Derby Cake: 15 Course Meal

There is an infamous pie in Kentucky whose name and trademark are furiously protected; I shall refer to this pie as “the pie which shall not be named” (That’s a silly movie reference). It became famous because it’s delicious and it has an affiliation with our beloved derby. It’s filled with brown sugar, chocolate chips, pecans (or walnuts), and a hint of Kentucky bourbon. Today, I turned that pie into a cake; It’s as delicious as its notorious pie cousin.

derby cake

derby cake

This is a basic butter pecan cake soaked in a butter, brown sugar, and bourbon glaze, and then topped with a chocolate ganache. You can also prepare this recipe in a 9 x 13 baking pan like a traditional poke cake. I actually prepared my Brown Sugar and Bourbon glaze a little stronger than specified in this recipe; I used 1/3 cup of bourbon. If you don’t have bourbon or prefer it without bourbon, feel free to omit it.

derby cake


derby cake

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Derby Cake
Recipe type: Dessert
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  • Cake:
  • 1 Butter Pecan Cake Recipe/Mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • ⅔ cup miniature chocolate chips
  • ⅔ chopped pecans
  • Brown Sugar & Bourbon Glaze:
  • ¼ cup bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ stick butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • Chocolate Drizzle:
  • ⅓ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Grease a bundt cake pan.
  3. Combine cake mix, eggs, water, and oil in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Mix until well combined.
  5. Fold in chocolate chips and pecans.
  6. Bake according to cake mix directions or until toothpick comes out clean.
  7. In a small sauce pan on low heat combine bourbon, brown sugar, vanilla, and butter.
  8. Slowly heat until it begins to boil.
  9. Poke several holes into the baked bundt cake, taking care to not hit the sides of the cake.
  10. Pour mixture over the cake while it is still hot in the pan.
  11. Allow the cake to soak up this mixture 10-15 minutes before removing it from the pan.
  12. Carefully flip it onto cake plate
  13. Prepare ganache by melting chocolate using preferred method.
  14. Adding in whipping cream and mix well.
  15. Pour across cake

What did you think of the cake stand I used for serving the cake? I purchased it from Wayfair. I loved the details and the removable serving top that makes it easier to clean.




Check out the 15 other great recipes from other Wayfair Homemakers this week. We have been posting one recipe per day. Tomorrow, Adrienne Jopp from Sunday Public will be sharing her fruit dessert recipe. We hope you’ll follow along, and check back for a recap of all the recipes with direct links.

  • Appetizer                       Milisa Armstrong                        Miss In The Kitchen 
  • Cocktail                         Courtney O’Dell                            Sweet C’s Designs
  • Cheese                           Becca Davis                                   Two Places At Once
  • Antipasto                      Kathy Penney                               Penney Lane Kitchen
  • Soup                              Jamie Sherman                            Love Bakes Good Cakes
  • Salad                              Laura Muir                                   Fresh and Happy
  • Pasta                              Adrienne Robide                         Susie Makes Supper 
  • Intermezzo                   Ruthie Knudsen                          Cooking With Ruthie
  • Fish                                Anne Fassnacht                           Wit Wisdom and Food 
  • Poultry                           Aimee Broussard                        Aimee Broussard
  • Vegetable                      Anna Hinman                              Crunchy Creamy Sweet
  • Meat                               Scarlett Bendixe                         Made It. Ate It. Loved It. 
  • Chocolate Dessert       Jessica Peace-Urgelles               A Southern Mother
  • Fruit Dessert                Adrienne Jopp                             Sunday Public
  • Coffee                            Marilyn and Kaleb Nimz            Brewed Together

Have you baked using alcohol before?

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  • Reply Samantha @Theharmonioushomemaker 21/07/2015 at 10:31 pm

    Could this look more gorgeous! I can’t wait to try this recipe 🙂

    • Reply Jess 22/07/2015 at 9:38 am

      Thanks, it’s so easy to make and it disappeared within an hour at our party.

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