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Gingerbread Cake with Bourbon Cream Cheese Frosting

Gingerbread Cake with Bourbon Cream Cheese Frosting


Do you love gingerbread? Me too! Spicy, moist and festive - this Gingerbread cake is all the delicious gingerbread flavors in cake form! The perfect dessert for Christmas dinners and New Years festivities. This cake is sure to become everyone's new favorite dessert, even for the busy cook since it takes just a few minutes to come together and is beautiful to present!

Also, I personally love semi-naked cakes! They're so quick and easy to frost, and especially when the cake is such a pretty color like this one, I love seeing the cake layers peeking through the cream cheese frosting!


The star player of this cake is the Brown Sugar Bourbon drizzled over each layer of cake, and in the cream cheese frosting! So warm and delicious, and a perfect way to elevate the cake for special occasions. The bourbon perfectly compliments the brown sugar and molasses flavors in this cake, and it's basically a dessert and nightcap in one!

If you enjoy bourbon, scroll to the bottom of this post for my other favorite bourbon recipes!





Cake Ingredients: 

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
 2 eggs
1 1/4 cups brewed coffee
1 cup molasses
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cloves

Bourbon Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients:

8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon Brown Sugar Bourbon (plus more for drizzling)

Directions: 

Preheat the oven to 350, and grease and line the bottoms of three 6" cake pans or two 8" cake pans. Set aside.

Whisk together the dry ingredients, flour through cloves, and set aside.

In the bowl of your stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the softened butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg, vanilla, molasses and coffee, mixing until combined. Your batter will look piecy at this stage, and that's ok! It will all come together in the next step.

Add the dry ingredients in two batches, mixing on low speed until just combined and making sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl often.

 Evenly divide the cake batter between the prepared pans. Bake for 32-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

For the frosting: beat together the cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time, mixing on low. Add the Brown Sugar Bourbon and mix until light and fluffy.

To assemble, drizzle 2-3 teaspoons of Brown Sugar Bourbon on the top of each dry cake layer, and then frost. Allow the bourbon to settle into the cake for a few hours before serving, and enjoy!



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Easy Mint Julep Cupcakes

Easy Mint Julep Cupcakes


Today I have the perfect boozy cupcake recipe for you! Easy, Mint Julep Cupcakes. Full of delicious bourbon and bright, fresh mint, these are the best cupcakes for a party. And even though the Kentucky Derby is months away, you'd better believe I'll be serving these!


Mint juleps are one of my very favorite cocktails. They're so refreshing, and these cupcakes taste just like the cocktail! With Brown Sugar Bourbon 103 in the cupcakes, brushed on top AND in the frosting, you'd better believe that this is a boozy dessert that you can bet on!


For these deliciously boozy cupcakes, I used Brown Sugar Bourbon 103. This bourbon is the bolder, stronger version of Heritage Distilling Company's Brown Sugar Bourbon, and it was perfect for a dessert where I wanted the bourbon to be a big, prominent flavor. These cupcakes are based off of a mixed drink, after all!


Makes 12 cupcakes

Vanilla Bourbon Cupcake Ingredients: 

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
3/4 cups granulated sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons Brown Sugar Bourbon 103
1/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup yogurt

Cupcake Directions: 

Preheat the oven to 350, and line a cupcake tin with liners.

In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip the butter until light and fluffy. Add the sugar, and mix on high speed until the mixture is pale yellow and fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Add the egg, Brown Sugar Bourbon 103, buttermilk and yogurt. Mix until combined.

Add the dry ingredients in two batches to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl with a spatula, and do any final mixing by hand.

Distribute the batter between the lined cupcake tin. Bake for 14-17 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs. Allow the cupcakes to come to room temperature before frosting.

Bourbon Mint Frosting Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter, softened
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons mint extract
2 teaspoons Brown Sugar Bourbon 103
Fresh mint leaves (optional for garnish)

Bourbon Mint Frosting Directions: 

When the cupcakes have cooled to room temperature, use a pastry brush and brush Brown Sugar Bourbon 103 onto the top of each cupcake for an extra boozy treat! Then top with the Bourbon Mint Frosting. These are boozy cupcakes, after all!

In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip the butter on high speed until light and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time, beginning on low speed and increasing to high as it's incorporated. Add the mint extract and BSB 103, and mix on high speed for 3-5 minutes. If the frosting is too thin, add some more powdered sugar. If it's too thick, you can add some heavy cream (or some extra bourbon, if you're like me!).

Frost the cupcakes, and garnish with fresh mint leaves.









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Sweet, Spicy & Salty Bourbon Peanuts

Sweet, Spicy & Salty Bourbon Peanuts


These amazing sweet, spicy and salty glazed peanuts are perfect for baseball games, football watching parties (Super Bowl, anyone?), or enjoying with a movie! Incredibly quick and easy, these delicious nuts are sure to be a hit at your next party. The woodsy and peppery rosemary compliments both the warm Brown Sugar Bourbon and spicy cayenne perfectly - these nuts are a flavor explosion with every bite!


