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Raising a Glass to Kentucky Bourbon Cake, a Boozy Southern Dessert That Stands the Test of Time

1 month ago   |   By Vine Pair

Back in the days before supermarkets and same-day delivery, chefs and bakers cooked with local ingredients. The Irish boiled potatoes, Georgians made peach pies, and bakers from Kentucky added a touch of bourbon to their desserts.
Ouita Michel , a James Beard Award-nominated chef and owner of eight Kentucky restaurants, says bourbon desserts have been around since the mid-1800s - and they were created out of necessity. “Vanilla was not readily available to people,” she says, “and when they got it, it was very expensive.” For those living in the South, she says, “the closest thing they...
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