BUNCO! What is it? Well it's not for old ladies anymore! I started a Bunco group in July of 2009 and it has become something we all look forward to every month. It is a dice game...when we actually get to playing it. It is a night for the girls to get together and eat, drink and gamble. Our group puts in $10 each...that is where the gambling comes in. We rotate houses every month and this month was my turn. I couldn't resist making Bunco dice cakes loaded with alcohol.
The white die is a Margarita Cake. The recipe came from RecipeGirl.com. I made my own buttercream tequila frosting in addition to her tequila glaze. And yes, it is awesome!
The pink die is a Strawberry Daiquiri Cake. I used Martha Stewart's white cake recipe from her Home Baking Handbook because originally I was going to make a White Russian Cake. That will be posted in November for my Dad's birthday! The Daiquiri Cake's frosting is a buttercream Bacardi frosting.
The purple die is a Guinness Chocolate Cake with Baileys Frosting. I made the Irish Car Bomb cupcakes from Annie's Eats for a previous party I had, but this time I found the cake recipe on the karott.com website under Guinness desserts. Don't worry if you are not a Guinness fan, it doesn't taste like beer, it just adds a great, rich flavor to the cake. I did use the frosting recipe from Annie's Eats for the Bailey's frosting, but doubled it since I made a cake.
Let's get started!
I know what you are thinking. "You are making alcoholic cakes and your son is helping?" Well the answer is yes. He was in the baking mood so he helped me prepare the margarita cake. Up until the alcohol got involved. This is Marcus. He is my youngest son and the one who bakes with me the most.
He creamed the butter and sugar for me in the mixer. He is a pro at this step.
He also added the eggs, one at a time. We cracked them into a separate bowl to be sure no egg shells got into the batter.
I zested the lemon. He told me it was too stinky of a job. I love the smell of lemon, so I was happy to help him out.
Juicing a lemons and limes takes muscle. If you look at his face, you can see him straining to get all the juice out of that lemon.
He loves to use the measure all cup to push out the yogurt, so I filled it with lemon yogurt and he pushed it into the mixer and turned it on to mix all the ingredients.
I poured the batter into a 9 x 11 inch cake pan lined with buttered parchment paper. Then put it into a preheated 350 degree oven to bake for 30 minutes.
While the cake was baking, I prepared the glaze and frosting. The glaze is made of sugar, lime juice, water, and tequila.
Invert the cake onto a cooling rack. Peel off the parchment paper. Then brush the glaze onto the cake.
For the buttercream frosting I mixed 1 cup of butter, 3 cups of confectioners sugar, lemon juice and 6-8 tablespoons of tequila.
I cut the cake into pieces to stack into the die shape. (I am not a math whiz at all and this took me forever to figure out. I would have measured them bigger if I knew how things would go.)
Now for the Guinness Chocolate Cake
In a heavy saucepan, heat butter, Guinness, and cocoa powder until butter melts. Let cool.
Sift dry ingredients together.
Add the eggs and sour cream and beat 2 minutes on medium speed. Pour batter into prepared pans and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
To prepare Baileys frosting mix 1 cup of butter, 3 cups of confectioners sugar, and 8-10 tablespoons of Baileys Irish Cream.
The white cake recipe can be found at www.marthastewart.com, I substituted 1/2 tsp Bacardi for the vanilla, and added 2 tablespoons daiquiri mix to the batter.
To prepare the Strawberry Daiquiri buttercream I mixed 1 cup of butter, 3 cups confectioners sugar, 7 tablespoons Bacardi, and 5 tablespoons of daiquiri mix.
For the dots I melted about one cup of Ghirardelli chocolate chips and spread it onto parchment paper. Allow this to harden and then use an apple corer to punch out chocolate circles and just push them onto the cake.
This shows the dice I modeled the cakes after. Our Bunco group has a different color set of dice at each table. I thought it would be cool to incorporate them all to one cake.
These are amazingly delicious!!! I love them all, but especially liked making the the margarita cake...TEQUILA! Enjoy making your own!