Thanksgiving Recipe: Katelyn MacMullen – Soap Opera Roundup

How did your family come to this recipe? “Apparently, my great nana got it from a friend she worked with at the carnival, and then she passed it on to my nana and then to my mother.”

Is it a standard part of the MacMullens’ Thanksgiving? “Oh yeah. We have it every year. It’s so good I’m lost for words! Johnny, my boyfriend and I will eat three pieces before taking a breather. It’s sweet, decadent and buttery. It’s just perfect!”

Have you done it yourself? “My mom usually makes it, but this year I’m going to try to make one with her and make a gluten-free one. [version], such as using all the ingredients normally included, but use a gluten-free cake mix. What we usually do is do it the day of, but we do enough so that in the morning we can have a little with our coffee. We have it for dessert on Thanksgiving when it’s hot, which is awesome, but when do you have it the next day after it’s cold in the fridge? That is also amazing!”

Can you taste the alcohol in it? “You can’t really taste it, but I think the liquor gives it a specific flavor that balances the sweetness, which is maybe why it tastes so good.”


for the cake

2 boxes of yellow cake mix

1 cup vegetable oil

4 large eggs

¼ cup Galliano liqueur

¼ cup vodka

1 3.5-ounce package vanilla instant pudding mix

¾ cup orange juice

For the glaze

1 cup icing sugar, sifted

1 tablespoon. Orange juice

1 tablespoon. gallian liquor

1 teaspoon vodka


for the cake

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

two. Grease and flour a pudding mold.

3. Add a full box of cake mix and 6 tbsp. cake mix from second box, vegetable oil, eggs, liqueur, vodka, pudding mix and orange juice in large mixing bowl. Beat at medium speed for two minutes.

Four. Evenly pour the cake mixture into the greased bundt pan and gently tap the pan on the counter to remove any air bubbles.

5. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes; it is done when inserting a toothpick in the center, it comes out clean. Rest the cake for five minutes.

6. Using a thin rubber spatula, gently loosen the rims around the edges of the pan. “My mom then flips it over onto a plate and removes the pan.”

For the glaze

1. Mix powdered sugar, orange juice, liquor and vodka until smooth. “My mom says to make the frosting once you take the cake out of the pan and rest because it only takes a minute to make.”

two. Drizzle the frosting over the cake while it’s hot, then allow it to cool so the frosting sets. “My mom pokes holes in the cake with a fork before I put the frosting on it, so it spreads all over the cake and not just on top.”

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