Baileys Irish Cream Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe

Baileys Irish Cream Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe. This chocolate cake recipe is rich, creamy, soft, and perfect for friends and family. The alcohol is cooked out of this cake, leaving behind only the delicious flavors of Baileys Irish Cream behind.


If you are familiar with rum cake and how popular it is around the holidays, you will love Baileys Irish Cream Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake. This cake is rich, creamy, soft, and perfect for friends and family. The alcohol is cooked out of this cake, leaving behind only the delicious flavors of Baileys Irish Cream behind.

Baileys Irish Cream Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe

Although bundt cakes were inspired by the Eastern Europeans, the pan itself was not invented until late into the 20th century. H. David Dalquist invented these staple cake pans in the 1950s and they quickly became popular across the US. Now, they are used in all areas of the world to make the famous bundt cake. Since their creation, bundt pans have become useful for more than just making cakes and even have a plethora of designs to choose from.

The pan was actually created for a society of Jewish women who wanted to try their hand at making a German cake called “kugelhopf.” It was much like the bundt cake we are used to these days, only denser and not as easy to make by hand, which is why they inquired about a special pan being made to suit the dessert. Dalquist first called it a “bund” pan, which is the German word for “bond,” but then later added the “T” for trademarking purposes. I’ve always thought it would be fun to make that traditional German cake. However, I opted for trying out a new flavor of bundt cake instead, since they’re so similar, and came up with this delicious Baileys Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake.

Baileys Irish Cream Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe. This chocolate cake recipe is rich, creamy, soft, and perfect for friends and family. The alcohol is cooked out of this cake, leaving behind only the delicious flavors of Baileys Irish Cream behind.


How Do You Make Baileys Irish Cream Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake?

Begin by greasing your bundt pan (preferably a 10-cup pan) then dust with cocoa powder. In one bowl, cream together the sugar and eggs, while mixing together the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. In a saucepan, combine the butter and water until the butter melts. Add in the cocoa and espresso powders at this point and stir until dissolved. Remove from the stove to cool. To the egg mixture, add the butter mixture and beat for a minute before adding in the Baileys and vanilla and beating the mixture for another minute. Fold in the flour mixture a bit at a time until it is all incorporated then pour it into the prepared bundt pan. Bake for around 50 minutes at 325 degrees. While the cake is cooling, heat your cream for the topping in a sauce pot over the stuff. Wait for it to steam before removing it from the heat and adding the rest of the ingredients. Don’t stir, just let it sit for about five minutes, then stir it. Place cooled cake on a rack and pour the topping over it. This sounds like a lot of steps, but it all comes together pretty quickly to make a delicious cake.

Tips for Making Baileys Irish Cream Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake

• If desired, you can heat your cream for the topping in the microwave. It should take around 50 seconds. Try not to let it boil; just bring it to the point that it is steaming.

• If desired, you can garnish the cake right after pouring the topping over it with powdered sugar and sprinkles. I like to use Christmas sprinkles since I make it during the holidays.

• Be sure the cake is completely cooled before adding the topping. If not, it will thin out the topping and soak it up rather than the topping sitting up on top of the cake as it should.

• If you do not want to use alcohol, you can omit it altogether.

• If you do not want to use Baileys, you can use a different Irish Cream your favorite liquor such as spiced rum, Kahlua, bourbon cream, amaretto, etc.

• The garnish is option. If you choose to garnish your cake on top of the ganache do it before it sets up completely if using sprinkles.

• Learn how to make your own vanilla extract. It has been years since I purchased vanilla extract! I always make my own.

Baileys Irish Cream Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe. This chocolate cake recipe is rich, creamy, soft, and perfect for friends and family. The alcohol is cooked out of this cake, leaving behind only the delicious flavors of Baileys Irish Cream behind.


Common Questions about Baileys Irish Cream Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake

What is Different about a Bundt Cake?

A bundt cake will often end up being a touch more dense than an average cake. The shape and the pan it’s cooked in are the two biggest differences. Any cake cooked in that classic round pan is simply a bundt cake. However, the shape of the pan allows more of the cake to touch the edges of the pan which results in more of that crispy cooked batter like you might find only at the bottom of a regular cake. A bundt cake will be surrounded by it. Because of its design and the crustier edges, it’s great for highly decorated cakes because it can better support itself.

How Much do Bundt Cakes Cost?

This all depends on the area you are buying them in and rather you are talking about the pan or an actual pre-cooked cake. On average, cakes in grocery stores like this can cost as much as $10. However, personalized cakes or specialty cakes can be as much as $65 or more, depending on the details of the order and business you are buying it from. Bundt pans themselves can range from $10 – $30+, depending on the style and shape you are purchasing. Some specialty shapes will cost more than just a basic bundt pan.

Bundt cakes can be a lot of fun to experiment with, especially when it comes to flavors and shapes. I have been eyeing some Nordic bundt pans that have gorgeous designs that really stick out at events. Whatever bundt pan you choose to use, you’re sure to love the end result of this Baileys Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake.

Baileys Irish Cream Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe. This chocolate cake recipe is rich, creamy, soft, and perfect for friends and family. The alcohol is cooked out of this cake, leaving behind only the delicious flavors of Baileys Irish Cream behind.