When I'm entertaining, I love recipes that can be made ahead of time so there's one less thing for me to think about! These peanuts can be made ahead of time, and stored in an airtight container for up to a week. They're great warm or at room temperature - to reheat just warm in the oven at 350 for about 5-10 minutes!

Serve these nuts alongside a glass of Brown Sugar Bourbon, and scroll to the bottom of the this post for more delicious bourbon recipes!





Ingredients: 

1 tablespoon butter, melted
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons Brown Sugar Bourbon
1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, depending on desired spiciness
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
2 cups unsalted peanuts

Directions: 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine all ingredients except the peanuts in a large mixing bowl, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Add the peanuts and stir to evenly coat. Spread the peanuts evenly and in a single layer onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, or until fragrant. Allow to cool for a few minutes, and then gently break the nuts apart with your fingers. Serve warm or at room temperature. Store in an airtight container, and eat within a week!




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Bourbon Apple Crisp

Bourbon Apple Crisp


Apple crisp is one of my favorite fall recipes! It's a tradition in our house to bake some easy fall sweets, turn on a fun Halloween/autumn movie (Hocus Pocus anyone?), and smell the delicious autumn recipe baking while we watch it. Way better than a fall scented candle because your house smells amazing, and you get to eat it!



This apple crisp has a super delicious secret ingredient - Brown Sugar Bourbon soaked raisins! The bourbon flavor is subtle, and adds a deep warm flavor to compliment the tart apples. Soooo good! Just remember that the raisins need to soak up the bourbon overnight, so there's just a tiny bit of planning ahead in this recipe.

This is a perfect Thanksgiving dessert idea. It's easy to make ahead of time, and the bourbon soaked raisins add a really special and elevated taste! And the bourbon is completely baked out, so it's alcohol-free for everyone to enjoy. If you're looking for some inspiration for your table decoration, check out my Simple & Elegant Thanksgiving Tablescape post!








Filling Ingredients: 

2 1/2 lbs Granny Smith apples (about 5), peeled, cored and thinly sliced
2 teaspoons lemon juice
 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup raisins
1/3 cup Brown Sugar Bourbon 103

Topping Ingredients: 

1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cup rolled oats
3/4 cups brown sugar, packed
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons cold butter

Directions: 

In a small bowl, combine the raisins and Brown Sugar Bourbon. Cover with plastic wrap, and allow to soak overnight.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 

Toss together all the filling ingredients in a large mixing bowl, apples through bourbon soaked raisins (plus any bourbon in the bowl that didn't soak in - waste not!). Spoon the filling into a greased 9x13 baking dish and set aside.

For the topping, stir together the dry ingredients, flour through salt. Cut the butter into the dry ingredients using a pastry cutter, two forks, or your fingers (my favorite method). Sprinkle the crumble topping evenly over the filling. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the crumble is golden brown and mixture is bubbling.






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Easy Beef Brisket with Homemade Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Easy Beef Brisket with Homemade Bourbon BBQ Sauce


Whew, it's Friday! Has it been a week or what? Well, I have an amazing recipe to share with you today! The most delicious, easy beef brisket recipe plus my super easy homemade Brown Sugar Bourbon Barbecue Sauce. Trust me - you will never buy barbecue sauce from the store again after trying this!

I have to give a quick shout out to my husband. He and I tag teamed these recipes - he put together the brisket and I owned the barbecue sauce. We wanted these recipes to be really easy, and relatively hands-off. I was imagining having this in the oven before a football game, wrapping it up and taking it to a tailgate. Which, by the way, we totally plan to do this fall!


Since the brisket and the barbecue sauce both have the same flavors, they compliment each other so well when served together!

By the way, can you tell that I'm obsessed with Brown Sugar Bourbon? It is soooo good! I love a splash of it in my coffee on the weekends, and you might remember it from my Pina Colada Cake and Mint Julep Cupcakes. Grab a bottle and cook through all of these recipes with me - more to come! (hint hint, it might involve pumpkin spice!!!)



Easy Beef Brisket: 

5 lb Beef Brisket
1 Tablespoon Smoked Paprika
1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
1 Tablespoon Ground Black Pepper
1 Tablespoon Sea Salt
1 Cup Worcestershire
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar Bourbon 

Combine all of the above, paprika through Brown Sugar Bourbon, in a small bowl. Rub onto both sides of the brisket. Wrap the brisket and refrigerate overnight. Meanwhile, prepare the Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce below!

Preheat the oven to 260 degrees F. Place the meat on a rack in a roasting pan, fat side up. Pour excess juices/liquids into pan. Cook for 1 to 1.5 hours per pound of meat. Flip the meat over once, about halfway through cook time. The meat is done cooking when it has reached 180 degrees F, as measured by a meat thermometer. Wrap the meat in foil, turn the oven off, and then place the foiled brisket back into the now off oven for at least an hour. 

Serve hot, with the Brown Sugar Bourbon Barbecue Sauce below!


