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Jack Daniel’s Carrot Cake w Heavenly Frosting

Adapted from Jack Daniels: The Spirit of Tennessee Cookbook

Jack Daniel's Carrot Cake with Heavenly Frosting ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #cake #recipe

A long, long time ago in a different lifetime it seems now, back before I was married, before I had children, I was a working woman who travelled a lot for work. One of my trips took me to Tennessee, fairly close to the Jack Daniels distillery. We even managed to squeeze in a tour of the Jack Daniels Distillery while we were there. It’s beautiful country, with rolling green hills, lots of trees and rivers, lakes and deer.

The place I was staying at was selling this cookbook: Jack Daniels: The Spirit of Tennessee CookbookI paged through it and immediately knew I had to take one home. I think I only bought one cookbook on that trip, but when I returned, I bought more for gifts. I had to share this marvelous book with my family and friends!

This carrot cake is my most treasured recipe from that book. We have made it countless times in my family; it’s often served for birthdays, out-of-town guests, and other special occasions. It’s one of those family favorite recipes now, our go-to carrot cake recipe. My dad makes it with raisins in place of the pineapple. I always insist that the pineapple is better (but I wouldn’t turn down a piece of my dad’s cake either).

This is our take on the recipe. We’ve cut the oil down to 1/3 of what the original recipe calls for and the sugar is cut in half. I also use whole wheat flour in place of half the all purpose flour. It’s still just as amazing tasting. In fact, one of my work friends told me today he thinks it is the best carrot cake he’s ever tasted.

The really funny thing is, I don’t drink whiskey, but I love to cook with it, especially since I discovered that wonderful cookbook in the beautiful back country of Tennessee.

Jack Daniels Carrot Cake with Heavenly Frosting

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 1 13x9x2-inch cake

Jack Daniels Carrot Cake with Heavenly Frosting


    Dry ingredients:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Wet ingredients:
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup plain nonfat yogurt or applesauce
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 8-oz. can of crushed pineapple, drained
  • 3/4 cup roughly chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1/4 cup Jack Daniels whiskey
  • For the Heavenly Frosting:
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 oz. light cream cheese, softened
  • 4 oz. powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon whiskey
  • For the top: some extra chopped pecans, toasted (if desired)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Spray a 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan with cooking spray. In a large mixing bowl, mix all the dry ingredients until fully mixed.
  2. Stir in the wet ingredients just until everything is well blended.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake at 350 for 35 - 40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean..
  4. Mix up the frosting by mixing together the softened butter and cream cheese, then stir in the powdered sugar and whiskey. Let the cake cool before frosting it.


This recipe makes just a thin glaze of frosting for the cake. For a thicker frosting, make a double batch and add extra powdered sugar to thicken it.

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11 Responses

  1. Beverley

    Luscious recipe and I should have some JD left after drinking it too much lately xoxo

    November 8, 2013 at 2:24 am

    • Ann

      Thank you Beverley! I think it is the 2nd best use for JD (aside from drinking it, of course). 😉

      November 8, 2013 at 5:55 pm

  2. Beth

    I just forwarded this link to everyone in my family! My dad enjoys his black jack and has a b-day coming up – this just might be what he requests! Recipe sounds amazing and the picture makes me want to eat my screen! haha!

    November 8, 2013 at 10:41 am

    • Ann

      Oh that’s awesome! That’s what happened in my family too … now we ALL make JD Carrot Cakes 🙂

      November 8, 2013 at 5:56 pm

  3. This looks really delicious. I am going to try your recipe. My husband loves carrot cake, and well let’s face it, everythings better with Jack., lol.

    thanks for sharing with us at our Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. I’m your newest follower and can’t wait to read more of your blog.


    November 8, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    • Ann

      Thank you for your kind words, Angel! This is my favorite carrot cake recipe evah! I hope your hubby likes it too 🙂

      November 9, 2013 at 6:51 pm

  4. Marla


    April 15, 2014 at 11:02 pm

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  6. Samantha

    Has anyone tried making the cake with Tenessee Honey? I have a full bottle that I’m trying to get rid of and I’m wondering if you can taste the difference in the cake considering all the other flavors going on.

    June 13, 2015 at 11:49 am

    • Ann

      I think that would work, Samantha! You may want to cut down the sugar a little, because Tennessee Honey is a sweet liquor, right?

      June 13, 2015 at 4:20 pm

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