I’m not sure about the rest of the Scanlan Clan, but in Larry’s family Hickey Cake is a summer tradition. Our side has an absurd amount of July birthdays, so every July we gotta make Hickey Cake!
My grandma (Betty, Larry’s wife) always told us it was called Hickey Cake, because of the colors. The pink, green, and white are the colors your skin gets when you get a hickey! Tell ya what, that sounded painful enough I never wanted to get a hickey! This is my grandmas version of the recipe, so you can imagine how… interesting it is to make this recipe!
The Hickey Cake recipe can be tricky, so this year I made Cheater Hickey Cake Cupcakes. You can find the real hickey cake recipe in the box below, but this one is simple, delicious, and still super fun!
Cheater Hickey Cake Cupcakes
- 1 box Betty Crocker White Cake Mix
- 3 Eggs
- 1 1/4 Cup water
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- Food coloring (pink and green)
- 1 cup milk
- 1.5 egg yolks (or two small egg yolks)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 5 1/3 tbsp flour
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup cream
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- Mix cake mix, eggs, water, and oil together. Separate batter into thirds. Color one third pink, one third green, and leave one third white. Put liners into your muffin pan.
- Pour batter into piping bags. Cut the tip of the piping bags one at a time, and layer the colors into the cupcake liners. I usually do green, then white, then pink.
- Bake cupcakes according to box instructions. Let cupcakes cool.
- Time to prepare the filling! Mix the 2 cups of milk, 3 egg yolks, 1 tsp vanilla, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1/3 cup flour into a sauce pan. Cook until thick.
- Once your cupcakes are cool, it’s time to fill them. Put the filling into a piping bag, and insert the piping tip into the cupcake (I used a medium round tip). Squeeze the piping bag to fill the cupcake. (Check this out- Method #1).
- Time for the topping! Mix the 2 cups brown sugar, 1/2 cup cream, and 1 tsp of vanilla in a sauce pan and cook until you can form soft balls. Immediately frost the cupcakes.
- Serve, and enjoy!
If you have a bit more time, you can also try out the actual hickey cake recipe below!
I hope you enjoyed this recipe of the Legacy Cooking Project, let me know if you try it! Have your own legacy recipes? We’d love to hear about them!