Baileys Irish Cream Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake Ingedients:

Ingredients for the Irish Cream Chocolate Cake:

• 1 cup Unsalted Butter
• 1½ cups Water
• ½ cup Dutch Processed Cocoa Powder
• 2 tsp Instant Espresso
• 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
• 1 tsp Baking Soda
• 1 tsp Baking Powder
• Pinch of Salt
• 2 large Eggs
• 1½ cups Sugar
• 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
• ½ cup Baileys Irish Cream

Baileys Irish Cream Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe. This chocolate cake recipe is rich, creamy, soft, and perfect for friends and family. The alcohol is cooked out of this cake, leaving behind only the delicious flavors of Baileys Irish Cream behind.


Ingredients for the Chocolate Ganache Glaze:

• ½ cup Heavy Whipping Cream
• ½ cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
• 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
• 1 TBSP Baileys Irish Cream

Ingredients for the Garnish

• Powdered Sugar
• Sprinkles

Baileys Irish Cream Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake Mise en Place:

Bundt Pan
Measuring Spoons
Spatula
Stand Mixer
• Bowl(s)
Measuring Cup
• Small Pot
• Wire Rack

Baileys Irish Cream Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe. This chocolate cake recipe is rich, creamy, soft, and perfect for friends and family. The alcohol is cooked out of this cake, leaving behind only the delicious flavors of Baileys Irish Cream behind.


Baileys Irish Cream Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake Directions:

Directions for the Irish Cream Chocolate Cake:

1. Preheat the oven to 325°F and generously grease a 10 cup Bundt cake pan and then dust it with cocoa powder.
2. In a small saucepan, combine 1½ cups of water and one cup (two sticks) of unsalted butter and heat it over medium low heat till the butter melts. No need to let it boil.

Baileys Irish Cream Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe. This chocolate cake recipe is rich, creamy, soft, and perfect for friends and family. The alcohol is cooked out of this cake, leaving behind only the delicious flavors of Baileys Irish Cream behind.


3. Add ½ cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder and two teaspoons of instant espresso powder to the water-butter mixture and mix thoroughly. The cocoa powder and the espresso should completely dissolve in the warm mix. Keep aside to let it cool.

Baileys Irish Cream Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe. This chocolate cake recipe is rich, creamy, soft, and perfect for friends and family. The alcohol is cooked out of this cake, leaving behind only the delicious flavors of Baileys Irish Cream behind.


4. Shift together two cups of all-purpose flour, one teaspoon of baking soda, one teaspoon of baking powder, and a pinch of salt. Set aside.

Baileys Irish Cream Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe. This chocolate cake recipe is rich, creamy, soft, and perfect for friends and family. The alcohol is cooked out of this cake, leaving behind only the delicious flavors of Baileys Irish Cream behind.


5. Into a stand mixing bowl combine two large eggs and 1½ cups of sugar. Beat with the electric stand mixing beater until fluffy.

Baileys Irish Cream Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe. This chocolate cake recipe is rich, creamy, soft, and perfect for friends and family. The alcohol is cooked out of this cake, leaving behind only the delicious flavors of Baileys Irish Cream behind.


6. Add the cooled cocoa powder-butter-water mix to the sugar mixture. Beat for another minute.

Baileys Irish Cream Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe. This chocolate cake recipe is rich, creamy, soft, and perfect for friends and family. The alcohol is cooked out of this cake, leaving behind only the delicious flavors of Baileys Irish Cream behind.


7. Add one teaspoon of vanilla extract and ½ cup of Baileys Irish Cream to the sugar mixture bowl, beat for another few seconds.

Baileys Irish Cream Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe. This chocolate cake recipe is rich, creamy, soft, and perfect for friends and family. The alcohol is cooked out of this cake, leaving behind only the delicious flavors of Baileys Irish Cream behind.


Baileys Irish Cream Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe. This chocolate cake recipe is rich, creamy, soft, and perfect for friends and family. The alcohol is cooked out of this cake, leaving behind only the delicious flavors of Baileys Irish Cream behind.


8. Slowly add the sifted flour mixture, and gently fold it in with a spatula.

Baileys Irish Cream Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe. This chocolate cake recipe is rich, creamy, soft, and perfect for friends and family. The alcohol is cooked out of this cake, leaving behind only the delicious flavors of Baileys Irish Cream behind.


9. Once all the flour is incorporated, pour the batter into the prepared Bundt pan. Tap gently to release any air bubbles.

Baileys Irish Cream Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe. This chocolate cake recipe is rich, creamy, soft, and perfect for friends and family. The alcohol is cooked out of this cake, leaving behind only the delicious flavors of Baileys Irish Cream behind.


10. Bake in a preheated 325°F oven for 45 to 50 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Let it cool completely before glazing.

Baileys Irish Cream Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe. This chocolate cake recipe is rich, creamy, soft, and perfect for friends and family. The alcohol is cooked out of this cake, leaving behind only the delicious flavors of Baileys Irish Cream behind.


Directions for the Chocolate Ganache Glaze:

11. Heat ½ cup of heavy cream over medium heat till is starts to steam. (Or microwave it for 50 seconds.) Remove from heat.

Baileys Irish Cream Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe. This chocolate cake recipe is rich, creamy, soft, and perfect for friends and family. The alcohol is cooked out of this cake, leaving behind only the delicious flavors of Baileys Irish Cream behind.


12. Add ½ cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips, one teaspoon of vanilla extract, and one tablespoon of Baileys Irish Cream to the to hot, steaming (but not boiling) milk. Leave undisturbed for 5 minutes.
13. After 5 minutes, mix the chocolate mixture with a spatula till the chocolate chips are completely melted and the glaze is shiny and smooth.

