I don’t know about you, but rum cake was a dining room table staple at my grandma’s for as far back as I can remember. It showed up early and often for Sunday dinners and holidays. My great aunt was the designated rum cake-maker and to my knowledge, she used a box cake mix and Bacaradi, a recipe which has certainly made its round from index cards to recipe books and now, the Internet. A couple of years ago, I made a homemade version that pretty much knocked everyone’s socks off. My family loved it, and many of you have since made it and shared with me how much your families have loved it.
Given the popularity of the rum cake, I had a feeling that bourbon cake would be a terrific follow-up. I saw this bourbon cake nearly two years ago, and subsequently bought the cookbook where it had originated. Once I realized that the Kentucky Derby was right around the corner, I dusted off the recipe and whipped it up using Kentucky bourbon; any excuse to be festive, right?!
I don’t need to tell you how fabulous this is, do I? I mean… BUTTER. BOURBON. CAKE.
You can absolutely taste the butter in this cake and I mean that in the most phenomenal way imaginable. It’s moist, and absolutely bursting with bourbon flavor.
If you’re having a Kentucky Derby party, this is a must for your menu.
I also imagine no one would complain if you served it up for the holidays or any other get together where people appreciate cake, butter and bourbon.