Porter Bundt Cake with Whiskey-Caramel Sauce

This richly flavored cake features quintessential Irish ingredients such as dark porter beer, dark brown sugar and whiskey.

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  • Servings: 8 to 10


  • 1 1/2 cups porter
  • 1 cup unsulfured molasses
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened, plus more for greasing
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/3 cup cocoa nibs
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup whiskey

How to make this recipe

  1. Make the cake

    Preheat the oven to 350°. In a large saucepan, whisk 1 cup of the porter with the molasses and bring just to a boil. Remove from the heat, stir in the baking soda and let cool completely.

  2. Make the cake

    In a medium saucepan,
    whisk the maple syrup with the remaining 1/2 cup of porter and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring
    occasionally, until reduced by half and syrupy, about 20 minutes. Let cool completely.

  3. Make the cake

    Meanwhile, butter a 10-inch Bundt pan and dust with flour; shake off the excess. In a large bowl, whisk the 3 cups of flour with the baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and cocoa nibs. In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk, beat the 1/2 sticks
    of butter with the brown and granulated sugars at medium speed until fluffy. Beat in the eggs, 1 at a time, until just incorporated. At low speed, beat in the cooled porter-molasses mixture, then gradually beat in the dry ingredients.

  4. Make the cake

    Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the surface. Bake in the center of the oven for about 50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool for 15 minutes. Invert the warm cake onto a rack and brush with the cooled porter-syrup mixture.

  5. Make the sauce

    In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar with the water and bring to a boil. Cook over moderately high heat, without
    stirring, until an amber caramel forms. Remove from the heat and whisk in the cream and whiskey. Cook over low heat for 1 minute. Let cool slightly.

  6. Make the sauce

    Cut the cake into wedges and serve, passing the warm whiskey caramel at the table.

Contributed By Photo © Con Poulos Published March 2015

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