Baileys Irish Cream Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe. This chocolate cake recipe is rich, creamy, soft, and perfect for friends and family. The alcohol is cooked out of this cake, leaving behind only the delicious flavors of Baileys Irish Cream behind.


14. Place the cooled cake over a cooling rack and drizzle the ganache glaze all over the cake. Let the glaze tickle down the sides.

Baileys Irish Cream Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe. This chocolate cake recipe is rich, creamy, soft, and perfect for friends and family. The alcohol is cooked out of this cake, leaving behind only the delicious flavors of Baileys Irish Cream behind.


To Garnish

15. Dust the glazed cake with powdered sugar and sprinkle your favorite sprinkles.

Baileys Irish Cream Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe. This chocolate cake recipe is rich, creamy, soft, and perfect for friends and family. The alcohol is cooked out of this cake, leaving behind only the delicious flavors of Baileys Irish Cream behind.


Baileys Irish Cream Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe. This chocolate cake recipe is rich, creamy, soft, and perfect for friends and family. The alcohol is cooked out of this cake, leaving behind only the delicious flavors of Baileys Irish Cream behind.


16. Wait for few minutes and then place the glazed cake on a serving platter or cake stand. Slice and serve immediately. Store the leftovers in a covered container in the fridge.

Baileys Irish Cream Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe. This chocolate cake recipe is rich, creamy, soft, and perfect for friends and family. The alcohol is cooked out of this cake, leaving behind only the delicious flavors of Baileys Irish Cream behind.


Yield: 1

Baileys Irish Cream Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe

Baileys Irish Cream Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe

Baileys Irish Cream Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe. This chocolate cake recipe is rich, creamy, soft, and perfect for friends and family. The alcohol is cooked out of this cake, leaving behind only the delicious flavors of Baileys Irish Cream behind.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • For the Cake
  • 1 cup Unsalted Butter
  • 1½ cups Water
  • ½ cup Dutch Processed Cocoa Powder
  • 2 tsp Instant Espresso
  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 1½ cups Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ½ cup Baileys Irish Cream
  • For the Ganache Glaze
  • ½ cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • ½ cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 TBSP Baileys Irish Cream
  • To Garnish
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Sprinkles

Instructions

    For the Cake
    1. Preheat the oven to 325°F and generously grease a 10 cup Bundt cake pan and then dust it with cocoa powder.
    2. In a small saucepan, combine 1½ cups of water and one cup (two sticks) of unsalted butter and heat it over medium-low heat till the butter melts. No need to let it boil.
    3. Add ½ cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder and two teaspoons of instant espresso powder to the water-butter mixture and mix thoroughly. The cocoa powder and the espresso should completely dissolve in the warm mix. Keep aside to let it cool.
    4. Shift together two cups of all-purpose flour, one teaspoon of baking soda, one teaspoon of baking powder, and a pinch of salt. Set aside.
    5. Into a stand mixing bowl combine two large eggs and 1½ cups of sugar. Beat with the electric stand mixing beater until fluffy.
    6. Add the cooled cocoa powder-butter-water mix to the sugar mixture. Beat for another minute.
    7. Add one teaspoon of vanilla extract and ½ cup of Baileys Irish Cream to the sugar mixture bowl beat for another few seconds.
    8. Slowly add the sifted flour mixture, and gently fold it in with a spatula.
    9. Once all the flour is incorporated, pour the batter into the prepared Bundt pan. Tap gently to release any air bubbles.
    10. Bake in a preheated 325°F oven for 45 to 50 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Let it cool completely before glazing.
    For the Ganache Glaze
    11. Heat ½ cup of heavy cream over medium heat till is starts to steam. (Or microwave it for 50 seconds.) Remove from heat.
    12. Add ½ cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips, one teaspoon of vanilla extract, and one tablespoon of Baileys Irish Cream to the to hot, steaming (but not boiling) milk. Leave undisturbed for 5 minutes.
    13. After 5 minutes, mix the chocolate mixture with a spatula till the chocolate chips are completely melted and the glaze is shiny and smooth.
    14. Place the cooled cake over a cooling rack and drizzle the ganache glaze all over the cake. Let the glaze tickle down the sides.
    To Garnish
    15. Dust the glazed cake with powdered sugar and sprinkle your favorite Christmas sprinkles.
    16. Wait for a few minutes and then place the glazed cake on a serving platter or cake stand. Slice and serve immediately. Store the leftovers in a covered container in the fridge.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 388 Total Fat: 18g Saturated Fat: 10g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 65mg Sodium: 145mg Carbohydrates: 51g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 36g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 4g
Note: for exact nutritional information, consult your dietitian. All nutritional information provided is simply a guideline.

If you liked this terrific bundt cake recipe, try these other bundt cake recipes:

7UP® Bundt Cake Recipe
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Bundt Cake Recipe


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10 Best Places to Visit in New York State in Winter

10 Best Places to Visit in New York State in Winter. While we may grumble and groan about snow sometimes, those of us who live in New York State know that it is a fabulous place to live and play during the winter.  Whether you are a New York resident, or you are visiting for a week or two during the winter, you can find some pretty amazing places to visit here in the Empire State.


