I used a bundt cake pan and used top-shelf bourbon (Basil Hayden) for the recipe. I was concerned about the cake having an alcohol taste when I tasted the batter, but once the cake was done that alcohol taste was gone. All you tasted was rich, delicious chocolate cake with a definite warmth/background of bourbon, but nothing overpowering. I'm not a bourbon drinker (my husband is) but I thought the cake was divine. He loved it too. The glaze, on the other hand, does have a distinctive alcohol taste because the bourbon isn't cooked down, but added at the end just before the conf sugar. Still tastes wonderful though (but perhaps not for younger children). This cake was great the day I baked it but I do agree with the previous poster that it gets even better with age. I've made it several times and every time it comes out just as good as the first. It's become my go-to recipe for holiday parties.
Mini Bourbon-and-Cola Bundt Cakes
Use a classic cocktail combo to flavor a chocolate cake by adding bourbon and cola to the cake batter and topping the mini Bundt cakes with a sweet bourbon and cola glaze.
Yield: Makes 3 dozen
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Total: 1 Hour, 40 Minutes
- 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
- 2 1/2 cups sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup cola soft drink
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 cup bourbon
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Bourbon-and-Cola Glaze
- 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar; beat until blended. Add eggs and vanilla; beat at low speed until blended.
- 2. Stir together cola, buttermilk, and bourbon in a small bowl. Combine flour and next 3 ingredients in another bowl. Add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with cola mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition, stopping to scrape bowl as needed. Pour batter into 3 lightly greased 12-cup Bundt brownie pans, filling each three-fourths full.
- 3. Bake at 350° for 12 to 15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks, and cool 30 minutes. Drizzle warm Bourbon-and-Cola Glaze over cakes.
- Go Big: Batter can be poured into 1 greased and floured 15-cup Bundt pan. Bake at 350° for 45 to 50 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
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