Whiskey Love


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Sometimes you just want something that is what it says it is. This IS a Whiskey Cake. This is a straightforward recipe that you can put together and get baking in no time. And the reward on your investment is definitely there. You will taste the whiskey in this.

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Mise en place.*

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…and voilà!

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Whiskey Cake (based on recipe from Dancing Bear Lodge)


1 cup butter (2  sticks), room temperature

1 cup brown  sugar, packed

1 cup granulated  sugar

*6 eggs–even though the photo only shows 5

2 cup all-purpose  flour, sifted

1 teaspoon  baking powder

1/2 teaspoon  salt

1 teaspoon  cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon  baking soda

1/2 cup 2 percent  reduced-fat milk

1 cup molasses

1/2 cup Tennessee  whiskey, such as Jack Daniel’s


  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Beat butter using a mixer at medium speed; gradually add sugars and beat  until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition and  scraping down the sides of the bowl.
  • Combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and baking soda. Add to egg  mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Stop  mixer and add molasses. Restart mixer and slowly add whiskey. Mix until smooth,  about 30 seconds. (Batter will be thin.)
  • Pour into a greased pan. I used a Pullman pan, so that affects time. If you use 8 or 9-inch springform pan, half recipe and decrease baking time by 5 to 10 minutes. Bake 45-50 minutes,  until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve warm. Dusting of confectioner’s sugar, if desired.



6 responses to “Whiskey Love”

  1. Me Avatar

    Looks like a super moist cake. Can I substitute apple juice for whiskey?


    1. davegon Avatar

      It is a super moist cake! It also has an absurd amount of molasses, which I suspect adds greatly to the moistness.

      I’ve heard 1 part vanilla extract with 2 parts water works is a substitute for bourbon or whiskey, but I don’t know how well that works for all cakes. Maybe instead of water for the substitution above put apple juice? That might affect the sweetness. Good luck!


  2. Liz Avatar

    That was so fast, but it does look delicious.


  3. davegon Avatar

    Thanks! I was worried about the one cup of molasses, which I think is a lot, but the flavor isn’t too overwhelming. It’s definitely a major player in the cake, though. Should be called Molasses Whiskey Cake.


  4. cheryllovesfood Avatar

    Awesome cake Dave! Whiskey makes everything better. Thanks for the recipe. If I can ever manage to keep enough JD to make it I will.


    1. davegon Avatar

      Thanks! Whiskey does. And bacon. And butter. Amen. Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by!


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