Orange Cake with Boozy Cream Cheese Icing

Another boozy recipe we served for our spring orange brunch party. I am generally not one to use boxed cake mix, but sometimes you run out of time and need something easy. The different flavors of cake layers create a fun stripe pattern when cutting into slices. The boozy icing is a fun addition to a brunch menu.

Orange Cake with Boozy Cream Cheese Icing

Ingredients:

1 Box of Vanilla Cake Mix

1 Box of Orange Cake Mix

4 Ounces Cream Cheese, Softened

2 Tablespoons Butter, Softened

1 Teaspoon Orange Zest

1 Tablespoon Orange Juice

3 Cups Powdered Sugar

2 Tablespoons Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in whipped orange

2 Oranges with Leaves, Garnish

Directions:

Make the boxed cake recipes according to the instructions on the box. Split each box into two cake pans, so you have four layers. After the cake layers have been baked and cooled on a cooling rack, wrap the layers in plastic wrap and place in the freezer for 30 minutes to make icing the cake easier.

While the cake layers are in the freezer, make the frosting. Use a mixer with a flat beater attachment to beat the softened cream cheese and butter together. Once well combined add the orange zest, orange juice, and Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in whipped orange. Continue to mix with the mixer until creamy. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time until icing consistency starts to form. You may need to add more sugar if your icing is not thick enough.

Once your icing is finished, remove your cake layers from the freezer and begin icing the cake. Assemble the cake by alternating cake layer flavors for a striped cake once cut into slices. Evenly split the icing amongst cake layers and then ice the outside of the cake. I highly recommend using a cake spatula and smoothing tool when icing cakes. Garnish with two small oranges with leaves on top of the cake. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

Cheers! 

Christy Wilson Photography.

Friday Favorites

Image via Hester and Cook

Image via Hester and Cook

ONE// Hester and Cook’s Easter Shop. So many pretty papers for Spring and Easter hosting.

TWO// Draper James “What Would Dolly Do?” Shirt. These fun shirts are finally back in stock.

THREE// Delish’s 14 Iced Coffee Hacks. Several recipe ideas for iced coffee, add Jackson Morgan Southern Cream for a boozy treat.

FOUR// William-Sonoma’s Easter Shop. Festive tabletop pieces for Spring and Easter entertaining.

FIVE// Lettermade’s Party Animal Linen Napkin Set. These napkins would be a conversation starter.

St. Patrick's Day Cocktail

St. Patrick’s Day is this weekend. Who has time to plan elaborate cocktails to celebrate? This easy cocktail is festive and fun for the holiday. You can add Tennessee whiskey or vodka for a stronger drink.

St. Patrick’s Day Peaches and Cream Cocktail

Ingredients:

4 oz Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in Peaches and Cream

Rainbow Candy (here is what we used)

Directions:

In a festive glass, pour in Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in peaches in cream. Using a cocktail pick, skewer rainbow candy. Place skewer on top of glass.

Cheers!

All Photos Christy Wilson Photography

Boozy Orange Chocolate Scones

Chocolate and orange are such delicious flavors when combined. For our spring brunch, I served boozy orange chocolate scones. You can also substitute cranberries for chocolate if you prefer a fruity scone. These decadent scones served with a glass of Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in whipped orange is a tasty happy hour treat.

Boozy Orange Chocolate Scones

Ingredients:

2 Cups All Purpose Flour

3 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar, additional 1 Tablespoon for Sprinkling

1 Tablespoon Baking Powder

1/4 Teaspoon Salt

5 Tablespoons Salted Butter, Frozen

3/4 Cup Chocolate Chunks

Zest of 1 Orange

3/4 Cup Heavy Cream, plus 2 Tablespoons for Brushing

1/4 Cup Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in whipped orange

1 Cup Powdered Sugar

2 Tablespoons Orange Juice

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together dry ingredients (Flour, Baking Powder, and Salt) excluding the extra sugar for sprinkling. Using a cheese grater, grate the frozen butter. Slowly mix in the grated frozen butter into the bowl with the dry ingredients If you prefer, you can use a pastry cutter with cold butter instead of frozen. Add in the chocolate chunks and orange zest.

