Indulge in a Rich and Boozy Bourbon Pecan Pound Cake

Picture this – a golden buttery pound cake, speckled with chopped pecans and finished off with a drizzle of bourbon glaze. If your mouth isn’t already watering, then wait until you try this Bourbon Pecan Pound Cake Recipe!

As a chef specializing in British cuisine, I’ve had the pleasure of trying countless desserts, but this one stands out amongst the best. The combination of nutty pecans and rich bourbon adds an irresistible depth of flavor to this classic pound cake recipe.

What I love about this recipe is the ease and simplicity of making it. You don’t need any fancy equipment or rare ingredients to whip up a decadent treat that will impress your guests. The best part? This cake gets better as it sits, making it an ideal make-ahead dessert for any occasion.

So why not add a touch of Southern charm to your next party or gathering and try out this Bourbon Pecan Pound Cake Recipe? Trust me, your taste buds will thank you.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Bourbon Pecan Pound Cake
Bourbon Pecan Pound Cake

This Bourbon Pecan Pound Cake is a dessert you won’t forget easily. This recipe offers a unique twist on the classical pound cake by introducing two of the most beloved flavors, pecans and bourbon. The result is an extraordinary explosion of buttery richness and moistness that will leave you drooling.

One thing that set this recipe apart from all other pound cake recipes is the attention to detail on every ingredient. I use only high-quality ingredients such as cake flour, sour cream, nutmeg, eggs, sugar, and butter, blended seamlessly to achieve perfection. The addition of pecans adds just the right amount of crunch while the Bourbon glaze takes it up a notch with a smooth finish that will leave your taste buds wanting more.

Not only does this recipe provide a delicious change of pace, but it’s also incredibly easy to make. All you need are basic kitchen utensils such as mixing bowls and measuring cups. In less than an hour, your kitchen will be filled with the aroma of freshly baked pecan pound cake.

This recipe is incredibly versatile, making it perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re looking for a quick dessert after dinner, making something scrumptious for your family or having guests come over to visit – Bourbon Pecan Pound Cake is sure to impress.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for a dessert recipe that adds brown butter bourbon frosting and chopped pecans into the mix, then look no further than Bourbon Pecan Pound Cake! With its unique flavor and simple yet satisfying prep process, this delectable dessert is guaranteed to make any meal special – so why not try it out tonight?

Ingredient List

 The rich aroma of this Bourbon Pecan Pound Cake is simply divine.
The rich aroma of this Bourbon Pecan Pound Cake is simply divine.

To make this Bourbon Pecan Pound Cake Recipe, you will need the following ingredients:


  • 1 1/2 cups of unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups of granulated sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 3 cups of sifted cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 1/2 cup of Bourbon whiskey
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 cups chopped pecans

Glazed Bourbon Pecan Topping:

  • 1/4 cup (half stick) of unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup (half stick) shortening
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Bourbon whiskey
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Note: Be sure to use heavy bottom saucepans when cooking the glaze.

The Recipe How-To

 Make your neighbors envious with the beautiful golden crust of this cake.
Make your neighbors envious with the beautiful golden crust of this cake.


Before starting with the recipe how-to, let’s make sure that you have all of the necessary ingredients ready. You will need:

  • 3 cups Cake Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 1 cup Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 6 Large Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup Bourbon
  • 1 1/2 cups Chopped Pecans


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease and flour a 12-cup Bundt pan.
  3. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and ground nutmeg. Set aside.
  4. In another bowl, cream together the sugar and butter until it becomes light and fluffy.
  5. Add in the eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
  6. Pour in sour cream and water until fully combined.
  7. Slowly add in dry ingredients until well combined.
  8. Whisk together bourbon and chopped pecans; add to batter and mix thoroughly.


In a heavy-bottom saucepan, melt 1 cup of butter and cook over medium heat until brown bits start to form at the bottom of the pan (about 8 minutes). Remove from heat and add Kentucky bourbon.

  1. Pour your cake batter into your prepared Bundt pan.
  2. Bake for approximately 50-55 minutes or insert toothpick in center comes out clean.

  3. Cool cake for about 10 minutes on a wire rack before removing from pan onto wire rack.

  4. Drizzle brown butter bourbon glaze over still warm cake while still in pan.

Your Bourbon Pecan Pound Cake is now ready to be enjoyed!

Substitutions and Variations

 Fall in love with the beautiful texture of crunchy pecans and smooth cake.
Fall in love with the beautiful texture of crunchy pecans and smooth cake.

If you want to try out different flavors or ingredients in your Bourbon Pecan Pound Cake, here are some substitutions and variations you can make to cater to your preferences:

– Flour: Instead of cake flour, you can use all-purpose flour. Just keep in mind that the texture may differ slightly.

– Bourbon: You can swap the Bourbon with another alcohol, such as rum or brandy, for a different flavor profile.

– Pecans: Walnuts or hazelnuts can be used if you’re not a huge fan of pecans. However, pecans do complement the bourbon flavor exceptionally well.

– Sour Cream: Greek yogurt can be used as a substitute for sour cream to achieve similar results.

– Brown Sugar: If you’re using a Bundt cake pan, consider swapping out some of the granulated sugar for brown sugar. This will give the cake more moisture and deepen the flavor.

– Maple Bourbon Glaze: You could replace the bourbon with maple syrup if you prefer a milder glaze.

Regardless of which variation you opt for, this recipe is sure to provide buttery richness and moistness to any bourbon pound cake.

Serving and Pairing

 This cake is perfect for those who want a sweet treat with a little bit of a boozy twist.
This cake is perfect for those who want a sweet treat with a little bit of a boozy twist.

