Mouth-watering Southern Comfort Cake: Our Best Recipe Yet!

Hello, y’all! I’m thrilled to share with you my recipe for Southern Comfort Cake. If you’re a fan of southern cuisine or comfort desserts, then this recipe is about to become your new favorite. Trust me, once you sink your fork into a warm slice of this delightfully moist and fluffy cake, you won’t be able to resist having seconds — or even thirds!

Growing up in the south, I’ve always been drawn to traditions and comforting foods that bring back memories of my childhood. That’s where the inspiration for this cake comes from. Combining the sweet flavors of southern comfort with a classic yellow cake mix and instant vanilla pudding, this cake is perfect for any occasion, whether it’s a family gathering or your own personal indulgence.

One of the best things about this recipe is how easy it is to make. With minimal effort, you’ll have a deliciously rich and flavorful cake that will leave you feeling satisfied and happy. From the moment you start mixing the cake ingredients together to when you’re adding the finishing glaze, everything about this recipe is enjoyable — especially when it’s time to dig in!

So make yourself comfortable and get ready to indulge in one of the most comforting desserts out there. I can already tell that Southern Comfort Cake will become a staple in your dessert rotation, so let’s get baking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Southern Comfort Cake
Southern Comfort Cake

Y’all, let me tell you something. This is not your average cake recipe. This is southern comfort cake we are talking about. A rich and decadent dessert that will fill any room with the aromas of comfort and sweetness.

Now, I know what y’all are thinking – “It’s just a cake, what’s the big deal?” But hold your horses because there is something special about this comfort cake. First and foremost, it’s made with Southern Comfort – a whiskey liqueur that gives it a unique and distinct flavor that’s sure to make this dessert the highlight of any meal.

But it’s not just the Southern Comfort that makes this cake so special. It’s also the combination of chopped pecans and walnuts that add texture and crunch in every bite. And let’s not forget about the creamy instant vanilla pudding mix that keeps this cake extra moist and fluffy.

What’s more, this recipe is incredibly easy to make, even for those who may not consider themselves skilled bakers. This is a no-fuss recipe that only requires a few simple ingredients, including a box of yellow cake mix.

Whether you’re looking to impress your dinner guests or just want to treat yourself to something sweet, this southern comfort cake will surely deliver. So go ahead, grab a slice (or two) and experience for yourself why this recipe is one of the best southern comfort desserts out there.

Ingredient List

 Enjoy a slice of Southern hospitality with each bite of this comforting cake!
Enjoy a slice of Southern hospitality with each bite of this comforting cake!

Before getting started, let’s take a quick look at the ingredients list. Southern Comfort Cake recipe requires a considerable amount of sweetness and nuttiness to achieve that memorable flavor. Here are the ingredients you need to gather before diving into the recipe:

Cake Ingredients:

  • 1 box yellow cake mix (18.25 oz.)
  • 1 box instant vanilla pudding mix (4 oz.)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 c Southern Comfort
  • 1/2 c vegetable oil
  • 1/2 c water

Southern Comfort Chopped Pecan Glaze:

  • 1 c granulated sugar
  • 1/2 c butter
  • 1/4 c water
  • 1/2 c Southern Comfort
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Make sure all ingredients are measured precisely for best results.

The Recipe How-To

 Rich chocolate layers, pecans, and fluffy frosting make up this irresistible dessert.
Rich chocolate layers, pecans, and fluffy frosting make up this irresistible dessert.

Preheat Oven

Before starting to assemble the cake ingredients, it’s important to preheat the oven first. It should be heated to 350 degrees F(175 degrees C), so set the temperature on your oven before sweating it out with the rest of the recipe.

Mixing the Cake

First, take a large mixing bowl and combine all cake ingredients including: 1 box yellow cake mix, 4 eggs, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 1/2 cup Southern Comfort, 1/4 cup instant vanilla pudding mix, and 1/2 cup cold water. Beat together everything for about two minutes in medium speed until they’re well combined.

Adding Nuts

Now it’s turn to make this cake more special by adding nuts into it. Use a separate bowl to mix and blend those nuts; 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts. Set aside some for later as toppings (if you’d like) and add the remaining nuts to the batter. Mix them gently just until they’re fully incorporated.

Pouring The Batter

Take a big enough bundt pan and grease it very carefully using cooking spray or shortening. Once greased, coat it evenly with fine granulated sugar. After this, pour in the batter that has been perfectly mixed with nuts into the greased bundt pan.