Next, add the heavy cream (excluding the 2 tablespoons for brushing) and Jackson Morgan Southern Cream to the mixture. Stir slowly and be careful not to over mix. After combined, place dough on a floured pastry mat. Knead a few times with floured hands until a dough ball forms. Next, using hands form into an 8-inch circle. Cut pie shaped triangles out of the circle.

Place triangles on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Put pan with scones in the freezer for 30 minutes to allow the scones to rest before baking. After 30 minutes, remove from freezer, using a pastry brush, brush the scones with heavy cream and sprinkle with course sugar. Bake for 12 minutes or until golden.

While waiting for the scones to cool, make the glaze. Combine powdered sugar and orange juice until you have a thick glaze, if not thick enough you can add more sugar. Once scones are cooled, drizzle glaze on top of the scones and enjoy!

Cheers!

Recipe Slightly Adapted from Elisabeth and Butter. Christy Wilson Photography.

Friday Favorites

Image via Juliska

Image via Juliska

ONE// Juliska’s Spring Linens. Pretty linens for Spring and Summer hosting, can we have a set of each pretty please?

TWO// Sally’s Baking Addiction’s Crumb Cake Donuts. This donut recipe with a mug of spiked coffee sounds delicious for brunch this weekend.

THREE// Country Living’s 15 DIY St. Patrick’s Day Decorations. Easy and fun DIY decorations for St. Patrick’s Day.

FOUR// Inspired by Charm’s Leprechaun Martini. Sub Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in this martini for a tasty cocktail.

FIVE// Happy Everything’s Rainbow Attachment. A festive attachment for St. Patrick’s Day parties.

DIY Spring Centerpiece

Did you catch our Spring orange brunch on The Sip earlier this week? The centerpiece for this party is an easy DIY that adds a lot of personality to your table. All you need are a few supplies from your local craft store and oranges.

Supplies

Oranges with Leaves (smaller mandarin or clementine oranges work the best)

Extra Orange Leaves

Styrofoam Cone

Styrofoam Discs

Toothpicks

Straight Pins

Vase

Directions

Step 1// Gather your supplies. Start with your desired vase you want to use for your centerpiece. I found this blue and white vase at a local interior design shop. Purchase a styrofoam cone and discs that fit into the vase. I took my vase with me to the craft store to ensure a perfect fit.

Step 2// Place styrofoam discs inside the vase. Place toothpicks in the discs then top with the styrofoam cone and make sure it is sturdy since the oranges will add extra weight. You could also use hot glue to keep the discs and cone together.

Step 3// Beginning at the bottom of the cone use toothpicks at an angle to place oranges around the styrofoam cone. I staggered the oranges to try to cover the majority of the styrofoam. Poke one end of the toothpick into the styrofoam cone, then the other into the orange. Make sure the oranges all face the same direction and are similar sizes.

Step 4// Go back and ensure there are no large holes showing where you could add another orange and move oranges around until you have your desired look. Then using straight pins, pin the extra orange leaves in the empty places on the cone where the oranges do not cover the styrofoam.

Cheers!

Spring Brunch

I love Sunday brunches, there is something wonderful about having loved ones around the table after a relaxing Sunday morning or church service. Jackson Morgan Southern Cream’s whipped orange cream is my favorite flavor to serve when the temperatures start to warm up for Spring.

Color Scheme

With Spring around the corner, I love the classic combination of blue and white with pops of orange. It is a refreshing color scheme after what feels like an extended winter. I had a sweet neighbor growing up that started my chinoiserie collection with a ginger jar she used as a vase for flowers. Since then, I have grown my blue and white collection. I love anytime I get to incorporate my treasured pieces into a tablescape.

Menu

For the menu, I served southern staples. We had fried chicken, mixed green salad, garlic green beans, cheese tray, potato salad, deviled eggs, and rolls. For dessert, orange chocolate cookies and a boozy creamsicle cake (recipe coming to The Sip soon). I incorporated oranges whenever I could to keep with the citrus party theme. I included orange marmalade on the cheese tray, orange slices on the salad, and Jackson Morgan whipped orange cream in the boozy cake. You could easily pick up these food items from the grocery store and serve in your own dishes for easy entertaining.

