Kentucky Bourbon Butter Cake

A wonderfully boozy bourbon cake, much like its rum cousin.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep 30 minutes
Cook 40 minutes
Cooling time 30 minutes
Total 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 10 to 12 servings
Calories 787 kcal
Author Michelle


For the Cake:

  • cups sifted cake flour
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • teaspoons kosher salt
  • cups unsalted butter at room temperature
  • cups granulated sugar
  • cup light brown sugar
  • 5 eggs at room temperature
  • cup bourbon
  • cups buttermilk at room temperature

For the Glaze:

  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • cup bourbon
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 12-cup fluted Bundt pan; set aside.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder and baking soda into a medium bowl. Add the salt and whisk to combine; set aside.
  3. With an electric mixer, cream together the butter and both sugars on medium-high speed for 5 minutes, until fluffy, stopping occasionally to scrape the sides of the bowl. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition and scraping the sides of the bowl before adding the next.
  4. Combine the buttermilk and bourbon in a small bowl. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the flour mixture in three parts, alternating with the buttermilk-bourbon mixture in two parts, beginning and ending with the flour. After each addition, mix until just barely blended and stop and scrape the bowl. Stop the mixer before the last of the flour has been incorporated and complete the blending by hand with a rubber spatula.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread it out evenly. Bake until the cake is golden brown and springs back when lightly pressed with a finger, 40 to 45 minutes.
  6. Towards the end of the baking time, prepare the glaze. Combine the butter, sugar and bourbon in a small saucepan over low heat until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves, whisking to combine.
  7. Remove the cake from the oven and immediately poke holes all over the top of the cake using a long skewer. Pour three-quarters of the glaze slowly over the cake, allowing it to seep into the holes. Place the cake on a wire rack and cool for 30 minutes, then turn it out onto a serving platter. Immediately brush the remaining glaze all over the top and sides of the cake (if the glaze has thickened, rewarm over low heat). Serve the cake warm or at room temperature. Leftover cake can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional values are based on one serving

Nutrition Facts
Kentucky Bourbon Butter Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 787 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 34g 52%
Saturated Fat 20g 100%
Cholesterol 167mg 56%
Sodium 445mg 19%
Potassium 191mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 102g 34%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 70g
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin A 22.4%
Calcium 9.6%
Iron 5.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.