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Mint Julep Cake with mint glaze
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Mint Julep Cake

This Mint Julep Cakes is wonderfully flavored with bourbon and mint. Makes a great Derby Day dessert!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Southern
Keyword Kentucky Derby
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 377kcal


  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint

Cake Batter

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 large egg yolk, room temperature

Brown Sugar Syrup

  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 drops green food coloring


  • Combine bourbon and mint in a small bowl and let sit for 15 minutes.
    After 15 minutes, pour trough strainer. Reserve the mint for the cake batter.
  • Combine flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  • In a glass measuring cup, combine buttermilk, vanilla, and 1/4 cup of the mint-infused bourbon, plus the reserved mint.
  • Using an electric stand mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the eggs and egg yolk one at a time, beating each one until mixed in and stopping a few times to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  • With mixer on low, add 1/3 of flour mixture. Once mixed in, add 1/2 of buttermilk mixture. Repeat with another 1/3 of flour, remaining buttermilk, and remaining flour. Stop to scrape down the sides a few times while mixing in the flour and buttermilk.
  • Pour batter into a 12-cup Bundt pan or tube pan that has been sprayed well with baking spray.
  • Bake in a 350 degree oven for 50 to 60 minutes or until it feels firm when you press down on the top. Let cool 10 minutes in pan and then invert onto a cake stand.
  • To make Brown Sugar Syrup, heat brown sugar and water in a small saucepan. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Once sugar is dissolved, remove from heat and stir in 2 tablespoons of the mint-infused bourbon. Brush syrup over top and sides of cake.
    Let cake completely cool before glazing.
  • To make glaze, whisk together powdered sugar, melted butter, food coloring and last 2 tablespoons of bourbon. Drizzle over cake.


Calories: 377kcal