Winter does not need to stop your travels. Just consider new adventures that take advantage of playing in the snow, such as skiing, sledding, skating or even cross country skiing. How about building a snowman on the same grounds where the United States won a gold medal in men’s hockey? Or, touring New York’s wine region, but in addition to checking out the local wines, maybe go ice fishing, too. You can also visit your favorite wineries while in the Finger Lakes region. Whatever you decide to do, do not let the snow prevent you from having fun, embrace and enjoy all that winter has to offer in beautiful New York State! Here are a few spots around the state that make for great winter getaways.

10 Best Places to Visit in New York State in Winter

Live in New York State and looking for a winter day trip, or weekend trip to enjoy with your family or significant other? Or perhaps you live south of the Mason-Dixon and would like to experience a great northern ski and snow season?

If you are ready to have a fantastic winter vacation, here are the top Winter Vacation Spots in New York State to visit this year:

10 Best Places to Visit in New York State in Winter. While we may grumble and groan about snow sometimes, those of us who live in New York State know that it is a fabulous place to live and play during the winter.  Whether you are a New York resident, or you are visiting for a week or two during the winter, you can find some pretty amazing places to visit here in the Empire State.


1. Adirondacks

From winter skiing to summertime hiking, the Adirondack Mountains and their communities offer outstanding experiences year-round. During the winter, explore the mountains with a hike via snowshoes or cross-country skis. With about 200 miles of trails, snowmobile enthusiasts will find plenty of space to enjoy speeding along snow-covered lanes, including Lake George and Lake Champlain.

With festivals taking place throughout winter, winter is party time with Adirondacks towns and villages. Lake George celebrates its winter carnival throughout February. Ice sculptures, great food, and a polar plunge highlight the events. Other communities celebrating winter include Brant Lake, Indian Lake and Inlet.

Don’t forget to check out shopping opportunities at Adirondacks outlets and boutiques, such as Lake George Outlets with its variety of shopping opportunities. Small town shops feature unique foods and products, including maple syrup, cheese, meats, and crafts.
Check out the area’s bed and breakfast inns for your winter getaway.

10 Best Places to Visit in New York State in Winter. While we may grumble and groan about snow sometimes, those of us who live in New York State know that it is a fabulous place to live and play during the winter.  Whether you are a New York resident, or you are visiting for a week or two during the winter, you can find some pretty amazing places to visit here in the Empire State.


2. The Catskills

The Catskills can look like a pristine white quilt as snow covers its rolling hills, mountains and forests. Yet, that beauty invites you to be part of the winter fun. With outstanding ski resorts, as well as lodges and bed and breakfast inns, the area is ripe for a winter getaway. From fantastic skiing and snowboarding spots to trails for fun cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, the Catskills is a winter enthusiast’s paradise. Rev up the snowmobile and enjoy racing along mountain trails.

But, if you are not in the mood for winter sports, how about farm life? The Catskills are home to farm stays, where people can spend a weekend staying on a working farm and help with chores, such as milking cows and feeding animals. It provides an opportunity to learn firsthand what goes into farm living.

3. Chautauqua County

Hugging Lake Erie along in western New York, Chautauqua County sees lake effect snow often during the winter (when you hear “Buffalo got snow” on the national weather station, it is usually here in ski country), creating a white canvas waiting to be explored via snowmobile, cross-country skis or snowshoes. With more than 25 ski slopes and trails available, as well as five challenging terrains, Peek ‘n’ Peak Resort offers great winter activities such as skiing and snowboarding. With hiking trails giving way to snow-covered paths, cross-country skiing fans and snowshoe enthusiasts will find the trails inviting for their winter adventures.

At the end of the day, you will want to relax and enjoy the evening. Find your way out of a locked room experience with Escape Rooms Jamestown. A locked room experience challenges you to solve puzzles and answer clues that lead your team to a safe exit from your room within the allotted time limit. You can also unwind with a glass of beer or sip a wine at Jamestown’s wineries or breweries.

4. Cooperstown

Winter may be the best time to visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame as you can reserve a custom tour that focuses on your favorite team. The tour features memorabilia and exhibits specific to your team. New York Yankee fans may have to plan a whole day to tour their team’s accomplishments. Don’t forget a visit to the Fenimore Art Museum and its beautiful courtyard looking out to Lake Otsego.

Otsego Lake is beautiful no matter the time of year. During the winter, grab some skates and go ice skating on the lake (weather permitting, of course). Cooperstown may be best known for baseball, but the area is home to outstanding areas for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snow tubing.

Cooperstown is home to some excellent lodging options, such as the Inn at Cooperstown, Tunnifliff Inn, Rose and Thistle B&B and the Holiday Inn Express and Suites.

5. Finger Lakes

With lakes in the region’s name, you know that ice fishing has to rank as one of the fun things to do in Finger Lakes during winter. Drilling a hole in one of the frozen lakes and taking part in a favorite winter activity is perfect for the Finger Lakes. Rainbow trout, bigmouth bass and perch are the fish most commonly caught during winter. Do not forget your New York State fishing license. You can print it out online (I have done this before) if you decide on a last-minute trip and do not want to wait for it in the mail.

Ganondagan State Historical Park features about 500 acres that are perfect for snowshoeing. As you walk across the snow, be on the lookout for wildlife such as fox or deer. You may also want to explore the park’s history, including the Seneca Bark Longhouse, a 17th- century tribal home.

