We get our hooch from a friend in the next county: Ol’ Chuck Miller, the first moonshine to go legal in the commonwealth of Virginia. Known around these parts as Virginia lightening, moonshine is high-proof, high-intensity corn-distilled whiskey that can send you over the edge if you don’t watch out. Luckily, moonshine isn’t as overpowering when you bake with it, and I wanted to offer up some kind of hooch cake as a Virginia treat. Its vanilla-like flavor pairs well with chocolate, and the orange zest and nutmeg complement both. Moonshine is available in most liquor stores; don’t be tempted by any flavored varieties.
— Brian Noyes
Excepted from Red Truck Bakery Cookbook, by Brian Noyes © 2018. Published by Clarkson Potter Publishers. Photos © 2018 by Andrew Thomas Lee.