Whisky Walnut Cake

Whisky Walnut Cake

In elementary school St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated with green milk, shamrock sugar cookies and Rolos. While green milk is something I would like to stay in the past, I have tried to hold true to the tradition of creating festive treats for the holiday. As years have gone by, I’ve tested out Lucky Charm bars, Guinness Brownies and Irish cream cocktails.  This year, I chose to go out of my comfort zone and try something different – a mini tiered Whisky walnut cake!

Whisky Walnut Cake

To keep things simple, this recipe uses a boxed cake mix. After walnuts and coffee are folded into the batter, you won’t even recognize that this is a store bought mix! Topped with silky whisky buttercream, this St. Patrick’s Day inspired cake is sure to be an instant hit with friends and family!

Whisky Walnut Cake

Whisky Walnut Cake

Ingredients:

  • Betty Crocker chocolate cake mix
  • 1-1/3 C. strong coffee
  • 1/2 C. coconut oil, melted
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 C. walnuts, crushed

For the frosting:

  • 3 C. powdered sugar
  • 1/3 C. butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 Tbs. bourbon

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and greese two round 6 inch cake pans.
  • Mix together cake mix, coffee, coconut oil, eggs and walnuts until well combined.
  • Pour equal amounts of cake batter into each pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  • Set cakes aside to cool. Mix together frosting ingredients until buttercream is smooth. If texture is too thick, add a teaspoon of milk at a time until you reach your desired consistancy.
  • Frost cake as desired and enjoy!

St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Straw Flags

FREE Printable St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Drink Flags!

This year Ian and I will be celebrating a low-key St. Patrick’s day. We had toyed around with the idea of traveling to Chicago last weekend (I’ve yet to see the river green!) but decided to save our hotel points and opted to stay home to watch House of Cards. #priorites

FREE Printable St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Drink Flags!

I look forward the little holidays scattered throughout the year since they generate a sense of excitement. Even if you don’t throw a huge party, you can infuse elements into your routine that remind you it’s not a mundane day – it’s a holiday!

FREE Printable St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Drink Flags!

These shamrock straw flags are the perfect example. What once was a boring straw is now a festive drink flag! Place them in your beverage of choice and enjoy!

Download the FREE St.Patrick’s Day Shamrock Straw Flags here.

Directions:

  • Print out the St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Straw Flag file and cut along the black lines.
  • Wrap a flag around a straw and secure with a glue stick.
  • Repeat.

Brownies with Guinness Whipped Cream

Brownies with Guinness Whipped Cream! Perfect for a St.Patrick's Day Party!

As a child St.Patrick’s Day was spent scouring through the grass looking for a leprechaun or four leaf clover. While I still keep my eye peeled for these magical treasures, I wanted to add an element of “adulthood” to this year’s celebration.

Brownies with Guinness Whipped Cream! Perfect for a St.Patrick's Day Party!

A few weeks back, when Ian and I were out to dinner, our menu listed a chocolate brownie with Guinness whipped cream. A light bulb went on in my head and I knew this would be the perfect dessert for St. Patrick’s Day! I have never acquired the taste of beer, but this whipped cream is delicious! The Guinness flavor is delightfully paired with the sweetness of the whipped cream – then you add in the boldness of the chocolate brownie and you are in taste bud heaven!

Brownies with Guinness Whipped Cream! Perfect for a St.Patrick's Day Party!

And the best part? You can simplify the baking process by using a boxed brownie mix. Once you top it off with the Guinness whipped cream no one will know the wiser! They will be left scraping every last morsel off their plate and raving about your gourmet baking skills.

Brownies with Guinness Whipped Cream

Ingredients:

  • Brownie Mix (and the listed additives – eggs, water, etc)
  • 1 C. heavy whipping cream
  • 4 Tbs. powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbs. Guinness

Recipe:

  • Bake the brownies according to the box
  • Let cool and set aside
  • Combine the heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, and Guinness and beat with a mixer until stiff peaks form
  • Plate the brownies and top with whipped cream before serving