Jason’s Birthday Cake 2017: Spiced Honey and Bourbon Cake

Hey guys!!! 

I keep going MIA every now and then from the blog! If you follow me on instagram on fb you can see I do update quite regularly.. I just get too lazy to edit the pictures and write the blog post. Baking and taking pictures i do it without any complaints but sitting down to write is another mission for me… I have a toddler yes thats my excuse! 

Anywhooo!!! Today’s recipe is spiced honey and bourbon cake! those who have been following me know how much i love alcohol and bacon in my baking!! I make a cake with bourbon and bacon every year for Jason’s Birthday without second thought for the last 3 years đŸ˜€ I wanted to make a burnt honey cake but i ended up not getting that done properly, so i scraped the idea and made it into a spiced honey cake! Oh the honey, i got my hands on some wild honey i purchased recently from a small start-up. It is absolutely delish!! 

So the cake is a 3 layered 4″ inch cake, filled and frosted with bourbon swiss meringue buttercream. The cake is also filled and garnished with bacon-pecan crumble! which sticks to the cake like mini clusters of gorgeous crunchy bacon bits!!! 

Spiced Honey and Bourbon Cake

A spiced honey mini layer cake frosted and filled with Bourbon Swiss meringue buttercream. The cake is also filled and garnished with Bacon and pecan crumble
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Author Aroshaliny Godfrey


Spiced Honey Cake

  • All purpose flour - 120gm
  • Butter - 100gm
  • Eggs - 2 large
  • Brown sugar - 100gm
  • Honey - 100gm
  • All spice - 1 -2 teaspoons if you don't have all spice, you can use 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon clove and 1/2 teaspoon star anise powder
  • Bourbon - 2 tablespoons
  • Baking powder - 1 teaspoon

Bacon - Pecan Crumble

  • Bacon slices - 2-3
  • Flour - 40gm
  • Brown sugar - 50gm
  • Pecans - 40gm
  • Butter - 25gm
  • Bourbon - 1 teaspoon

Bourbon Swiss Meringue Buttercream

  • Egg whites - 2
  • Caster sugar - 100gm
  • Bourbon - 2 teaspoons
  • Vinegar - 1 teaspoon for wiping the bowl
  • Butter -200 gm


Spiced honey and bourbon cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius. Grease and line the cake tin with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light pale and fluffy.
  3. Add and beat one egg at a time.
  4. In another small bowl, add honey and all spice powder and mix until completely incorporated.
  5. Add the spiced honey and bourbon to the mixture.
  6. Sift the flour and baking powder into the bowl. Fold and mix until the flour is thoroughly incorporated.
  7. Divide the batter into 3 - 4" cake tins. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, check with a wooden skewer to see if completely baked.
  8. Once baked, let it cool on a cooling rack.

Bacon- Pecan Crumble

  1. Chop the bacon into small bits and fry it until crunchy.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius.
  3. In a small bowl, add all the ingredients including the fried crunchy bacon bits.
  4. Using your finger tips, rub the butter into the flour, sugar and the other bits.
  5. Mix it all well until it resembles wet sand.
  6. Spread this mixture on a baking tray lined with parchment.
  7. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until its golden brown.
  8. Once its baked, remove the tray from the oven and let the crumble cool.

Bourbon Swiss Meringue Buttercream (SMB)

  1. Before you even start the buttercream, wipe and clean thoroughly all the bowls, your mixer's whisk and your spatula using a tissue soaked with lemon juice or vinegar.
  2. In a clean bowl, add the egg whites and sugar.
  3. Place this bowl on a pan with simmering water, whisk using a hand whisk until the sugar is melted completely.
  4. Whisk this mixture until almost still peaks (5-10 minutes if using a hand blender)
  5. When the bowl is about room temperature, start adding cubes of the softened butter.
  6. Keep whisking/ mixing it until it looks silky smooth.


  1. If the buttercream looks curdled, whisk longer.
  2. If the buttercream looks runny, chill the bowl for 30 minutes and whisk again.


  1. Cut the tops of the cake to make sure all layers are equal and flat on top.
  2. On a cake board or a cake stand, place a small dollop of buttercream and place the bottom layer of the cake on the dollop. This helps to keep the cake layers in place.
  3. Scoop a good amount of buttercream on this layer and smoothen it with an offset spatula.
  4. Add few clusters of the bacon-pecan crumble on this buttercream layer.
  5. Place an another layer of cake on top and repeat untill all layers are done.
  6. Using the same SMB, do a thin crumb coat around the cake.
  7. Chill the cake for 30 minutes and finish the cake with the rest of the buttercream
  8. Garnish the cake on top and around with the crunchy bacon -pecan crumble!
  9. enjoy!!

Recipe Notes

This one was for my husband's birthday so happy birthday Jason! <3


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