Since the Finger Lake area is known for its wine, create your own winter wine trail, with stops at any of the dozens of wineries open year-round. Pair your favorite drink with cheese or chocolates, and you have an impressive winter outing.
While you are in the Finger Lakes, if you would like to do some winery exploration, I’ve been to more than a few:
* Estate Wineries on Seneca Lake
* Wine Tasting On Canandaigua Lake
* Wine Tasting On the West Side Of Seneca Lake
* Wine Tasting On the east Side of Seneca Lake
* Wine Tasting On Cayuga Lake

10 Best Places to Visit in New York State in Winter. While we may grumble and groan about snow sometimes, those of us who live in New York State know that it is a fabulous place to live and play during the winter.  Whether you are a New York resident, or you are visiting for a week or two during the winter, you can find some pretty amazing places to visit here in the Empire State.


6. Letchworth State Park

Known as the “Grand Canyon of the East,” Letchworth State Park offers a bounty of outdoor activities to warm you up during winter. Situated about an hour south of Rochester, the park has more than 60 miles of trails that can be used for snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. Or even snowshoeing. The park also features excellent terrain for snow tubing. Considered one of the nation’s best state parks, Letchworth State Park’s trails are perfect for exploring nature year-round.

Stay in the park at the Glen Iris Inn or consider one of the area’s hotels, only a few miles from the park’s main entrance.

7. Lake Placid

Of course, the spot of the USA’s 1980 Olympic gold-medal winning hockey team must be visited. Located in the Adirondacks, does any other place really say winter in New York better than Lake Placid?

Home to the Lake Placid Olympic Museum, you can learn about the history of the winter sports. Possibly even more fun would be taking a luge or bobsled ride down the same runs as Olympians. If Olympic sports may be too fast or challenging, grab a pair of skis and head out for some cross-country skiing or try snowshoeing area trails. The Lake Placid area is perfect for the activities. Sledding is fun anytime, but there is something special about sledding at Lake Placid. Avid skiers and snowboarders can enjoy a challenging course down Whiteface Mountain.

If you just want a relaxing weekend at Lake Placid, check out area spas, museums, and art galleries.

The snow may cover the mountains, but it doesn’t stop Lake Placid from offering a great winter getaway. Click here for lodging options.

10 Best Places to Visit in New York State in Winter. While we may grumble and groan about snow sometimes, those of us who live in New York State know that it is a fabulous place to live and play during the winter.  Whether you are a New York resident, or you are visiting for a week or two during the winter, you can find some pretty amazing places to visit here in the Empire State.


8. Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is beautiful in the winter. Here are some of the photos I have taken of its frozen, beautiful wintertime majesty.

Niagara Falls State Park is simply breathtaking in the wintertime. Enjoy the lightshow, the view from the Observation Tower, and walk the trails on Goat Island and Three Sisters Island. After a half-day spent walking the park, you can enjoy some of the Niagara County regional wines, including New York State Ice Wines! Yum!

10 Free Things to Do in Niagara Falls
Here is a great place to find a Niagara Falls hotel: Niagara Falls hotels.

10. Syracuse

When you’re considered the snowiest city in the United States with more than 100 inches annually, you can either hide away for three months or embrace all-things snow. Syracuse grabs winter by the horns and owns it. The home of Syracuse University basketball is also home to Winterfest. For 10 days and nights Feb. 13-23, the city welcomes locals and visitors to celebrate the area’s food, cocktails, and attractions such as ice sculptures, skating, and a treasure hunt! With local attractions open for visits, including the Erie Canal Museum and the Onondaga Historical Association museum, where you can learn about the area’s history as well as enjoy special exhibits.

Of course, with all that snow, Syracuse has to be a great spot for winter sports, right? Try ice skating at Clinton Square or Meacham Park. Located about a 30-minute drive south of the city, Song Mountain Resort offers excellent skiing options. Strap on your skis and enjoy cross-country skiing or snowshoeing along trails in Syracuse parks, including Beaver Lake Nature Center, Highland Forest, and Onondaga Lake Park. Snowmobiling fans will enjoy zipping along Highland Forest Park, as well as nearby Oneida Shores Park and Erie Canal towpath.

During your visit, Syracuse hotels offer several options for comfortable stays.

With some of the snowiest cities in the United States in Syracuse, Rochester, and Buffalo, not to mention the fabulous ski slopes of Chautauqua County and the beautiful Adirondacks, New Yorkers truly enjoy winter and revel in playing in the white stuff. From snowmobiling to snowshoeing, as well as festivals and wine trails, there is plenty to do and places to explore in New York State during the winter.

So come and embrace the winter and enjoy a fun and adventurous winter getaway in New York.

Looking for more New York State seasonal delights? Here are some great New York State getaways for you and your family to enjoy:

10 Best Christmas Towns in New York State – While we may take it for granted sometimes, those of us who live in New York State know that it is a magical place to live during the holidays. Whether you are a New York resident, or you are visiting for the holidays, you can find some pretty amazing places to visit here in the Empire State.

10 Fabulous New York State Springtime Getaways – While we may take it for granted sometimes, those of us who live in New York State know that it is a wonderful place to live and play during the springtime. Whether you are a New York State resident, or you are just vacationing in this beautiful region, you can find some pretty amazing places to visit here in the Empire State.

Best Summer Family Getaways in New York State Summer means vacation time! New York State is home to many inviting spots to spend a long weekend or a full week (or two) with the family. From retracing the steps of great Olympians to camping and fishing outdoors to checking out some of the scary and fun attractions at amusement parks, New York State invites you to enjoy some great quality time with your loved ones on a terrific family getaway.


