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Boozy cakes. Ahhh. Be still my heart.

I love boozy desserts. I enjoy the flavor that it adds to baked goods, as well as the hint of aroma that lingers while it’s baking.

What I don’t like is that I haven’t had alcohol in over a year; pregnancy and breastfeeding.

I always thought that alcohol burns off during cooking, but a few years back, after having my first daughter, I did a quick search on the internet (I was going to a holiday party) and a recent study suggested that alcohol in fact does not burn off while cooking. That is, some of the alcohol content does, but not all of it.

Thus, when I saw that this month’s #BundtaMonth was to bake a cake with alcohol, I thought, OH! OH! I have to count on my husband’s taste buds. EEEEK! He is the pickiest eater alive. He is worse than your 3 year old.

So instead of coming up with a concoction of my own, I went straight to a tried and true recipe from BonAppetit I had used a while back that tasted like something you would expect from a pastry chef. This Vanilla and Bourbon Bundt Cake really is amazing! The texture is to die for. It’s like silk. Not kidding. If you have a chance to make a bundt cake, make this. You will be loved by many if not all. Amen for cakes!

Vanilla & Bourbon Bundt Cake on a white cake stand

I did make minor adjustments to the cake; I did not use a vanilla bean, rather I used a tablespoon of pure vanilla extract. Also, the recipe calls for buttermilk, but I used 2% milk instead. For best results, use a good bourbon, like Maker’s Mark.

I also made two mini bundts. Just because. 🙂

And before I forget, my husband loved this cake when I made it two years ago and he fell in love with it again. See, even a picky eater will appreciate this cake.

For more boozy cakes, please check out the rest of the #Bundtamonthers! 

Araby Spice-Limoncello Bundt Cake with Limoncello Glaze by Lora from Cake Duchess
Bailey’s and Buttershots Bundt Cake by Karen from In The Kitchen With KP
Banana Pineapple Bundt Cake with Coconut Rum Glaze by Carrie from Poet In The Pantry
Chocolate Bourbon Mini Bundt by Holly from A Baker’s House
Chocolate Port Bundt Cake by Paula from Vintage Kitchen
Eggnog Rum Pound Cake by Dorothy from Shockingly Delicious
Madeira Pound Bundt Cake by Renee from Magnolia Days
Mint Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake with Creme de Menthe by Laura from The Spiced Life

Shirley Temple Bundt Cake Kim Beaulieu | Cravings Of A Lunatic

Spiked Eggnog Bundt Cake with Bourbon Glaze by Kate from Food Babbles
Sweet Potato Bourbon Bundt by Jennie from The Messy Baker Blog
Long Island Iced TeaCake by Deb from Knitstamatic
Rum and Raisin Butter Bundt with Rum Honey Glaze by Stacy from Food Lust People Love
Tiramisu Bundt Cake with Kahlúa Mascarpone Glaze by Anuradha from Baker Street
Vanilla and Bourbon Cake by Kate from Knitstamatic
Vanilla Mini Bundt Cakes with Kahlúa by Alice from Hip Foodie Mom B
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 Vanilla & Bourbon Bundt Cake dusted with powdered sugar on a white cake stand
5 from 2 votes
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Vanilla & Bourbon Bundt Cake

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WW Freestyle: 12
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Servings: 12
Calories: 149


  • 1 teaspoon Maker's Mark Bourbon
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 sticks butter , room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Powdered Sugar for Dusting


  • Preheat oven to 325.
  • Butter and flour a 10-cup Bundt pan and grease with nonstick spray.
  • Combine bourbon and vanilla in a small bowl, stir and set aside.
  • In a medium-sized bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl beat together the butter and both sugars until creamy.
  • Add in the eggs, one by one, beating until well blended.
  • Pour in the bourbon mixture and continue to mix until incorporated.
  • Slowly add in the flour mixture.
  • Pour in the milk and continue to mix until well incorporated and smooth.
  • Transfer the batter to the prepared bundt pan; smooth the top and bake for 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then invert onto a cooling rack.
  • Cool completely.
  • Dust with powdered sugar.
Nutrition Facts
Vanilla & Bourbon Bundt Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 149 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 44mg15%
Sodium 67mg3%
Potassium 113mg3%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 80IU2%
Calcium 53mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

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23 Responses
  1. Bella Hardy

    Really this would be special and great vanilla bourbon bundt cake recipe, Katerina! Love healthy food and desserts! Thanks, Katerina for sharing!

