Buttermilk Lipstick: Bourbon-Pecan Chocolate Pound Cake

Published: Feb. 17, 2020 at 9:17 AM CST
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Makes 16 servings

Tube & bundt pan sizes vary & not all recipes are interchangeable due to the quantity of batter produced from recipe to recipe. Check pan sizes before making a pan substitution.


1 1/2 cups butter, softened

3 cups dark brown sugar, packed

5 eggs

1 Tbsp vanilla

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted 3 times

3/4 cup cocoa powder, sifted 3 times

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 cup whole buttermilk

1/3 cup bourbon

3/4 cup chocolate syrup

Bourbon-Chocolate Ganache

3/4 cup toasted pecan halves, coarsely chopped


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Generously grease & flour a 10-inch tube pan. Beat the butter & the brown sugar with an electric stand mixer on Medium speed until light & airy, about 5 minutes. Stop the mixer occasionally & scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Add the vanilla & the eggs, one at a time, blending on Low speed just until the yellow disappears.

Whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder & baking soda in a medium bowl. Add to the butter mixture alternately with the buttermilk & the bourbon. Blend in the chocolate syrup. Spoon the batter evenly into the prepared pan. Drop the pan a few inches from the counter top surface to settle the leavening.

Bake 1 hour & 15 minutes to 1 hour & 20 minutes or until a wooden pick tests clean. Do not over bake the cake. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Remove the cake from the pan. Cool completely on a wire rack. Prepare the Bourbon-Chocolate Ganache as directed. Quickly drizzle the ganache over the top of the cake & allow some to spill down the sides. Sprinkle the pecans over the warm ganache.

Bourbon-Chocolate Ganache

Makes enough to cover 1 {10-inch} pound cake

Be careful not to over blend the mixture as it will become a whipped ganache instead.


1 cup bittersweet chocolate morsels

3 Tbsp heavy cream

2 Tbsp bourbon


Microwave the chocolate & the cream in a small bowl on High 30 seconds. Gently swirl the ingredients in the bowl. Cook an additional 15 seconds & whisk until glossy & almost smooth. Whisk in the bourbon. Use immediately as directed.

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