Delight your taste buds with Lemon-Irish Whiskey Cake

Hello there, foodies! As a chef passionate about British cuisine, it is my pleasure to share with you an incredible recipe for the perfect dessert – Lemon-Irish Whiskey Cake. This cake is a true masterpiece, a heavenly delight that will leave your taste buds in awe.

Irish Whiskey is known for its delightful nutty and fruity essence, and this recipe combines it with lemon zest to create a unique flavor profile that will make you want to come back for more.

The lemon zest, combined with Irish Whiskey, makes the cake light and refreshing while still offering a sophisticated balance of flavors. The grated lemon zest adds just the right amount of tangy essence to brighten up the richness of the cake.

This recipe is simple enough for novice bakers but versatile enough to impress even the most experienced ones. Plus, it is perfect for those who love experimenting with sweet and savory flavors.

So why not join me in trying out this delectable Lemon-Irish Whiskey Cake recipe? Trust me; it’s bound to become one of your favorite desserts.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Lemon-Irish Whiskey Cake
Lemon-Irish Whiskey Cake

Buckle up, friends, because this Lemon-Irish Whiskey Cake recipe is one that you will not want to miss. And hey, if the thought of a boozy, citrusy dessert doesn’t already have you salivating, allow me to convince you further.

Firstly, let’s talk about the star of the show – Irish Whiskey. It’s no secret that jamming all that gloriousness and nuance of whiskey into a cake can intrigue and satisfy your taste buds like nothing else. The custardy texture of the cake is simply marvelous when it blends in with the sweet aroma of lemon zest and golden raisins soaked in whiskey for hours.

Imagine those crystallized morsels melting on your tongue accompanied by a dense cake made with grated lemon zest and perfectly balanced butter-sugar ratios. The buttery-smooth texture just melts in your mouth providing you with a gustatory experience like no other! Plus, whipping up this Lemon-Irish Whiskey Cake recipe will make you feel like a top-notch pastry chef — even if your baking skills aren’t quite there yet.

So c’mon, give this recipe a chance, and trust me; You’ll love it a thousand times more than an ordinary pound cake or bundt cake because that lovely kick of Irish whiskey and lemon zest will keep you coming back for seconds!

Ingredient List

 Sinking my teeth into this zesty delight!
Sinking my teeth into this zesty delight!

Let’s talk about the cake ingredients. For this Lemon-Irish Whiskey Cake Recipe, you will need to have the following ingredients on hand:

  • 4 cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of Irish Whiskey (I suggest the best Irish whiskey you can find)
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons of grated lemon zest
  • 3/4 cup of raisins
  • 2 cups of golden raisins
  • 2 cups of butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1 cup of light brown sugar, packed
  • 4 cups of superfine sugar (you can use regular sugar if you don’t have superfine sugar)
  • 6 oz of Irish Whiskey
  • 4 egg yolks
  • Zest of ¼ lemon
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • A pinch of salt

This recipe is flexible enough to accommodate variations in ingredients so feel free to substitute or add ingredients that suit your taste preferences. These ingredients are readily available in stores so no worries about sourcing them!

The Recipe How-To

 Taste the magic of lemon and Irish whiskey in each slice.
Taste the magic of lemon and Irish whiskey in each slice.

Step 1: Preheat Oven and Prepare Cake Pan

First things first – you’ll need to preheat your oven. Set it to 350°F. While it heats up, grease a 9-inch cake pan with butter.

Step 2: Combine Flour and Salt

In a medium bowl, whisk together 2 cups of flour and 1/4 teaspoon of salt.

Step 3: Cream Butter and Sugar

Using an electric mixer or stand mixer, cream together 1 cup of softened butter, 3/4 cup of brown sugar, and the zest of 1 lemon until light and fluffy.

Step 4: Add Eggs One by One

Add 3 eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Step 5: Add Flour Mixture and Lemon Zest

With the mixer on low speed, gradually add in the flour mixture until just combined. Then add in the zest of a grated lemon.

