Hey racing fans, do you have your fancy hat and cute dress ready? It’s Derby Week in Louisville. Quintessential foods include mint juleps (see our tip for pumping up the mint flavor), and Hot Browns
hot turkey club sandwiches with bacon and Mornay sauce). For dessert, how about a slice of Chocolate Bourbon Bundt cake? Moist, delicious and fragrant with bourbon, this cake will be the hit of your Derby watch party.
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Chocolate Bourbon Bundt Cake with Bourbon Pecan Glaze
- 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
- 1 cup boiling water
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup bourbon
- 2 sticks butter, softened to room temperature
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1-3 tablespoons bourbon
- 1/4 cup toasted pecans
In microwave or double boiler, heat unsweetened chocolate until melted and smooth. Set aside until cool. In a large heat proof cup, add boiling water. Add cocoa powder and salt, whisk until dissolved. Add bourbon. Set aside until cool.
In the bowl of stand mixer using the paddle attachment, beat butter on medium speed, about 2 minutes, or until it is light and fluffy. Add sugar and beat one minute. Add the eggs, one at a time and beat until incorporated. Add the vanilla extract and then the cooled, melted chocolate. Beat until incorporated.
In a clean bowl, add flour and baking soda. With the mixer on low, add a third of the flour mixture, then a third of the bourbon/cocoa mixture, stopping to scrape down sides of the bowl as needed. Repeat 2 more times with a third of the flour mixture, then a third of the bourbon/cocoa mixture.
Grease a bundt pan, then flour the inside with cocoa powder. Pour batter into the pan, then smooth the surface. Bake in 325 degree oven for about 1 hour, checking at the 45 minute mark for doneness.
When cake is cool, invert onto a plate. To make glaze, combine confectioners’ sugar with bourbon (can thin with a bit of milk if the mixture is too stiff). Drizzle on cake, then top with toasted pecans.