Saturday, November 13, 2010

Jack Daniel's Christmas Whiskey Cake Recipe

A few years back my husband and I were watching the Food Network (one of our favorite channels ever!) and they featured a business in Lynchburg Tennessee that made Lynchburg Whiskey Cake.  I spent the money that year and purchased a delicious cake from them.  It was awesome.....but.....I knew I could make a cake just as tasty and more affordable. 

So I researched online and found a perfect recipe on  I have changed the recipe a little and instead of making it in a bundt pan - I use to large loaf pans (or small loaf pans so I can give them out as Christmas gifts).

I have made two of these loaves the other day so they can sit and mellow with age.


2 cups Jack Daniel's Whiskey
8 ounces golden raisins

16 ounces red candied cherries - whole
3/4 pound butter

2 cups white sugar

6 egg yolks

6 egg whites

2 cups packed brown sugar

2 teaspoons ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon baking powder

5 cups all-purpose flour

1 pound chopped pecans

1 cup Jack Daniel's Whiskey

1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C). Grease loaf pans and line bottoms with parchment paper (Do not skip this step - otherwise the cakes will never come out of the pans).

2. Soak raisins and cherries in 2 cups of bourbon or whiskey for 48 to 72 hours. Before making cake, drain well and reserve the bourbon.

3. In a separate bowl, mix flour, nutmeg and baking powder. Set aside.

4. In a small bowl, cream butter with the white sugar. In a separate small bowl, cream yolks and brown sugar until very light.

5. In a very large bowl, combine the two sugar mixtures and blend well.

6. Alternately add flour mixture and reserved bourbon in three stages, mixing well with each addition.

7. Add soaked fruit and fold in. Add nuts and fold in.

8. In a clean medium bowl, whip egg whites until stiff but not dry. Fold into batter until evenly distributed.

9. Pour into prepared 10 inch tube pan. Place a pan of water in the bottom of the oven and bake for 4 to 5 hours at 275 degrees F (135 degrees C). Ovens vary, so watch the baking time. Test cake with wooden pick. (May take longer than 5 hours).

10. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes before turning out. When almost cool, brush sides Jack Daniel's. Wrap cake with Jack Daniel's soaked cheesecloth, then with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight and saturate again with Jack Daniel's. Cover with plastic wrap and then with foil and store for at least 2 weeks in a cool dry place.

When you are finally able to enjoy this delicious Christmas treat - you will not be disappointed.  It is very dense, moist cake with the defining flavor of Jack Daniel's Whiskey.  This is a definite holiday must have at our house.

Happy Holidays!


  1. That is so NOT your Grandma's Fruit Cake. It looks gorgeous!

  2. Wow...a Jack Daniels cake?? I love it! This sounds great. Yummy holiday treat!


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