Tuesday, August 13, 2013


Ellen's Harvey Wallbanger Cake

Over the weekend, we attended a BBQ at Robbie's and Brandon's home.  Robbie's nieces were visiting from Buffalo and she wanted to introduce them to her many friends.  Everyone brought something yummy to eat.  There was BBQ'd chicken, pork, sausages from Schreiner's, two types of cole-slaw, potato salad, baked beans and other yummy delicacies.  Robbie asked me to bring dessert.
I'd never baked the Harvey Wallbanger Cake, but the lovely Joanna gave me the recipe the last time we enjoyed the cake at another party.  I thought that would be the perfect cake to bring to Saturday's BBQ.

Here is Joanna's recipe:

Harvey Wallbanger Cake

1 package yellow cake mix
1 (3.5 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
4 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 oz Galliano liqueur + 1 tbsp of the liqueur for glaze
6 oz orange juice + 1 tbsp for glaze
1 cup confectioners' sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour bundt pan.
Combine cake mix and pudding mix in a large bowl. Blend in eggs, oil, Galliano, and orange juice. Mix batter until smooth and thick and pour into prepared pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes. Let cake cool in pan for 20-25 minutes on a cooling rack. Removing too soon could spell disaster! If needed, run a silicone spatula around the edges to help release. Place on cooling rack.
To Make Glaze: 1 c powdered sugar, 1 tbsp Galliano & 1 tbsp orange juice
Spoon glaze over cake while it is still warm. Garnish with thin orange slices!!

The Harvey Wallbanger cocktail was very popular in the 1950's through the 1970's.  Here's a little history of this delicious concoction.  Here's another explanation as to how this drink was named. 
Joanna's Harvey Wallbanger Cake

I found a few other recipes for this cake online.  One adds more Galliano and Vodka.  I stuck with Joanna's original recipe, but added orange zest to the cake and to the glaze.  This cake might be delicious as an upside-down cake too, adding peeled orange rings and sugar to the bottom of the pan, before adding the batter, so that when you turn it over, the oranges are carmelized and really part of the cake instead of just placed on top.  The possibilities are endless.  
Thank you, Joanna for the recipe.  The cake was a hit at the BBQ!  I promise NOT to bring this cake to our mutual party gathering.  It is yours and yours, alone.
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