When I turned 21, I was determined to be a badass. The youngest of my friends, I had watched the majority of them ripen to adulthood and opt for sugary martinis and syrupy cordials on their special days. Cosmopolitans, amaretto sours, and assorted varieties of fruit-flavored wines were usually on the list of go-to beverages, but me… well, I wanted the fill bigger britches. I wanted the stuff that grown men drank, the kind of booze that put hair on you chest. I opted for bourbon.
Let’s just say I had no idea what I was getting myself into. My Kentucky roots tricked me into believing that all the exposure to bluegrass and horse-speckled hills would somehow prepare my palate for the smooth (but not subtle) punch of a bourbon cocktail, but I could not have been more wrong.
On my 21st birthday, armed with my parent’s credit card and a friend to hold my hair back (kidding), we saddled up to a table at a local Birmingham whiskey bar, and I ordered a glass of Woodford Reserve over ice. The waitress suggested I try their bacon-infused variety (obviously, because it was 2008), and I delightfully agreed. For the next hour I put on a brave face and grimaced through microscopic sips of what I assumed was some kind of smoky rubbing alcohol. It was terrible, and I watched longingly as my friends enjoyed chilled glasses of Riesling and cranberry vodkas. I was not ready for the bourbon.
Bourbon Bundt Cake
Now, I sing a different tune about bourbon now. I love the flavor it adds to cocktails and baked goods alike and opt for its comforting warm flavors over just about any other libation. Here, in this bourbon bundt cake, the Kentucky-bred booze flavors a moist, one-bowl cake with flavors of fall and a subtle little kick reminiscent of what that 21-year old Kate was probably expecting from her birthday beverage. This cake is perfect for the season, fits in with any breakfast or brunch menu, and is still enough of a treat to enjoy at dessert. Consider this is your catch-all cake for the next few months. If you’re interested in hearing more about it, let’s dive in.
Making the Cake
This bourbon bundt cake is made with my favorite (you guessed it!) Kerrygold butter. In pound cakes and other simple bundts, I prefer to opt for their high-fat, ultra-flavorful unsalted butter. Kerrygold butter keeps this cake moist with a subtle richness that other butters simply can’t offer. To the softened butter, I add sugar and brown sugar which gets whipped together until light and fluffy. Eggs and vanilla come next before the dry ingredients are alternated in with the buttermilk and bourbon. The batter bakes up in a prepared bundt pan until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Allow the bourbon bundt cake to cool slightly in the pan and then invert onto a cooling rack or serving dish. Once cool, whip up the simple glaze of bourbon, powdered sugar, and cream, and pour the thickened mixture all over the cake. I love collecting the run-off glaze in the center of the cake and spooning any extra glaze back on top for a second dose of sweet. This bourbon bundt cake is simple but such a crowd pleaser.
I hope you’ll give this bourbon bundt cake a try this week! Next week we’re celebrating my birthday (!!!) with TWO special recipes that I can’t wait to share. In the meantime, many thanks to Kerrygold for sponsoring this post and for making this an awesome cake! Happy baking!
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Bourbon Bundt Cake
This bourbon bundt cake is lightly scented with booze and is topped with a powdered sugar glaze. Perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert!
- Prep Time: 15
- Cook Time: 70
- Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
- Yield: 9
- Category: Cake
For the cake:
- 1 cup (230 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1–1/4 cup sugar (250 gm)
- ¾ cup (150 gm) brown sugar
- 4 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 cup (240 gm) buttermilk, at room temperature
- ¼ cup (60 gm) good quality bourbon
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2–3/4 cups (385 gm) all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
For the glaze:
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons bourbon
- ¼ cup heavy whipping cream, plus more as needed
To prepare the cake:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter, sugar, and brown sugar together on medium speed for 4 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the eggs one at a time. Scrape the sides of the bowl and stir in any unincorporated egg. In a separate bowl combine the buttermilk, bourbon, and vanilla extract. In another bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, soda, and salt. Add half of the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and stir just until barely combined on low speed. Add half of the liquid ingredients and stir to combine. Repeat this process to incorporate the remaining dry and wet ingredients. Fold the batter together using a rubber spatula to ensure everything is well incorporated.
- Lightly grease and flour a bundt pan and spoon the batter into the pan. Bake in the preheated oven until the cake has risen and a toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 45- 50 minutes. Allow to cool for 20 minutes in the pan, then invert the cake on to a cooling rack to cool completely.
To prepare the glaze:
- Whisk together the powdered sugar, bourbon, and ¼ cup of heavy whipping cream. Add additional cream 1 teaspoon at a time until your glaze is the desired consistency. Add additional powdered sugar to thicken as needed. Spoon the glaze over top of the cake and enjoy!