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Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe

Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe. Try a taste of British life with this tantalizing Sticky Toffee Pudding. A soft date cake forms the base of this divine dessert, while a salty-sweet sauce coats the top, lightly soaking the cake. Top this delicate delight with whipped cream and chopped pecans for the ultimate garnish combination and presentation.


Try a taste of British life with this tantalizing Sticky Toffee Pudding. A soft date cake forms the base of this divine dessert, while a salty-sweet sauce coats the top, lightly soaking the cake. Top this delicate delight with whipped cream and chopped pecans for the ultimate garnish combination and presentation.

Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe

Fun fact, did you know that in the UK, the word “pudding” refers to the final, sweet dish of any meal? This means that the word “pudding” in the UK is used in a very similar manner as the word “dessert” would be used in the US. Although both countries speak English, terms and spellings can be very different in British-English and American-English. In fact, they have many words we are familiar with here in the US that will mean something completely different in the UK. Pudding is only one of those terms.

The name of this Sticky Toffee Pudding would suggest a softer, less dense dessert like the pudding we are used to here in the US. However, since this is a British dish, it is actually a cake with a toffee flavored sauce poured over the top. There is no actual pudding to be found in this recipe. This dish is a classic dessert served in the UK. It is rich and very satisfying.

Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe. Try a taste of British life with this tantalizing Sticky Toffee Pudding. A soft date cake forms the base of this divine dessert, while a salty-sweet sauce coats the top, lightly soaking the cake. Top this delicate delight with whipped cream and chopped pecans for the ultimate garnish combination and presentation.


How Do You Make Sticky Toffee Pudding?

There are two parts to this recipe, the date cake, and the sauce. For the cake, grease a cake pan and dust with flour before preheating the oven to 350 degrees. Place the water and dates in a saucepan until they boil, then reduce to simmer for a couple of minutes. Add the baking soda, stir, and sit aside to cool. In a bowl, cream together the butter and sugar while combining all the other dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Add the eggs and vanilla to the sugar mixture and mix thoroughly. Puree the cooled date mixture and add it to the sugar mixture, thoroughly combining the ingredients. Add in a bit of the flour mixture at a time and fold in each time. Once all the flour is added, pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake for up to 30 minutes. For the sauce, combine everything but the cream in a saucepan and stir until the butter and sugar dissolve. Remove from heat and stir in the cream. Pour the sauce over a slice of cake and you have a delicious UK treat!

Tips for Making Sticky Toffee Pudding

• If desired, you can top this dessert with whipped cream and chopped pecans. It adds a delicious aspect of flavor and texture.
• This cake should make enough to cut 12 equal squares. Be sure to pour the toffee sauce on the cake once it has been cut and separated out. If not, the cake could turn soggy by the time it’s eaten.
• If storing leftovers, keep the sauce and cake separate. I would not suggest freezing either one as they do not do well upon thawing, in my opinion. You can keep the cake in an airtight container on the counter for up to 5 days or in the fridge for up to a week. The toffee sauce should always be stored in the fridge in an airtight container.

Common Questions About Sticky Toffee Pudding

Where is Sticky Toffee Pudding From?

Back in the 1970’s, Francis Coulson and Robert Lee had a country house hotel in Northwest England that they served food out of. This is where the sticky toffee pudding is said to have originated. Although, the food critic, Simon Hopkinson states that Francis Coulson gave credit to a woman he knew in Lancashire. Therefore, this is definitely an English recipe, but its exact starting point is a little blurry.

Does Sticky Toffee Pudding Have Raisins in it?

The cake portion of sticky toffee pudding contains pureed dates, but no raisins. This is the traditional way to make the classic dessert. However, some more modern versions of the recipe have been known to utilize raisins instead of dates. Many have stated that this can change the flavor considerably. Therefore, if you want a taste of the traditional pudding, stick with dates and skip the raisins.

How Long Can You Keep Sticky Toffee Pudding?

As noted above, if stored in the fridge or on the counter in an airtight container, the cake can last 5-7 days as well as the sauce. However, they should be kept separate when storing leftovers. I don not suggest freezing it as I wasnt a fan when I thawed it out. However, both can be frozen in an airtight container and it will keep for up to three months. I would not suggest keeping it any longer, even if it still looks ok.

Is Figgy Pudding the Same as Sticky Toffee Pudding?

Figgy pudding is made in a very similar manner to sticky toffee pudding. However, the one biggest difference is that figgy pudding is made with figs while sticky toffee pudding is made with dates. Dates and figs can seem similar, but they result in a much different taste and color from each other when boiled down. The sauces are very different from each other, which is probably the only other big difference between the two recipes.

If you are looking to mix things up or try something new for the holidays, try out this Sticky Toffee Pudding and wow your friends and family.

Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe. Try a taste of the British life with this tantalizing Sticky Toffee Pudding. A soft date cake forms the base of this divine dessert, while a salty sweet sauce coats the top, lightly soaking the cake. Top this delicate delight with whipped cream and chopped pecans for the ultimate garnish combination and presentation.


Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe Ingredients:

Ingredients For the Date Cake

• 1 cup of Water
• 8 oz Pitted Dates, roughly chopped
• 1 tsp Baking Soda
• 1½ cups All-Purpose Flour
• 1 tsp Baking Powder
• Pinch of Salt
• 1 cup Sugar
• ½ cup Unsalted Butter, softened
• 2 Eggs
• 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe. Try a taste of the British life with this tantalizing Sticky Toffee Pudding. A soft date cake forms the base of this divine dessert, while a salty sweet sauce coats the top, lightly soaking the cake. Top this delicate delight with whipped cream and chopped pecans for the ultimate garnish combination and presentation.


Ingredients For the Sticky Toffee Sauce

• 1 cup light Brown Sugar
• ½ cup Unsalted Butter
• ¼ tsp Flakey Sea Salt
• 1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream

To Garnish

• Whipped Cream
• Chopped Pecans

Sticky Toffee Pudding Mise en Place:

Measuring Cup
• Food Processor (mini food processor)
• Pot
Spatula
Stand Mixer
• 9″x9″ Baking Pan
Measuring Spoons
• Whisk
• Ladel or Syrup Dispenser

Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe. Try a taste of the British life with this tantalizing Sticky Toffee Pudding. A soft date cake forms the base of this divine dessert, while a salty sweet sauce coats the top, lightly soaking the cake. Top this delicate delight with whipped cream and chopped pecans for the ultimate garnish combination and presentation.


Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe Directions:

Directions For the Date Cake:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and generously grease a 9″x 9″ baking pan and dust it with flour.
2. In a small saucepan, combine one cup of water and 8 ounces of roughly chopped dates. Heat it over medium heat till the water comes to a low boil. Simmer for 3 to 4 minutes till the dates softens.

Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe. Try a taste of the British life with this tantalizing Sticky Toffee Pudding. A soft date cake forms the base of this divine dessert, while a salty sweet sauce coats the top, lightly soaking the cake. Top this delicate delight with whipped cream and chopped pecans for the ultimate garnish combination and presentation.


3. Take the softened dates off heat and mix in a teaspoon of baking soda. It will bubble a bit. Set aside to cool.

Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe. Try a taste of the British life with this tantalizing Sticky Toffee Pudding. A soft date cake forms the base of this divine dessert, while a salty sweet sauce coats the top, lightly soaking the cake. Top this delicate delight with whipped cream and chopped pecans for the ultimate garnish combination and presentation.


4. Sift together 1½ cups all-purpose flour, one teaspoon of baking powder, and a pinch of salt. Set aside.

Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe. Try a taste of the British life with this tantalizing Sticky Toffee Pudding. A soft date cake forms the base of this divine dessert, while a salty sweet sauce coats the top, lightly soaking the cake. Top this delicate delight with whipped cream and chopped pecans for the ultimate garnish combination and presentation.


5. In another bowl combine one cup of sugar and ½ cup (1 stick) of softened, unsalted butter and beat with an electric beater till light and fluffy.

Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe. Try a taste of the British life with this tantalizing Sticky Toffee Pudding. A soft date cake forms the base of this divine dessert, while a salty sweet sauce coats the top, lightly soaking the cake. Top this delicate delight with whipped cream and chopped pecans for the ultimate garnish combination and presentation.


Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe. Try a taste of the British life with this tantalizing Sticky Toffee Pudding. A soft date cake forms the base of this divine dessert, while a salty sweet sauce coats the top, lightly soaking the cake. Top this delicate delight with whipped cream and chopped pecans for the ultimate garnish combination and presentation.


6. Add two eggs and one teaspoon of vanilla extract to the butter mixture, and beat for another minute.

Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe. Try a taste of the British life with this tantalizing Sticky Toffee Pudding. A soft date cake forms the base of this divine dessert, while a salty sweet sauce coats the top, lightly soaking the cake. Top this delicate delight with whipped cream and chopped pecans for the ultimate garnish combination and presentation.


Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe. Try a taste of the British life with this tantalizing Sticky Toffee Pudding. A soft date cake forms the base of this divine dessert, while a salty sweet sauce coats the top, lightly soaking the cake. Top this delicate delight with whipped cream and chopped pecans for the ultimate garnish combination and presentation.


7. Using a small food processor, puree the dates and add it to the sugar-butter-egg mixture. Beat for another few seconds.

Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe. Try a taste of the British life with this tantalizing Sticky Toffee Pudding. A soft date cake forms the base of this divine dessert, while a salty sweet sauce coats the top, lightly soaking the cake. Top this delicate delight with whipped cream and chopped pecans for the ultimate garnish combination and presentation.


8. By hand, slowly add the flour mixture to the date mixture, and gently fold it in with a spatula.

Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe. Try a taste of the British life with this tantalizing Sticky Toffee Pudding. A soft date cake forms the base of this divine dessert, while a salty sweet sauce coats the top, lightly soaking the cake. Top this delicate delight with whipped cream and chopped pecans for the ultimate garnish combination and presentation.


9. Once all the flour is incorporated, pour the batter into the prepared 9″x 9″ pan. Tap gently to release any air bubbles.

Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe. Try a taste of the British life with this tantalizing Sticky Toffee Pudding. A soft date cake forms the base of this divine dessert, while a salty sweet sauce coats the top, lightly soaking the cake. Top this delicate delight with whipped cream and chopped pecans for the ultimate garnish combination and presentation.


10. Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. While it bakes, make the toffee sauce.

Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe. Try a taste of the British life with this tantalizing Sticky Toffee Pudding. A soft date cake forms the base of this divine dessert, while a salty sweet sauce coats the top, lightly soaking the cake. Top this delicate delight with whipped cream and chopped pecans for the ultimate garnish combination and presentation.