Step 6: Add Irish Whiskey and Raisins

Stir in 3/4 cups Irish whiskey, 3 tablespoons grated lemon zest, and 3 cups golden raisins until just combined.

Step 7: Bake In Preheated Oven

Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan. Bake for around 1 hour or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center of the cake.

Step 8: Cool before serving

Once done baking, let the cake cool for at least 10 minutes before removing it from the cake pan. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Enjoy your deliciously moist Lemon-Irish Whiskey Cake!

Substitutions and Variations

 A tangy twist on a classic cake.
A tangy twist on a classic cake.

Let me tell you, the beauty of cooking lies in the art of improvisation. That’s why I’m always open to experimenting and playing around with the recipe ingredients to elevate the flavor profiles of the dish.

If you’re allergic to or simply don’t like raisins, no need to fret, my friend. You can substitute them with dried cranberries, dried cherries or chopped walnuts for a wonderful crispy texture.

Alternatively, for those who aren’t fans of whiskey, you can replace it with rum or brandy without affecting the essence and taste of this marvelous cake.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even switch things up and make an Irish Apple cake by swapping out the lemon zest with grated apples. Trust me; it’s an excellent variation that will have your taste buds dancing with joy.

For chocolate lovers out there, why not add some dark chocolate chips to the batter for a scrumptious chocolate whiskey cake.

Feeling extra fancy? You can slather some delicious caramel sauce over the top of your lemon-Irish whiskey cake or even drizzle a mouth-watering whiskey glaze on it.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to substitutions and variations for this recipe. So go ahead and let your creativity flow – after all, cooking is all about experimentation and making things unique.

Serving and Pairing

 Perfect for whiskey lovers and cake fanatics alike.
Perfect for whiskey lovers and cake fanatics alike.

With its light and buttery texture, the Lemon-Irish Whiskey Cake is a delightful dessert that pairs well with a variety of beverages, making it perfect for any occasion. The rich taste of Irish whiskey combined with the zingy hint of lemon zest in this cake goes well with a number of different drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.

If you love coffee, you can enjoy a slice of Lemon-Irish Whiskey Cake alongside a hot cup of strong coffee for an exquisite after-dinner treat. The cake’s sweetness is perfectly complemented by the bitterness of the coffee, making for a delectable combination.

For those who enjoy their spirits, pairing this whiskey cake with Irish whisky or a whiskey sour is the best way to experience the full range of this dessert’s flavors. A good-quality Irish whisky pairs beautifully with the citrusy notes in the cake, making for an unforgettable tasting experience.

If you prefer non-alcoholic beverages, try serving this delicious cake with a cold glass of milk. The subtle sweetness and richness of the milk will balance out the flavors in the dessert perfectly.

Finally, if you want to serve something slightly more decadent with your Lemon-Irish Whiskey Cake, consider topping it off with your favorite caramel sauce or whipped cream. This bundle of flavor will amplify the cake’s enticing aroma, adding some scrumptious finishing touches to your special dessert!

In conclusion, no matter how you choose to serve it, the Lemon-Irish Whiskey Cake will always bring joy and indulge your taste buds!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 I could eat this Lemon-Irish Whiskey Cake every day and never get tired of it.
I could eat this Lemon-Irish Whiskey Cake every day and never get tired of it.

One of the best things about this Lemon-Irish Whiskey Cake recipe is that it can be made ahead of time, making it perfect for parties and gatherings. If you’re looking to save time on the day of your event, you can make this cake up to one day in advance. Once the cake has cooled completely, wrap it tightly with plastic wrap and store it at room temperature overnight.

If you have any leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days. However, since this cake has raisins and whiskey, it’s best not to leave it out for too long. If you need to keep the cake for longer than three days, it’s recommended to freeze it.

To reheat the cake, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove the plastic wrap from the cake and place it on a baking sheet. Loosely tent the cake with aluminum foil to prevent it from drying out and bake for 10-15 minutes or until heated through.

