Bourbon-Pecan Cake

Recipe by Julesong

A cake with the taste of the South. Bourbon soaked cherries and raisins make it festive.

Top Review by Mary McDaniel

This is an excellent holiday cake. I had the recipe years ago (1968) taken from the Birmingham, Al, news paper. I lost the recipe in the moving process. I believe you cook it in a bunt pan at 325 degrees for about 1 hour and 30 minutes. It is heavy and better than any fruit cake I have ever eaten. I have looked for this recipe for years and finally found it today!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In medium size bowl, mix cherries, raisins and bourbon.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for 8-24 hour.
  3. Grease and flour 12 cup fluted tube pan.
  4. Heat oven to 325 degrees.
  5. Drain fruits, reserving bourbon.
  6. In small bowl, toss ¼ flour and pecans.
  7. In medium size bowl, mix remaining 2 ¼ cups flour with nutmeg, baking powder and salt.
  8. In large bowl with electric mixer at high speed, beat butter until light and fluffy.
  9. Add sugar, ½ cup at a time, beating well after each addition.
  10. Add eggyolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  11. Beat in 1 cup flour mixture.
  12. With mixer at medium speed, add ¼ cup reserved bourbon alternately with remaining 2 cups flour mixture, beating well each addition.
  13. Batter will be thick.
  14. In another large bowl with mixer at high speed, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form when beaters are lifted.
  15. Stir about ¼ beaten egg whites into batter and fold in remaining egg whites.
  16. Fold in cherries, raisins and nuts.
  17. Turn batter into prepared pan and bake about 1 ½ hours or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  18. Remove cake from pan and brush remaining reserved bourbon.
  19. Drizzle glaze down sides.
  20. Cut candied cherries and pecans into quarters and garnish cake.
  21. NOTE: For stronger bourbon flavor, saturate piece of cheesecloth with additional bourbon.
  22. Wrap cake in cheesecloth then with foil or plastic wrap.
  23. Store in refrigerator in tightly covered container for 2-3 weeks.
  24. Unwrap cake, place on serving platter.
  25. Drizzle with glaze and garnish as desired.
  26. CONFECTIONER’S SUGAR GLAZE: In a small bowl, beat 1 cup confectioner’s sugar, 4 tsp milk and ¼ tsp vanilla extract until smooth.

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