Kentucky Derby Pie Cake

No, it’s not Kentucky Derby season yet.  But delicious desserts are delicious anytime, right? And delicious desserts baked with bourbon are even better.

Around the Holidays, I was thinking about a different dessert to bake for friends and family.  I’ve previously baked a Tiramisu cake — it’s fabulous and rich and goes great after a Holiday meal.  But, I wanted to try something new.

Being a Kentucky native, I’ve made Kentucky Derby Pie from time to time for my friends.

But, I wanted a cake. A wonderful, delicious, rich cake.

So, I searched for Kentucky Derby Pie Cake.

And found this amazing recipe over at BrownEyedBaker.

Sure, it’s for cupcakes. But you can always adapt a recipe.

And adapt it I did.

Her amazing recipe calls for making the whole thing from scratch.  But, I sometimes like to take shortcuts. So, I used a mix. YES! It’s true.

Here’s the Kentucky Derby Pie Cake I baked to rave reviews this Holiday season:

1 Duncan Hines Butter Recipe Golden Cake Mix

2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract

2 Tablespoons Bourbon

3 Eggs

1 1/2 cups butter

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup mini semi sweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1/2 cup heavy cream

That made a pretty thick, beautiful (and tasty) cake batter.

I divided it into two 8 inch round cake pans and baked at 350 for about 25 minutes.

I made the frosting and bourbon-butter glaze as directed:

For the Vanilla-Bourbon Frosting: 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

2½ cups powdered sugar

Pinch salt

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon bourbon

For the Butter-Bourbon Glaze: 2 tablespoons unsalted butter ¼ cup granulated sugar 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon bourbon

After the cake cooled, I frosted it, then topped it with mini chocolate chips, chopped pecans, and the glaze.

It was amazing! Very rich, very satisfying, lots of good bourbon flavor.

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