Brown Sugar Bourbon BBQ Sauce: 

1/2 Onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, diced
1 1/2 cups ketchup
1/3 cup Molasses
2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire 
1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
1 Tablespoon Dijion Mustard
1 teaspoons liquid smoke
1/8 teaspoon Chili Powder
3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, simmer together the onion, garlic, and Brown Sugar Bourbon for about 10 minutes or until the onion because translucent. 

Add the remaining ingredients, ketchup through brown sugar to the saucepan. Stir well to combine, and then bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.  

Allow the sauce to cool to room temperature, and then refrigerate overnight. The flavors will continue to come together as it sits, so it will taste even better the next day!

If you prefer a chunky barbecue sauce (like me!), serve as is. If you prefer a smooth sauce, run the sauce through fine mesh sieve. 

Serve with the above brisket recipe, chicken, fries - this sauce will taste amazing with pretty much anything!


 




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Pina Colada Cake

Pina Colada Cake


If you love Pina Coladas (and getting caught in the rain), then I have the perfect cake for you today! A delicious Pina Colada cake. Moist layers of coconut cake with homemade bourbon pineapple curd between, and topped with bourbon coconut buttercream frosting. I mean, seriously. This cake is like a tropical cruise in a cake, and I am here for it!

Ok so you may be thinking - aren't Pina Coladas usually made with rum? Yes, yes they are! But it turns out that Brown Sugar Bourbon Pina Coladas are just as delicious (possibly even more so!). I took one for the team and did a taste test, and might be making all my Pina Coladas with this Brown Sugar Bourbon from now on!

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If you've made any of my other cake recipes, you know that I'm not a fan of sickly sweet cakes. In the past I've tried coconut cakes that had way too much sugar for my taste, so I was on a mission to create a Pina Colada cake recipe with all the flavor, and less sugar. And the cherry on the top (see what I did there haha!) is the delicious Brown Sugar Bourbon (BSB) in both the pineapple curd and frosting. It's sooooo good, and I love that hint of flavor throughout the whole cake!

Now two quick notes on the recipe:

*You'll notice that the cake calls for coconut milk. By this I mean the canned kind that you'll most likely find in the Asian food section of your grocery store. (I used the brand Thai Kitchen.) When you open the can, you'll see thick coconut cream on top - that's what you want to use. One can should have enough for this recipe!

**The pineapple curd calls for pineapple juice - and this will need to be the canned version too. I found this in the juice section of my grocery store. For some reason only the canned version works - something to do with how juice is normally preserved, from what I understand. If you use "normal" pineapple juice, (as in from a plastic bottle) the curd won't thicken correctly.


Coconut Cake Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons coconut extract
1/2 cup coconut full-fat yogurt
1/3 cup coconut milk*
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

BSB Pineapple Curd Ingredients:

1/2 cup pineapple juice (from a can)**
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
4 egg yolks
1 tablespoon Brown Sugar Bourbon
Small pinch of salt
3 tablespoons butter

BSB Coconut Buttercream Ingredients:

2 cups butter, softened
6 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon Brown Sugar Bourbon
2 teaspoons coconut extract
Maraschino cherries with stems for garnish (optional)


Coconut Cake Directions: 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease three 6" cake pans, and line the bottom of each pan with parchment paper. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients, flour through salt. Set aside.

In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one by one, followed by the extracts, yogurt, and coconut milk. Mix until all the wet ingredients are incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.

Add the dry ingredients, mixing on the lowest speed until just combined. Stir in the coconut flakes, making sure to scrape down the sides again as the coconut likes to stick.

Distribute the batter evenly between the prepared cake pans (I like to use this scale to be sure each layer is exactly the same). Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs.

Pineapple Curd Directions: 

Combine all the ingredients except the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk constantly, until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon. Remove from heat, and stir in the butter a tablespoon at a time. The pineapple curd will continue to thicken as it cools.

Note the assembly directions below for tips on how to add the pineapple curd between each cake layer.

Bourbon Coconut Buttercream

In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time. Add the Brown Sugar Bourbon and coconut extract. Beat on high speed for about 5 minutes.

Assembly Tips: 

  • I prefer to frost cold cakes - I find it easier and there are fewer crumbs. I wrap each cake layer in plastic wrap once they've come to room temp, and then let them sit in the fridge for at least a few hours so they're cold when I'm ready to frost 
  • To assemble with the pineapple curd between each layer of cake, frost an even layer of the buttercream on top of the first layer. Then pipe a border of frosting around the edge of the cake layer. Spoon the pineapple curd into the well that you just created. Repeat with the next layer, and then continue with your crumb coat. (And by the way, I'm posting a video to Instagram in a few days that will show exactly how to do this! Find me @thiscelebratedlife on Instagram to see it!
  • A crumb coat, if you haven't heard of it before, is a thin layer of frosting to just seal in the crumbs before you fully frost the cake. 
  • Once your cake is fully frosted, coat it in unsweetened coconut flakes (or sweetened if you prefer). 
  • Top with cherries for a true Pina Colada look! If you want to create the same glitter look that I did here, lightly dry each Maraschino cherry, and then dip them in this edible gold glitter. Easy as that!






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