#SummerDessertWeek - Old Fashioned Cocktail Cake

Welcome to the 2nd Annual #SummerDessertWeek event hosted by Angie from Big Bear’s Wife. This sweet week-long event is filled with fun dessert recipes from amazing bloggers and some great giveaways from our generous sponsors! We can't wait to share all of these summer-themed desserts with y'all and celebrate summertime sweets all week long!

Head on over to my first recipe of the week to enter the giveaway for some AWESOME PRIZES!

I have this thing I do, where I take my favorite cocktail and make it into a dessert. Usually an ice cream or popsicle or cupcake. But this time I decided to go a little further and take my absolute favorite cocktail...

An Old Fashioned. Citrus, cherries, and a bit of bitter tang all come together beautifully in this cake, which I topped (bottomed?) with a brown sugar whiskey glaze. Somehow, it all just WORKS.

I used blood oranges for color, but regular would be just as good!

There are 23 wonderful bloggers participating in this year’s event! With over 60 recipes being shared this week we just know that you’re going to find a new summer favorite! Plus, don’t forget that we have 5 (five) great giveaways for you this week too! Scroll down to take a look!

Check out the amazing #SummerDessertWeek recipes from our bloggers today!

  Ice Cream Recipes:
  Sweet Summertime Cakes:
  No-Bake Treats:
  Baked Desserts:
Now, onto MY recipe!

Old Fashioned Cocktail Cake

  • 3 tbsp butter + 1 stick butter, room temp
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp whiskey
  • 3 oranges, zest reserved, peeled and sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup fresh cherries
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp bitters (I used grapefruit)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
Preheat your oven to 350°F.

Melt the 3 tbsp butter and stir in the brown sugar and whisky. Spread a few tablespoons of the mixture over a well-greased 9 inch round cake pan and arrange the orange slices and cherries over it. Pour the rest of the glaze on top.

Whisk together the dry ingredients, including the zest.

In a separate bowl or a stand mixer, cream together the stick of butter and white sugar. Add the eggs and bitters. Add the flour mixture and milk, slowly, taking a cup or so of each and letting it mix until smooth each time.

Pour the cake batter over the fruit and bake for 45 minutes.

Let cool for a few minutes, then turn upside down on a plate. Do not wait until fully cooled or the fruit will stick.

Now, for the Contest!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Giveaway open to US Residents 18 years or older. No PO Boxes Please. giveaway runs from July 9th until July 15th at 12AMEST. Winners will be selected soon afterward and contacted by e-mail. Winners will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. There are a total of 5 (five) prizes and therefore we will have a total of 5 (five) winners.

  Disclaimer: These posts and recipes are part of the week-long event, #SummerDessertWeek but all opinions are 100% mine! We would like to Thank our amazing sponsors: Dixie CrystalsAdam’s ExtractRed Star YeastSusquehanna Glass Co. and Lodge Cast Iron! These wonderful sponsors provided the prize packs for our giveaways and also sent samples and products to the #SummerDessertWeek bloggers to use in their recipes.


  1. Holy cow! I have never heard of this cake but it sounds amazing! Love the blood oranges!

  2. OMG this sounds incredible! Save me a slice!

  3. Oh my gosh, that looks incredible!

  4. This sounds so delicious! I wish I had one right now!

  5. Funny, because I turned my favorite cocktail- mojito - into a dessert this week too!


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