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Woodford Reserve Bourbon Cake with Caramel Glaze offers a rich, bold flavor of bourbon, this cake is not for the faint of heart! It’s a boozy twist on a Southern classic!

Woodford Reserve Pound Cake

I gave Big Daddy three bottles of his favorite bourbons for Christmas; all premium, single barrel bourbons! We were educated on all things bourbon after enjoying the Bourbon Trail for three days.

This is a really fun tour if you have a free weekend. You’ll learn the art, history, and science behind the bourbon brewing process. As well, you’ll have the opportunity to taste various bourbons, some that are not even on the market yet.

Woodford Reserve Pound Cake

We made it into a family trip and incorporated kid-friendly activities into our visit. On the Bourbon Tour, our first stop was Maker’s Mark. (photo below taken at Maker’s Mark.)

family pic

The cake would be fabulous without the caramel glaze, but I’m all about more is more when it comes to desserts so I added the luscious, creamy caramel on top! I KNOW RIGHT?! Just look at that caramel oozing off the top!

Woodford Reserve Pound Cake is a boozy twist on a Southern classic.

Woodford Reserve Bourbon Cake with Caramel Glaze

Bourbon gives this cake a deep, rich flavor. However, it’s not an over-powering flavor. And, the texture of the cake is tender with a fine crumb. It melts in your mouth.

I recently updated this post with new photos and easier instructions. As well, the photo below is from the original post and photos.

Woodford Reserve Bourbon Pound Cake with Caramel Frosting
Woodford Reserve Pound Cake is a boozy twist on a Southern classic.

More yummy pound cakes


  • First, I prefer to bake my pound cakes in this tube pan versus a bundt pan. Several of my pound cakes in this series have too much batter for a standard bundt pan.
  • For any cake, be diligent about measuring your flour accurately. Furthermore, I wrote this post that will help you if you’re not sure how to measure: How to Correctly Measure Flour.
  • Allow yourself time to cream the butter (or fat) and sugar for a pound cake. Don’t be tempted to rush the process. You want to cream it until it is light in color and fluffy.
  • As well, don’t dump the eggs in all at once. Add them one at a time beating until you can no longer see the egg before you add another one.
  • To test for doneness, insert a long skewer into the thickest part of the cake. The cake is done when no crumbs or dry crumbs remain on the skewer when removed.
  • Next, allow the cake to cool on a wire rack for 15 to 20 minutes before inverting onto a serving platter.
  • Additionally, cool the cake completely before covering it.
Woodford Reserve Pound Cake

Woodford Reserve Bourbon Cake with Caramel Glaze

It's buttery with a tender crumb and hints of bourbon. You've got to try this cake!
Author: Paula
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 18 servings
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  • 1 cup butter at room temperature
  • ½ cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 2 cup light brown sugar
  • 5 large eggs at room temperature
  • 5 ounces half and half at room temperature (heavy cream or milk can be substituted)
  • 2 Tablespoons bourbon Woodford Reserve bourbon, or your favorite bourbon
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour sifted then measured correctly
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract

Caramel Glaze

  • ½ cup light brown sugar firmly packed
  • ¼ cup whipping cream
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 and ¼ cup powdered sugar sifted


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and sugar (I use granulated sugar but you can use flour) a 10×4-inch, 12 cup bundt pan (that's larger than a typical bundt pan) or a tube pan with solid vegetable shortening or Wilton Cake Release.
  • In the bowl of your electric mixer, cream butter and shortening at medium speed. Gradually add brown sugar, beating until light and creamy. Stop mixer and scrape sides.
  • Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended. Stop mixer and scrape sides with a spatula.
  • Add bourbon to half and half; set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add flour mixture alternately with the milk mixture to the ingredients in the mixing bowl beginning and ending with flour. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Stop mixer and scrape sides with a spatula.
  • Stir in vanilla. Pour batter into your prepared baking pan.
  • Bake at 325°F for 1 hour 10 to 15 minutes. A long wooden pick inserted in the center should come out clean when the cake is done. Cool in pan on wire rack 15 to 20 minutes then remove from pan to cake plate.
  • Cool the cake completely on a wire rack before glazing. It will take about an hour for the cake to cool completely.

Caramel Glaze

  • Bring brown sugar, whipping cream, and butter to a boil in a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat. Whisk constantly.
  • Boil 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Gradually whisk in powdered sugar until smooth and the mixture begins to thicken. This will take 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Immediately pour frosting over the cooled cake.
  • Store in an airtight container on the countertop for 1 week. Freezes well.


Calories: 658kcal | Carbohydrates: 82g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 150mg | Sodium: 320mg | Potassium: 167mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 57g | Vitamin A: 835IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 2.2mg
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  1. Greetings, I hope that you are well. 1st let me say my family and I have enjoyed EVERY recipe of your that I have prepared!! About the Woodford reserve cake, what affect does adding solid shortening have as opposed to just using all butter? Also for the glaze, what can be substituted in place of whipping cream as I hardly ever purchase it?

    1. You can use all butter. I can’t tell a difference in all butter or all shortening or a combination.
      You can use whole milk in the glaze, it’s not as rich and creamy (to me) but still good.

  2. Do you think I could bake this in a 9 x 13 or 10 x 14 or rake to a tailgate?
    Just easier for travel.

  3. Would it be okay to make this cake the night before and then do the frosting in the morning before the event I am taking it to? I just don’t know if it’ll dry out or not be as tasty or fresh by cooling to room temp them storing in the fridge. Do I need to do anything special?

  4. 5 stars
    Just made this cake for my husband’s birthday and he LOVES it! Woodford is one of our favorite bourbons…so when I saw this recipe I knew instantly it would be a winner! I added 1/2 tsp to the glaze, for extra punch…next time I’ll add 1 full tsp! Delicious recipe! Thank you! 🤗

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