Bourbon Maple Pecan Brownie Cake

by Cindy Yanasha Angulo in , , , ,

Omg. Yep, that's the reaction I had too. I started out creating a brownie cake for my brother because he loves brownies. Then I had an idea to add bourbon, because he loves bourbon (who doesn't?). Then I decided the brownie cake looked too plain so I made my own icing... and you know the rest. So easy, so fabulous. 


Time: 1 hour


  • 1 box brownie mix (I used Ghirardelli dark chocolate)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil 
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon for the cake mix & another for the icing (I used Angels Envy, use your favorite)
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 splashes of water
  • 1/4 cup crushed pecans


  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the brownie mix, 1 tablespoon bourbon, olive oil & vegetable oil. The recipe on the brownie box will most likely call for 1 egg, I didn't want to use any eggs so I adjusted with more vegetable oil instead. The above measurements work!) 
  2. Pour the brownie mix into a round cake pan (or honestly whatever shape you want!). Bake 2-3 minutes less than the instructions (mine was 325 for 40 minutes). The reason I bake it a little less is so the cake is chewy / fudgy. You can test with a toothpick. 
  3. While the cake is baking, mix 1/4 cup of the confectioners sugar with the remaining tablespoon of bourbon, cinnamon & a splash of water. Once the icing is combined, add in crushed pecans. I bought the pecans for baking because they're already crushed, you can use any kind you have/like. 
  4. Once you stir in the pecans, the mixture will become closer to a spread than an icing.
  5. After the brownie cake bakes & cools, run a knife or spatula around the edges to loosen it up, then turn it over on a serving tray/plate. Now it's ready for icing! 
  6. Spread the pecan mixture on top of the brownie cake evenly.
  7. Mix the remaining confectioners sugar with another splash of water to make white icing. A little water goes a long way! Tip: I mixed it in a measuring cup so there's a spout for pouring)
  8. Once the icing is ready, hold the measuring cup about 6 inches above the brownie cake & drizzle in whatever design you like! I did zig zags all over my cake & then swirled the remaining on top. 
  9. Let the icing cool for about 20 minutes so it hardens before you cut the cake. Enjoy!