Brandy and Schnapps Cake

    1 hour 55 minutes

    This is a great birthday cake or celebration cake for the adults. It has apricot brandy cooked into the cake and a soaking liquid with peach schnapps and an icing with more apricot brandy.

    10 people made this

    Serves: 12 

    • Cake
    • 250g butter, softened
    • 3 cups white sugar
    • 6 eggs, whisked
    • 3 cups (375g) plain flour
    • 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup (250ml) sour cream
    • 1/4 cup (60ml) apricot brandy
    • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
    • Soaking Syrup
    • 1 cup (220g) white sugar
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) peach schnapps
    • 1 cup (250ml) water
    • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
    • Glaze
    • 1 cup apricot jam
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) apricot brandy
    • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
    • 1/2 cup almonds

    Preparation:40min  ›  Cook:1hour15min  ›  Ready in:1hour55min 

    1. Cake: Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Butter and flour one ring tin.
    2. In a mixing bowl cream together butter and sugar for 5 minutes. Add eggs one at a time. Beat well. Sift flour with bicarb soda and salt. Add sour cream and brandy ending with flour. Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes.
    3. Soaking Syrup: Prepare the syrup in a saucepan by combining the sugar, peach schnapps, water and lemon zest. Boil for 1 minute.
    4. Turn cake out onto plate and punch holes in bottom of cake with a skewer or something similar. Slowly pour all of syrup into holes until cake is penetrated and syrup is absorbed. Immediately turn cake right side up onto serving plate.
    5. Glaze: Combine the apricot jam, apricot brandy and lemon zest in a saucepan and boiling for 1 minute. Drizzle over top of cake. Place sliced almonds on top of glaze along with a little lemon zest if desired.

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    This cake provided a decadent outstandingly delicious presentation to my Easter table. Everyone raved about how moist and flavorful it was. Two ladies went home with the recipe. I omitted step 6. Thanks for a keeper Judy!  -  21 Apr 2003  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This cake was perfect it was moist and wonderful with ice cream on the side. The holes were the only problem if they are not wide enough the filling doesn't get in the cake. I used a skewer next time I will use a new screwdriver or letter opener unused. It would make a wider hole for the filling to get. It was a greate cake my guest just raved about it. Also I added more peach schnapps to the filling  -  25 Oct 2004  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    It does take a while to make but well worth it. Great recipe! Thanks!  -  27 Dec 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)