Shirley's Sheep Herder Cake

Renée G.


I have no idea why the title for this cake because I doubt many sheep herders had access to the ingredients. But, the church lady from whom I got the recipe, called it this, so I do too.

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20 Min
45 Min


1 (16.5 ounce) box chocolate cake mix
1 (3.9 ounce) box chocolate fudge instant pudding
4 large eggs
3/4 cup water
1 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup kahlua
1/4 cup vodka


1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons kahlua
1 tablespoon milk or heavy cream, plus additional as needed

How to Make Shirley's Sheep Herder Cake


  • 1Preheat oven to 325º F.
  • 2Generously coat a standard 10″ bundt pan with non-stick baking spray (I use Baker's Joy). Set aside.
  • 3Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Beat with an electric hand mixer for several minutes or until the dry ingredients have been completely incorporated and the mixture is smooth. Transfer mixture to the prepared bundt pan and smooth top of batter with a rubber spatula or spoon.
  • 4Bake for 45 minutes or until toothpick or wooden skewer comes out clean when inserted near center of cake. Remove from oven and allow to cool in the pan for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • 5Run a knife along the outside edge between the cake and pan and then carefully invert bundt pan on to a serving platter, cake plate or cake pedestal.
  • 6Insert 3” strips of parchment or waxed paper around base of cake to catch the glaze drips.
  • 7When the cake has cooled completely, prepare the glaze. Whisk together powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and salt in a medium mixing bowl.
  • 8Whisk in Kahlua and milk or heavy cream until well combined. Add additional milk or cream if you need to think the glaze further. Drizzle over the cake, allowing glaze to drip gently down sides.
  • 9Remove strips of parchment or waxed paper and serve.

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About Shirley's Sheep Herder Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American