This recipe came about a few weeks ago when I was making my mother-in-laws Jack Daniels chocolate cake. I love boozy cakes and her recipe is delicious but the bourbon flavor is strong and while the alcohol mostly cooks out, I still worried my kids might have a hangover if they ate more than a bite. Wanting to use my yule log pan and wanting to make a boozy cake, I substituted the bourbon with half Amaretto and half coffee and it worked like a charm.
I’m not much of a baker so with a little guidance, Ellie made this cake herself. Her love of baking gets me in the kitchen and I love creating memories with her. Eating half the jar of maraschino cherries together helps too!
I love my yule log pan from Williams Sonoma. I stole it one year at our family gift exchange and I’m so glad I did! You can make any box cake mix look like a work of art with this baby. The non-stick surface is great too because nothing sticks and it turns out perfect every time. I usually always use a box mix and then add ingredients to make it different and special, however, now that Ellie is in the kitchen, she’s demanding we do more “from scratch” recipes.
I sprinkled the cake with powdered sugar to make a snowy-like finish but it soaks into the cake so make sure to do it right before you serve. This cake was a blast for a 6-year-old to make and a hit at our caroling party. If you want a wine to go with this cake, I would drink Rare Cream Sherry or a Port. Champagne would be nice too.