Bourbon Pecan Pound Cake

Bourbon Pecan Pound Cake: a boozy alternative to the typical loaf cake by

Time has slipped away from me. How did it happen? …in so many ways but most of all it was work. Once you start baking and shooting for other people, your own work might fall by the way side. Not to worry. I return to you bearing a boozy gift: Bourbon Pecan Pound Cake.

Recently, I made a mini peanut butter bundt cake which is handy if you want a bundt cake that bakes in under 30 minutes. This here bourbon pecan pound cake is more traditional (60 minute bake time), but I might like it more. Why?


Bourbon Pecan Pound Cake: a boozy alternative to the typical loaf cake by

Bourbon is like bacon: it makes everything better. Out of all the recipes I’ve tested for Clabber Girl so far, it’s definitely one of my favorites.

When I first tasted the silky, boozy batter I shouted “Glory be!” to no one in particular. Ok, I don’t think those were my exact words, but you get the gist. Bourbon is great in my glass and my pound cake. You know what I’m talking about.

Bourbon Pecan Pound Cake: a boozy alternative to the typical loaf cake by

Just try not to drink all the booze before you start baking. Eh, who am I kidding? Drink it, if you’ve got it.


Recipe for Bourbon Pecan Pound Cake

Recipe for Bourbon Pecan Pound Cake adapted from Clabber Girl

Bourbon Pecan Pound Cake
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One Bourbon Peace Pound Cake, 9 x 5in
Serves: 12
  • Cake:
  • ½ c. vegetable shortening
  • ½ c. butter
  • 1½ c. granulated sugar
  • 2 c. cake flour
  • 1½ tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Soda
  • ⅓ c. sour cream
  • 3 tbsp. bourbon whiskey
  • 4 eggs
  • ¾ c. chopped pecans
  • Glaze:
  • 1 c. confectioners' sugar
  • 1.5 tsp. bourbon whiskey
  • 1.5 tbsp. water
  1. Coat 9 x 5 X 3 inch loaf pan with baking spray.
  2. Place rack in the middle of the oven.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  4. Place butter, shortening, and sugar in a bowl and mix on medium for 1 minute.
  5. In a separate bowl combine Clabber Girl Baking Powder, Clabber Girl Baking Soda and salt; mix well. Reserve one tablespoon for the pecans.
  6. Add dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix on low for 1 minute.
  7. In a measuring cup combine sour cream, whiskey, and eggs. Add mixture to the batter and combine on medium for 1-2 minutes. Make sure to scrape the side of the bowl.
  8. In a small bowl coat the pecans with the reserved tablespoon of flour (this should prevent the pecans from sinking to the bottom).
  9. Gently fold pecans into batter.
  10. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 50-55 minutes.
  11. Let cake cool before glazing.
  12. Glaze
  13. Combine whiskey, water and powdered sugar until smooth. Pour over cooled cake.





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  1. 1

    How can I turn down my two greatest delights, sugar and bourbon? I have a friend who’ll bake the bourbon pecan pound cake for me so I can have an even greater high during my weekly Sunday morning fix. I love Sundays.

  2. 5

    Thanks so much for this recipe! I have a milk/dairy allergy so I baked this cake using vegan margarine in place of butter, vegan buttermilk (almond milk and lemon juice) in place of sour cream and coconut oil in place of shortening and the cake came out AH-MA-ZING! One note is that I didn’t have enough of the salt, baking powder and baking soda mixture to reserve a tablespoon for covering the pecans, so I took it to mean 1 teaspoon. It still worked out great and the pecans didn’t fall. Final note is that my cake took about 1:15 so toothpick it since every oven is different. Will definitely bake again!

    • 6

      The flour was supposed to be mixed with the soda, salt and baking powder. Then you would have had enough for a tablespoon of the dry ingredients. BUT, if it worked for you, who cares!

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