Y*mmy: Chocolate Whiskey Bundt Cake

chocolate, whisky, bundt, cake


  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder + 3 Tablespoons for dusting pan
  • 1 ½ cup brewed coffee
  • ½ cup American whiskey (or bourbon)
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. Butter bundt pan well then dust with cocoa powder, shaking out excess.

Heat coffee, whiskey, butter, and cocoa powder in a heavy saucepan over medium-low heat, whisking until butter is melted. Remove from heat, add sugar, and whisk until dissolved. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and cool for 5 minutes.

Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Whisk together eggs and vanilla, then add to chocolate mixture whisking until well combined. Add the flour mixture and whisk until just combined (batter will be thin and bubbly). Pour the batter into prepared budt pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean (about 40-50 minutes).

Allow cake to cool completely in pan. Loosen cake from pan using a dinner knife then turn out onto rack. Allow to cool completely before storing or add glaze and serve immediately.

*Side note: the flavor of this cake improves over time. Store in a cake keeper or wrapped well in plastic wrap at a cool room temperature. It can be made up to 5 days ahead and chilled, but bring to room temp before serving.

*This recipe was adapted from one found on Epicurious. Any changes are based on personal trial and error.

Basic Glaze

  • 1 ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 3 – 4 Tablespoons milk or water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Sift powdered sugar to remove any lumps. Slowly stir in vanilla and liquid of your choice until the glaze reaches desired consistency.

* Side note: If you put the glaze on a warm cake, it will absorb. This doesn’t affect the taste so much as the looks.

This post is also Day 5 of the 5 day challenge. I’m opening this one up to anyone who would like to join the fun! If you would like to participate, post a photo every day for five days and write a story to go along with each photo. Your stories can be fiction or non-fiction; short paragraphs, multiple pages, or poems. I’ve even opted for a recipe to tell my story for today, because to me sometimes recipes are the best kind of story! (smile) Each day, please invite one person to carry on the challenge. The challenge is not mandatory and can be refused, but I hope you accept and have fun!


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