Butterscotch + Beer Bundt Cake

Butterscotch + Beer Bundt Cake | a great Father's Day dessert from bakeat350.net

There are two things you need to know about this cake.
1. I made a different version yesterday that was so much prettier (see Instagram) but was not tasty enough to be blog-worthy.
2. There are butterscotch chips in this cake that will sink to the bottom (but this is a Bundt cake, so TOP) of the cake. More on this in a minute, but I wanted you to know that going in.

The most important things to know about this cake are that it's made with beer...and that it's delicious.

Butterscotch + Beer Bundt Cake | from bakeat350.net

Butterscotch + Beer Bundt Cake | from bakeat350.net

The beer really shines in this cake. You can taste it...it's not just enhancing other flavors. Beer also makes the cake less sweet, so the butterscotch chips (highly recommend Guittard chips) and glaze really balance everything out. I used Shiner for the cake because it's one of our favorites and hello, made in Texas!

Let's address the butterscotch chip issue. They're just too heavy for the batter, but I didn't want to chop them into smaller pieces, and I wanted to keep the batter nice and light. I even tried the toss with flour method to no avail.

So, grease and flour that pan to within an inch of its life. When you remove the cake from the pan, invert it onto a cooling rack and let it sit for a few minutes before lifting the pan off. If the pan does not lift off (because the chips are causing it to stick), tap the top of the pan all over with a spoon. Some of the cake may stick to the pan. I say that's ok. You're going to cover it with glaze.

Butterscotch + Beer Bundt Cake | a great Father's Day dessert from bakeat350.net

Butterscotch + Beer Bundt Cake |  bakeat350.net

The glaze. Also made with beer. This is a very beer-centric cake.

Butterscotch + Beer Bundt Cake | from bakeat350.net

Butterscotch + Beer Bundt Cake

for the cake:
2 1/2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup salted butter, room temperature
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
5 eggs, room temperature
1/4 cup sour cream, room temperature
3/4 cup Shiner Bock, or any other, beer (reserve remainder of bottle)
heaping 1/2 cup butterscotch chips, Guittard recommended

for the glaze:
1 pound powdered sugar
5 tablespoons reserved beer
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch kosher salt

Preheat oven to 325°F.  Grease and flour a Bundt pan very well.

Whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. In a large bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Mix in eggs, one at a time, until incorporated. Beat in sour cream.

Alternating, add in flour mixture and beer, starting and ending with flour. Add flour in three additions. Mix just until combined. Fold in the butterscotch chips.

Pour into prepared pan and bake for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean, or with a few crumbs.

Remove cake from oven and place on a wire cooling rack for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, place wire rack face down on top of exposed part of the Bundt cake. Flip over and let it rest for a minute. Gently remove pan. Let cool completely. (If the cake does not slide out of the pan, tap the top of the pan all over with a spoon to loosen.)

Make the glaze. Whisk confectioner’s sugar, beer, vanilla, and salt together until smooth.

Place cake and wire rack on a rimmed cookie sheet to catch drips. Spoon glaze over cake.  Let the glaze set for at least 15 minutes before serving.

Butterscotch + Beer Bundt Cake | a great dessert for any beer-lover from bakeat350.net

You might need this for Father's Day. Or your neighborhood cook-out. Or Wednesday.



  1. Major MAJOR noms!! This looks amazing!!


  2. It's a running joke that every item I bake has to include alcohol, so this is obviously going on my list...

  3. OMG! it looks so delicious!

    But why aren't you using a good tool for generating recipe cards for your recipes?
    Here is a good one with nice features: http://www.recipesgenerator.com

  4. If I wanted to bake this in a 9x13, what would you suggest the baking time be?

  5. Looks delish and how sweet the PINK egg crate:)

  6. This looks amazing! I will definately give it a try!
    I hope I will manage as I am not a great cook!

  7. Your article gives me another approach on the subject. Very good, I think I found the knowledge I needed.

  8. The cake looks delicious and attractive, I also want to try it.


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