger beer at the moment, and I plan to make some pulled pork with it soon.
Ginger Beer Pound Cake
slightly adapted from Culinary Concoctions by Peabody
1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 cups granulated sugar
5 eggs, at room temperature
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup ginger beer or ginger ale, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla paste or extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 300F. Spray a 10” Bundt pan with baking spray.
- Using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment cream together butter and sugar on medium high speed until mixture is light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
- Add extract and salt and beat for another minute.
- Add eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl after each addition.
- Alternating add flour, then beer, then flour, then beer, and end with flour.
- Spoon the batter into the prepared pan.
- Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until a knife or wooden skewer when inserted comes out clean.
- Cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack.
- Remove from pan, let cool completely, then glaze. For the glaze, mix 1 cup powdered sugar mixed with ginger beer, 1 tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency.