Sweet and Spicy: Bourbon Brown Sugar Pound Cake Recipe

Welcome, my dear readers! I am delighted to share with you one of my all-time favorite recipes, the Bourbon Brown Sugar Pound Cake Recipe. This delightful cake is perfect for any occasion, be it a family gathering, a birthday celebration, or a dinner party with your closest friends. Trust me, this cake will quickly become a crowd favorite.

In this recipe, we combine the rich and decadent flavors of Bourbon and brown sugar with the light and fluffy texture of pound cake. The result is a delectable dessert that is sure to satisfy even the most discerning of palates.

As a chef specializing in British cuisine, I have tweaked this classic American recipe to include a hint of authentic Southern charm. The warm and inviting aroma will fill your kitchen as you bake this delicious cake. The rich flavors will leave your taste buds singing with delight.

So if you’re ready to take your baking skills to the next level, let’s dive into the Bourbon Brown Sugar Pound Cake Recipe together. Trust me; it’s worth every bite!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Bourbon Brown Sugar Pound Cake
Bourbon Brown Sugar Pound Cake

Dear avid bakers and dessert enthusiasts,

Let me tell you why this Bourbon Brown Sugar Pound Cake recipe is going to change the way you view dessert forever.

For starters, its unique blend of bourbon and brown sugar creates a warm and indulgent flavor profile that will leave your taste buds tingling with delight. Imagine taking a bite of this cake – the richness of the bourbon mixed with the sweetness of brown sugar creates an explosion of flavors in your mouth that is simply unmatched by any other dessert.

But it doesn’t stop there. The texture of this cake is divine – it’s moist and decadent but still manages to have that perfect crumbly texture pound cakes are known for. With a hint of vanilla extract thrown into the mix, it’s impossible to resist digging into this dessert.

Not only is this recipe delicious, but it’s also incredibly easy to make. With simple ingredients like flour, baking soda, butter, eggs and bourbon (of course!), anyone can whip up this recipe in no time. Plus, its versatility means that it can be tweaked and adapted to suit your own personal tastes – add some blueberries or strawberries for a fruity twist or substitute the bourbon with another liquor if you prefer.

Finally, this recipe is perfect for any occasion. Whether it’s a birthday celebration, a dinner party or even just a casual get-together over coffee, you can always count on this cake to impress your guests.

So why waste another minute on mundane desserts when you can indulge in the Bourbon Brown Sugar Pound Cake? Trust me, once you give this recipe a try, there’s no going back – it will leave you wanting more every time!


Your fellow dessert lover

Ingredient List

 A melt-in-your-mouth, rich and decadent pound cake that's perfect for any special occasion!
A melt-in-your-mouth, rich and decadent pound cake that’s perfect for any special occasion!

Let’s dive into the ingredient list! Before starting with the recipe, let’s make sure we have all the ingredients needed to make this delicious Bourbon Brown Sugar Pound Cake. Here are the items you’ll need:

Dry Ingredients:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 and a half cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 5 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup bourbon (such as Kentucky Bourbon)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

For the Glaze:

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup bourbon (such as Kentucky Bourbon)
  • A pinch of salt


  • Blueberries and strawberries for garnish.

Make sure these ingredients are measured out and ready to go before starting on this recipe, it will save you time and make the process smoother.

The Recipe How-To

 Nothing beats the aroma of freshly baked cake straight out of the oven!
Nothing beats the aroma of freshly baked cake straight out of the oven!

Let’s start baking! This Bourbon Brown Sugar Pound Cake recipe is a delightful treat that is sure to impress your family and friends. Here’s how to make it:


  • 1 1/2 cups of unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup of dark brown sugar, packed
  • 5 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 cup of Kentucky Bourbon
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

Step-by-step instructions:
Step 1: Preheat your oven

Preheat your oven to 325°F.

Step 2: Prepare the Bundt pan

Grease and flour a 10-inch Bundt pan, making sure to cover every crevice.

Step 3: Cream the butter and sugars

Using an electric mixer, cream the butter, granulated sugar, and dark brown sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy, which should take about 5 minutes.

Step 4: Add the eggs

Add one egg at a time while beating on low speed until they are fully incorporated.

Step 5: Mix dry ingredients with bourbon

In another bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add this mixture to the butter and sugar mixture, alternating with the bourbon.

Step 6: Add vanilla extract

Finally, add in the vanilla extract and continue mixing on medium speed for another minute.

Step 7: Bake the cake

Pour the batter into the prepared Bundt pan and bake for 70 – 80 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Step 8: Cool and serve

Let the cake cool in the pan for 20 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Serve with fresh strawberry or blueberry sauce and enjoy!

That’s it! Your Bourbon Brown Sugar Pound Cake is ready to serve. This recipe is perfect for a special occasion or holiday dessert. Be sure to follow the tips and recommendations in the next section for best results.

Substitutions and Variations

 Can you resist a slice of this boozy, brown sugar goodness?
Can you resist a slice of this boozy, brown sugar goodness?

In the world of baking, substitutions and variations can often lead to equal or even better results than the original recipe. Luckily, the bourbon brown sugar pound cake recipe is no exception. Here are some substitutions and variations you can try out to switch things up:

– Blueberries or strawberries: If you’re feeling a fruity twist, consider folding in 1-2 cups of fresh blueberries or chopped strawberries into the batter before baking.

– Bourbon glaze: While the cake already incorporates bourbon flavoring, you can really lean into it by making a bourbon glaze to pour over the top. Mix 1 cup of powdered sugar with 1-2 tablespoons of bourbon and slowly drizzle over the cooled cake.

– Pecan bundt cake: Inspired by traditional Southern baking, swap out the sugar for caramel pound cake frosting and add in 1 cup chopped pecans to the batter for a rich and nutty flavor.

– Christmas cake: If you’re in search of a holiday treat, swap out the vanilla extract for almond extract and add in 1 teaspoon each of cinnamon, ginger, and allspice to create an aromatic spiced version of this classic recipe.

Remember, substitutions and variations are opportunities to make a recipe your own. Don’t be afraid to experiment with what’s in your pantry or try something new – you never know what delicious results may come out of it.

Serving and Pairing

 This cake is the ultimate indulgence with its moist texture and deep flavors.
This cake is the ultimate indulgence with its moist texture and deep flavors.

Now that you’ve made this delectable Bourbon Brown Sugar Pound Cake, it’s time to serve it up in style. This cake pairs well with a variety of accompaniments for a full-flavored meal or snack.

One popular pairing for this cake is fresh berries such as blueberries or strawberries. They add a burst of tangy sweetness that complements the rich flavor of the bourbon and brown sugar in the cake. You could even make a scrumptious berry compote to drizzle over the cake for an extra punch of flavor.

Another pairing is a dollop of freshly whipped cream on top of each slice. The light and airy texture is refreshing against the dense richness of the cake, and its subtle sweetness elevates the flavors even more. I recommend using lightly sweetened whipped cream with just a sprinkle of cinnamon powder for an added depth of flavor.

Of course, you can always stick to tradition and enjoy your Bourbon Brown Sugar Pound Cake alone, preferably with a hot cup of tea or coffee on the side. The sweet and warming aroma of the cake will comfort your soul while its rich flavor satisfies your cravings.

Whether you are hosting a gathering or indulging in some self-care, this cake will be the perfect addition to any occasion. So go ahead, slice yourself a piece, and enjoy every decadent bite.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The perfect pairing for a hot cup of tea or coffee on a lazy afternoon.
The perfect pairing for a hot cup of tea or coffee on a lazy afternoon.

If you’re planning to make the Bourbon Brown Sugar Pound Cake ahead of time, not to worry, it stores well! Once the cake has completely cooled, wrap it in plastic wrap or place it in an airtight container and store it at room temperature for up to 3 days.

If you want to store the cake for more than 3 days, you can freeze it for up to 2 months. Make sure to wrap the cake securely with plastic wrap and then add an additional layer of aluminum foil to prevent freezer burn. To thaw the pound cake, let it sit at room temperature for a couple of hours before serving.

When reheating pre-sliced pieces of cake, microwave them for 15-20 seconds or reheat them in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) until warm.

It’s also important to note that the Bourbon Brown Sugar Pound Cake tastes even better on the second or third day after it’s been baked, as the flavors have had time to develop and intensify.

Tips for Perfect Results

 You won't be able to resist licking the bowl clean after making this cake batter!
You won’t be able to resist licking the bowl clean after making this cake batter!

Now that you have all the ingredients and instructions on hand, it’s time to focus on some essential tips to bake a perfectly soft and luscious Bourbon Brown Sugar Pound Cake. Follow these simple tips and tricks, and you’ll surely impress everyone with your culinary skills.

Tip 1: Prepare the Ingredients Ahead of Time

The first secret to making the perfect Bourbon Brown Sugar Pound Cake is preparing your ingredients ahead of time. Make sure to let your eggs, butter, and Bourbon come to room temperature before beginning. This helps ensure that all ingredients will blend together evenly, thus creating a smooth batter.

Tip 2: Do Not Overmix the Batter

Once you start mixing the batter, be cautious not to overmix. Mixing too much can result in a dense texture. Instead, mix it till everything is just barely combined.

Tip 3: Use Good Quality Kentucky Bourbon

As one of the main ingredients in this recipe, the quality of your bourbon will significantly influence the final taste of your cake. We recommend using good quality Kentucky Bourbon.

Tip 4: Add Fruits and Nuts for Extra Flavor

If you’re feeling adventurous, add some blueberries or strawberries to the batter for some extra flavor and tangy goodness. You can also sprinkle some pecans or almonds to make it even more special.

Tip 5: Make Sure Your Bundt Pan is Greased Well

One common mistake while baking pound cakes is not greasing the Bundt pan well enough. If it’s not adequately greased, your cake will stick to it even after cooking. To avoid this situation, grease your pan liberally with butter or shortening.

Tip 6: Let Your Cake Cool Completely Before Frosting

Although we all are tempted to frost our lovely and glorious creation right away but let your cake cool down first before frosting. Instead of melted frosting, you will have a smooth frosting layer that won’t melt away.

By following these tips and tricks, you can create a delectable and juicy Bourbon Brown Sugar Pound Cake that will leave everyone’s taste buds wanting more. Get ready to receive compliments galore!

Bottom Line


I hope you are feeling adventurous, my friends, because this Bourbon Brown Sugar Pound Cake Recipe is the perfect dessert to end any meal. As a chef specializing in British cuisine, I can guarantee that this recipe will not disappoint! With its rich flavor that hits all the right notes and its moist texture, this bourbon brown sugar pound cake is nothing less than perfection.

From the Kentucky bourbon that brings warmth to every bite, to the brown sugar that gives it a sweet caramel flavor, and the light and fluffy batter with just the right amount of density, this cake is an authentic Southern delight. Add some blueberries or strawberries on top, and you have got yourself an impressive dessert that everyone will be raving about!

So next time you are looking for a dessert recipe that will leave your guests impressed and satisfied, try out this delightful bourbon brown sugar pound cake recipe. It’s easy to make with basic ingredients found in any household pantry. Don’t forget to pair it with some good old-fashioned Kentucky bourbon or a glass of cold milk!

Trust me; when it comes to desserts, no one does it better than we Brits!

Bourbon Brown Sugar Pound Cake

Bourbon Brown Sugar Pound Cake Recipe

A yummy recipe from Kentucky! Makes a great gift! I don't drink alcohol, but love to cook with it! Adapted from Mimi's cyber kitchen.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword < 4 Hours, Christmas, Dessert, Fruit, Nuts
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 1 cake
Calories 5643.5kcal


  • 3 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons Bourbon
  • 1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened (2 sticks)
  • 5 eggs


  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Bourbon
  • strawberry (to garnish)
  • blueberries (to garnish)


  • Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • Grease and flour a 12-cup bundt pan.
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
  • Combine the milk, vanilla, and 4 tablespoons bourbon.
  • In large bowl, with mixer at medium speed, beat brown sugar and 1/2 cup sugar until lump free.
  • Add butter and beat at high speed until light and creamy, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • At low speed, alternately add flour mixture and milk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan.
  • Bake 1 hour and 20 minutes or until cake springs back when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Cool cake in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  • Remove cake from pan.
  • Frosting:
  • In small bowl, combine orange juice, 1/3 cup sugar, and 2 tablespoons bourbon.
  • Brush mixture all over warm cake.
  • Cool cake completely.
  • Garnish with berries or other fruit for a pretty presentation.


Serving: 1734g | Calories: 5643.5kcal | Carbohydrates: 789g | Protein: 78.2g | Fat: 218.7g | Saturated Fat: 128.4g | Cholesterol: 1563.8mg | Sodium: 4423.7mg | Fiber: 10.2g | Sugar: 500.2g

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