The easiest bundt cake recipe, spiked with Fireball for extra cinnamon flair and a solid boozy kick! The best qualities of Fireball whiskey shine through, and this Fireball Cake is topped with sweet, perfect, cinnamon whiskey glaze, oozing over every corner and edge! This Fireball Cake will be the hit of every holiday get-together!
I LOVE to bake with booze. I love baking with booze more than I like drinking it. I don’t even have to think about my preference – I definitely want liquor in my baked goods and not a shot glass, highball, or whatever kind of drinking vessel.
I actually do like to drink Fireball though, especially compared to other liquors. Bourbon? Not my fave. But put it in a Brown Butter Bourbon Pecan Pie? I’m so in. It’s magical in baked goods.
Although I’ll drink Fireball and I quite like it, I still think it shines even better in baked goods than as a drink. This Fireball Cake is the best current example of that, but past amazing examples include this Fireball Apple Crisp, Fireball Apple Pie, and Fireball Whiskey Caramel Sauce recipe.
The world’s BEST Apple Crisp recipe is still the better for a splash of Fireball. And my Mom’s Apple Pie is epically awesome – there is nothing that can beat it – but a splash of Fireball still does miraculous things to it. I mean, my Mom’s pie has nothing to be improved upon, buuuuut Fireball certainly doesn’t hurt. And regular homemade caramel sauce? Incredible! No doubt about that… but add Fireball to it, and O. M. G. World of improvement. You’ll never look back.
Fireball is sweet, spicy, and has a kick, but not too much kick. It’s got it all… all desirable qualities, IMO. I just love what it does for some of my classic recipes that are heavy on cinnamon. It adds more cinnamon flair, an extra touch of sweetness, but a little boozy bite too. It’s so perfect.
I shared this collection of 20 Sizzling Fireball recipes last week, and it reminded me that I had this Fireball Cake recipe ready to go. Cinnamon is a spice that’s always in season, but I feel like I gravitate toward it even more in the fall. Don’t you? I’m extra in the mood for cinnamon in the fall.
This Fireball Cake will get you a cinnamon fix, a booze fix, and a dessert fix all in one. It’s easy, easy, easy too. Like a lot of my favorite bundt cakes, it starts with a cake mix. Just a doctored up cake mix recipe, but a great one, and featuring a heck of a lot of Fireball.
The glaze on top… well, that’s not short on Fireball either. A Fireball Cake must have an accompanying Fireball glaze, duh. Sweet, perfect, cinnamon whiskey glaze, oozing over every corner and edge.
Trust me when I tell you that you’ll want to have this Fireball Cake recipe teed up for the holidays. It’s simple to whip up, and it’ll make you the hit of every holiday party.
Also, I have a whole roundup of 25 Easy Bundt Cake Recipes if you’re looking for other ideas. It’s a great guide for the holidays if you want a simple bundt cake recipe. You’re definitely covered – there’s a huge variety of options there, including some awesome seasonal bundts!
For Fireball Cake:
- 1 box spice cake mix
- 3.4 oz. box instant vanilla pudding mix
- 1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil
- 3/4 cup Fireball whiskey or cinnamon whiskey
- 1/4 cup water
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
For Fireball Glaze:
- 4 tbsp. butter melted
- 1/3 cup Fireball whiskey
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 2 - 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
For Fireball Cake:
- In a large bowl, whisk together cake mix, pudding mix, oil, whiskey, water, and eggs.
- Stir in walnuts.
- Pour batter into a greased bundt pan.
- Bake at 325 for 40-50 minutes, or until edges are brown, and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
- Remove to a wire rack to cool for 15 minutes before inverting onto a serving platter to cool completely. Do not cool completely in pan - cake will stick.
- Prepare glaze.
For Fireball Glaze:
- In a small bowl, whisk together melted butter, whiskey, vanilla, and 2 cups powdered sugar.
- Whisk until smooth, adding more powdered sugar as needed to achieve desired consistency.
- Drizzle over cooled cake.
- Sprinkle with chopped walnuts.
- Allow glaze to set for about 10 minutes.
- Cut and serve!
Sacha Wright says
How many eggs should be used? The ingredients list does not contain eggs. But the instructions say to add the eggs. Is it the number from the box of cake mix?
Thank you SO MUCH for letting me know!! I am working with a new recipe formatter. It takes 4 eggs!
Weird because I remember adding in that ingredient, and then it’s not there. Maybe I accidentally deleted it. I’m so glad you told me. 4 eggs. 🙂
JERI R GALLUS says
This has been my go-to cake to take to potlucks. Great job!
Linda Offredo says
In this fireball whiskey bundt cake, in the ingredients is it 3 boxes of 4 oz instant vanilla puddings or is it 3.4 oz
3.4 oz! I’m sorry for the confusion!
I made this for my friends birthday this past weekend and everyone loved it and I have already had someone else request me to make it for their birthday.
Ahhhhhh, that makes me so happy! Thank you so much for sharing that! It’s a really fun birthday cake, for sure. Lol. 😉
Could you use this recipe for cake donuts? What would be the temperature to bake? Thanks!
Oh gosh… I’m not sure, but I do think it would work for cake donuts. I’d probably go with a standard 350 degrees, for somewhere in the ballpark of 12-15 minutes, but keep an eye on them!
Could I use a yellow cake mix instead of spice
Yep! Yellow cake mix will work well here!
I just made this and it was so GREAT! I had to use a yellow cake mix instead of spice cake mix, because they just didn’t have it at the store. So, I added a teaspoon of cinnamon to make up for the spice part… and I left out walnuts, because the person who asked me to make it doesn’t like nuts of any kind in baked goods. Thank you for such a great recipe! I will make this again, I can’t wait for winter to make it and share with others.
Yay!! Oh, I’m so glad to hear that! Yes, some people don’t like nuts in baked goods. My mom is like that too! I do like to mix it up also. Great thought on balancing the yellow cake with cinnamon. So glad this turned out well for you. Thank you for letting me know. 🙂
Judie Fernandes says
I’m wondering if this can be made in loaf pans. I want to give them to neighbors for Christmas. I would leave them in the tinfoil pans. I’m worried about them sticking. Maybe I should line the pans first with parchment paper? Do you have any idea how long to cook them in a loaf pan?
Hi Judie! Yes, for sure line with parchment paper to prevent sticking. That works great, and would recommend! I’m thinking somewhere in the ballpark of 30-35 minutes, so perhaps bake for 25-30, and check them, and then go from there…. Let me know how it goes for you!
Made this for a birthday boy who loves Fireball! Everybody loved it!
I wanted to share a photo, but I couldn’t figure out how to post it here.
So glad you enjoyed it! Thank you so much for your kind comment. This cake is so fun and easy, and I’m glad it was a hit for you all. 🙂
if i use red velvet cake mix do i still use jello mix?
Yes! It’s pudding mix, and not gelatin. Yes, still goes in the recipe!
Gotta make it for the dessert auction
Most cake mixes now contain pudding. Do you still add pudding?
Yep! I use an ordinary cake mix without pudding contained though, so that’s what I’d do — regular cake mix, add the box of pudding.
I added apples instead of walnuts and I put a layer of Carmel then the glaze it was great.