Southern Bourbon Cake

Transport your taste buds to the heart of the South with our Southern Bourbon Cake—a decadent creation that captures the essence of Southern charm and indulgence. This recipe marries the warm, rich flavors of bourbon with the timeless comfort of a moist, tender cake. Join us on a culinary journey as we delve into the intricacies of crafting this Southern masterpiece, where every slice tells a story of tradition, flavor, and the art of savoring life’s sweet moments.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)

For the Bourbon Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup bourbon


Step 1: Flour Power Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). In a medium bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

Step 2: Creamy Bliss In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened unsalted butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. This step is crucial for creating a delicate crumb texture in the cake.

Step 3: Eggstravaganza Add the eggs to the butter-sugar mixture one at a time, beating well after each addition. This ensures a smooth incorporation of eggs, contributing to the cake’s overall richness.

Step 4: Liquid Harmony In a separate bowl, combine the buttermilk, bourbon, and vanilla extract. Slowly add this liquid mixture to the butter-sugar-egg blend, alternating with the dry flour mixture. Begin and end with the dry ingredients, incorporating them in batches. Mix until just combined; overmixing can lead to a denser cake.

Step 5: Nutty Indulgence Fold in the chopped pecans or walnuts if desired, adding a layer of nutty indulgence to the batter.

Step 6: Bake to Perfection Grease and flour a bundt cake pan to prevent sticking. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Bake in the preheated oven for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Step 7: Glaze Glory While the cake is baking, prepare the bourbon glaze. In a saucepan, combine the unsalted butter, granulated sugar, water, and bourbon. Bring the mixture to a gentle boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and set aside.

Step 8: Glaze Application Once the cake is done baking, let it cool in the pan for 10 minutes before transferring it to a wire rack. While the cake is still warm, generously brush the bourbon glaze over the top and sides, allowing it to soak into the cake. Repeat this process until all the glaze is used.

Cook Notes:

  • Toast the nuts before adding them to the batter for an intensified flavor.
  • For an extra bourbon kick, brush the warm cake with additional bourbon before applying the glaze.

Variations: Fruit Fusion: Incorporate diced peaches or soaked dried fruits, such as raisins or apricots, into the batter for a fruity twist.

Chocolate Bourbon Delight: Add cocoa powder to the dry ingredients and chocolate chips to the batter for a decadent chocolate bourbon variation.

Spiced Southern Charm: Infuse the batter with warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg to create a spiced bourbon cake.

Keto Version: For a keto-friendly adaptation, substitute almond flour for all-purpose flour and use a sugar substitute instead of granulated sugar. Adjust the quantities of wet ingredients to maintain the proper cake consistency.

Low-Carb Version: Reduce the carb content by using a low-carb baking mix or almond flour. Choose a low-carb sweetener for both the cake and the glaze. Be mindful of the carb content in the bourbon and adjust the amount to fit within your dietary goals.

The Southern Bourbon Cake is more than a dessert; it’s a celebration of Southern warmth and hospitality. The infusion of bourbon, the tender crumb, and the luscious glaze create a symphony of flavors that resonates with the soul. Whether shared at a family gathering or savored as a personal indulgence, this cake embodies the spirit of the South—where each bite is a reminder to slow down, savor the moment, and appreciate the sweet richness of life.

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