Bourbon Chocolate Cake

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  • Total Time 1h 20m
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Makes 20 servings

This is my most-requested cake recipe. Not only is it delicious, but you don't need a mixer to make it -just whisk all the ingredients together.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 3/4 cups hot coffee
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 5 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate, cut into small pieces
  • 2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F. Grease and flour two 8- or 9-inch round pans. Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt.

Combine the coffee, bourbon, chocolate and butter in a large covered metal bowl. Let stand until completely melted, then whisk together. Whisk in the sugar and cool. Whisk in the flour mixture in 2 batches, then the eggs and the vanilla.

Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 45 minutes (checking after 30 minutes for even baking) or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool the cakes completely in the pans on wire racks. You can then either refrigerate them in the pans, wrapped in plastic, or use them right away, though it's easier to decorate a cool cake. To remove the cakes from the pans, run a knife around the inside edges of the pan and place it over a low flame to melt the grease, making sure to keep the pan moving to prevent burning. The cake should slide out easily when you invert the pan.

Recipe courtesy of

Colette's Birthday Cakes by Colette Peters

Little, Brown & Company

Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.

RecID 4046

nutrition information per serving

256 calories; 14g total fat; 46mg cholesterol; 79mg sodium; 32g carbohydrates; 1g fiber; 3g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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