Thursday, October 28, 2010

Putting the Cupcakes Aside for a Bit, Today It's Cake - For Adults!

Remember how last week I said that I had been on a cupcake kick lately and I had made Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes with a Bailey's Irish Cream frosting?  I took the ones that I had made to work and they were a definite hit whilst being dubbed "Car Bomb Cupcakes" - something that made perfect sense! - but then my partner Jeff said to me, "You know what would be really good, too?  A Jack Daniels Cake!"

Hmmm, I think I had some Jack Daniels in the cupboard left over from last year's Dispatch Christmas Get-Together ... Yep, I sure did so after a quick trip to the grocery store for butterscotch pudding mix and Heath Toffee pieces I followed the recipe I had found on-line and created this ...

Jack Daniels cake

Now being that I've not cut into it yet and won't until later today, I'm not exactly positive how it tastes but I can tell you that it smelled delicious while baking and the tiny tastes of glaze I had were most excellent so I've got my fingers crossed that it came out halfway decent. I'll let you know what Jeff thinks later!

If you'd like to try your hand at baking one yourself, the recipe is quite easy and comes courtesy of but I'll post it here for you so you don't have to click over to the site and take your eyes off of that delicious looking picture!  Oh, and I didn't use anywhere near the amount of confectionary sugar that the reciped called for with the glaze as that seemed like a bit much but, that said, if I had followed the directions perhaps my glaze would have been glazier.  Ah well, live and learn, right?

Jack Daniels Bundt Cake

For the cake:
  • 1 (18 ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 1 (3 1/2 ounce) package butterscotch pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Jack Daniels Whiskey
  • 1 (12 ounce) package almond toffee bits
For the glaze:
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon Jack Daniels Whiskey
  1. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix and instant pudding, then add oil, water, 1/2 cup Jack Daniels and the eggs.
  2. Mix until smooth, about 4 minutes.
  3. Pour into a well greased bundt pan; tap the pan on a solid surface several times to remove any trapped air bubbles.
  4. Pour 1/2 of the toffee chips evenly over what would be the bottom of the cake.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes.
  6. Cool 15 minutes, then turn out onto a cooling rack and cool cake completely.


  1. Add together the powdered sugar, melted butter, and 1 tablespoon Jack Daniels and mix until smooth. You will definitely have to add more Jack here, as it will be too thick to drizzle over the edges and the glaze should just about run to the bottom of the cake before setting up (add a tablespoon or two, a little at a time to make it work).
  2. After drizzling, pour the remaining toffee bits over the wet frosting.

Easy peasy, right? One word of caution, though, I had a bit of trouble with it overflowing the pan while baking so you might want to put a piece of foil underneath just in case and save yourself the trouble of having to clean the oven afterward!  Now then, let's just hope it tastes as good as it looks!

A Jack Daniels cake


  1. Anonymous6:41 AM EDT

    I absolutely LOVE the halo effect on the cake. I swear when I saw that shot I heard angels humming over my shoulder....

    Indulging in some homemade pumpkiss bread and coffee w/gingerbread creamer for breakfast. It's close to cake. Right?

  2. Anonymous6:51 AM EDT

    um, ah, YOU JUST MADE MY DAY!! That looks delicious!! Let us know how it tastes.

  3. This on the morning I decided to get back on the path of healthy eating! Ugh.

    I agree with Lois, the Zoom effect does work really well for food posts. I'll have to remember that!

    Big hugs :]

  4. This one goes into the recipe box. I love all Whiskey cakes. Particularly the ones where you can smell it as soon as you cut in to the cake.

  5. Oh me, oh my, that looks divine, Duchess Linda!

    I also like the halo effect, as Lois called it.

    Never had anything like that, never mind bake it. You is talented. Waiting to hear how it tastes.

    I didn't know those famous cupcakes had Bailey's frosting. Wow, they must have been yummy.

  6. Well it certainly looks delicious! Eagerly awaiting the results of the taste test. :)

  7. It looks delicious. I'll be right over for a piece.

    Have a terrific day. Big hug. :)

  8. I wish you could make that cake for me, Linda.

  9. Hmmm, maybe a little TOO sweet???

    Big hugs, honely...

  10. I bet I can eat more bundt cake than anyone! hehe

    Looks and sounds incredible, wish I had some right now!

  11. Oh my goodness that look and sounds delicious!! I have to try that. (By the way, what photo editing program did you use?)

  12. Of course you know I'll try just about any kind of CAKE. The odd thing is that I'm not generally partial to CAKE with alcohol in it.

    I'll have it if it's all I can get though!

  13. "I think I had some Jack Daniels in the cupboard left over from last year..."

    I don't understand

    but the cake looks yum


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