Ah, the sweet moment has arrived; when after putting in all the effort to make this fine bourbon pecan pound cake, you can finally taste it. A slice of this cake is fit for the Kings and Queens with its buttery richness and moist interior filled with chopped pecans, soaked in maple bourbon syrup. The glazed bourbon pecan topping glistening under the light will cover your tongue with a warm feeling that only Kentuky bourbon can provide.

To complement such a dessert, a cup of dark roasted coffee or black tea would make for an excellent pairing, as their bitter notes bring out the sweet flavors of this cake. For those who prefer something milky, a hot or cold latte would be amazing too. Also, a glass of aromatic Bourbon compliments the dessert perfectly.

This cake is perfect for any occasion – whether it be birthdays or celebrations; it makes for a great dessert after dinner. Or Maybe you want to pair it up at teatime or brunch with muffins should be a choice too. You could also opt for a dollop of ice cream on top of this cake just as long as you let it thaw up to 5 minutes or cut into it straight from the freezer.

Savor every bite, for each slice holds a piece of Bourbon-infused happiness that’ll transport you to Southern charm in every bite.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Get ready for a flavor explosion with this delicious Bourbon Pecan Pound Cake.
Get ready for a flavor explosion with this delicious Bourbon Pecan Pound Cake.

If you’re planning ahead for a special occasion or just want to get ahead of the game, this Bourbon Pecan Pound Cake is a great option. You can make this cake up to 2 days in advance and store it at room temperature in an airtight container. The flavors will develop even further over time, making for an even better tasting treat.

If you have leftovers, you can store them in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. The cake will stay moist and flavorful, so don’t worry about it drying out. To reheat, simply slice off a piece and microwave it for 10-15 seconds until warmed through.

Another option is to freeze the Bourbon Pecan Pound Cake. Allow it to cool completely before wrapping it tightly with plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Store it in the freezer for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to enjoy it again, allow the cake to thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Once thawed, you can warm it up in the microwave or oven for a few minutes.

One thing to keep in mind is that the glazed Bourbon Pecan Pound Cake should not be frozen as it may become soggy when thawed. But if you’re looking for an easy make-ahead dessert that will still taste fresh, then this recipe is perfect. Just remember to follow the storage instructions to ensure that your cake stays fresh and delicious until you’re ready to enjoy it!

Tips for Perfect Results

 A slice of this cake and a cup of tea are the perfect companions on a lazy afternoon.
A slice of this cake and a cup of tea are the perfect companions on a lazy afternoon.

As a chef specializing in British cuisine, I have made my fair share of pound cakes over the years. From my experience, here are a few tips to ensure that your bourbon pecan pound cake comes out just right.

1. Brown Your Butter

Browning your butter imparts a nutty flavor to the cake, which pairs perfectly with the pecans and bourbon. Simply cook the butter over medium heat until it turns brown and has a nutty aroma, then remove it from heat and let it cool before adding it to your batter.

2. Use Cake Flour

Using cake flour is essential for creating the tender and delicate crumb that is characteristic of pound cakes. The lower protein content of cake flour helps prevent gluten formation, resulting in a lighter texture.

3. Incorporate Sour Cream

Adding sour cream to the batter results in a super moist cake. It also adds a slight tanginess that complements the sweetness of the cake.

4. Toast Your Pecans

Toasting your pecans before using them gives them a more intense flavor and crunch. Simply spread them out on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F for about 8-10 minutes, or until fragrant.

5. Don’t Overmix Your Batter

Overmixing the batter can result in a dense and tough cake. Mix just until all ingredients are incorporated and then stop.

By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to creating a delicious Bourbon Pecan Pound Cake that will have everyone asking for seconds!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Bourbon Pecan Pound Cake is an ideal addition to your dessert lists. With its impressive taste and amazing texture, it deserves a top spot on your dessert menu. This recipe saves you time with easy-to-follow steps and substitutions and helps you impress your guests without much ado. You can make the cake ahead of time and store it in the freezer for future enjoyment. The rich, buttery flavor of this pound cake, flavored with bourbon, is simply irresistible.

So why not give this fantastic recipe a try? With all its easy substitutions and variations, you can make it your own creation while still fitting into your lifestyle. You never know; this pound cake may win you over with its enticing aroma and flavorsome taste. Therefore, I urge you to take out your aprons, grab those baking utensils off the shelf, and get to work; because trust me when I say that your taste buds will thank you for it!

Bourbon Pecan Pound Cake

Bourbon Pecan Pound Cake Recipe

Course Dessert
Cuisine Southern American
Keyword < 4 Hours, Dessert, Fruit, Nuts, Oven, Weeknight
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour
Calories 697.7kcal


  • 1/2 lb butter
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 cups cake flour, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg, ground
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup Bourbon
  • 1 1/2 cups pecans, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon Bourbon
  • 2 tablespoons water


  • Combine butter and sugar in bowl of electric mixer and blend until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs one at a time, beating constantly.
  • Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg.
  • Blend sour cream and bourbon.
  • Alternately add flour and sour cream mixture to batter.
  • Add pecans.
  • Grease bottom and sides of tube or bunt pan.
  • Pour in batter and bake at 325 degrees for about one hour and 30 minutes.
  • Test cake frequently after first hour and 15 minutes for doneness.
  • Let cake cool in pan for 15 minutes before turning out on wire rack.
  • To prepare glaze, combine sugar and bourbon.
  • Stir while gradually adding water.
  • Add only enough water to make a pourable glaze without allowing mixture to become too thin.
  • Pour glaze over top of warm cake and let dribble down sides.


Serving: 186g | Calories: 697.7kcal | Carbohydrates: 91.2g | Protein: 7.8g | Fat: 31.7g | Saturated Fat: 13.6g | Cholesterol: 143.6mg | Sodium: 441.9mg | Fiber: 1.9g | Sugar: 62.6g

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