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My favorite baking book at the moment is Piece of Cake, by Camilla V. Saulsbury. The book’s USP is that Mrs. Saulsbury has managed to break even the most complicated looking cake recipe down to her genius one-bowl-approach. I was introduced to the book on a blog I frequently read, called Baking Bites, and added it to my amazon wishlist. Luckily for me and everyone around me, I promptly received it as a Christmas gift.

For my birthday, I made an Irish Coffee Cake from the book and adapted one of the icing recipes to make the most amazingly boozy and scrumptious icing I have ever tasted.


Irish Coffee Icing

  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 teaspoons Instant Espresso Powder
  • 3 Tablespoons Whiskey (Irish, of course—I used genuinely Irish Kentucky Bourbon 😀 )
  • 1 cup Confectioner’s Sugar, or as needed

Melt the butter in a medium-sized, microwave safe bowl and let it cool down a little. Whisk in the espresso powder until smooth (I blended it using a milk frother until the mixture is a creamy light brown).

Next, stir in the whiskey and add confectioner’s sugar until the icing has a thick, sirupy consistency. Simply pour over your cooled cake and let it drip down the sides.

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