Bourbon Cake

Recipe from Southern Living

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  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1 1/3 cups buttermilk
  • 1 1/3 cups chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 1 (8-ounce) package chopped dates
  • Bourbon Syrup


  1. Beat first 4 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth.
  2. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients; add to sugar mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Stir in walnuts and dates. Pour into a greased and floured 12-cup Bundt pan.
  3. Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Place on a wire rack. Pierce cake halfway through at 1-inch intervals with a long wooden pick. Pour half of syrup over cake. Cool in pan on wire rack 15 minutes. Invert onto plate; pierce top and sides with long pick. Pour remaining syrup over cake; brush onto sides until absorbed.
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