I love cake! Add bourbon, and you had me at cake. This cake’s origins date back to the 1960s when the recipe was entered into the Pillsbury Bake-Off Challenge and won a prize.

This dessert is mostly pound cake made with buttermilk, vanilla, and a load of butter, with one boozy addition that makes it truly Kentucky: BOURBON.

There is no need to dress this decadent, rich, and out-of-this-world cake with anything, but you could shower a little powdered sugar on the top to make it extra sweet.

This recipe is long but well worth it.

Be sure to use quality bourbon in this recipe. It makes all the difference.

  • 3 Cups of Cake Flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 0.5 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 Cup of Buttermilk
  • 1/2 Cup of Quality Bourbon
  • 1 tbsp. of Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup of Unsalted Butter (Room Temperature)
  • 1 1/2 Cup of Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup of Dark Brown Sugar
  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 6 tbsp. Unsalted Butter
  • 3/4 Cup of Quality Bourbon
  • 3/4 Cup of Sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. (Set Aside)
  3. In a measuring cup, mix buttermilk, bourbon, and vanilla. (Set Aside)
  4. In a stand mixer, mix butter and the sugars, and beat on medium for around 3-5 minutes.
  5. Reduce the mixer to low and add one egg at a time until fully incorporated.
  6. With the mixer still on low, add the dry and wet ingredients from steps two and three.
  7. Load up bundt pan with Cisco on all sides and pour batter into the pan.
  8. Bake for about 50-55 minutes.
  9. Cook on a rack for about ten minutes.
  1. Place a saucepan on medium heat and add Butter and Bourbon.
  2. Remove from heat and add the sugar to the saucepan until it thickens into a glaze.
  1. Poke holes all over the cake with a wooden skewer.
  2. Using a brush, paint the cake with half of the bourbon glaze, making sure it seeps through all of the holes.
  3. Flip the bundt pan onto a serving dish and pour the rest of the bourbon mixture over the top of the cake.
  4. Serve immediately.
This recipe receives 5/5 Barrels.

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