Kentucky Bourbon Cake

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READY IN: 53hrs
SERVES: 8
YIELD: 1 cake
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Pour 2 cups bourbon or whiskey over raisins and cherries.
  • Soak in covered container for 48 hours.
  • Before mixing in cake, drain well, reserve bourbon.
  • Soften butter at room temp.
  • cream until light.
  • Add sugar,beat until fluffy.
  • Beat egg yolks until very light, than add brown sugar.
  • Beat well to dissolve sugar.
  • In a very large bowl, combine the 2 sugar mixtures blend well.
  • Mix nutmeg baking powder with 4-1/2 cups flour.
  • Mix other 1/2 cup flour with nuts.
  • Add flour mixture alternately with bourbon to sugar,butter, egg mixture, mixing well after each addition.
  • Add soaked fruit, fold in, then add the nuts fold in.
  • Beat egg whites until stiff but not dry.
  • Fold into batter until evenly distributed.
  • Pour in greased 10" tube pan lined with greased brown paper.
  • Place a pan of water in bottom of oven.
  • Bake 4-5 hours at 275.
  • Test with toothpick about 2" from outer edge of cake.
  • May take longer than 5 hours.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes before turning out.
  • When almost cool, sponge sides inside hole heavily with bourbon-saturated cheesecloth.
  • Cover cake with this cloth, then in plastic wrap Let set overnight saturate again.
  • Recover tightly with plastic wrap.
  • Store at least 2 weeks.
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