Directions For the Sticky Toffee Sauce

11. Combine one cup of light brown sugar, ½ cup (1 stick) of butter, and ¼ teaspoon of flakey sea salt in a saucepan and heat on medium low heat, till the butter melts and the sugar gets dissolved in the melted butter. About 8 to 10 minutes.

Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe. Try a taste of the British life with this tantalizing Sticky Toffee Pudding. A soft date cake forms the base of this divine dessert, while a salty sweet sauce coats the top, lightly soaking the cake. Top this delicate delight with whipped cream and chopped pecans for the ultimate garnish combination and presentation.


12. Take it off heat and whisk in one cup of heavy whipping cream.

Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe. Try a taste of the British life with this tantalizing Sticky Toffee Pudding. A soft date cake forms the base of this divine dessert, while a salty sweet sauce coats the top, lightly soaking the cake. Top this delicate delight with whipped cream and chopped pecans for the ultimate garnish combination and presentation.


13. The Toffees Sauce is ready.

Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe. Try a taste of the British life with this tantalizing Sticky Toffee Pudding. A soft date cake forms the base of this divine dessert, while a salty sweet sauce coats the top, lightly soaking the cake. Top this delicate delight with whipped cream and chopped pecans for the ultimate garnish combination and presentation.


To Serve

14. Cut the cooled date cake into 12 squares and place it on individual serving plates. Pour over the warm toffee sauce.

Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe. Try a taste of the British life with this tantalizing Sticky Toffee Pudding. A soft date cake forms the base of this divine dessert, while a salty sweet sauce coats the top, lightly soaking the cake. Top this delicate delight with whipped cream and chopped pecans for the ultimate garnish combination and presentation.


15. Top with whipped cream and chopped pecans.
16. Serve immediately.

Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe. Try a taste of the British life with this tantalizing Sticky Toffee Pudding. A soft date cake forms the base of this divine dessert, while a salty sweet sauce coats the top, lightly soaking the cake. Top this delicate delight with whipped cream and chopped pecans for the ultimate garnish combination and presentation.


17. Store the leftovers cake and toffee sauce separately. Heat the toffee sauce before serving.

Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe. Try a taste of British life with this tantalizing Sticky Toffee Pudding. A soft date cake forms the base of this divine dessert, while a salty-sweet sauce coats the top, lightly soaking the cake. Top this delicate delight with whipped cream and chopped pecans for the ultimate garnish combination and presentation.


Yield: 1

Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe

Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe

Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe. Try a taste of British life with this tantalizing Sticky Toffee Pudding. A soft date cake forms the base of this divine dessert, while a salty-sweet sauce coats the top, lightly soaking the cake. Top this delicate delight with whipped cream and chopped pecans for the ultimate garnish combination and presentation.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • For the Date Cake
  • 1 cup of Water
  • 8 oz Pitted Dates, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1½ cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • ½ cup Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • For the Sticky Toffee Sauce
  • 1 cup light Brown Sugar
  • ½ cup Unsalted Butter
  • ¼ tsp Flakey Sea Salt
  • 1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • To Garnish
  • Whipped Cream
  • Chopped Pecans

Instructions

    For the Date Cake
    1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and generously grease a 9"x 9" baking pan and dust it with flour.
    2. In a small saucepan, combine one cup of water and 8 ounces of roughly chopped dates. Heat it over medium heat till the water comes to a low boil. Simmer for 3 to 4 minutes till the dates soften.
    3. Take the softened dates off the heat and mix in a teaspoon of baking soda. It will bubble a bit. Set aside to cool.
    4. Sift together 1½ cups all-purpose flour, one teaspoon of baking powder, and a pinch of salt. Set aside.
    5. In another bowl combine one cup of sugar and ½ cup (1 stick) of softened, unsalted butter and beat with an electric beater till light and fluffy.
    6. Add two eggs and one teaspoon of vanilla extract to the butter mixture, and beat for another minute.
    7. Using a small food processor, puree the dates and add it to the sugar-butter-egg mixture. Beat for another few seconds.
    8. By hand, slowly add the flour mixture to the date mixture, and gently fold it in with a spatula.
    9. Once all the flour is incorporated, pour the batter into the prepared 9"x 9" pan. Tap gently to release any air bubbles.
    10. Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. While it bakes, make the toffee sauce.
    For the Sticky Toffee Sauce
    11. Combine one cup of light brown sugar, ½ cup (1 stick) of butter, and ¼ teaspoon of flakey sea salt in a saucepan and heat on medium-low heat, till the butter melts and the sugar gets dissolved in the melted butter. About 8 to 10 minutes.
    12. Take it off the heat and whisk in one cup of heavy whipping cream.
    13. The Toffees Sauce is ready.
    To Serve
    14. Cut the cooled date cake into 12 squares and place it on individual serving plates. Pour over the warm toffee sauce.
    15. Top with whipped cream and chopped pecans if desired.
    16. Serve immediately.
    17. Store the leftovers cake and toffee sauce separately. Heat the toffee sauce before serving.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 547 Total Fat: 32g Saturated Fat: 15g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 14g Cholesterol: 100mg Sodium: 295mg Carbohydrates: 65g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 48g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 5g
Note: for exact nutritional information, consult your dietitian. All nutritional information provided is simply a guideline.

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