Thursday, December 20, 2012

Chocolate Whiskey Cake

I found this recipe via Gourmet a while back and have been meaning to give it a try. Well, this morning I finally got around to making it and I'm so glad I did. This cake is absolutely delicious!

  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (plus a little for dusting)
  • 1 1/2 cups brewed coffee
  • 1/2 cup whiskey
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter a bundt pan and dust it with cocoa powder, knocking out the excess.

Heat coffee, whiskey, butter, and cocoa powder in a heavy saucepan until butter is melted. Remove from heat, add sugar and whisk until dissolved. Cool 5 minutes.

While chocolate mixture cools, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Whisk together eggs and vanilla in a small bowl, then whisk into cooled chocolate mixture until combined.

Add flour mixture and whisk until just combined (batter will be thin and bubbly).

Pour batter into bundt pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 40 to 50 minutes.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy!


  1. Looks delicious. I love the simple icing sugar top.

    1. Me too! It's such a rich, dense cake anyway, it doesn't really need icing.

  2. Your pictures are so pretty! This looks delicious!

  3. Simple and beautiful.

    I love holiday baking<3

    1. Thank you, Jes! Me too! I just wish I had time to do more of it!

  4. Mmmm this looks like a chocolate lover's dream!

  5. Can you make these into cupcakes? If so, how long to bake them. And if frosting is desired, what recipe would you use

    1. I think cupcakes would be delicious. I'm not sure how long to bake them so I would just test them with a toothpick after about 15-20 minutes. I would try the frosting I use in this recipe...

    2. Thank you for replying so quickly.

    3. Well, I made the bundt cake recipe into cupcakes, using Jack Daniels Whiskey. Because the batter was so thin it was too hard to spoon into the paper baking cups w/o making a mess. I used a small bowl w/a pouring spout and this worked wonders. I made 24 cupcakes and it took 20 mins in my oven. I did check it @ 15 mins w/a tookpick & they weren't ready. I had them baked just in time for coffee. OMG! These are absolutely delicious and I hadn't even frosted them yet My husband gave me a rating of 10 on these..:) Then I made the frosting using the recipe you recommended....double OMG!! My husband said now they are rated 10.5! :) I am so glad I found this recipe. Thanks again for posting it.

    4. I'm SO happy you guys liked them! Thank you for testing the batter as cupcakes and letting me know how it worked out. I definitely want to try that now! :) :)