Gourmet Bourbon Pecan Cake

Bourbon chocolate cake

This gourmet bourbon pecan cake recipe is so strikingly delicious it will please even the most hard core epicurean.  It was a smash hit with all my tasters. 

This recipe makes one 8 or 9 inch layer and is finished off with a glazing of warm chocolate ganache.

"Oh, my goodness Lorelie, the Bourbon Pecan Cake is spectacular"
~Dolores Matzen~

"Stunning and Exquisite, WOW!"
~Scott Carvey~

Video Instructions For The Bourbon Pecan Cake

Bake the layer for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick stuck into the center comes out clean. I found that the cake needed more than 25 minutes in my oven. This is not your ordinary fluffy cake, in fact there are no rising agents. Any lightness is due to the egg whites and the egg yolks which are beaten with sugar and folded into the batter.

WARNING: It may not look pretty when it comes out of the oven (You will see that in the video presentation.) Don't worry, your cake is just fine once you coat it with the unbelievably rich chocolate ganache, your cake will be gorgeous.

Bourbon Pecan Cake Recipe


Makes enough batter to fill one 8 or 9 inch pan

  • 4 ounces of bittersweet chocolate (I use Ghirardelli) 
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) unsalted butter
  • 4-6 Tablespoons of Bourbon
  • 3 eggs separated
  • 2/3 cups granulated sugar (split)
  • 2/3 cups finely ground Pecans
  • 1/2 cup sifted and then measured cake flour
  • Glaze:
  • 6 ounces of bittersweet chocolate (I use Ghirardelli) 
  • 2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons of heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter


Begin by melting the chocolate and the butter. Then stir in the Bourbon and let cool. Beat your egg whites with half of the sugar until stiff but not dry. Place the dry ingredients into a bowl and add finely ground pecans. Fold the cooled chocolate mixture into the egg mixture. Finally - fold the egg whites into the (egg yolks and chocolate mixture) alternating with the flour mixture. 

Pour the batter into the pan and bake at 325 degrees, depending on your oven for about 25 minutes. Cool the cakes for a few minutes and then remove from the pans. Sprinkle with 2-4 tablespoons of Bourbon (optional) Once cooled glaze your cake with chocolate ganache.  

TIP: Refrigerate or freeze the cake prior to glazing.

Chocolate ganache recipe 

Ideas For Enjoying Your Bourbon Pecan Cake 

With this type of rich extreme flavor I recommend using a lightly sweetened whipped cream on the side to cut the richness a bit. This would make a great dessert, gift or birthday cake for food lovers.

A chocolate ganache or glaze goes well with this or combine it with...

  • Whipped Cream 
  • Fresh Raspberries
  • Fresh Strawberries Dipped in Chocolate
  • Fresh Fruit of Any Kind

Decorating Ideas

  • Roasted Pecans Dipped in Chocolate
  • Chocolate Writing or Scrolls Around the Border
  • Sugared Flowers
  • Whipped Cream Piping
  • Whipped Cream With Fresh Fruit Arranged On Top
  • Surrounded by Grapes

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