Jazz up a cake mix by using vodka in place of some of the water the directions call for. Plain vodka, with its neutral taste, blends well with many flavors and acts as a preservative, keeping your cake fresh longer. Or, use flavored vodkas such as citrus, berry, vanilla or whipped cream to enhance a store-bought cake mix and create unexpected taste profiles. When substituting liquor in a mix, decrease the liquid by ¼ cup and replace the amount with vodka. Between 5 and 40 percent of the liquor evaporates during baking, depending on how much is used and how long you bake your cake.
Harvey wallbanger is a potent cocktail that merges vodka, Galliano liqueur and orange juice. This flavor combination also makes a delicious cake. Using a yellow cake mix, replace some of the liquid with a ¼ cup each of vodka, Galliano and orange juice. Use this combination in a glaze to frost the cake by adding a tablespoon each to powdered sugar. A black Russian is created by mixing vodka with a coffee liqueur. This combination works in both a yellow cake or a chocolate cake for a decadent twist on the classic cocktail. Note that when using liquor in the frosting or glaze for a cake, there will be alcohol in the final product, so take this into consideration when adding it to your cake topping.
Chocolate and Cream
Adding Irish cream and vodka to the cake mix creates a moist, tasty cake. Mix in a ¼ cup each of Irish cream and vodka to yellow or chocolate cake. Use this pair to mix into frosting to top your cake and further enhance the taste. Whipped cream flavored vodka adds a decadent twist to store bought chocolate cake mix. Top your cooled cake with whipped cream to bring out the flavor of the vodka. Adding vanilla vodka to a German cake mix is a way to infuse your cake with a richer flavor without having to use extract. Just omit the vanilla extract and replace the water with vanilla vodka. The flavor of vanilla also blends well with the traditional frosting of coconut and pecans used to top this cake.
Booze and Fruit
The classic pairing of a screwdriver -- vodka and orange juice -- works just as well in a cake. Replace the amount of liquid called for in a yellow cake with vodka and orange juice. Add a tablespoon of orange liqueur to bring out the orange flavor. A pineapple upside-down cake takes a delicious twist when adding citrus-flavored vodka in place of some of the water. You can also up the liquor aspect of your cake by soaking the pineapple rings in vanilla vodka before using in your recipe for an unexpected taste. Mix in lemon-flavored vodka to a lemon cake for a tangier, citrus taste. Vanilla vodka also blends well in a lemon cake, creating a richer taste.
Creating cupcakes using a store-bought cake mix is an interesting way to serve cake to a crowd by making individual treats. Cosmopolitan cupcakes need cranberry vodka, lime juice, lime zest and a bit of pureed cranberries mixed into an ordinary yellow cake mix. When the cupcakes cool, frost them with lime-infused cream cheese frosting. Adding vanilla-flavored vodka to a vanilla cake mix creates rich, creamy cupcakes. You can also use cake-flavored vodka or vodka infused with whipped cream to enrich the cake mix and create a tastier treat.
Candi Canncel is a writer covering food and drinks, travel and lifestyle. Her work has appeared on Food and Wine Travel, Craft Gossip, Belltown Local and other publications. She also teaches cooking classes and hosts food/wine seminars.
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