Delicious Irish Whiskey Cake Recipe for Dessert Lovers!

Welcome to the irresistible world of Irish Whiskey Cake, a classic recipe that never goes out of style. As a chef specializing in British cuisine, I take pride in sharing with you this delicious and boozy treat. This cake is perfect for any special occasion or even just as a midday snack with a cup of tea or coffee.

Originating from the land of Guinness and Jameson, it’s no surprise that whiskey cake holds a significant meaning in Irish culture. It’s said that this cake was made as one of the many ways to conserve what was left of precious food supplies during tough times, hence its simplicity combined with rich flavor.

Whether you’re an avid baker or just looking to try something new, this recipe will take your taste buds on an adventure they’ll never forget. So buckle up and get ready for a flavorful ride through the streets of Ireland!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Irish Whiskey Cake
Irish Whiskey Cake

If you’re a lover of all things whiskey and cake, then this Irish Whiskey Cake Recipe is definitely for you! With its boozy Irish whiskey flavor infused into a moist and decadent yellow cake, it’s no wonder this recipe has become one of my absolute favorites.

But that’s not all… the addition of chopped pecans and walnuts give the cake a delightful crunch while the instant vanilla pudding makes the texture undeniably perfect. This recipe is a modern twist on an old favorite and you can bet that it will quickly become a staple in your recipe collection.

Whether you’re looking to impress friends and family at a dinner party, or simply craving something sweet on a cozy night in, this cake is sure to have everyone coming back for seconds. And with its easy-to-follow instructions that yield consistently delicious results, even those who aren’t baking experts can impress their loved ones with this indulgent treat.

So what are you waiting for? Whip up a batch of this irresistible cake and indulge in the rich flavors of Jameson Irish whiskey delicately blended with nutty undertones for a taste sensation that is absolutely unforgettable.

Ingredient List

 Rich and moist Irish Whiskey Cake sitting on the table, waiting to be devoured
Rich and moist Irish Whiskey Cake sitting on the table, waiting to be devoured

Let’s Gather the Necessary Ingredients

Before starting to make this Irish Whiskey Cake Recipe, let’s see the list of ingredients that you will need:

  • 1 box (15.25 oz) yellow cake mix
  • 1 box (3.4 oz) instant vanilla pudding
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1 cup Jameson Irish whiskey
  • 3 cups chopped pecans and walnuts
  • ¾ cup golden raisins
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder + 2 tbsp
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

All of these ingredients are easy to find in your pantry or at the local supermarket. As for the whiskey, I highly recommend using Jameson Irish, as it gives a distinct flavor and richness to the cake. Trust me; you don’t want to skimp on this essential ingredient! The combination of nuts and raisins gives a lovely chewiness and crunchiness to each bite, creating tasty layers that will leave everyone asking for more.

The Recipe How-To

 A slice of Irish Whiskey Cake with a dollop of whipped cream is the perfect dessert for any occasion
A slice of Irish Whiskey Cake with a dollop of whipped cream is the perfect dessert for any occasion

Now, it’s time to get started on the recipe. Follow these steps carefully to ensure that you end up with a perfectly delicious Irish Whiskey Cake.


  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 small box instant vanilla pudding
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts


  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 325°F.
  2. Grease and flour a Bundt pan or two round cake pans.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake mix and pudding mix.
  4. Add in the eggs, oil, whiskey, and water. Beat well for about two minutes on medium speed until everything is well combined.
  5. Fold in the chopped nuts and mix until they are evenly distributed throughout the batter.
  6. Pour the batter into your prepared pan(s), filling them about three-quarters of the way full.
  7. Bake for 45-50 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool in the pan on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes before removing from pan(s) and allowing to cool completely.

Whiskey Glaze

If desired, you can top your Irish Whiskey Cake with this simple whiskey glaze.


  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup Jameson Irish Whiskey


  1. In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt butter with water and granulated sugar.
  2. Stir in whiskey and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for about 3-4 minutes or until glaze has reduced slightly and thickened.
  3. Drizzle warm whiskey glaze over the top of your cake(s) and enjoy!

