I'm hosting a Burns Supper/Burns Night this winter complete with poetry, Scotch, drunken songs, etc. For dessert, I saw a recipe for Drambuie cake with orange glaze but it included vanilla pudding mix and I don't want to use this. I've never made a cake with liqueur before, and have never tasted Drambuie (will do soon) although I'm quite familiar with regular Scotch whiskey. Alongside the cake, I thought of having a winter fruit compote (maybe apples, pears, cinnamon, star anise, and...?), all served with vanilla-, orange-, or Drambuie-spiked whipped cream. I know it sounds over the top, but it's an indulgent night and feast for friends. Could anyone point me in the right direction to develop a recipe that does not include pudding mix? Should I be looking at old Italian rum cakes for a template? Or what else? Does anyone have other suggestions for what to put in the fruit compote? Is a typical glaze to basically mix the alcohol with butter and sugar?
Thanks in advance for any advice!