• Jason Smith

A Derby Tradition--Mint Julep--Cake?

Lord Honey, ever'one knows that Mint Juleps are as much of a Kentucky Derby tradition as fast horses and fancy hats. Well, y'all know me-- I like to "horse" around with tradition--and I've done it again by takin' the signature Derby cocktail and turnin' it into a "Country Bling" confection. Trust me, y'all will be in the winner's circle when you serve my "Mint Julep Poke Cake"

Mint Julep Poke Cake

Jason Smith, FNS southerncountrybling.com

Serves 12

Ingredients:

Cake:

1-(15.5oz) box yellow or white cake mix

1-cup water

2-TBSP bourbon

½-cup oil

4-eggs

1-(3.4oz) instant vanilla puddin’

Soak:

½-cup butter

½-cup sweetened condensed milk

¼-cup bourbon

3-TBSP water

2-tsp pure mint extract

Frosting:

½-cup butter

½-cup unsweetened cocoa powder

¼-cup milk

3-cups powdered sugar

½-tsp vanilla

Grated white chocolate and fresh mint leaves for garnish

Directions:

· Preheat oven to 350°, spray or butter a 9x13 cake pan.

· Place the cake ingredients into a medium mixing bowl and mix until smooth; pour into prepared cake pan.

--bake for 25-30 mins or until light brown.

Prepare the soak while cake is baking:

· Place all the soak ingredients except the mint extract, into a sauce pan and cook on low heat until the butter is melted, making sure to stir often; remove from heat and stir in the mint.

· When cake is done, remove from oven and place a clean damp kitchen towel over top; mash down all sections of the cake gently and hold for 30 sec.

--Poke holes in cake about 2 inches apart using the handle end of a wooden spoon.

· Pour the soak over the cake while it is warm; let cool completely before frosting.

Frosting:

·Place the butter in the sauce pan that the soak was made in and let melt; whisk in the cocoa powder; add the milk, let cook for about 2 mins; add vanilla.

-- place the powdered sugar into a mixing bowl and pour the butter and cocoa mixture into the powdered sugar; mix until combined; pour over cake and smooth out.

· Place in refrigerator and let chill for at least an hour.

· When ready to serve sprinkle the grated white chocolate over the top and garnish with mint leaves,

Tip: You can use frosting of your choice--if you prefer something other than chocolate.

ENJOY!!!

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