Leftover Cake Liqueur

I’ve had this post written and sitting on the back burner for a while now, but I’m sending my book proposal to a publisher next week so I thought it apropo to ‘dip into storage’.

Say you only have one slice of cake (any kind will do) but you want to share it with 4 or 5 people and not have to worry about who’s getting the biggest single bite of cake. What’s a fella to do?


Mix it with booze of course! The example above is a German Chocolate Cake that my wife made for my birthday but you could do this with most any dessert. So far I’ve made this with a few different cakes and tiramisu, but I would absolutely try it with a slice of pie or some Ben and Jerry’s. I’ll make some Chunky Monkey Liqueur and get back to you.

You will need:

-1 slice of cake (whatever a serving is for the cake in question)

-1/2 cup of good vodka (I like Tito’s). #freevodkaplease


Put the cake and vodka into your blender or a mixing bowl if you’re using an immersion blender. Blend it for 30 seconds to a minute, until it’s really smooth.


If you’re using a blender, pour the contents into a new container. If you used and immersion blender, you can leave it in the same bowl. Now let it hang out and steep at least four hours. I call this the “let everybody get to know each other” step.

Next, strain through a double layer of cheese cloth or butter muslin if you have any. This also might take a while, although it will go faster if you hang it. When it’s almost stopped dripping, give the cheese cloth a good squeeze to get the last of the liquid out.


If it’s perfect, awesome. More likely it will be either 1) too thick and require more booze or 2) it’s too boozy and require some heavy cream (you need something with a high fat content, regular milk might break.) You can also use egg yolks, the alcohol will kill off any salmonella.

Serve in little cordial glasses or whatever you have. Depending on what your dessert was (tiramisu or something super creamy) you may be able to serve this in coffee, but test a bit before you present it in case it breaks.

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5 thoughts on “Leftover Cake Liqueur

  1. Kate says:

    But what do you do with the cake vodka that leaked out the bottom?

  2. Jacob says:

    The cake vodka is the recipe, the stuff in the cheese cloth is just crud. Although you could probably dry it, toast it, and put it on ice cream.

  3. Kate says:

    Ah! Or make a trifle with it.

  4. now THAT is a crazy-good idea. (scouring the kitchen, looking for cake… lol)

    PS: am now following your blog too =0)

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