Fabulous Chocolate Bourbon Cake

Recipe below
Recipe below
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Bourbon and Kentucky go together like ham and eggs. Until I moved to Louisville, I had no idea there were so many uses for Bourbon besides drinking it. And when I opened my bed and breakfast here and started doing a lot of cooking, breakfast and otherwise, I soon learned that the heady stuff added great flavor to just about everything from Sweet Potatoes to Chocolate Nut Pie...from pork roast, chicken, and Apple Crisp to Kentucky famous Mint Juleps.

A Mint Julep would not be a Mint Julep with the Bourbon. And make no mistake, the kind of Bourbon you use makes a difference too. On the Bourbon Trail, a route which identifies the various Bourbon distilleries throughout Kentucky, visitors get to taste all the different varieties so that they can pick out the one they like the best. In addition, they are taken on a tour though each distillery to see how Bourbon in made and learn about the interesting history.

The various foods enhanced by the flavor of Bourbon are too many to list here. Recipes can be found in many cookbooks and on line. If you've never tried it, you have a treat in store for you. I remember the first time I tasted Bourbon sloshed heavily over a fresh fish steak. I was still living in Chicago and was visiting a friend who happened to be a pretty heavy drinker. Not only did he drink the stuff, but he poured it over just about every thing he prepared to eat. He was a wonderful cook, so I trusted him when he told me this was going to be the best fish I ever ate. He was right, of course.

After that, I added Bourbon to my list of condiments and herbs that, added to plain old food, would definitely enhance it and bring out its flavor. Up to that time, I had flavored my cooking mostly with wine, herbs and spices. But now, my pallet had been changed forever. Below is a wonderful Chocolate cake, complete with Kentucky Bourbon. Try it, you'll love it!

 

Bundt cake
Bundt cake
Layer cake
Layer cake
Layer cake
Layer cake
one layer Torte
one layer Torte
Iced Bundt cake
Iced Bundt cake
Layer cake
Layer cake

Bourbon Fudge Cake

 

Ingredients

2 teaspoons cocoa

1 3/4 cups water

2 teaspoons instant espresso

1/4 cup bourbon

5 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped

2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into small pieces and softened

2 cups sugar

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

Dash of salt

2 large eggs, at room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease and flour a large bundt pan (10 cup capacity), or two 8- or 9-inch loaf pans. Melt chocolate in microwave oven. Let cool. Combine instant espresso and cocoa powder in a measuring cup and add enough boiling water to come up to the 1 cup measuring line. Mix until powders dissolve. Stir in whiskey and salt. let cool. Beat softened butter until fluffy (2-3 minutes on high). Add sugar and beat until well combined. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well between each addition.

Beat in the vanilla extract, baking soda and melted chocolate, scraping down sides of bowl with a rubber spatula. With the mixer on the lowest speed, beat in a third of the whiskey espresso cocoa mixture. When liquid is absorbed, beat in 1 cup flour. Repeat alternating with whiskey mixture. Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth top. Bake aproximately 1 hour 10 minutes for Bundt pan (loaf pans will take less time. Check for doneness with toothpick after 55 minutes). Turn cake out onto a rack and let sit at least 15 moinutes. Unmold and sprinkle warm cake with more whiskey. Let cool. Sprinkle powdered sugar over the cake before serving.





















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Putz Ballard 6 years ago

Bet this is a good one, I've got to share it with my wife and give her a hint!!


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Pearldiver 6 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

Oh Yum! My favorite flavor, favorite drink and soon my favorite thing to bake I think ... Got to try this one.. Thanks for this. But... what measurement is a 'stick' of unsalted butter? (Sorry Kiwi)


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Putz: Sounds like a great idea to me. Thanks for commenting.


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Pearldiver: All my favorite flavors too. You'll love this cake! One stick of butter is 8 Tablespoons. Good luck.


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chirls 6 years ago from Indiana (for now)

Yum! I'm not a huge fan of bourbon but I AM a fan of chocolate cake! I think this amount of bourbon wouldn't be too much for me. Thanks for the recipe, I think I'll give this a try!


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Let me know how it turns out.


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Gad - this looks so good! Will have to borrow some Bourbon from a friend who actually drinks it to try this out. Thanks for sharing.

On a light note - when I was a teenager my brother, seven years older than me, had a friend who was rather bohemian and this friend has stuck in my memory because he had bourbon-flavoured toothpaste in his bathroom cabinet. I didn't try it!

Love and peace

Tony


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judydianne 6 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

Sounds delicious! I will definitely bookmark this one!


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Victoria West 6 years ago from Toronto

Sounds yummy... Thanks for sharing. :)


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

@judydianne: Let me know how you like it, if you try it


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

@Victoria: Thank you. Thanks for commenting


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Tony, Wonder if that Bourbon toothpaste is still available? I'll have to check here in Kentucky. Let me know if you try the cake.


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ahorseback 6 years ago

I am not a cook , but wow this sounds great ...you guessed I love fudge..


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

it's realy not that hard to make. Try it...it'll be worth it.:=)


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA

Very nice!


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Thanks, Julia. Been enjoying your crafts at Examiner.com


ralwus 6 years ago

Bookmarked. I will do this when the weather cools. Too dam hot now or I would bake one for the up and coming holiday. Thanks Nancy. Wild Turkey, great stuff.


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Glad you liked it, Charlie. Yeah, I think this recipe is perfect for fall. Enjoy!


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina

Nancy-anything chocolate is a winner to me. Your hub about Bourbon is amazing. I loved the info and can relate that it is brought into most anything. I've found similarities to certain condiments here in NC.

Rated up/I/A and yummy. Will share!


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

Did you make the cake in the photos? Beautiful job. This cake has got to be delicious.

voted it UP, etc.


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alekhouse 3 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Hi Denise. I feel the same way about chocolate. I'm going to make this cake for Christmas, along with my pumpkin swirl cheesecake. And I love cooking with bourbon. Thanks for commenting


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alekhouse 3 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Mary615, I did make that same cake and it turned out just like the one in the photo. And it's absolutely delicious. I've made it several times. I did not take the photo in the article. Thanks for stopping by.


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Life Iz Beautiful 3 years ago from India

Oh god... basically I am not a chocolate lover but this looks so yummy that I am tempted to try it!

Thanks for sharing

Voted useful

Have a nice day.


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alekhouse 3 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Hi LiB, It is so delicious you might learn to like chocolate. Thanks for the comment.

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