I found the idea for these beasts at Oh, Bite It! and decided to give them a go for a party Darin and I attended on Friday. I wanted to bring an outrageous sweet treat, and these definitely fit the bill. They were mega-popular.
The instructions, while relatively simple for a normal, kitchen-savvy person, totally threw me for loops. It took me about an hour and a half to complete these, and I ran out of tequila 3/4 of the way through. (Totally not because I drank any. Seriously.) That said, I figured it out and they were a great success.
What you’ll need:
- 2 Angel Food Cake Loaves (I got mine pre-made from the grocery)
- 1 Bottle of Cheap Tequila ($10 Store-brand for me, and I used it all, then moved on to Rum)
- Canola Oil for Frying
- Powdered Sugar for Sprinkling
- A Small Bowl for Dipping
- Tongs for Grabbing
- Pot for Frying
- Paper Towel for Cooling/Soaking Up Oil
What to do:
1. Cube up the cake into little bite-sized squares.
2. Have 2″ of oil ready and shimmering at 325° in your pot. (Or if you’re me and have no idea what that means, somewhere between Medium and High on the stove.)
3. Pour the tequila in the bowl, then dip each cube in for a few seconds.
Note: This is the part of the recipe I wasn’t understanding. The recipe said “Dip it quickly into the tequila (keep in mind, the more you dip..the stronger they will be)”, and since I’m from Wisconsin I thought that meant I could leave the cubes in there for a prolonged period of time to make them hella strong. Wrong. You can’t. The cake will then disintegrate when you try to fry it. So dip the cake pieces in the tequila just long enough to where you can see it soaking the tequila up. Maybe 4 seconds on each side or so.
4. Take your tequila-soaked cubes and, with the tongs, gently place them in the oil. They will make a horrifically loud, freaky bubbling noise that is apparently totally normal when frying things. Do not be alarmed. Do not call your husband freaking out. Carry on. Flip the cube over after a little while and fry the other side. Make sure the whole thing is golden brown, then remove the cube from the pot and place it on the paper towel to cool.
You can fry up a whole bunch at a time to speed things up – just watch to make sure you don’t burn the crap out of them. Make sure to eat at least a handful to make sure they taste good and in fact have alcohol in them.
5. OPTIONAL: Completely run out of tequila, despite having half a cake left. Improvise, and soak the rest of the bites in rum. Keep them separate to cool, then serve two kinds of alcohol-soaked cake at your party and bask in your awesomeness.
6. Once all of your bites are cool, stack them in a fancy container of your choice and sprinkle powdered sugar on them.
CONGRATULATIONS, you are now the hero of the party.
Everyone at the party had happiness aneurysms for these things. The rum ones were just as popular (if not more-so) than the tequila ones. Next time I think I’m going to try whiskey and see if the cosmos still holds together.