Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Cake - Paula Deen

Recipe by Nana Lee
READY IN: 1hr 5mins
SERVES: 10-12


  • 8
    (1 1/16 ounce) semi-sweet chocolate baking squares
  • 12
    cup butter
  • 3
    eggs, separated
  • 12
    cup sugar
  • 14
    cup Bourbon
  • 14
    cup flour
  • 1 12
    cups chopped pecans
  • 1 14
    cups semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 325ºF.
  • Grease and flour a 9-inch springform pan.
  • Melt the chocolate and butter in a small bowl over a double boiler.
  • Remove from heat, and set pot aside leaving the bowl on top of pot.
  • Whisk egg yolks and 1/2 of the sugar in a metal mixing bowl.
  • Place bowl over slightly simmering water, and whisk until yolks reach 140ºF.
  • Remove bowl from heat and beat egg and sugar mixture with an electric mixer to a ribbon stage.
  • Add the Bourbon to the chocolate mixture, then fold the yolk and sugar mixture into the chocolate mixture.
  • Mix flour with pecans and fold into chocolate mixture.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat egg whites and the remaining sugar to form soft peaks, then fold into chocolate mixture.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Allow cake to cool in pan and then place in the freezer for at least 2 hours.
  • Once it's frozen, remove sides of springform pan.
  • Invert cake onto a wire rack and remove bottom of springform pan.
  • Prepare ganache by bringing heavy cream to a boil and pouring cream over chocolate chips in a bowl.
  • Whisk until completely smooth.
  • Set wire rack with cake on top of sheetpan.
  • Pour warm lukewarm ganache over cake, coating cake completely, recoating if necessary.
  • Gently jiggle wire rack to help drain excess ganache.
  • Remove cake from wire rack with spatula and place on a serving plate.