Jack’s Birthday Cake

S is perfect for me in almost every way… now.  During our initial months of dating bliss, I was brokenhearted to learn that S had one fatal flaw that just would not do: he drinks Canadian whisky.  A whiskey girl myself, I firmly explained that drinking Canadian whisky is unpatriotic, and, as a native Texan, he should know better.  He later picked up a glass, saw the light, and has never looked back. You’re welcome. 🙂

6 things you probably don’t know about Jack:

  1. Jasper “Jack” Daniel bought his famous distillery from a Luthern reverend when he was only 13.
  2. Jack died around the age of 61 after a 6 year battle with gangrene that he acquired from a toe injury (Forgot the combo to his safe, got mad, and kicked it. Smooth, Jack.)
  3. As of the 2000 census, Lynchburg actually has a population of 5,740 (not 361 as all advertisements still say).
  4. The green label and black label are made from the same ingredients; the difference is determined by professional tasters, who determine which of the batches will be graded as worthy of being labeled with the prestigious black label, the rest being sold under the green label.
  5. Moore County, where the Jack Daniel’s distillery is located, is a dry county.
  6. Mr. Daniel’s reason for naming his whiskey “Old No. 7” remains a mystery.  Popular belief is that the whiskey we drink today is based on the 7th generation whiskey he created.

I tried to make the following recipe as cupcakes one time for S.  While tasty, I think making it as an actual cake would be best.

Jack’s Birthday Cake

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup butter
2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
4 eggs
1/2 cup Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey
1 cup chopped pecans
1 package (6 oz) semisweet chocolate chips
Hot Buttered Whiskey glaze (see below)

Heat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 9×13 in baking pan. Combin flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Set aside.Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Remove from ehat. Stir in the brown sugar, eggs, flour mixture, and Jack Daniels, stirring well after each addition.  Pour batter into the greased pan.  Sprinkle evenly with pecans and chocolate chips.  Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until center of the cake is firm and the edges begin to pull away from the sides of the pan.  Cool on a wire rack and drizzle with glaze. Makes 16 servings.

Hot Buttered Whiskey Glaze

1/4 cup melted butter
2 cups powdered sugar
3 tbsp. Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey
1 tsp vanilla

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.  Blend well with a wooden spoon. Drizzle over the cake.



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Austin, Texas
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