Cookbook Club: Ricca’s (Mom’s) Harvey Wallbanger Cake

I only know about Harvey Wallbangers because my uncle drinks them, and no one else below the age of 85 does. This cake is a take on the old-school drink, and the recipe is a nod to 50’s convenience. I love me a mix cake. Ricca was concerned that the simplicity of the recipe would be a cop-out, but I am all about shortcuts, and why complicate something so easy and yum?

Celebrating the marriage of starch and booze…

Ricca Gaus’ (Mom’s) Harvey Wallbanger Cake

Ingredients:
1 pkg. lemon cake mix
1 pkg. instant vanilla pudding mix
½ cup canola oil
4 eggs
¼ cup vodka
¼ cup Galliano (or scant ¼ cup vodka with anise and orange extracts added)
¾ cup orange juice

For the Glaze:
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 Tbsp. orange juice
1 Tbsp. Galliano (or the vodka/anise/orange extract substitute)
1 tsp. Vodka
Adjust liquids and sugar to obtain desired consistency.

1. Mix all ingredients in mixer bowl, then beat for 4 minutes.
2. Pour batter into well-greased and lightly floured bundt pan.
3. Bake at 350º for 45 to 50 minutes, or until cake tester comes out clean. Cool on rack for
about 10 minutes.
4. While cake is cooling, mix 1 cup confectioner’s sugar, 1 Tbsp. orange juice, 1 Tbsp.
Galliano (or the vodka/anise/orange extract substitute), and 1 tsp. vodka, adjusting liquids
and sugar to obtain desired consistency. Drizzle over warm cake.*

*A Note from Ricca’s Mom: I multiply glaze ingredients by 1 and ½ since kids like extra glaze, and 1 recipe is too skimpy to glaze the whole cake.

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