Now, your Irish Whiskey Cake is ready to be served and enjoyed!

Substitutions and Variations

 Savor the warm flavors of whiskey, raisins and spices with every bite of this cake
Savor the warm flavors of whiskey, raisins and spices with every bite of this cake

There are many ways to make this Irish Whiskey Cake recipe your own. Here are some substitutions and variations that you could try:

– Different whiskey: While Jameson Irish Whiskey is the classic choice, you can use any Irish whiskey that you prefer or even try a non-Irish variety if you’re feeling adventurous.

– Nuts: This recipe calls for pecans and walnuts, but you can substitute with other nuts like almonds or hazelnuts, or omit entirely if you have a nut allergy.

– Cake mix: If you don’t have a yellow cake mix on hand, you could use a white cake mix instead.

– Instant pudding: If you can’t find instant vanilla pudding, you could try using instant butterscotch or chocolate pudding instead for a different flavor profile.

– Boozy glaze: Make your glaze boozy by adding a tablespoon of whiskey to it for an extra kick.

– Layer cake: Instead of making a bundt cake, you could use this recipe to create two round cakes to make a layered cake.

These are just a few examples of how you can put your twist on this delicious whiskey cake recipe. Feel free to experiment and come up with your signature version!

Serving and Pairing

 A generous pour of Irish whiskey glaze on top of this cake takes it to a whole new level
A generous pour of Irish whiskey glaze on top of this cake takes it to a whole new level

Serving and pairing the Irish Whiskey Cake is just as important as baking it to perfection. This cake is a showstopper on its own, but it can be paired with other flavors to elevate its taste even further.

The Irish whiskey in this cake makes it the perfect accompaniment to an afternoon cup of tea or coffee. You can also serve it as a dessert after dinner with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. The booze-laced cake has an earthy flavor to it that makes it a perfect dessert option for fall.

Since this cake is rich and boozy, you don’t want to serve anything too heavy alongside it. Instead, keep the pairing light, such as fresh fruit or a light salad. If you want to make the dish more playful, play up the boozy aspect of this cake by pairing it with a glass of Jameson Irish whiskey.

This cake can be presented whole, sliced, or cut in cubes for serving, depending on personal preference. When slicing or cutting the cake, use a sharp knife dipped in hot water to make clean slices without crumbling the delicate crumb.

Serve the Irish Whiskey Cake on your fanciest serving platter with your best silverware, and enjoy every moist and flavorful bite.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The aroma of freshly brewed coffee paired with a slice of Irish Whiskey Cake is the ultimate comfort
The aroma of freshly brewed coffee paired with a slice of Irish Whiskey Cake is the ultimate comfort

There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to making and storing Irish Whiskey Cake. The good news is that this cake can be made ahead of time, making it perfect for holiday parties or family gatherings.

If you’re planning on making an Irish Whiskey Cake, you can prepare the cake up to a day in advance. Simply bake the cake as instructed, allow it to cool completely, and then wrap it in plastic wrap to keep it fresh.

To store the cake, place it in an airtight container or cover it with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator. It will keep for up to three days. When you’re ready to serve the cake, you can remove it from the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature before slicing and serving.

If you want to reheat the cake, you can do so in the oven or microwave. To reheat in the oven, preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and place the unwrapped cake on a baking sheet. Heat the cake for about 10 minutes until warm. If you prefer to use the microwave, slice the cake into individual portions and microwave for about 30 seconds per slice until warm.

One tip for reheating Irish Whiskey Cake is to add a little extra whiskey glaze before heating. This will help bring out the boozy flavor of the cake and make it even more delicious.

Overall, Irish Whiskey Cake is a versatile dessert that can be made ahead of time and stored easily. Whether you’re serving it fresh or reheating it later on, this decadent dessert is sure to impress your guests and leave them wanting more.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Irish Whiskey Cake with a side of vanilla ice cream makes for a truly indulgent treat
Irish Whiskey Cake with a side of vanilla ice cream makes for a truly indulgent treat

Baking a cake requires patience and attention to detail, especially when you’re making a whiskey cake. To give you the best chance of success, I have compiled some tips that will help you achieve a perfect cake every time.