Another option for reheating is to use a microwave. Cut the desired amount of cake into slices and place them on a microwave-safe plate. Cover the plate loosely with a paper towel and heat in intervals of 30 seconds until heated through.

Remember that reheating may slightly affect the texture of the cake, but it will still be delicious nonetheless. And if you’re feeling adventurous, try adding a drizzle of caramel sauce or whipped cream on top for an extra layer of indulgence.

Tips for Perfect Results

 The bright and bold flavours of lemon and whiskey come together perfectly in this cake.
The bright and bold flavours of lemon and whiskey come together perfectly in this cake.

As a chef specialized in British cuisine, I always strive for perfection in every recipe. Here are some tips to make sure your Lemon-Irish Whiskey Cake turns out absolutely perfect.

1. When zesting the lemon, make sure not to remove the white pith as it can be very bitter.

2. Use room temperature butter for this recipe. It will cream easier and more evenly with the sugar, resulting in a lighter and fluffier cake.

3. Be sure to line your cake pan with parchment paper to ensure it doesn’t stick to the bottom or sides of the pan.

4. Sift the flour before measuring it to avoid having too much packed into one cup, which can make for a dense cake.

5. When adding the eggs, do so one at a time and mix well after each addition. This will ensure that everything is evenly incorporated.

6. Soak the raisins in Irish whiskey before incorporating them into the batter. This will plump them up and infuse them with flavor, making for a delicious surprise in each bite.

7. Lightly dust the raisins with flour before folding them into the batter. This will keep them from sinking to the bottom of the cake while baking.

8. Be sure your oven is preheated to 350°F (180°C) and bake your cake for about an hour or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

By following these simple tips, you’ll end up with a perfect Lemon-Irish Whiskey Cake every time.

Bottom Line


In conclusion, this Lemon-Irish Whiskey Cake recipe is one that should not be missed. With its unique blend of flavor and texture, this cake is sure to impress anyone who tries it. Whether you are looking for a special occasion dessert or just want to treat yourself, this recipe is the perfect choice.

Using simple yet delicious ingredients like fresh lemon zest, golden raisins, and Irish whiskey, this cake brings together some of the best flavors of British cuisine in one delightful treat. And with easy-to-follow instructions and helpful tips, even beginner bakers can create an impressive cake that will have their guests asking for the recipe.

So why not give this recipe a try? Whether you bake it for a celebration or just as a sweet indulgence, the Lemon-Irish Whiskey Cake is sure to become a new favorite. So gather up your ingredients and let’s get baking!

Lemon-Irish Whiskey Cake

Lemon-Irish Whiskey Cake Recipe

This recipe is posted for the World Tour 2005 RecipeZaar event. I haven't tried it yet, but know I will. It is from the Irish Heritage Cookbook written by Margaret M. Johnson. Note that this recipe should be started the day before baking.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Irish
Keyword < 4 Hours, Dessert, European, Fruit, Nuts, St. Patrick's Day
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 1 9 inch cake
Calories 368.9kcal


  • 1 lemon, zest of, cut into julienne
  • 1/4 cup Irish whiskey
  • 3/4 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup superfine sugar (regular sugar can be processed in a blender of food processor)
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 3/4 cup almonds, ground


  • Place julienned lemon zest in a small bowl. Add whiskey and let soak overnight.
  • The next day, preheat oven to 350°F Grease a 9 inch cake pan.
  • Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Whisk in the eggs.
  • Sift the flour and add to the butter mixture along with the salt. Stir to blend.
  • Fold in the ground almonds.
  • Strain the whiskey, discarding the zest, and stir the whiskey into the batter.
  • Pour into the prepared pan, and bake about one hour, until golden brown, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


Serving: 88g | Calories: 368.9kcal | Carbohydrates: 36.2g | Protein: 6.9g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 9.7g | Cholesterol: 100mg | Sodium: 170.2mg | Fiber: 1.9g | Sugar: 15.7g

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