Table

Why wait for a fancy occasion to use your nice entertaining pieces? I love to pull out my nice linens and plates for everyday occasions. I used South of Libbie navy monogrammed linen napkins and fancy blue patterned plates. A simple striped runner was used down the center of the table, I had a mix of serving dishes from Juliska, Nora Fleming, and William-Sonoma. The orange tree was such an easy centerpiece (the DIY coming soon to The Sip). For the place settings, I pinned watercolor place cards from Ruthie and Oliver Letterpress to mini oranges. I like to keep place cards with my family member’s names on hand for last minute entertaining. It is a nice touch that rarely goes unnoticed.

Special thanks to South of Libbie, Nora Fleming, Society Social, Juliska, and Ruthie and Oliver Letterpress for partnering with us on this party.

You can shop this post below. All images Christy Wilson Photography.

20 Winter Cocktails

Spiked Peppermint Mocha Iced Coffee

This easy peppermint cocktail is perfect for a boozy brunch. You can set up a bar with different flavors of Jackson Morgan Southern Cream and encourage guests to create their own cocktail. For garnishes, include mini donuts, chocolate syrup, caramel syrup, simple syrup, and fun paper straws.

Peppermint Mocha Iced Coffee

Ingredients:

6 oz Iced Coffee

1 1/2 oz Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in Peppermint Mocha

Peppermint Mocha Donut from Drunken Donut, garnish

Directions:

In a glass with ice, pour in your favorite iced coffee. Then add Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in peppermint mocha. Top with a festive paper straw and donut on the straw. Enjoy!

Cheers!

All Photos Christy Wilson Photography

Friday Favorites

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ONE// Natalie Chang’s Red Heart Paper Coffee Cups. Adore these heart coffee cups, I used them in our Valentine’s Day gift idea.

TWO// Delish’s 100+ Brunch Menu Recipes. So many great ideas for hosting brunch.

THREE// PMQ for Two’s Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Hot Toddy. Looking for a Jackson Morgan cocktail to keep you warm this weekend?

FOUR// Draper Jame’s Thank You Cards. We love a good thank you note.

FIVE// Better Home’s Garden Balloon Garland Tutorial. Balloon garlands add a festive touch to any party, but can be expensive, this DIY is very helpful in making your own.

Valentine's Day Gift Idea

Happy Valentine’s Day! After becoming a member of Certified Celebrator’s Sprinkle Sister program, I have been thinking about ways to intentionally love on other people. Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to put together gifts for your loved ones. This gift basket could be dropped off at friend, coworker, neighbor, or family member’s house to spread love on Valentine’s Day. I went with a spiked hot chocolate themed gift basket, but you can make this your own with other themes.

Valentine’s Day Gift

Supplies:

Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in peppermint mocha

Gift Basket

Paper Shreds

Paper Coffee Cups

Red Jackson Morgan Southern Cream Stone Coffee Mug, Available here

Peppermint Sticks

Marshmallows

Treat Bags

Hot Chocolate Packets

Festive Cocktail Napkins

Gift Tag

Ribbon


Directions:

Gather your supplies and place paper shreds in the bottom of the basket or bin. I love these pre assembled gift baskets linked below to keep things simple. Add in your items, I tied a Dixie Design’s gift tag to the Jackson Morgan bottle with pom-pom ribbon I found at a local craft store.

I used treat bags for marshmallows and tied with a pretty ribbon. The paper coffee mugs from Natalie Chang were adorable in the basket. I also loved the Breathless Paper “Totally Unnecessary Cocktail” napkins. After you place everything in the basket, drop off on someone’s doorstep for a fun surprise.

If you are looking to gift something on a smaller scale, the paper coffee mugs filled with paper shreds and a mini Jackson Morgan bottle also makes a thoughtful gift.

Cheers! 

All images Christy Wilson Photography, you can shop this post below.

Valentine's Day Boozy Heart French Toast

Did you catch all of our Valentine’s Day soirée posts? No brunch is complete without trench toast, especially if made boozy with Jackson Morgan Southern Cream. I followed our Salted Caramel French toast recipe, the step by step video can be found here, but made a few tweaks to make it more festive for Valentine’s Day.

