Little Pick Me Up, Kentucky Bourbon Cake Recipe from 'Vintage Cakes'

As I do from time to time, I've been revisiting recipe requests i made over past 9 months.

Some titles like Vintage Cakes (Ten Speed Press, Summer 2012) by Julie Richardson, the head baker of Baker and Spice in Portland, Oregon deserve that I share a second helping.

Kentucky Bourbon Cake

10 to 12 servings

Bake time pan
40 to 45 minutes 10-cup fluted metal tube pan, greased

3 cups (12 ounces) sifted cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 cup (8 ounces) unsalted butter
11/2 cups (101/2 ounces) sugar
1/2 cup (33/4 ounces) firmly packed brown sugar
4 eggs, at room temperature
1/4 cup bourbon
1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
6 tablespoons (3 ounces) unsalted butter
3/4 cup (51/4 ounces) sugar
1/4 cup bourbon

Kentucky Cake

Center an oven rack and preheat the oven to 350F.

To make the cake, sift together the flour, baking powder, soda, and salt in a bowl, then whisk the mixture by hand to ensure that the ingredients are well mixed.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars together on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 5 minutes. As you make the batter, stop the mixer frequently and scrape the paddle and the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Blend in the eggs one at a time.

Combine the bourbon and buttermilk in a small bowl. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture in three parts, alternating with the buttermilk-bourbon mixture in two parts, beginning and ending with the flour. After each addition, mix until just barely blended and stop and scrape the bowl. Stop the mixer before the last of the flour has been incorporated and complete the blending by hand with a rubber spatula.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread it out evenly. Place the pan in the oven and bake until the cake is golden and springs back when touched, 40 to 45 minutes.

Make the glaze by combining the butter, sugar, and bourbon in a small saucepan over low heat just until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves, whisking to combine.

Remove the cake from the oven but leave it in the pan. Poke holes all over the top of the cake with a wooden skewer. Pour three-quarters of the glaze slowly over the cake, saving the remaining glaze. Allow the cake to cool for 30 minutes, then flip it out onto a serving plate so the glazed part is on the bottom.

Brush the top with the remaining glaze. If the glaze has thickened, rewarm it over low heat.

(* Reprinted with permission from Vintage Cakes: Timeless Cupcakes, Flips, Rolls, Layer, Angel, Snack, Chiffon and Icebox Cakes for Today’s Sweet Tooth by Julie Richardson, copyright © 2012. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc. Photo credit: Erin Kunkel © 2012)

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