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Honey Cake with Whiskey and Pecans

Honey Cake with Whiskey and Pecans is a great loaf cake that isn’t too sweet. It is however just right with flavors of nuts and whiskey and cardamom, that put together make a perfect bite.

Honey Cake with Whiskey and Pecans received numerous compliments as it was passed around on a spectacular day in the mountains on our Jewish New Year.

I’m not sure if it was the TX Whiskey in the cake and glaze, or perhaps it was the cardamom accent, but this nontraditional honey cake was glorious in flavor.

Simple to make, it grows better for days as the whiskey flavor gently perfumes the honey nut interior. This is one cake that truly mellows as it ages…just like fine whiskey.

Let’s face it…this isn’t just any whiskey. This Texas whiskey, made by Leonard Firestone and Troy Robertson, doesn’t just have Texas roots.

Leonard is also a CU alum! Go Buffs! Hailing from Fort Worth, TX Whiskey was awarded “Double Gold” and “Best American Craft Whiskey” honors at the 2014 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and has become wildly popular throughout Texas.

Without going too far out on a limb, I have no doubt this whiskey will become wildly popular here too!

Honey Cake with whiskey and pecans

I must confess. Whiskey has never really been my thing.

I was never really into brown spirits though I do manage quite well with rum, particularly while upon a beach.

However TX Whiskey with its rich auburn color and heavenly scent of vanilla bean, oak and pear had me trying to figure out if I should drink this or just spray it on my body. It really does smell that good.

It wasn’t long before Manservant and friend decided to crack the seal, so I figured I should partake too. And thanks for asking…I’m so glad I did.

Thanks to TX whiskey I soon may become a whiskey fiend. Tasting a bit of caramel, with hints of honey, vanilla and coffee, TX whiskey had me swooning with each incredible sip.

This whiskey with its smooth finish didn’t leave me coughing. Its somewhat sweet finish went as well with Manservant’s after dinner cigar as with my delectable honey cake.

No details were forgotten in the making of this whiskey.

From the canvas wrapped neck of the bottle (that totally reminds me of an old army canteen), to the individual stoppers made with lizard skin or leather or some friend’s artifact, this whiskey made by two friends who bonded over this shared interest, has become the largest distillery of whiskey west of the Mississippi.

Recently entering the Colorado market I have no doubt that TX whiskey will be much sought after. Don’t forget to ask for it at your favorite liquor store.

Firestone and Robertson also make bourbon, though I haven’t had a chance to sample that. Perhaps I will become a bourbon convert too!

Honey Cake with whiskey and pecans

So back to cake…I love using ingredients that compliment each other.

With all of the wonderful flavors and aromas that are built into this whiskey, it made my job simple.

Let’s face it. It isn’t hard to use honey, coffee and vanilla in a recipe.

Recalling that we picked pecans on a few visits to Texas, meant that pecans were a given in this honey cake.

Pecans mean Texas to me. Surely this honey cake with whiskey and pecans was meant for TX whiskey.

Or perhaps it is the other way around? Either way, these two, cake and whiskey, go together like Firestone and Robertson.

And for that, many whiskey drinkers should be grateful.

Honey Cake with whiskey and pecans

If you are ever in Fort Worth, check out Whiskey Ranch.

This whiskey wonderland located on the former Glen Garden Country Club grounds still functions as a private golf course and also as a tasting room extravaganza. For more info:

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Honey Cake with whiskey and pecans

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Honey Cake with Whiskey and Pecans #TXWhiskey

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  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 25 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 Minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 12-18 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Honey Cake with Whiskey and Pecans is a great loaf cake that isn’t too sweet. It is however just right with flavors of nuts and whiskey and cardamom, that put together make a perfect bite.




1/2 c flour

1/4 c finely chopped toasted pecans

5 T cold butter

1/4 c brown sugar


2 large eggs

1/2 c sugar

3/4 c honey

2 t espresso coffee powder

pinch of salt

1 t ground cardamom

Scant 1/2 c canola oil

1 c milk

2 1/2 T whiskey (or less water if you prefer more whiskey)

2 1/2 T water

1 t vanilla

2 1/2 c flour

3/4 c finely chopped toasted pecans

1 1/2 t baking powder

1/2 t baking soda


1 c powdered sugar

1 T milk

1 1/2 T whiskey


Preheat oven to 325. Grease a 9 x 5 loaf pan.

Make crumble by cutting butter into flour and sugar. Stir in nuts. Chill.

In a large bowl whisk eggs, sugar, honey, coffee, salt, cardamom, oil, milk, water, whiskey and vanilla. Whisk until smooth.

Add flour, pecans, baking powder and baking soda and beat until just blended.

Pour into prepared pan. Sprinkle crumble on top of cake and press it in gently.

Bake for 35-55 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out with moist crumbs.

Cool completely at room temperature. While cake is cooling, prepare glaze by whisking powdered sugar with whiskey and milk. Whisk until smooth.

When cake has cooled turn out of pan and drizzle with glaze. Serve with a glass of TX whiskey.


Toast pecans in a 225 degree oven. I like to toast them low and slow until they are deep golden brown. This takes about 20 minutes.

Cake can be stored at room temperature, well sealed for 7 days. It mellows while it ages.

Adapted from Lil Cookie.

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Karen (Back Road Journal)

Tuesday 2nd of October 2018

Pecans mean Texas to me too. I grew up on a ranch there and we had lots of pecan trees. The cake sounds great and I've pinned the recipe. Thanks for sharing.

sheenam |

Wednesday 26th of September 2018

Oh this looks so delicious!!!


Wednesday 19th of September 2018

This looks fabulous!


Monday 17th of September 2018

The honey and whiskey combination must be terrific Abbe! Love this cake and the additional of cardamom is brilliant :)

Jeff the Chef

Sunday 16th of September 2018

So cool and unexpected! Honey, coffee powder, cardamom, and whiskey? Yes!