I prefer to regard a dessert as I would imagine the perfect woman: subtle, a little bittersweet, not blowsy and extrovert. Delicately made up, not highly rouged. Holding back, not exposing everything and, of course, with a flavor that lasts.Graham Kerr
Last year I volunteered on St. Pat’s to bring a dessert to a dinner party. I have to admit that I thought I would just go out and buy some Thin Mints from a Girl Scout and Irish Potatoes from a local bakery. But, I put some starch in my backbone and looked up what some bakers were making this holiday.
While doing my research, I came across this story about the origins of Irish Whiskey Cake. The story of Irish whiskey cake begins in 1773 in a small village in County Cork, Ireland. The locals were known for their whiskey cakes, made with a special blend of brown sugar, spice, and naturally distilled Irish whiskey. It was a favorite of the villagers and a symbol of Irish hospitality.
When I saw the recipe, I thought it would be doable. I made some changes to the recipe; I know, I do have nerve, don’t I? I served it with pistachio gelato, and it was a hit. This cake has definitely earned its place on the to be made again list.