jack daniels birthday cake

Jack Daniels Birthday Cake

I always like an opportunity to bake a cake, and to celebrate my dad’s birthday last month I decided to try something other than standard chocolate. He likes Jack Daniel’s whiskey, so I thought that would be a good starting point for this adults-only cake. A Google search led me to Jack’s Birthday Cake on a Paula Deen forum, but the same recipe — which seems to originate on the Jack Daniel’s site — has been copied around the Web under different names. This is a dense, pound-like cake that works well in a Bundt pan. Everyone liked the cake, though J. and I felt the alcohol flavor was a little too pronounced in the glaze — it overpowered the cake, which was very good in its own right. If I made it again, I might try a chocolate glaze, or just sub out some of the whiskey in the glaze for water. Even though it bakes for almost an hour, keep in mind this cake has a strong, distinct whiskey flavor. As I made it, it contains more than three-quarters of a cup of Jack — about 7 shots — in the whole glazed cake. I would not serve it to kids (mine had Carvel Flying Saucers instead). Remember to eat this cake responsibly! Jack Daniel’s Cake with Buttered Whiskey Glaze Slightly adapted from Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey 2 sticks (1 c.) unsalted butter 2 c. firmly-packed light brown sugar 4 large eggs ½ c. Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey 2¼ c. all-purpose flour 2½ tsp. baking powder ½ tsp. salt 1 c. pecans, roughly chopped 6 oz. semi-sweet mini chocolate chips Buttered Whiskey Glaze (recipe below) Preheat oven to 325° F. Melt butter in a large pot over low heat. Once it is fully melted, turn off the heat and use the pot as your mixing bowl. Add in the brown sugar, eggs, and whiskey, stirring well after each one. Then add the flour, baking powder, salt, nuts, and chips. Mix until well-combined. Pour batter into a greased 10-inch Bundt pan (a 9×13-inch pan will also work). Bake for about 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of one side comes out clean, and the edges begin to pull away from the sides of the pan. The cake will *not* change color significantly, so don’t go by color alone. Cool completely on a wire rack, then turn out of the Bundt pan. Drizzle with glaze. Buttered Whiskey Glaze Glaze can be made ahead and reheated briefly in a microwave (20 seconds or so) so that it can be drizzled right before serving. ½ stick (¼ c.) butter 2 c. powdered sugar 1/3 c. Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey 1 tsp. vanilla Melt butter in a small saucepan, and then remove from heat. Add remaining ingredients, and mix with a whisk until glaze is completely smooth and no lumps of sugar remain.
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Jack Daniels Birthday Cake

I made this cake to the exact recipe for my husbands birthday this month, December 2016. OK, I may have been a little more generous with the Jack Daniels, but it was absolutely fantastic! My guests were telling me how delicious and professional it was… I thought they were just being nice until I tried it and I couldn’t quite believe how amazing it tasted. The texture was luscious and so perfectly moist, and although a lot of sugar was in it, the taste was still light enough to have a big piece and enjoy every bite. It took me a few hours as I’m not a regular baker, but it was totally worth the effort. The Jack Daniels came through very delicately but was more intense a couple of days later. My husband wants me to make it again! Thank you Little Loaf!

Jack Daniels Birthday Cake

Jack Daniels Birthday Cake
Jack Daniels Birthday Cake
Jack Daniels Birthday Cake
Jack Daniels Birthday Cake
Jack Daniels Birthday Cake

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