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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

Serves 12



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

1-cup water

2-TBSP bourbon

½-cup oil


1-(3.4oz) instant vanilla puddin’


½-cup butter

½-cup sweetened condensed milk

¼-cup bourbon

3-TBSP water

2-tsp pure mint extract


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


· 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.


·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.


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