Whiskey Fudge Cake

Whiskey Fudge Cake
A few weeks ago Dear Husband was gifted a bottle of Johnnie Walker Platinum Label 18 year old Blended Scotch Whiskey. Dear Husband saved the first sip to make a toast to his dad on the day which marked 15 years of living without him.

It was not a sad moment, this straight up on the rocks (three to be exact) evening whiskey, which is probably why it got me to thinking about cake. In particular about this Whiskey Fudge Cake I used to bake in the pastry kitchen of the Lanzerac Hotel.

Now don’t be daft – I didn’t use Dear Husband’s 18 year old whiskey to make this cake; that would be completely insane.

Actually though, I did. He is still in recovery.

I was all: ‘But they say if it’s not good enough to drink it is not good enough to cook bake with.’ And then he was all like: ‘THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT WINE!’ So then I was all like: ‘But it is just a worldly thing with no real value’ and then he was all like: ‘BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA’ which I think meant he was totally okay with it. Marry well girls – it is very important.

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I am sort of hoping that Dear Husband won’t read beyond this point because I feel compelled to add that between the whiskey I used and the chocolate that this recipe requires, I think I may have just made the most expensive fudge cake in the history of the world.

It is however completely worth it because this Whiskey Fudge Cake is a cake lover’s dream. The flavour of the whiskey smoothly permeates each and every mouthful, and it will win you over from the very first bite. Unlike whiskey, for those sweet in tooth, this cake is not an acquired taste.

Best of all this cake lasts really well. Last night Dear Husband had another slice (fifth day) and declared it still fabulous. He is still all emotionally attached to the cake so I had some just to check – and he was right, still perfecto!

What we have learned today friend is this; the adage ‘use the best ingredients to cook with’ carries with it an awful lot of weight but it is also apparently open for interpretation. We have also learned this single tip worth taking – use the cheap whiskey for cakes.

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Nothing left to say then except cheers (with the expensive stuff) to my dad, Dear Husband and all the other amazing dads out there – Happy Father’s Day weekend.


Whiskey Fudge Cake
Serves: 12
Cook time:
Total time:
Whiskey Fudge Cake
Fudge cake
  • 6 eggs, seperated
  • 250 g dark chocolate
  • 375 ml (1½ C) flour
  • 10 ml (2 t) baking powder
  • 80 ml (⅓ C) cocoa powder
  • 250 g butter
  • 375 ml (1½ C) sugar
  • 190 ml (¾ C) whiskey
Chocolate Ganache
  • 200 g dark chocolate
  • 200 g cream
  1. Beat the egg whites until soft peaks form and set aside.
  2. Melt the chocolate over in bowl over simmering water and set aside.
  3. Sift together the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder and set aside.
  4. Beat the butter and the sugar until pale and creamy.
  5. Beat in the egg yolks one at a time.
  6. Add the whiskey.
  7. Stir in the melted chocolate.
  8. Fold in the flour mixture.
  9. Fold in the egg whites.
  10. Pour the batter into two loose bottomed cake pans which have been lined with paper and sprayed with non-stick spray.
  11. Bake in the oven preheated to 180˚C for one hour or until a skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  12. Remove from the oven and place on cake cooling racks until completely cooled.
  13. While the cake is cooling prepare the chocolate ganache.
  14. Place the cream into a small saucepan and bring to the boil. Break the chocolate into pieces and place them in a heat resistant bowl.
  15. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate. Do not stir but leave to stand for 2 minutes. Whisk the chocolate and the cream together until well blended.
  16. Let the ganache stand at room temperature and whisk it every 10 minutes or so until it thickens. Once the ganache is thick enough to hold its shape but yet is still workable, use the back of a spoon to glaze the middle and the top of the cake with the ganache.

15 Comments on Whiskey Fudge Cake

    • sam
      June 12, 2014 at 8:53 am (6 years ago)

      Thank you Anina. Besides being fabulous, this cake was also very photogenic. Diva.

  1. huntfortheverybest
    June 13, 2014 at 5:32 pm (6 years ago)

    it looks wonderful!

    • sam
      June 17, 2014 at 8:48 am (6 years ago)

      Thank you for stopping by Dina – always love a little NYC visit on the blog!

  2. candice
    June 23, 2014 at 10:05 am (6 years ago)

    Reminds me of back in the day when 2 friends of mine opened a bottle of wine that had been given to one of the girls mom as a gift. It was a $700.00 bottle. She is still mad to this day and those friends are now in there mid 50’s!!! Can I ask what brand of whiskey and chocolate you used? There is Crown Royal in this house and the only other whiskey I am familiar with is Makers Mark. The chocolate world is huge but we do not have gourmet chocolate in this area. Thanks.

    • sam
      June 24, 2014 at 7:52 am (6 years ago)

      Hah Candice – that is funny – I do sort of hope Dear Husband’s memory is not as good as that! What is more important in this recipe is the flavour of the whiskey rather than the quality. So you would look for a darker fuller flavour whiskey something like Jack Daniels? I would suggest that you focus on one that your budget would feel comfortable baking with.

      For the chocolate look for a dark chocolate. For this cake (and for most of my ganaches) I used Cadbury’s Bournville Dark.

      I would love to know how it turns out.

  3. Megan
    June 23, 2014 at 11:15 am (6 years ago)

    Looks great, one quick question: what size pans did you use?

    • sam
      June 24, 2014 at 7:45 am (6 years ago)

      Hi Megan – my pans are 20 cm diameter loose bottomed cake pans. You could use a larger cake pan, but obviously your cake would then lack some of the height of mine.

  4. candice
    June 24, 2014 at 6:11 am (6 years ago)

    Can you recommend a whiskey and chocolate for this cake? There is such a difference in chocolate and whiskey. Thanks.

  5. Hot Chocolate Hits
    July 9, 2014 at 1:17 pm (6 years ago)

    This looks AMAZING. I love the way you write as well!

    • sam
      July 11, 2014 at 10:56 am (6 years ago)

      Thank you Vedika! I see you are quite the chocolate fan yourself! Appreciate you stopping by x sam

  6. Lee Honeycutt
    March 24, 2015 at 1:57 am (5 years ago)

    I am so sorry I did not find this sooner. I will make this cake this weekend. I’m sure it will be a hit around these parts!

    • sam
      March 27, 2015 at 10:08 am (5 years ago)

      Hi Lee. This cake has been quite the hit. I hope it turns out great for you.

  7. Yvonne Marriott
    June 1, 2015 at 7:58 pm (5 years ago)

    Pity I’m not there to taste it !

    • sam
      June 1, 2015 at 8:04 pm (5 years ago)

      You will simply have to make your own 😉


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