Salted Caramel French Toast

Ingredients:

Loaf of Brioche Bread 

3 Eggs 

1 Tablespoon Sugar 

3/4 Cup Heavy Cream

1/4 Jackson Morgan Salted Caramel 

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract 

Pinch of Salt 

4 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter 

Caramel Sauce (for garnish) 

Maple Syrup (for garnish) 

Strawberries cut into Hearts (for garnish)


Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a shallow dish. whisk eggs, sugar, heavy cream, Jackson Morgan salted caramel, vanilla extract, and salt, set aside. Cut brioche bread into half inch slices then use a heart cookie cutter to cut out hearts from each brioche bread slice.

2. In a skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of butter on medium high heat until bubbly. Dip bread in the egg mixture, then add to the skillet until golden on each side. Continue until all pieces of bread have been cooked, you may need to add the remaining butter to keep the bread from sticking to the pan. 

3. Add bread to a oven safe pan. Bake for 5 minutes. 

4. To serve, drizzle with caramel sauce, maple syrup, and top with strawberries cut into hearts.

Cheers! 

Friday Favorites

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ONE// Lettermade’s Parker Stripe Napkins. How pretty are these monogram cocktail napkins for Valentine’s Day?

TWO// William-Sonoma’s Valentine’s Day Shop. Pair one of these sweets with a bottle of Jackson Morgan for a festive Valentine’s Day gift.

THREE// Nora Fleming’s Love Sign. An adorable addition to a Valentine’s Day bar cart.

FOUR// Love from the Oven’s Valentine’s Day Freakshake. Just add Jackson Morgan for an adult twist on this milkshake.

FIVE// Celebration Stylist’s Valentine’s Day Party Featured on Lauren Conrad. We spy Jackson Morgan minis in this stunning Valentine’s Day party.

Drunken Donuts

You have have noticed a new collaboration around our social media pages. Jackson Morgan is thrilled to be included on Drunken Donuts Nashville’s menu. Drunken Donuts combines two of our favorite things, donuts and booze. These tasty boozy donuts are available in seasonal flavors that change regularly. You can only get these in the Nashville area for now.

I included the Jackson Morgan Southern Cream peppermint mocha and salted caramel chocolate pretzel donuts in our Valentine’s Day brunch. You could easily gift these donuts with a clear treat bag, fun ribbon, and a cute gift tag. It would be such a great Valentine’s Day gift for girlfriends or coworkers. I always love to top a paper straw with one of these donuts as a drink garnish for iced coffee cocktails too. The options are endless.

To learn more about Drunken Donuts, check out their website here. Next time you are in the Nashville area, grab a box!

All images Christy Wilson Photography.

Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Milk Punch

With winter in full force, a brown sugar and cinnamon cocktail is in order. This creamy cocktail reminds me of leftover cereal milk and is delicious to serve for Valentine’s Day parties. You could even include a festive garnish for the occasion.

Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Milk Punch

Ingredients:

4 oz Milk

2 oz Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in Brown Sugar and Cinnamon

1 oz Dark Rum

Sprinkle of Cinnamon, garnish

Directions:

In a cocktail shaker, add milk, Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in brown sugar and cinnamon, and dark rum. Shake well until combined. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Cheers!

All Photos Christy Wilson Photography

Friday Favorites

Image via Christy Wilson for Jackson Morgan Southern Cream

Image via Christy Wilson for Jackson Morgan Southern Cream

ONE// Dixie Design Crest Valentine’s Day Invitation. Loving this invite we used in our Valentine’s Day Soiree.

TWO// Beaded Red Heart Earrings. A fun accessory to dress up any outfit for Valentine’s Day.

THREE// Strawberry Pie Pockets. Festive hand pies for a Valentine’s Day brunch.

FOUR// Camilyn Beth’s Valentine’s Day Shop. Perfect dresses for Valentine’s Day.

FIVE// Studio DIY’s 25+ Free Printable Valentines. One of these cards paired with a bottle of Jackson Morgan would be a great gift.

Valentine's Day Bar Cart

Did you catch our Valentine’s Day soirée earlier this week? I am sharing our bar cart today from the party. I prefer to have a designated cocktail spot for guests to mix up drinks so they feel comfortable to serve themselves when their drink needs refreshing. I also use my bar cart to store liquor in my dining room and change out the decor seasonally.

For this party, I served Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in salted caramel and peppermint mocha. I added a few of my favorite liquors on the bottom that I felt would mix well with these flavors including a vodka and whiskey. I keep sparkling water on hand too in case any guests need non alcoholic refreshments.

