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Rawhide’s Whiskey Cake


  • 1 package spice cake mix with pudding (regular size)
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 3/4 cup 2% milk
  • 3/4 cup whiskey
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1-1/3 cups coarsely chopped walnuts, divided
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup whiskey
  • 1 teaspoon water


  • 1. Preheat oven to 300°. Grease and flour a 10-in. tube pan.
  • 2. Combine the first 6 ingredients; beat on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes; fold in 1 cup nuts. Pour batter into prepared pan; sprinkle with remaining nuts. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 60-65 minutes. Cool in pan.
  • 3. For glaze, mix all ingredients in a small saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat; simmer 10 minutes. Cool 3 minutes. Pour one-third of glaze over top of cake, allowing some to flow over sides. Let stand 1 hour. Remove from pan to cool completely; cover.
  • 4. The next day, reheat glaze; brush half over cake, cooling before covering. Repeat the following day, using remaining glaze.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 400 calories, 23g fat (6g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 298mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.


Average Rating: 3.833333
  • jmmorehouse
    Mar 11, 2019
    Should state before ingredients that it takes 3 days. I made it and needed it the next day. Had to completely skip the glaze. Tasted good but 3 days is too long for a cake.
  • Shannon
    Feb 26, 2019
    I made this , but sustituted Bourbon for the Whiskey. I also added the spices to a white cake mix to make a spice cake, I also added glazed cherries cut in half. It was delicious. I will be making it again , but I might use the Apple Whiskey instead , and put some slightly cooked apples or maybe even apple pie filling sporadically?
  • Lady Fingers
    Dec 5, 2018
    I've made this cake of Cindy's several times. It's fantastic, and because of the syrup soak, it stays good longer than most cakes.
  • LindaS_WI
    Dec 31, 1969

    This is definitely a WOW cake. I was asked to bring a dessert to a whiskey tasting party and found this one. It does take 3 days to make so plan ahead but it's well worth the wait. This is very strongly flavored with whiskey, perfect for what I wanted. I'm going to try it again using brandy for Christmas.

  • howeavenue
    Feb 15, 2017

    Excellent whiskey flavor. Recipe should state in big bold letters it takes THREE days to make. The glaze did not seep into the cake at all but hardened right away. Maybe I boiled too long? The glaze tasted OK but I was thinking it would permeate and soak into the cake. My cake fell on one side. Is 300 degrees too low? It wasn't a pretty cake but it was tasty. Going to tweak it and try again!

  • ejshellabarger
    Jan 12, 2017

    Phew, this cake had a very intense whiskey flavor. Even our drinking friends said the flavor was too much. Fun to try, but won't be making again.

  • meaganteal
    Dec 22, 2016

    Moist and delicious!! Made this for a holiday treat at work. It was gone very quickly!!

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