It's striking that for a season as filled with festive cheer as December, most people's attempts at holiday cakes have, well, never been the best.
Try as they might to find a fruitcake recipe that is light and airy, all too often the only thing any fruitcake is good for is propping open a door. Gingerbread houses are no better. Lacking an architectural degree, or a mason's sure sense, most of the gingerbread houses that I've seen would quickly be condemned as structurally unsound.
The truth is that the cake batter is always the best part of any cake, fruit, holiday or otherwise. Lately there has been a lot of playful mixology surrounding cake flavored vodka and liqueurs, and “cake batter” martinis and shots. The juncture of this “cake batter” trend and cocktails is a little piece of heaven as far as I’m concerned. So, I give you the Spice Cake Batter Shot
. Quick, easy, and believe me... a tray of these will disappear long before the fruitcake at your next holiday party!
This cocktail hardly has a recipe because it's so simple. Simply combine ingredients, taste, and adjust. (If your Spiced Rum isn't quite spicy enough, a quick glug of cinnamon schnapps will help.) The sprinkled rim could not be easier, and this little visual touch is really what makes the shot "pop." Simply touch the tip of the the shot glass into the frosting. Note that you want a thin film of goodness to which your sprinkles will adhere, not a big gloppy rim. You will use hardly any frosting to rim even dozens of glasses (we barely scratched the surface of one container to rim 24 shot glasses!) ...so save the rest for baking another day!
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XO, MichelleMichelle Palm created the Jelly Shot Test Kitchen blog after discovering a lack of cocktail-style jelly shot recipes. Look for her posts here, and check her Tablespoon member profile often to see what she’s already gelled up!