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

  • Make the Cake

Step 1    

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.

Step 2    

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.

Step 3    

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.

Step 4    

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.

  • Make the Sauce

Step 5    

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.

Step 6    

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


CAKE Ingredients 

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