Kahlua, Kahlua, Kahlua

Welcome to the wonderful world of Kahlua!

Dearest bakers, I would like to introduce you to my friend Kahlua. This coffee-flavored liqueur has become a staple in my family’s dessert menu. My mother uses it in her frequently-requested Chocolate Kahlua Pudding Cake, which I have included for your enjoyment. My grandmother’s go-to was vanilla ice cream topped with a splash of Kahlua. If you aren’t a frequent Kahlua flyer,  there are many ways to use this delightful drink in addition to just beverages, so don’t worry about buying it just for one recipe. It won’t be collecting dust in your liquor cabinet for too long. Enjoy!

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Chocolate Kahlua Pudding Cake

Greetings, all! As we enter Spring, I have revisited family-favorite dessert recipes. One of which is the Chocolate Kahlua Pudding Cake. This is her go-to recipe for family gatherings and parties. Fortunately, it’s so great that no one ever gets tired of it. It can be a bundt cake or cupcakes. You can fill the cupcakes with peanut butter or Nutella. You can dust the cake with powdered sugar or top it with ice cream. The possibilities are endless! I have found that mixing pieces of the cake with soft ice cream gives you a lovely treat that is almost identical to Portillo’s Chocolate Cake Shake. Trust me: it’s worth the time and effort. This recipe comes from __________.

Ingredients

  • 1 (18 1/2 ounce) box of Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Devil’s Food Cake Mix
  • 3 1/2 ounces instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup of chocolate chips
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup Kahlua

Baking Notes

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease or butter a 12-cup bundt cake pan
  3. Mix all dry ingredients in the bowl of a mixer
  4. Add eggs one at a time
  5. Add remaining wet ingredients
  6. Pour batter into the bundt cake pan and bake for about 45 minutes.
    Tip: Test to see if it’s baked all the way through by inserting a toothpick into the thickest part of the bundt. If it comes out with little crumbs clinging to it, it’s finished.
  7. Remove cake from the oven and let it cool before turning the pan over on a plate.
  8. Once the cake is completely cooled, feel free to dust the top with powdered sugar or cocoa powder.

 

Espresso Brownie Bites with Kahlua Buttercream Kisses

600afd_X_IMG_0772_espresso-brownie-bites-with-kahlua-buttercreamWhat is this genius idea, you may ask? This creation comes from Brenda on A Farmgirl’s Dabbles. I encourage you to check out the rest of her recipes. Proceed with caution: everything looks delicious.

Back to business. These little, bite-sized wonders would be perfect for any occasion: family gatherings, movie nights, parties with friends, or just for a day of self-pampering. This recipe does yield about 40 brownie bites, so you could consider sharing, but what one does with one’s brownies is one’s own business. If you don’t have the fancy mini cupcake pans, fret not. Brenda includes the classic brownie pan version. It’s never a bad idea to keep things simple especially when you desperately need that chocolatey fix.

Pumpkin Tiramisu Cake

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I know what you’re thinking. I know it’s not pumpkin season, but some people wish it was pumpkin season all year round. I’m not a huge pumpkin girl, but this recipe looked so good, I might have to make an exception. Tessa Huff posted this Pumpkin Tiramisu Cake recipe on The Cake Blog. This masterpiece is a fancy-looking “pumpkin spice cake soaked with coffee liqueur, fluffy mascarpone frosting and chocolate shavings.” Doesn’t that sound like a pumpkin bumpkin’s dream? The site’s name speaks for itself but, again, please go check this site out. You won’t be disappointed.

 

Chocolate Cappuccino Cheesecake

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Laura’s Chocolate Cappuccino Cheesecake on tideandthyme.com

While I am partial to my mother’s classic cheesecake, I do want to give this one a try. How could I resist? A chocolate cookie crumb crust and some wonderful whipped cream: what more could you ask for? Perhaps someone to bake it for you while you unwind with a nice glass of red wine after a long day? If you’re feeling ambitious, head over to Tide and Thyme for Laura’s recipe for Chocolate Cappuccino Cheesecake. Also, just because I’m in love with mango and a good margarita and just in case you have any leftover tequila and Triple Sec, I strongly advise you to check out her Mango Margarita recipe. This woman is a true artist.

 

Kahlua Pots de Créme

Angie, my dear, you have really outdone yourself! I love this girl’s style. This is a simple, six-ingredient recipe for something that sounds super fancy but, according to Angie, are easy to make. Bring out that Kahlua and head over to Friday Cake Night to get her recipe!

 

 

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