Bertha's Big Bourbon Bundt Cake

This recipe came to me via a friend, Bertha, who just loved any cake that had booze in it. I have, in the past, eliminated the bourbon when making this for kids and it is still wonderful. Basically, it is a variation on a tunnel of fudge cake.

Bertha’s Big Bourbon Bundt Cake


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 4 tablespoons bourbon
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon
  • 1 cup toasted pecan pieces
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 5 tablespoons hot water


1 Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour one 10 inch Bundt or tube pan.

2 Cream 1 cup of the butter or margarine, cream cheese, 1 teaspoon of the vanilla, 6 tablespoons of the cocoa, 1/2 cup of the brown sugar, white sugar, and 4 tablespoons of the bourbon. Add eggs one at a time mixing well after each one.

3 Mix together flour and baking powder and mix into batter. Beat on medium speed about 3 minutes. Spread half of the batter in bottom of the prepared pan and place teaspoonfuls of filling around the center of batter. Cover with the remaining batter.

4 Bake at 325 degree F (165 degrees C) for 70 to 75 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool slightly on damp tea towel and then invert on to a plate. Cool completely and then spread with glaze.

5 To Make The Filling: Blend 1/4 cup of the unsalted butter or margarine, 1/4 cup of the cocoa, 3/4 cup of the brown sugar, and 1 tablespoon of the bourbon together. Fold in the toasted pecans.

6 To Make The Glaze: Blend 1/4 cup of the cocoa, 1 cup of the confectioner’s sugar,1 teaspoon of the vanilla, 1 tablespoon of the butter, and starting with 4 tablespoons of the water then adding more until the desired consistency is reached. Spoon over top of cooled cake.


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