Chocolate Bourbon Cake

My New Year’s resolution was to drink more wine. Goal accomplished! So this year’s is to make more cakes, and to get started, I used a recipe from XO Jane. They don’t have a recipe section (yet), but a creative baker named Marianne took took a whiskey cake recipe from the New York Times and replaced all instances of whiskey with raspberry liqueur to make a raspberry flavored chocolate cake.

Chocolate Bourbon Cake

Now I would have loved to try the raspberry variation, but all we had on hand (in terms of booze I’ve not been banned from using in baking) was Fighting Cock Bourbon. It’s $12.00 a bottle and probably a few steps up from Wild Turkey. Or maybe not. It worked.

Fighting Cock Bourbon Whiskey

I made the cake as a loaf cake and had to make enough adjustments to where it needed to be re-typed. Here’s the XOJane Baking with Booze raspberry version, and here’s the New York Times Whiskey-Soaked Chocolate Bundt Cake version from the New York Times. For a family of 3 with two being of legal drinking age, this size was perfect, but next time I’ll double it and serve it at a party.

Chocolate Bourbon Cake

2 tablespoons instant espresso powder
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
Boiling water (as listed in directions)
2 1/2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup bourbon, rye or other whiskey, more for sprinkling
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt – I used table salt
4 oz unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg plus 2 tablespoons lightly beaten egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup (4.5 oz) all-purpose flour
Garnish: Confectioner’s sugar, strawberries, whipped cream

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Rub a loaf pan (I used an 8 ½ by 4 ½) with shortening and dust lightly with flour. Lay a little rectangle of parchment paper over the bottom.
Put espresso powder and cocoa powder in a 2-cup glass measuring cup, then add enough boiling water to come up to the 1/2 cup measuring line. Mix until dissolved. Add whiskey and salt; let cool.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl melt the chocolate in the microwave using 50% power and stirring every 30 seconds.
In the bowl of a stand mixer or large mixing bowl, beat the butter until fluffy. Add sugar and beat until well combined. Beat in the eggs, then beat in the vanilla extract, baking soda and melted chocolate, scraping down sides of bowl with a rubber spatula.
On low speed, beat in about a third of the whiskey mixture. When liquid is absorbed, stir in 1/2 cup flour. Repeat additions, ending with whiskey mixture. Scrape batter into prepared pan and smooth top. Bake until a cake tester inserted into center of cake comes out clean, about 50 minutes.
Transfer cake to a rack. Unmold after 15 minutes and sprinkle warm cake with more whiskey. Let cool before serving, garnished with confectioners’ sugar if you like.

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  1. says

    Hi Anna! Have I ever shared that I’ve NEVER had bourbon!? When I’ve had recipes that called for it, family members have begged that I leave it out. So I either leave it out or choose a different recipe. Someday I’m going to have my own private bourbon tasting party haha!! I’m glad your cake was good!

  2. karen says

    I LOVE this cake, I’ve also made it with rum and kahlua, but I love it best with good old Jack Daniels. But I might have to try it with raspberry liqueur, sounds wonderful.

  3. says

    I don’t think I’ve ever had bourbon! I like your goal of drinking more wine, I should make that mine too :). I love wine!

  4. says

    I can’t resist anything chocolate. I have to admit I’ve never had bourbon but I’d be willing to try it in this cake!

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