When it comes to baking of any kind, my aunt Wendy is my go to resource.  Beyond understanding the science of these sweet treats, she has a curiosity for food that is totally infectious.  She wrote to me that she realized she loved cake the moment she read Harriet the Spy when she was 10 years old, "Everyday at three-forty she had cake and milk.  Harriet loved doing everything every day the in the same way."  

This recipe hails from a few decades back and was a staple in any groovy 70's kitchen.  The point was to mix and match different jello flavors with totally psychedelic colors.  You could swing for orange cake with orange icing, pineapple yellow with lemon frosting, or even blue raspberry with lime glaze.  

Now, adding jello to anything is usually kinda gross in my opinion.  But the bright color combos and dash of liquer make this cake something special.  Be forewarned, it is outrageously sweet.  So sugary in fact that I highly recommend a cup of black, black tea as a complement.  And definitely put on some tunes cause you will ride this sugar high for quite sometime.  Maybe even make space for a dance off?

Yeah, baby!

Cake:  dump all in a bowl and beat with a mixer for about 4 minutes.  Pour into a greased and floured Bundt pan and bake at 350 degrees for 40-55 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

4 eggs

2 cups sugar

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder

1 stick unsalted butter, melted

1 small box (3 oz.) raspberry jello

1/2 cup Chambord Raspberry Liquer

2 tablespoons Vodka

3/4 cup frozen concentrated orange juice, thawed

Grated zest of 1 orange

Glaze:  while the cake is baking, mix up the glaze so it has time to stand and thicken.  Whisk together ingredients and add an additional teaspoon of orange juice concentrate if needed.  Be careful not to add too much moisture, this glaze should not be runny.  Allow to stand for 30 minutes.

2 cups powdered sugar

2 teaspoons Vodka

2 teaspoons Chambord Raspberry Liquer

2 teaspoons frozen concentrated orange juice, thawed

Grated zest of 1 orange

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