Monday, 3 June 2013

Celebrating Father's Day with Glenfiddich Whiskey #cbias

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My husband Ian is a fabulous, hands on father to our five children who completely adore him, and he fully deserves to be treated to the finer things in life.  When Father's Day comes around it provides an extra excuse to do just that!  Celebrating having a great man in my children's life is something I do everyday, but this one day a year gives us a licence to go that step further and go to town with good food and gifts as we come together as a family to let Ian know just how special he is to us and how lucky we all are to have him.

One of Ian's favourite tipples is Single Malt ScotchWhiskey - possibly due to the fact that Scottish blood runs through his McDonald veins!  Taking part in a shop for Collective Bias to purchase a bottle of Glenfiddich 12 Year Old Whisky as a Father's Day gift, put a big smile on the face of my husband and gave me an opportunity to really spoil him.  


Take a look at our photos from our shopping trip to Morrison's in my Google + album where we looked at Father's Day Gift ideas and bought our Glenfiddich which was on special offer at just £20 for a 70 cl botttle!

Buying the Glenfiddich was just the start of Ian's treats, as I wanted to use the whiskey, not just as a smooth, warming drunk, but also as an ingredient in a recipe for an amazingly delicious sounding Chocolate and Glenfiddich Whiskey Layer Cake.  I found a recipe at The Little Loaf and tweaked it everso slightly.  The resulting cake is rich, indulgent, dark, moist and absolutely divine. The Glenfiddich Whiskey adds a grown-up and rather masculine twist to the chocolate cake which will make it a hit for any dad on Father's Day.  So buying a bottle of Glenfiddich is a great gift idea.  What's more, dad gets to finish what's left of the bottle at the end of the baking session. A gift that just goes on giving!


Chocolate and Glenfiddich Whiskey Layer Cake


For the cake
340g plain flour
525g golden caster sugar
128g cocoa powder
2 ¼ tsp baking powder
2 ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
3 large free range eggs
375ml milk
188ml rice bran oil
3 tsp vanilla extract
375ml boiling water
For the whiskey syrup
100ml water
100g caster sugar
50ml Glenfiddich whiskey
For the buttercream
150g softened butter
350g icing sugar
4 tbsp condensed milk
2 tbsp Glenfiddich whiskey

For the ganache
250g dark chocolate
250ml double cream
100g light brown muscovado sugar
For the cake
  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Prepare three 20cm cake tins. I use Cake Release.
  • Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into the bowl. Add sugar.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the eggs then add the milk and rice bran oil. Pour into the dry mixture and whisk for two to three minutes until well combined.
  • Whisk the boiling water to your mixture a little at a time until combined. The batter will be extremely liquid.


  • Pour into your prepared cake tins and bake in the centre of the oven for 25 – 35 minutes. Remove from oven when cooked through.

chocolate cake recipe

For the whiskey syrup
  • Combine the water and sugar in a small saucepan and bring to the boil. 
  • Simmer for a couple of minutes until the sugar has dissolved. Add the whiskey and simmer for one minute more then remove from the heat.
  • Drizzle the syrup over the top of each cake.

For the buttercream
  • Beat the butter until pale and fluffy. 
  • Sift in the icing sugar and whisk to combine, then add the condensed milk. 
  • Continue to beat, slowly adding the whiskey.


For the ganache
  • Place the chopped chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl.  
  • Heat the cream and sugar until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to the boil and simmer for one minute. 
  • Remove from the heat and allow to stand for one minute then pour over the chocolate and stir until smooth and glossy. Allow to cool to a spreadable consistency.

cake making

To assemble the cake
  • Smear ganache on top of one of the cake rounds.  Spread buttercream onto another round and sandwich together.
  • Repeat by smearing ganache on top of the cake and spreading buttercream onto the third round and placing on top.
  • Use the rest of the ganache to coat the top and sides of the cake and smooth over.



I really enjoyed making this cake with help from Kizzy who loves baking. The aromas that emanated from the kitchen were amazing.  Seeing the end result made us know that all our hard work was well worth the effort.  When Ian saw the cake he was very keen to sample it along with a wee dram of Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch Whiskey!  He said the cake was amazing.


We may have started our Father's Day celebrations a bit early this year, but I wanted to share this cake recipe with you in case you want to treat the man in your life.

chocolate, whiskey, cake


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