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Alabama Lane Cake

Vegan MoFo: It's that time of year again! If you don't know what's up, allow me to give you a brief overview: short for the Vegan Month of Food, Vegan MoFo is an annual blogging event about all things vegan. Participants are given daily prompts and then post about it. If you need more info check out the MoFo website and get hip (click here and then come back). Today’s prompt: Showstopper.

So you want a showstopper? Look no further this Alabama Lane Cake invented showstopping. This cake is also called a Prize Cake (because it won some big fair or something a long time ago). The Alabama Lane Cake is for special occasions only (think: weddings, 60th anniversaries, 100th birthday; big celebrations). It has bourbon laced through out the cake that is not cooked out so be careful how many slices you consume.

This is a double show stopper because it's considerably less labor intensive than other tiered cakes. In the South we have a knack for short cuts when it comes to cooking. Not sure if that has to do with how hot a kitchen can get in 90 degree weather at 100% humidity or what but here's a cake/cupcake hack for you busy folks out there. There are quite a few accidentally vegan cake mixes on the shelves of your local grocery store right now at this very moment. If you empty that entire mix into a bowl and add 12oz of any similarly colored carbonated beverage, you've got a cake. You don't need to add any thing else. Here's an example: chocolate cake mix + can of root beer, Coca Cola, Dr. Pepper, etc. Or, White cake mix + a can of la Croix, sprite, Fresca, etc. It's really that easy.

Folks are always amazed to try a cake or cupcake that rocks their world and find out it's vegan. When you throw it in their face how easy a coke cake is their jaws always hit the floor. You and this cake (or any coke cake for that matter) will be the star of the show at your next get together.

Obviously, if you're feeling laborious, you can totes make your white cake from scratch and your frosting for that matter. I'm hardly ever feeling laborious so this cake is all about looking the part while being easy af.

Alabama Lane Cake

2 boxes of (accidentally) vegan white cake mix 
24 oz of soda water
1 tub of (accidentally) vegan white frosting
2 cups large raisins
about 1 cup bourbon, divided
2 3/4 cups shredded unsweetened coconut
1 1/4 cups chopped pecans
  1. The Cake: Preheat your oven to 375. In a big bowl whisk together the cake mix and the soda water. Divide evenly between three 8-inch cake pans and bake for about 15-18 minutes. Let the cake cool completely before assembly. Once cool brush about 2 tbsp of bourbon over each layer and let that soak in. 
  2. The Frosting: Whip in 1/2 cup of Bourbon into your frosting. Once incorporated pop it in the fridge for 5 minutes or so. If it separates, don't freak, just whip it back together. 
  3. The Assembly: soak those raisins in warm water for about 15 minutes. You want them to plump up for you. Grab your cake stand or serving plate and lay one cake layer down. Spread the top with frosting and about a half cup each of raisins and pecans. Repeat for second cake.Top with remaining cake layer. Brush with remaining bourbon. Spread a thin coat of frosting over the top and sides of cake to cover. Chill for 20 minutes.
  4. Use remaining frosting to cover top and sides of cake. Combine 1 cup each coconut and pecans, and use it to coat the side of the cake. Combine remaining 1/4 cup pecans, 1/2 cup raisins, and 1/4 cup coconut in a bowl. Sprinkle over top of cake to cover.

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  1. I remember reading American Cakes, and quite a few of the recipes are "southern" and I always wonder why. Why are you baking when it gets so hot down there?!


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