Chocolate Whiskey Cake

Chocolate Whiskey Cake with Homemade Dulce de Leche Buttercream. from #DietersDownfallChocolate Whiskey Cake – Day Two – Chocolate Whiskey Cake and Dulce de Leche Buttercream

I was in Asheville, NC last week having a great time with 150 bloggers! It was a wonderful time of sharing ideas, learning new things, and eating new food. The Food Blog Forum was hosted by Foodtoipa, the Asheville tourism board, and they totally impressed me. Everything about the area was amazing – the mountains, the friendly people, the farms, the restaurants, and the desserts!

One little chocolatier totally caught my attention – Jael from French Broad Chocolate.

Dewar's Whiskey and French Broad Chocolates make an amazing cake that you won't forget! from #DietersDownfallThey have a cocoa farm in Costa Rica and they bring it back to Asheville where they roast them and make the chocolate. It’s a lovely place and it smells divine!

My husband has been bugging me to make a “man’s cake” for the past month. He bought me a bottle of Dewar’s and it took me so long to get to it that he had enjoyed 99% of the bottle himself. I was determined to make this cake before I left for North Carolina, and I had a large bundt cake made… but then life happened and that bundt cake was sacrificed to make cake pops for FBF. C’est la vie!

Enjoy the Sight's that Asheville, NC has to offer while eating chocolates and drinking beer.Also, while driving through the mountains, touring the farms and looking out over the Biltmore Estate, I got a total sense of “Outlander”. Not in Scotland, but when they move to North Carolina. I’m in to book 6 of the series and loving every moment with the Fraser Clan. So while I was there talking with a Foodtopian, I mentioned that with the Highland Brewery and the majestic mountains, they should really look into a full experience with Jamie and Claire. Yeah, I’d get into that… while stuffing my face with this cake.

Superbly Simple. Chocolate Whiskey Cake with Buttercream. The perfect gentleman's dessert. from #DietersDownfallYes, I really think that all the Highland boys would enjoy this cake. At least my red-headed husband did 😉

Chocolate Whiskey Cake

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Whiskey infused Chocolate Cake and Dulce de Leche buttercream will bring all the Scottish highlanders to your yard!
For the Cake
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) Butter
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 5 ounces Dark Chocolate, I used 66% dark
  • ¼ cup Instant Espresso (or Coffee) Granules
  • 2 Tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • Boiling water
  • 1 cup Whiskey
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 1½ cups Sugar
  • 3 large Eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
For the Frosting
For the Cake
  1. Melt the chocolate pieces and set aside to cool.
  2. Preheat the oven to 325 and grease two 9 inch round pans. Line with parchment or flour.
  3. Use a 2 cup measuring cup and place the coffee granules and the cocoa powder into it and add boiling water up to the 1 cup line. When all is dissolved, add in the whiskey. Set aside to cool.
  4. Whip the butter until smooth then add in the sugar, eggs, vanilla, and baking soda. Add the cooled chocolate and then alternate the coffee whiskey and the flour.
  5. Transfer to the pans and bake for 35 minutes.
  6. Cool for 10 minutes in the pan before turning them out. Allow to cool completely and refrigerate..
For the Frosting
  1. Whip the softened butter and add in the Dulce de Leche. Slowly add in the powdered sugar and the whiskey. You'll need a lot of sugar for a thick frosting. Keep adding the sugar until the peaks are stiff yet it's still pliable.
  2. Tort the Cake and layer the frosting. You can leave the sides open if desired or cover it completely.
Cake recipe adapted from Simply Recipes


  1. Oh man! This looks SOOO good! And now that French Broad Chocolates is selling the chef’s tablets of baking chocolate on their website, I can totally make this! YUM.

    • Karyn Granrud Karyn Granrud says:

      I’m loving the French Broad Chocolates! And… I totally think an Asheville Outlander tour would be awesome to think about.

  2. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t see the recipe here anymore, all that’s left is the tag [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:147].

    I’m halfway through making this cake for a party tonight (I made the cake part yesterday and was going to make the frosting today) and I’m kind of freaking out because I need the other half of this recipe! If this is actually a problem with the page and not with my computer AND phone, please fix it and I will totally make this cake for everyone I know until they are all slaves to your blog. Thank you!

    • Karyn Granrud Karyn Granrud says:

      It’s back up. I’m sorry for your frustration. I was updating recipe plug-ins and they were all down for a few hours. It’s back up now. Thanks and ENJOY!

  3. How big is this cake?

    • Karyn Granrud Karyn Granrud says:

      It was made in two 9″round cake pans. I cut each cake in half creating four layers. I’d guess it was at least 8 – 10 inches tall with the frosting.

  4. Is this recipe sweet enough? I’ve used unsweetened cocoa powder before in a cake recipe and the cake came out tasting bitter. Can I use sweetened cocoa powder instead?

    • Karyn Granrud Karyn Granrud says:

      It’s not an overly sweet cake, but I found that that cake with the frosting was more than sweet enough for me. Even though I used dark chocolate and cocoa powder, the added 1.5 cups of sugar prevented it from being bitter. I hope you give it a try.

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