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June's Chocolate Bourbon Cake

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This is one of my husband's favorites. I modified a made-from-scratch cake recipe, for this very easy, delicious cake. It presents beautifully with the white glaze and chocolate stripes.

  • Hands-On Time: 30 Minutes
  • Total Time: 2 Hours
  • Servings: 16
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  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1 pkg instant chocolate pudding mix (3oz)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp coffee powder, instant
  • 1/3 cup bourbon (Marker's Mark)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted (unsalted preferred)
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp corn syrup, light
  • 3-4 Tbsp light cream, 1/2-n-1/2, and/or milk
  • 1 oz chocolate chips, semi-sweet, melted

Baking Instructions

  1. Combine together in a large mixing bowl cake mix, pudding mix, coffee powder, bourbon, water, butter, applesauce, eggs, mixing until dry ingredients are wet.
  2. Scrape bowl & beaters, and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  3. Bake at 325 degrees in greased, floured bundt pan for 50-60 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean, letting cool in pan for 10 minutes.
  4. Invert on cake rack over a plate large enough to fully cover the bottom of the cake, then remove pan.
  5. For glaze, combine powdered sugar and corn syrup in a medium bowl, stir together adding enough cream (1/2-n-1/2 and/or milk) to make smooth and pourable, and pour glaze over cake.
  6. (Note: If the glaze is rather thin, repeat the last step as follows: Holding by the rack, move the cake & rack over to another plate large enough to fully cover the bottom. Pour the glaze from the first plate over the cake. Repeat as necessary to achieve a glaze of desired thickness.)
  7. Let set and dry before drizzling chocolate.
  8. Melt chocolate and stir until smooth, then place in the bottom corner of a disposable plastic baggie.
  9. Make a very small cut in the corner of the bag, to allow a thin line of chocolate.
  10. Drizzle back and forth over top of one side of cake, rotating to cover all sides of cake .
  11. Glaze should set in about 30 minutes or so.

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Flat Top Cake layers

Flat Top Cake layers

Take an old dish towel and cut it into strips. Wet the strips and squeeze them out. Once you have poured your batter in the pan and patted the bottom to remove air bubbles take a wet towel strip and wrap it around the cake pan and tuck the end into the wrapped strip. (If they are not long enough attach them together with safety pins.) This will allow the cake to cook evenly and will give you more of a flat top to decorate.

Smooth-Textured Cake

Smooth-Textured Cake

If your cake has a coarse texture, your oven may be too cool. Try using an oven thermometer to check the setting and adjust if necessary. And remember to accurately measure the ingredients.

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