Umami Recipes
Umami Recipes

Baking - Sweet

Apple Bourbon Bundt Cake

12 servings


1 hour 30 minutes

total time


2 sticks/226 grams unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more to grease pan

2 1/2 cups/315 grams all-purpose flour, plus more to dust the pan

3 tablespoons/30 grams plus 1/2 cup/80 grams bourbon or rye whiskey

1/2 cup/90 grams candied ginger, chopped

1 3/4 cup/330 grams light brown sugar

4 large eggs, at room temperature

2 teaspoons/8 grams baking powder

1 teaspoon/5 grams baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons/3 grams ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon/5 grams fine sea salt

1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg

1 cup/227 grams sour cream

1 tablespoon/15 grams vanilla extract

1 1/2 teaspoons/5 grams finely grated lemon zest

2 medium Granny Smith apples (1 pound/454 grams), peeled, cored, and coarsely grated

1 cup/120 grams finely chopped, toasted pecans

1/2 cup/100 grams granulated sugar

Juice of 1/2 lemon (20 grams)


Heat the oven to 325 degrees. Butter and flour a 12-cup bundt pan. In a small bowl, combine 3 tablespoons bourbon and the candied ginger. Let stand 10 minutes.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the brown sugar and butter on medium-high speed, until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in the eggs, 1 at a time, until incorporated.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour with the baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg. In a separate bowl, whisk together the sour cream and vanilla. Pour in the bourbon from the ginger mixture (reserve ginger) and whisk until smooth. Stir in the zest.

With the mixer on medium speed, add the dry mixture and sour cream mixture to the wet mixture in three additions, alternating between the two. Fold in the ginger, apples and pecans. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan. Bake until the cake is golden brown and a skewer inserted into the cake comes out dry, about 1 hour 10 minutes. Cool in the pan 20 minutes, then run a paring knife around the sides of the pan to release the cake; cool, flat side down, on a wire rack.

While the cake cools, combine the granulated sugar and remaining 1/2 cup bourbon in a small saucepan. Over low heat, gently stir until the sugar dissolves. Stir in the lemon juice and take off the heat.

While the cake cools, make 10 slits on top with a paring knife and pour half the bourbon-sugar mixture on the still-warm cake. When the cake is fully cool, flip it and pour the rest of the glaze on the other side, then flip again to serve.


Serving Size




Total Fat

28 g

Saturated Fat

13 g

Unsaturated Fat

13 g

Trans Fat

0 g




376 mg

Total Carbohydrate

69 g

Dietary Fiber

3 g

Total Sugars

46 g


7 g

12 servings


1 hour 30 minutes

total time
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