Serve this rich and decadent cake up for your next Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras feast.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
1 hr 40 mins
additional:
20 mins
total:
2 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a tube pan.

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  • Sift flour, baking powder, and nutmeg together in large bowl. In a small bowl, mix 3/4 cup bourbon, the milk and vanilla.

  • In a large bowl, beat the butter until smooth and creamy with an electric mixer. Beat in brown sugar until the mixture is fluffy. Add the eggs to the mixture, beating one in at a time. Mix the flour mixture and the bourbon mixture into the large bowl, small amounts at a time. Using a wooden spoon, stir the pecan pieces into the batter. Transfer the batter to the prepared angel food cake pan. Arrange the pecan halves in circles on top of cake (they will be on the bottom once the cake comes out of the pan).

  • Cover the pan with foil. Bake in preheated oven until a tester comes out clean, about 1 hour 40 minutes. Remove foil and bake another 20 minutes. Let the cake cool 20 minutes before removing it from the pan. Pierce the cake with a fork or knife in a few places and pour 1 cup bourbon over the cake.

Nutrition Facts

1499 calories; protein 19.4g 39% DV; carbohydrates 95g 31% DV; fat 111.1g 171% DV; cholesterol 186.3mg 62% DV; sodium 406mg 16% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (11)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
06/10/2006
This cake really needs a chance to mellow...at least overnight. It gets better with age especially with extra splashes of bourbon every so often. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/26/2004
I'm a huge bourbon fan and even I had trouble with this one-- the cake was great but the bourbon poured on after was overpowering--was like eating a shot of bourbon--very strong-- tasted better after sitting for a day-- may try again but pour less bourbon over top (maybe bake more within) decrease the pecans and maybe "candy" a portion of the pecans in the cake as the cake is not very sweet. Would also be good with a powdered sugar glaze spiked with bourbon. Good cake just too strong. Read More
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13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 3 stars
07/25/2004
I'm a huge bourbon fan and even I had trouble with this one-- the cake was great but the bourbon poured on after was overpowering--was like eating a shot of bourbon--very strong-- tasted better after sitting for a day-- may try again but pour less bourbon over top (maybe bake more within) decrease the pecans and maybe "candy" a portion of the pecans in the cake as the cake is not very sweet. Would also be good with a powdered sugar glaze spiked with bourbon. Good cake just too strong. Read More
(24)
Rating: 4 stars
06/10/2006
This cake really needs a chance to mellow...at least overnight. It gets better with age especially with extra splashes of bourbon every so often. Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
03/27/2007
I had to put a one star for the kid friendly rating because this really is an "adults only" cake as the bourbon is added after the cooking which means none of the alcohol is cooked off. The taste of this cake is fantastic and if you serve it to anyone who even remotely likes bourbon they will NOT be disappointed. Great cake. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/19/2009
I will probably try this cake sometime but oooohhweeee..did you get a look at the calories and fat grams on the cake?!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/14/2003
Yuuum--was a total hit last Fat Tuesday. Everyone loved it! Was worth the time it took to prep all the ingredients! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/01/2003
I made this for some men who I use to work for and they LOVED It. Can you guess why?? Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/13/2006
I made this cake before the Holidays and was very disappointed. A fairly expensive cake to make and did not have much flavor to it at all. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
03/09/2013
Sounded great but we didn't like it at all. Too much nuts the mix of flavors just didn't hit it off with our family. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/27/2015
A little dry. I didn't pour the extra cup of bourbon over the top of the cake because I thought the flavor would be way too intense. Even just baked in there was a lot of bourbon flavor. I only baked it for an hour and 10 minutes at the set temperature. Read More
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