Jack daniels and candied bacon vanilla bean cake with jack daniels dark chocolate filling and jack daniels dark chocolate buttercream frosting

It was Jason’s birthday and i wanted to bake a birthday cake for him, a “man” cake really. Whats better than booze and bacon in it. I really wanted it to turn out good. 
The cake is 230mm and 2 cakes of 50mm. 
It consists of 4 components, candied bacon, the cake itself, the dark chocolate ganache and the buttercream frosting. 


Candied bacon

  • Bacon -5 strips
  • Brown sugar – 50gm
  • Cinnamon – a pinch


  • Flour – 250gm
  • Sugar -200gm
  • eggs -5 Large
  • Butter – 250 gm
  • Vanilla bean – 1
  • Vanilla extract – 1 tablespoon
  • Baking powder – 11/2 teaspoon
  • Candied bacon 
  • Buttermilk – 120ml
  • Jack Daniels – 4- 5 tablespoons

Jack Daniels – Dark Chocolate ganache

  • Heavy cream/ double cream -100ml
  • Butter – 30gm
  • Dark Chocolate – 200gm
  • Salt -pinch 
  • Jack Daniels – 2 tablespoons

Jack Daniels- Dark Chocolate buttercream frosting

  • Butter- 150gm
  • Icing sugar – 200-250gm
  • Jack Daniels -3 tablespoons. 
  • Milk – 1 tablespoon


Candied bacon

  • On a steel sheet, place the bacon strips next to each other. 
  • Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle on both sides of the bacon strips.
  • Bake it in the oven on 190 degrees celsius for about 30-40 minutes, until its brown and crispy. You ll know when its done 😉 the whole house smells like sweet bacon :) 
  • Chop it into small pieces once its done. 
Jack daniels – Candied bacon, Vanilla bean cake

  • Preheat the oven to 190 degrees celsius.
  • Cream the butter and sugar, until creamy and mixed well like wet sand. Beat the egg whites in another bowl until fluffy and add it to the butter-sugar mix. 
  • Add the baking powder, vanilla bean, vanilla extract to the mixture. 
  • Add the flour and beat. 
  • Add buttermilk and egg yolks to this mixture. 
  • Add the JD also to the mix and beat it with an electric blender. 
  • Fold in the chopped candied bacon bits to the batter. 
  • Pour the batter in cake tin. ( i had to make it one after the other with one tin n a small oven )
  • Bake for about 25 minutes. 
Jack daniels- Dark chocolate ganache
  • Simmer the butter and heavy cream. Once melted add the dark chocolate pieces and whisk till mixed.
  • Add the jack daniels into the mix and the salt. 
  • Let it cool and thicken. 
  • Once cool, it then becomes a smooth glossy mixture. 
Apply a thick layer of the ganache to the bottom layer of the cake. 
JD-dark chocolate buttercream frosting

I had made quite a bit of the chocolate ganache for the cake. You can also use this for the top layer and the outside for a smooth glossy delicious dark chocolate ganache layer. But i used ganache for the buttercream frosting. I added the ganache instead of the melted dark chocolate. 

  • Cream the butter in an electric blender, add icing sugar in batches. 
  • Add the leftover ganache, add more icing sugar and blend. 
  • Add 2 more tablespoons of JD. 
  • Add the rest of the icing sugar and the tablespoon of milk and blend until creamy. 
I used a spatula to frost the cake and then used some of the left over ganache as a border on the top of the cake. 
Happy Baking

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