43 thoughts on “Bourbon Bundt Cake”
I am making this for the holidays. I have to sub out the whipping cream. I am going to use coconut cream. I am pretty sure it won’t be an issue and will add awesomeness to the taste. We have selected a fine Kentucky bourbon with caramel notes. 😁
Just made this beautiful cake and found out we need to leave town for the weekend and can’t bring it with me. Any chance this will be good on a Monday after baking it Friday afternoon?
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Hey, I am from Kentucky originally as well. I loved the way you started this article with how you were introduced to bourbon. I too felt the same way about the libation. Being from Kentucky, I feel it necessary to respect and partake of our glorious states signature drink. I love this receipe, and how easy it is to enjoy this wonderful dessert.
I have also made this one and it was so good!! But could I make this in a loaf pan?
This is a delicious cake, start to finish, and accessible to someone without a lot of baking experience..
I will be giving most of it away–so I don’t eat it all.
Also significant: the bourbon is gentle enough that I would not hesitate to serve this to children. In my personal experience, boozy desserts tend to self-regulate in that the kids don’t like the strong ones. This can be served to anyone (but a teetotaler…)
I think that my glaze was too thin so next time–and there will be a next time–I will start with the ¼ c. bourbon and half that amount of cream, and add more cream as needed.
Made this today because I got a new Bundt pan. Oh my, is it ever good!! Great crumb, great taste, and definitely a keeper! I used regular butter, not Kerrygold, but it’s excellent!
Hooray! I’m thrilled to hear this!
Loved it! I’m still learning and this was easy enough for me to make well. It’s delicious.
Hooray! I’m thrilled to hear this!
Hi Kate! Just made this for Easter, in the oven now!! Just realized I made a mistake…. Used wht. Sugar in place of brown sugar, hope it still turns out! Do you think it will? Hope so… Thanks for the great recipe!!!
Hi there! Considering making this for Easter… I see one person has skipped the glaze! Has anyone else and still loved it without?
If it takes like a pound cake I’m sure I would love it either way! Half of the family is now plant based so I need to cut back on the sugar too. I am open to any suggestions if you can respond. My daughter and her husband love Burbon, ( husband went to school in Kentucky) so I look forward to trying this!!!
Thanks Kate for the great recipe, I look forward to many more…
Have you tried it in mini Bundt pans? What would the baking time look like for that?
I haven’t, but I would think just halve the bake time and watch until they have puffed slightly and a toothpick inserted comes out clean!
Heavenly cake! This came out moist and super flavorful . Made as a birthday cake and was enjoyed by all. Thank you!
Hooray! I’m thrilled to hear it!
I just made this cake for my sons 31st birthday. Wow. Simply amazing! My new favorite cake. I did add an extra splash of bourbon to the glaze since we are bourbon lovers
Do you need to refrigerate this cake? Ty for recipe
This cake was fantastic! Skipped the glaze and just sprinkled powdered sugar on top and it was amazing. Airy, flavorful, and gorgeous! Thanks for this great recipe!
So happy to hear this!!!!
HI KATE, CAN I REPLACE THE BOURBON WITH RUM?
Kate can I replace Bourbon with Rum?????
Kate, my family loved this cake. Such a wonderful combination and the addition of bourbon gave it a lovely aroma. Thank You!!
So happy to hear this!!!!
Can you turn this recipe into cupcakes?
I haven’t tried it, but I bet you could! It is dense though- not airy like a cupcake. I bet it would taste terrific though!
Made this recipe tonight during quarantine and it was amazing!!! I did add more bourbon then called for in the cake and glaze!! Thank you for sharing!!
I’m so thrilled to hear this, Shauna!
I was super proud, it came out remarkably well. The family and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I just wish I could have made it as pretty as yours, perhaps next time, but the taste could not be bet.
I’m thrilled to hear this!!!
Tremendous work! That shows the effort you put to write this article. Keep up the good work.
This bundt cake looks absolutely divine!! I’m also a big fan of Kerrygold – the difference in taste is so beyond regular butter! I can really tell how moist and buttery this cake looks. Beautiful!!
thrilled to hear this!!! thank you for sharing!
I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog and recipes. Every one I’ve tried has been exceptional. Your love of baking comes through every time.
Thanks for a job well done!
thank you for taking time to share such kindness! best to you!!
What size Bundt cake pan?
Looks spectacular (like all of your stuff!) and I will make it this weekend . I am so unhappy that you just can’t seem to find Kerrygold butter here in Montreal as I always hear you sing it’s praises .
ohhh, I wish! maybe someday! look for a high quality European style butter instead!
This cake is gorgeous! It makes me miss my gluten tolerant days. Congratulations…beautiful
try the cup for cup GF flour!