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Bourbon Pecan Cake

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 50 min (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 8 to 12 servings
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Ingredients

Cake:

2 2/3 cups cake flour

2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder 

3/4 teaspoon cinnamon 

1/2 teaspoon salt 

1/2 cup bourbon 

1/2 cup milk 

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter 

1/2 cup coconut oil 

2 cups granulated sugar

4 eggs, separated 

3/4 cup pecans, chopped and toasted

1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar 

Glaze:

1 cup confectioners' sugar

1 tablespoon bourbon 

1/4 cup pecans, chopped and toasted

Directions

  1. For the cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl and set aside. Combine the bourbon, milk and vanilla in a separate bowl (it may get clumpy looking--that's ok) and set aside.
  3. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and coconut oil until fluffy, about 1 minute. Add 1 3/4 cups of the granulated sugar and beat until fluffy, about 1 more minute. Add the egg yolks one at a time, mixing well between additions. Add the dry ingredients in four batches, alternating with the wet mixture, starting and ending with the dry. Stir in the pecans.
  4. In a stand mixer with a whisk attachment and a clean bowl, whip the egg whites with the cream of tartar on medium until soft peaks form. Sprinkle in the remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar and whip to stiff peaks, about 5 minutes total. Fold the egg whites into the batter in thirds.
  5. Pour into a bundt pan and bake until a cake tester comes out clean, 55 to 60 minutes. Let cool before turning the cake out of the pan.
  6. For the glaze: In a medium bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, bourbon and 2 tablespoons water. Once the cake is cool, top it with the glaze and sprinkle with the chopped pecans.

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