Sunday, April 19, 2009

Pick Your Poison: Harvey Wallbanger Cake or Cocktail

Galliano is the secret ingredient for a Harvey Wallbanger - both the cake and the cocktail.

Tonight I baked a Harvey Wallbanger cake
as a belated birthday treat for a friend (OK, my (ex) husband, but it's complicated). It's his favorite cake, and it's one of my favorite cocktails, so it's become my tradition to BUI (bake under the influence) of the Harvey Wallbanger. I'm thinking of changing the name of this dessert to tipsy cake.

Harvey Wallbanger Cake
To intensify the orange flavor in the cake, I omitted the vodka in the original recipe and replaced it with Galliano and orange juice. I also added orange zest.
  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 1 (3.5 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 5 fluid ounces Galliano liqueur
  • 5 fluid ounces orange juice
  • zest of one orange
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour bundt pan. Arrange orange slices on top.
  • Combine cake mix and pudding mix in a large bowl. Blend in eggs, vegetable oil, 5 ounces Galliano, and 5 ounces orange juice. Mix batter until smooth and thick and pour into prepared pan.
  • Stir in orange zest.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Let cake cool in pan for 10 minutes then remove and place on cooling rack. Spoon glaze over cake while it is still warm.
  • To Make Glaze: Combine 1 ounce Galliano, 1 ounce vodka, and 1 ounce orange juice with the confectioner's sugar and blend until smooth. Spoon glaze over warm cake.

Harvey Wallbanger Cocktail

6 oz. orange juice
2 oz. Vodka
1/2 oz. Galliano Liquer (about a tablespoon)

Pour OJ and vodka over ice in a highball glass. Splash on Galliano. Garnish with a lemon slice.
Sip while the bundt is in the oven.

What's next? Inspired by The Restless Chef, I looked up recipes for "bourbon cake" and found 39 possibilities on No recipe necessary for sipping the bourbon.


Anonymous said...

I remember Harvey Wallbangers from the teen years, when alcohol was best dressed up as punch. Is this cake super sweet?

Margaret said...

It sure looks good, but I'm not big on alcohol in my food. Does it taste like you should be over 21 to try it?

Desiree said...

Fabulosity! Sounds like a double whammy

Desiree said...

PS--I like bourbon bread pudding--you steep the raisins in the stuff, then use some more for a great sauce. (So the non-alkies in the audience can have it on the side)

Sue G said...

I've never really cared for the taste of alcohol. By the time a drink is tolerable to me it has an umbrella in it, tastes like lemonade, and is about 500 calories. I figure if I'm going to ingest so many calories I would rather it be in the form of mashed potatoes.

Your cake looks beautiful and sounds yummy...but with only 70% of one kidney left (out of two), I don't think this is the best time to start imbibing.

Can't wait to try it out on company, though!

Anonymous said...

Happy to hear you bake under the influence. I have no memory of what I do under the influence and I don't wish to have anyone tell me.
I like pineapple upside down cake and your Wallbanger looks a bit like one. Happy-birthday day to the ex....Ex's are people too (it's complicated)

Amy said...

"Sip while the bundt is in the oven."

And before it's in the oven. And after. And maybe while doing the dishes. =P

This sounds delicious!

Susan C said...

AH, Gee, I never heard of a Harvey Wallbanger when I was a teen. No, the cake isn't that sweet.

Margaret, You can't taste the alcohol in the cake at all, and the glaze just hints at the taste.

Desiree,Double whammy is right. Bourbon bread pudding sounds divine.

Sue, You're so right about the calorie count on the sweet drinks. But think of all the Vitamin C from the fresh-squeezed OJ. You would get along well with Margaret, who never met a potato she didn't like.

AH, Yea, baking a HW cake is just an excuse to get snockered.

Amy, Exactly! You have the idea.

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