Tipsy Irish Whiskey Cake
1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow or chocolate cake mix
1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla or French vanilla or chocolate
pudding and pie-filling mix
3/4 cup Irish whiskey or bourbon, divided
1/2 cup cooking oil
4 jumbo or extra large eggs, at room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon lemon juice
In a large bowl, combine cake mix, pudding mix, 1/2 cup Irish whiskey,
and oil, add eggs and beat at medium speed of an electric mixer for 4
minutes, scraping down sides of bowl as necessary. Spoon into a greased
and floured 10-inch Bundt or tube pan. Bake in a preheated moderate oven
(350 degrees F) for 45 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the
cake comes out clean. When cake is almost done, prepare syrup.
Combine sugar, butter, water, and lemon juice in a small heavy saucepan.
Bring to a boil slowly, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove from
heat and stir in remaining 1/4 cup Irish whiskey or bourbon.
Turn cake out onto two large sheets of aluminum foil placed together to
form the shape of a cross. Let cake cool for 10 minutes, top side up for
tube cake and upside down for Bundt cake. Using a skewer or long bamboo
pick, make holes all over top and sides of hot cake. Drizzle syrup very
slowly over cake, being careful that too much does not run into any
cracks on top of cake. Bring foil up around cake and wrap securely. Cake
may be served when completely cool, or store in an airtight container
overnight. Cake may be wrapped securely in foil and stored in the
refrigerator for several weeks or in a freezer for up to six months.