I used the crest from the Dixie Designs invitation to create an art piece that incorporated the invitation design on the bar cart. The heart coffee mugs were perfect for spiked coffee or hot chocolate. Lettermade linen napkins in blush and red stripe were great for sipping cocktails. Although I am not a fan of candy hearts, I love the way they look so I placed them in fancy footed dish for decor. It is no secret we love Pizzazzerie, her book was the perfect bar book. I also think it would make a cute Valentine’s Day gift especially paired with a bottle of Jackson Morgan.

On the bottom, I had a mirrored tray with liquor, simple syrup, candle, mini. boxwood, and a cocktail shaker, I used the remaining ranunculus flowers from the table centerpiece and created this arrangement with pieces of boxwood. Stay tuned for cocktail recipes from our brunch.

All images Christy Wilson Photography. You can shop this post below. Special thanks to Juliska and Mostess Box for partnering with us on this party.

Valentine's Day Soirée

Whether you love Valentine’s Day or hate it, it is always fun to have loved ones over for brunch. For Valentine’s Day this year, I opted for a festive brunch. You can celebrate Galentine’s Day with your girlfriends or scale this back for a brunch party for two on Valentine’s Day weekend. Valentine’s Day is the last holiday for our peppermint mocha cream until the holidays roll back around and a brunch felt like a proper send off for one of our most beloved flavors.

Color Scheme

I wanted a softer feel than traditional red and white colors for this brunch party. I opted for blush and white with pops of red. The boxwood wreaths added a fresh pop of green to the soirée and were a Target find. The invitation from Dixie Designs inspired the tablescape. I love using real invitations, it adds a nice touch to a party. I used the gift tags from the paper suite for Jackson Morgan mini bottles for the party favors.

Table

Since the India Armory tablecloth was a print, I kept the centerpiece simple with mini mason jars filled with stunning ranunculus flowers in blush pink. I tied mini boxwood wreaths to the chairs with blush velvet ribbon to match the larger wreath over the bar cart. The heart appetizer plates from Juliska were one of my favorite details. I used mini cake stands to display individual cakes next to each place setting.

Menu

I kept with a traditional bunch menu. Apple hand pies with pink icing (an adult pop tart), spinach quiche, fried chicken and waffles, fresh fruit, spiked Jackson Morgan salted caramel pancakes (recipe coming soon), heart sugar cookies, mini pink layer cakes, biscotti, assorted croissants, Jackson Morgan spiked Drunken Donuts, cinnamon rolls (topped with red and pink sprinkles), and biscuits with maple pecan butter.

All images Christy Wilson Photography, you can shop this post below. Special thanks to Juliska, Nora Fleming, and Drunken Donuts for partnering with us on this party.

Friday Favorites

Image via PMQ for Two

Image via PMQ for Two

ONE// PMQ for Two’s Salted Caramel Cinnamon Coffee. The perfect Jackson Morgan cocktail to serve for brunch this weekend.

TWO// The Feed Feed’s Valentine’s Day Cocktail. This strawberry and peppermint mocha cocktail made with Jackson Morgan looks delicious.

THREE// Pizzazzerie’s DIY Trimmed Cloth Napkins. This easy DIY will jazz up your next dinner party.

FOUR// Fashionable Hostess’s Valentine’s Day Flower Tutorial. How pretty would this flower arrangement be for a Valentine’s Day party?

FIVE// Kate Spade Heart Midi Dress. A festive dress to wear for Valentine’s Day.

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

For our winter dinner party, we served hot chocolate cocktails for guests to warm up. When there is chilly weather in the forecast, this Jackson Morgan salted caramel hot chocolate recipe is the perfect treat.

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:

6 oz Hot Chocolate

1 1/2 oz Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in Salted Caramel

Whipped Cream, garnish

Burnt Sugar Syrup, garnish

Directions:

Make a batch of your favorite hot chocolate. Stir in Jackson Morgan Salted Caramel. Top with whipped cream and drizzle burnt sugar syrup over the whipped cream (optional). The burnt sugar syrup was in the winter Mostess box. Enjoy!

Cheers!

All Photos Christy Wilson Photography