Baking The Cake

Place the bundt pan inside the preheated oven with top and bottom heat. Bake it for one hour or until baked entirely by checking with a skewer or toothpick that comes out clean after being stuck through several points throughout.

Nuts Glaze

While waiting for the cake to cook properly in the oven, you can prepare its glaze that will enhance its flavor even more. To create this mouth-watering glaze, mix together in a saucepan melted butter, 1/4 cup Southern Comfort, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, and 1/2 cup cold water. Cook the mixture over medium heat until all of the ingredients are well combined.

Cooling & Glazing The Cake

Once the cake is done baking and taken out of the oven, move it to a cooling rack and wait for at least 10-15 minutes until it has cooled down slightly. Once cool, take a long fork or skewer and poke multiple holes in the top of the cake, making sure they go through all the way to the bottom. After this, pour in glaze very slowly into those holes that have been poked into the cake. Make sure every hole has been filled with this divine glaze. Leave the cake aside for about 5-10 minutes until glaze is absorbed by it.

Adding Toppings

Finally, once the cake has soaked in up all of that flavorful glaze, you can decorate it with remaining nuts that you’ve set aside earlier on top.

There you have it –

Substitutions and Variations

 Indulge in a slice of heaven with this Southern-inspired treat.
Indulge in a slice of heaven with this Southern-inspired treat.

Are you looking to make some twists on this classic Southern Comfort Cake recipe? Well, I’ve got you covered. Here are some substitutions and variations that will add fresh flavors and textures to your comfort cake.

Firstly, let’s talk about the nuts. If you don’t have pecans or walnuts on hand, don’t worry. You can substitute them with any nut of your choice, such as almonds, hazelnuts or macadamia nuts. Or try a blend of different nuts for a unique flavor profile.

If you want to infuse more of the southern comfort taste into the cake, substitute the cold water with more Southern Comfort liqueur. It will give an extra kick of that beloved Southern taste to every bite.

Are you looking for a different texture in your cake? Try swapping out the yellow cake mix with a pound cake mix. This will give your comfort cake a denser texture which works great with the nuts and Southern Comfort flavors.

If pudding mix is not something that you prefer or if it’s not readily available for you, then you can use sour cream instead. Just replace one cup of water with one cup of room temperature sour cream and keep all other ingredients in the same quantities.

If chocolate is your thing, try drizzling the bundt cake with melted chocolate and chopped pecans or walnuts.

In terms of serving, this comfort cake is already delicious on its own but for an extra layer of indulgence, pair it with whipped cream or ice cream on top.

These substitutions and variations are just some ideas to make this Southern Comfort Cake recipe more personalized to your taste buds preference. Whether it’s for special occasions or an everyday treat, there’s no doubt that this comfort Southern dessert will have everyone reaching for seconds!

Serving and Pairing

 Satisfy your sweet tooth with this decadent cake that's perfect for any occasion.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with this decadent cake that’s perfect for any occasion.

Let’s talk about how to serve and pair this Southern Comfort Cake. This cake is perfect for serving at any casual or formal gathering, and the flavor profile pairs well with a variety of beverages. You can pair it with a hot cup of coffee or tea to balance out the sweetness, or with a cold glass of milk or iced tea to complement its richness.

The Southern Comfort Cake is best served fresh out of the oven, but it’s also delicious at room temperature or chilled. To elevate the presentation, you can sprinkle chopped pecans or walnuts over the top of the glaze for added texture and crunch.

For a special occasion, you can transform this Southern Comfort Cake into a stunning dessert centerpiece by adding whipped cream, fresh fruits, or even caramel drizzle on top. You can also cut it into smaller pieces, and serve it alongside other Southern comfort desserts, such as pecan or praline cake.

If you prefer more indulgent pairings, you can serve this comfort cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or freshly whipped cream. The creaminess and acidity in these options create a well-balanced taste that contrasts the sweetness of the Southern Comfort Cake.

No matter how you decide to serve or pair this delicious Southern Comfort Cake recipe, one thing is certain: your guests will love every bite!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Nothing beats the warm, gooey goodness of Southern Comfort Cake.
Nothing beats the warm, gooey goodness of Southern Comfort Cake.

Now that you’ve enjoyed your delicious Southern Comfort Cake, it’s time to talk about how to store leftovers and reheat for future enjoyment. This make-ahead option is perfect for when you need a quick dessert on hand or want to enjoy a slice of comfort cake whenever the mood strikes.

