February 27 is National Kahlua Day, and we’re ready to celebrate with some of the tastiest boozy baked goods on the Internet based on everyone’s favorite creamy cocktail, the White Russian.
Casey’s Cupcakes from Orange County, Calif., captured the attention of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars audiences with amazing White Russian Cupcakes. In this boozy treat, vanilla-Kahlua cupcakes get filled with Baileys Irish Cream custard and crowned with mocha frosting that has been dosed with more Irish cream and more coffee liqueur. A tiara of Valrhona chocolate pearls and a scattering of gold dust completes the decadent creation. (Given its ingredients, it might be more accurately called a Mudslide cupcake, but who are we to judge such brilliance?)
Food maven Martha Stewart features an amazing video of Emeril Lagasse preparing a Kicked-Up White Russian Milkshake. His frozen cocktail includes vanilla ice cream spiked with three kinds of booze—Kahlua, vanilla vodka and crème de cacao— topped with toasted coconut and dusted with cocoa. “Bam,” indeed!
Recipe4Living tempts us with a decadent-sounding recipe for Mouth-Watering White Russian Brownies. Using a classic cream-cheese chocolate brownie as a base, this adult dessert adds Kahlua to the brownie batter and a good splash of vodka to the cream-cheese swirl, then brushes the still-warm dessert with even more coffee liqueur.
Parade magazine features an interview with Top Chef Masters host and Aussie celebrity chef Curtis Stone. Stone created a citrusy riff on the White Russian that adds Cointreau orange liqueur to the usual mix of Kahlua, vodka and cream. Stone was inspired by Orange is the New Black character Red, so he calls it Red’s Orange White Russian. That’s colorful enough for any occasion!
What if you need more chocolate in your life? (And really, who doesn’t?) PopSugar’s Chocolate White Russian blends the usual coffee liqueur and cream but adds a chocolate kiss from Godiva chocolate vodka. We’re not sure the Big Lebowski would approve of modifications to his Caucasian cocktail, but that’s just, like, his opinion, man.