1. Use room temperature ingredients:

Before starting, make sure all your ingredients are at room temperature. Eggs that are too cold can affect the consistency of the cake batter, while butter straight from the fridge may not mix properly with other ingredients.

2. Cream the butter and sugar thoroughly

Creaming the butter and sugar until light and fluffy will ensure that your whiskey cake has a tender crumb texture. This process also adds air to the mixture, making it easier to mix in other ingredients such as eggs.

3. Don’t overmix

Overmixing the batter can cause it to become dense and dry. Once all the ingredients are combined, mix just until no more flour is visible.

4. Line your pan properly

To prevent sticking or uneven baking, always line your pan with parchment paper or coat it with cooking spray before adding the batter.

5. Allow ample time to cool

Once done baking, let your Irish Whiskey Cake cool for at least 10 minutes in its pan before unmolding it onto a wire rack to cool completely. Rushing this part can cause the cake to fall apart or crack.

6. Add whiskey glaze generously

While still hot, generously drizzle the whiskey glaze over your Irish Whiskey Cake so that each slice is infused with a boozy kick of flavor.

7. Storage Instructions and Tips:

Irish Whiskey Cake can be easily stored for up to 5 days at room temperature or up to 2 months in the freezer when stored properly in an airtight container. If you plan on serving them later or bringing them somewhere else, use foil muffin liners – they’ll seal much better!

Remember these tips to make sure you are on the right track to creating a perfect Irish Whiskey Cake. Happy baking!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Irish Whiskey Cake recipe is a must-try for any cake lover or whiskey enthusiast. The combination of the rich and boozy Irish whiskey with the sweet and moist cake is truly a match made in heaven. Plus, with the added crunch of pecans and walnuts, and the creaminess of instant vanilla pudding, this cake will be a crowd-pleaser at any gathering.

But why stop at just one variation? As I’ve mentioned earlier, there are tons of substitutions and variations you can make to this recipe, from using different types of whiskey to adding in your favorite ingredients. So go ahead and experiment to find your favorite version of this delicious dessert.

Whether you’re looking to impress your friends or just want to indulge in a tasty treat, this Irish Whiskey Cake recipe is sure to satisfy. So grab your apron, turn up your favorite music, and get ready to bake the best Jameson Irish Whiskey Cake ever!

Irish Whiskey Cake

Irish Whiskey Cake Recipe

Just got this from a food newsletter I receive. Haven't tried it yet but definitely will for St. Paddy's Day! Cooking time does not include 1 hour standing time.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Irish
Keyword < 4 Hours, Beginner Cook, Brunch, Dessert, Easy, European, Inexpensive, Kid-Friendly, St. Patrick's Day, Toddler-Friendly
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 1 bundt cake
Calories 7109kcal


The Cake

  • 1 cup chopped pecans or 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 (18 ounce) yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Irish whiskey
  • 1 (3 1/2 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding


  • 1/4 lb butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2-1 cup Irish whiskey (to your taste)


  • CAKE:.
  • Grease and flour a bundt or tube pan. Sprinkle nuts over bottom of pan.
  • Combine remaining ingredients and mix well. Pour batter into pan.
  • Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour.
  • Cool; invert onto plate.
  • Prick holes in cake with toothpick.
  • Drizzle glaze over top and sides, allowing it to be absorbed into cake.
  • Continue until all glaze is used.
  • GLAZE:.
  • Melt butter in saucepan.
  • Add water and sugar.
  • Boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in whiskey.
  • Cool slightly and pour over cake as directed above.
  • Let sit at least one hour before serving.


Serving: 1719g | Calories: 7109kcal | Carbohydrates: 804.9g | Protein: 58.6g | Fat: 359.2g | Saturated Fat: 94.6g | Cholesterol: 1100.2mg | Sodium: 5674.8mg | Fiber: 16.1g | Sugar: 616.4g

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