This recipe was developed for a friend of mine who was a non-baker. Using a box cake mix as a base, I tweak the ingredients and ratios. But essentially it's a very easy cake to make with a wow factor. This cake’s “specialness” is in the frosting. It originated from a time when I was experimenting with the flavors of whiskeys.
Butter cream based frostings hate the heat. They will melt. Doesn’t do well at picnics. It will happily keep in the fridge for a few days. This cake is super-rich in flavor and texture. Works great for a ladies’ tea or a meeting of the Garden & Gun club or the finale of an Indian Summer barbeque. —Christina Ward