Last week we wanted to make an old style Harvey Wallbanger cake recipe that my dad got from a friend of his back in the 50’s or 60’s. We were missing the Galliano, so we decided to improvise a little, switch it up and invent our OWN cake. Loving Husband came up with a great recipe featuring one of his favorite drinks: Long Island iced tea! I don’t personally care for them on their own, but when mixed into a sweet cake, it eliminates the sharp undertones and they really taste great! This would be the perfect dessert for a BBQ or a picnic. Many of the cakes in my mid-century era recipe books are drenched in spirits. Apparently during that time they were a common thing to have at cocktail parties and other adult get-togethers. This cake is fun and delicious and isn’t as messy of a cake as the traditional frosted variety. We substituted strawberry vodka for plain vodka and the Long Island mix for the Galliano Wine. We didn’t end up adding the finely chopped strawberries into it, but if you would like to, I think that would be a really tasty mix in!
It was so good that I thought it called for its own recipe share! I wrote it out below in case you’d like to try it for yourself! I hope you like the cake as much as we did! Please let me know, I’d love to hear what you thought!
Strawberry-Orange Long Island Iced Tea Cake
- 1 boxed yellow cake mix
- 1 box vanilla instant pudding
- 3/4 C orange juice
- 1/2 C oil
- 4 eggs (beat in bowl)
- 1/4 C strawberry vodka (or unflavored)
- 1/4 C Long Island Iced Tea mix
Mix all the ingredients together. For a better cake, mix in one at a time. Beat for 4 min @ high speed. Pour batter into greased bundt pan. Bake @ 350* for 45-50 min. Cool for 15 min. Remove cake from pan and place on the plate. Let sit for 10 min. Pour glaze over top and sides of cake. Serve as desired.
- 1/8 C Long Island Iced Tea mix
- 1/8 C strawberry vodka (or unflavored)
- 1/4 stick butter
- 1/4 C orange juice
- 1 C confectioner’s sugar
Melt all ingredients except sugar at low heat till smooth. Mix in sugar a little at a time until gone. The glaze is ready to pour over cake.