  2. Jill Roberts @ WellnessGeeky

    Wow! This vanilla bourbon bundt cake recipe is incredible! I’m seriously so inspired right now. I need to add cinnamon to recipe and it would be perfect. Thx for sharing!

  3. Vespa Woolf

    I’m glad I found your boozie bundt cakes! I have a mini bundt cake pan and love to make golden rum cakes. Thank you for sharing your delicious recipe.

  4. baker street

    Oh I for sure will be trying out your cake. Vanilla and Bourbon sounds heavenly! Your pictures are simply stunning, Kate! Thanks for baking along this month 🙂

  5. Jean (Lemons & Anchovies)

    I just bought bourbon for the first time ever today. Yay, now I have something else to use that big bottle for! This bundt is über pretty!

  6. Kristy

    Those mini bundts are just too cute! I love a good boozy cake too. This one sounds fantastic! Glad the hubby enjoyed it. 🙂

  7. Emily @ Life on Food

    I was just planning my list for the liquor store. Definitely need some bourbon. This sounds delicious!

  8. Ramona

    My husband would love this boozy cake. Good thing you made two small bundts….less temptation. I love the plate too…. I have tried to stay away from TJMaxx and Homegoods because I have bought way too many things from them in the name of blog supplies. But I think I need to make a trip to see if I can find a plate like this… it’s too cute to pass up. 🙂

  9. Holly

    This cake is really fantastic! The photos are beautiful, the cake stand just right (yes, you should get a referral fee from TJ Maxx since we are all running out there to shop ASAP!) and the flavors sound wonderful.

  10. Terra

    Hmmmmm…..that’s good booze! My hubby and I say that in a funny way, typing it is not as funny…..but just trust me it is cute! LOL! I just mentioned in my blog how I love reading all the boozy treats, YUM-O! Your bundt cakes sound wonderful, Hugs, Terra

  11. Lora @cakeduchess

    Now I want to go to TJ Maxx and get that plate-so pretty and so is your gorgeous bundt. This is a recipe I want to try this weekend and in mini size like you did. Thanks for baking with us again, Kate:)

  12. Kate | Food Babbles

    That little cake stand is adorable! Love your pictures. This cake sounds amazing. I like your description of it being like silk. So now I just have to make it! And I can totally relate on not being able to have alcohol for what feels like forever… I’ve either been trying to get pregnant, pregnant or nursing for the last 4 years!!

  13. Deb @ knitstamatic

    What a beauty! I completely agree with you on using good bourbon and Maker’s Mark is at the top of my list. Oh and next time I go to TJ Maxx I’m taking you with me, ‘cuz I never find anything that nice there. 😉

  14. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    OK, I just read your other comment. You got that cake stand at TJ Max?!!! What? I never find great things like that! Wow!

  15. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    OMG, I LOVE this!!! This bundt is absolutely adorable! And I have to ask: where did you get that BEAUTIFUL cake stand? Oh my word!! it’s gorgeous!!!

  16. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen

    Simple cakes with booze are my favorite, and it looks so gorgeous! I love the silky texture too! I´m not surprised your husband liked it.

  17. Stacy

    So glad your husband loved it, Katerina! If you couldn’t eat it, someone else should. 🙂

    That is one beautiful little cake and I love your cake plate!

      1. Stacy

        I love TJ Maxx and its partner store, Marshalls! I think they are both owned by Home Goods. You can find some great stuff!

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I'm Katerina, a cookie-maker & picture-taker! For me, eating is a moment to share, an enjoyment, a passion. I hope you enjoy my recipes!

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