To store your Southern Comfort Cake, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or place it in an airtight container. Store it in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. If you plan on storing it for a longer period, you can also freeze the cake. Wrap it tightly in several layers of cling wrap and foil to prevent freezer burn, and it will last up to 2-3 months.

When you’re ready to enjoy your cake, take it out of the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature before frosting or reheating. To reheat sliced cake portions, you can either leave them out at room temperature for 30 minutes before heating them up in the microwave for 20-30 seconds, or you can reheat them in the oven at 350°F until warmed through.

If you have leftover frosting, we recommend keeping it separate from the cake when storing. You can also store extra frosting in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. When you’re ready to use the frosting again, bring it to room temperature and give it a good stir before spreading onto the cake.

With these simple tips, your Southern Comfort Cake will stay fresh and delicious for days after baking, allowing you to savor every bite of this decadent dessert.

Tips for Perfect Results

 A perfect blend of sweet and savory, this cake will have you coming back for seconds (and thirds!).
A perfect blend of sweet and savory, this cake will have you coming back for seconds (and thirds!).

Cooking is both an art and a science, and sometimes it requires a little finesse to get just right. Here are some tips to ensure perfect results for your Southern Comfort Cake every time:

1. Don’t overmix the batter: When combining your cake ingredients, be careful not to overmix the batter as this can result in a dense texture. Mix until just combined – if there are still a few lumps, it’s okay.

2. Use room temperature ingredients: Room temperature butter and eggs will help the ingredients mix together better and create a lighter texture for your cake.

3. Substitute nuts: If you don’t have pecans or walnuts on hand, feel free to substitute them with your favorite nuts to add your own twist.

4. Glaze consistency: The glaze should be thick enough to stick to the cake but thin enough to easily pour over it. Adjust the amount of water or powdered sugar as needed.

5. Let the cake cool before adding glaze: Allowing the cake to cool completely before adding the glaze will help prevent it from running off the cake.

6. Use high-quality Southern Comfort: The Southern Comfort is one of the key ingredients in this recipe so make sure you use a high-quality brand for maximum flavor.

7. Use a Bundt pan: This recipe was designed specifically for a Bundt pan, so using any other type of baking pan may lead to uneven baking or difficulties removing the cake from the pan.

8. Be careful not to burn the glaze: While cooking the glaze on the stove, do not let it boil or else you risk burning it and ruining its taste.

With these tips, you’ll be able to create a perfect Southern Comfort Cake that is sure to impress every time!

Bottom Line


You don’t have to live down south to enjoy the best southern comfort dessert. With this Southern Comfort Cake recipe, every bite is sweeter than the last. The combination of yellow cake mix, southern comfort, pecans and walnuts make this cake irresistibly good. Even if you’re not a baker, you can still create this delicious treat that is sure to impress.

The recipe provides detailed instructions and tips for a perfect result. You can easily make substitutions and variations to fit your preferences, making it perfect for any occasion or mood. And the best part? You can store it in the fridge for several days or freeze it for weeks ahead, ensuring that you always have something sweet on hand.

So, what are you waiting for? Try out this recipe for the best southern comfort cake around, and discover why this is one of the best southern cuisine desserts recipes out there! Whether you’re looking for a cozy night in or hosting a special event, Southern Comfort Cake will make a delicious addition to any meal.

Southern Comfort Cake

Southern Comfort Cake Recipe

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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 486.6 kcal


southern comfort cake

  • 1 (18 ounce) box Duncan Hines yellow cake mix
  • 1 (3 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or 1 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup Southern Comfort


  • 1/8 lb butter
  • 1/8 cup water
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup Southern Comfort


  • Combine cake ingredients in large bowl. Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour into greased and floured 10 inch tube or 12 cup bundt pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour. Set on rack to cool for 10 minutes. Invert on serving plate. Prick top immediately; drizzle and brush half of glaze. After cake has cooled, reheat glaze and brush it evenly over cake.
  • To make glaze: Melt butter in pan. Stir in water and sugar. Boil 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in Southern Comfort.

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Serving: 106gCalories: 486.6kcalCarbohydrates: 49.8gProtein: 4.9gFat: 26.1gSaturated Fat: 5.6gCholesterol: 81.5mgSodium: 434.5mgFiber: 1.3gSugar: 34g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Dessert, Easy
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