#45 Shinny Cake

The best way to describe this cake (as by the author) is a “boozy fruit cake”. This one had me curious from the first time I saw it in the book. Shinny being a word (from To Kill A Mockingbird) referring to moonshine. However, since moonshine is hard to come by these days, it calls for regular store-bought bourbon.

With no picture in the book, I envisioned something a lot like the Kentucky Bourbon Cake, but the only thing these two had in common were the delicate flavors of Jim Beam.
The cake itself is a cream cake, and the batter tasted EXACTLY like cake batter ice cream. So yummy. They were right not to put a picture of this one in the book I think, as you will see. However, the lack of beauty did not detract from the flavor!

Cake ingredients

Cake ingredients.

My delicious-smelling Pumpkin Souflée candle from Anthropologie making an appearance. I do love that store!

I swear they don’t pay me.

Sifting

Sifting

Sifted

Sifted

Whisked

Whisked

Whipping cream

Whipping cream

Whipped

Whipped

Adding sugar

Adding sugar

Whipped up with the sugar

Whipped up with the sugar

After adding eggs and vanilla

After adding eggs and vanilla

After adding the flour mixture, and pan-ready.

After adding the flour mixture, and pan-ready.

Making sure each pan is evenly distributed

Making sure each pan is evenly distributed.

She said it should be about 14 oz per pan, and mine were at least 15 oz! First time that has happened to me. Every other time I’ve scraped down every single bit of batter to get the to the amount that she estimates.

Smoothed out

Smoothed out

Another Anthroplogie treat above, the Poppy Ring Brownie Dish. Next time I make theRhubarb Pudding Cake, it will look much prettier served out of it’s dish!

Baked

Baked

Filling ingredients

Filling ingredients.

I had frozen 12 egg yolks the last time I made an angel food cake (12 whites!)

Yolks and sugar

Yolks and sugar

Adding the butter

Adding the butter

After the butter melted

After the butter melted

Waiting for it to come up to temperature (much like custard and pudding, but she gives a candy thermometer temperature for this one).

Waiting for it to come up to temperature (much like custard and pudding, but she gives a candy thermometer temperature for this one).

Just about to 160ºF.

Just about to 160ºF.

Adding salt and vanilla

Adding salt and vanilla

Ready to chill

Ready to chill

With the fruit and nuts mixed in

With the fruit and nuts mixed in…yum?

Ready to be "frosted"

Ready to be “frosted”

Plop

Plop

2nd layer smoothed out, almost finished

2nd layer smoothed out, almost finished

Complete

Complete

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#45 Shinny Cake

#45 Shinny Cake

It was another yummy one. The boozy flavors are actually pretty light in this one. I expected it to overpower, but it didn’t at all. It was light and had a lot of flavors from the filling that was balanced out by the creamy cake. Vintage Cakes strikes again! I’m just waiting for one to taste bad. No failures yet and only 7 left!

Baby dude:

Baby dude sitting up on the bathroom counter, with no help from mama! He's getting there, can't quite trust him to not tip over yet though :)

Baby dude sitting up on the bathroom counter, with no help from mama! He’s getting there, can’t quite trust him to not tip over yet though. He loves looking at those flowers 🙂

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