Open up a bottle of bourbon…and bake a cake! This Bourbon Spice Bundt Cake is packed with warming baking spices. It’s a delicious way to celebrate the arrival of cooler temperatures!
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Laura’s uncle loved to smoke meat. He had 3 different smokers, and he would get them all out each summer for the reunion weekend. I still remember the time I opened one of the smokers and found an entire pig’s head staring back at me. I asked him why, and he just said he wanted to try it out. A man after my own heart right there! That pretty much encapsulates my philosophy when it comes to cooking, baking and grilling. Why? Because I wanted to learn!
Laura’s uncle passed away several years ago, and we miss him. The reunion weekends aren’t the same without him. However, we picked up his hobby of collecting hard-to-find bourbons, and it’s been a lot of fun. I only wish he was still with us so we could talk about the different bottles! We would often sit and have a glass of bourbon with him back in the day, but we didn’t know enough at the time to have an educated conversation. Thanks to COVID, we’ve learned to talk bourbon. If you are into the hard-to-find bourbon game like us, then shoot me a message – I’d love to chat!
Bourbon Spice Bundt Cake
At any given time, we have a large variety of bourbon whiskey in our liquor cabinet. It’s not because we drink that much. Typically, we pour ourselves a glass or two on weekend nights. Rather, we enjoy having the choices. Some bottles are super rare, and those get saved for special occasions. Other bottles come out regularly, but each one has it’s own unique flavor. Some nights you want something smooth and easy drinking. Other nights you want a spicy rye. It just depends on our mood.
My mom has a recipe for a bourbon apple cake that I absolutely love. I recently took that recipe and put a spice cake twist on it. The apples were omitted, but I upped the spices. This Bourbon Spice Bundt Cake is amazing. My sister-in-law happened to be here when I first made this cake, and she said it tasted like Christmas. I couldn’t agree more!
And the bourbon glaze that gets poured on top of this Bourbon Spice Bundt Cake? Yum! This spice cake is definitely going onto my list of favorite fall and winter desserts!
A quick note about baking with bourbon. The bourbon that you use will have a noticeable impact on the flavor of this cake. I wouldn’t recommend pulling out a special bottle of bourbon whiskey for this cake. Instead, use a bottle that you might use for mixing cocktails. Similar to cooking with wine, don’t cook with a bourbon that you wouldn’t drink. And if a little bourbon happens to land in a glass while you’re baking this Bourbon Spice Bundt Cake? Totally acceptable! You do have to taste your ingredients, right? Cheers and happy baking!
Did you bake this Bourbon Spice Bundt Cake at home? Leave a comment, or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog). I’d love to see your version!
Bourbon Spice Bundt Cake
For the Cake
- 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 1 package 3.4-oz. instant vanilla pudding mix
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground nutmeg
- ¼ tsp ground cardamom
- ¼ tsp ground cloves
- ¾ cup 2% milk
- ¾ cup bourbon whiskey
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 3 large eggs
- 1⅓ cups coarsely chopped pecans divided
For the Cake
- Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease and flour a standard 12-cup Bundt pan; set pan aside.
- Using a large mixing bowl, add flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, pudding mix, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and cloves; stir until well combined.
- Using a separate bowl, add milk, bourbon, vegetable oil and eggs; stir until well combined. Add liquid mixture to the bowl with the dry ingredients; stir until well combined.
- Fold 1 cup of chopped pecans into batter.
- Transfer batter into prepared pan.
- Bake for 65-70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out mostly clean.
- Remove pan from oven and let cool for 15 minutes.
- Invert pan onto serving plate. Let cake cool completely.
For the Bourbon Glaze
- Using a medium saucepan, add all of the glaze ingredients except for vanilla (brown sugar, butter, light corn syrup, sweetened condensed milk and bourbon). Place over medium heat and cook, stirring often, until mixture is smooth and no longer grainy.
- Remove glaze from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
- Pour glaze over the top of the cooled cake. Sprinkle remaining chopped pecans on top of glaze before it sets.
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