Bourbon Pecan Fudge Cake
FUDGE. This is a post about fudge. More specifically, fudge frosting laced with bourbon and pecans. It’s rich, folks. It’ll make you smack your lips and pine for a glass of cold milk. If you’re on a mission to impress a chocolate lover, a bourbon aficionado, a fan of both bourbon and chocolate, or a human being, this frosting should do the trick. Moist and fluffy chocolate cake in the middle ain’t too shabby either.
Chocolate Cake with Bourbon Pecan Fudge Frosting
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup warm water
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Bourbon pecan fudge frosting:
- 1-1/2 cups butter, room temperature
- 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate
- 9 cups powdered sugar, sifted, divided use
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 cup bourbon
- 3 cups pecans, finely chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray or grease two 9-inch round cake pans; set aside. Sift together cocoa powder, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl. Add eggs, warm water, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla, and mix until smooth, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of bowl to assure batter is well mixed. Divide batter evenly between the two prepared pans. Bake until cake tester comes out clean, about 40 minutes, rotating pans once if needed. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool completely.
To make the frosting, melt together the butter and chocolate. Let cool a bit, then beat in 3 cups of powdered sugar. Add the vanilla, lemon juice, and bourbon and mix well, then beat in the remaining 6 cups of powdered sugar and the pecans. If the frosting is too thin, add a little more powdered sugar, but don’t go crazy–it thickens as it sets up!
I cut both cake layers in half horizontally so there were four layers of cake. You don’t have to do this, but if you don’t, you’ll probably wind up with extra frosting…which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.