Chocolate whiskey cake on a platter

Double Chocolate Whiskey Cake with Whiskey Ganache

This cake will make your next grown up party a hit!  Filled with chocolate and a hint of bourbon taste.  Super easy on the cook recipe!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8 servings
963 kcal


  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream light is okay - do not use fat free
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup brewed coffee - cooled
  • 1/2 cup whiskey/bourbon
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup rough chopped chocolate for garnish optional

Ganache Frosting

  • 8 ounces semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons whiskey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a 10" spring form pan or a 9 x 13 baking pan with non stick spray.
  3. In large mixing bowl combine egg, sugar, sour cream, vegetable oil, and vanilla until well blended.
  4. Add cocoa powder, whiskey and coffee. Mix until no lumps are evident.
  5. Add flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  6. Mix until just combined.
  7. Add 1/2 cup chocolate chips.
  8. Pour into prepared pan.
  9. Bake 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
  10. Let cool completely.
  11. For Ganache Frosting
  12. Pour chocolate chips in large microwave save bowl and microwave for one minute until chips are just soft.
  13. In another microwave safe bowl, heat cream until it just begins to boil. About 2 minutes.
  14. Pour over chocolate chips.
  15. Let sit for 2 minutes before stirring.
  16. Stir with whisk. Chocolate will melt and will become a creamy consistency.
  17. Add vanilla and whiskey.
  18. Cool in refrigerator for about 30 minutes or longer until a thick consistency. (You can make this the day before and just microwave for 20 seconds before frosting)
  19. Spread over cake and sprinkle with chocolate pieces.
Nutrition Facts
Double Chocolate Whiskey Cake with Whiskey Ganache
Amount Per Serving
Calories 963 Calories from Fat 468
% Daily Value*
Fat 52g80%
Saturated Fat 33g165%
Cholesterol 99mg33%
Sodium 628mg26%
Potassium 582mg17%
Carbohydrates 109g36%
Fiber 8g32%
Sugar 71g79%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 690IU14%
Vitamin C 0.4mg0%
Calcium 124mg12%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.