Heavenly Irish Whiskey Cake Recipe: A Delightful Dessert

Welcome to my kitchen, where we’ll be whipping up a boozy Irish Whiskey Cake recipe that is sure to delight your taste buds. Whether you’re looking for something to celebrate the joyous occasions in life or simply seeking a comforting treat to indulge in, this recipe will have you covered.

As a pastry chef who specializes in tipsy whiskey cakes and other irresistible desserts recipes, I can assure you that this Irish whiskey cake recipe is one of the best around. Its rich and decadent flavors are perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth cravings while its subtle hints of lemon zest and golden raisin give it that special touch you won’t find anywhere else.

Not only is this cake made with simple cake ingredients easily found at your local grocery store, but it’s also incredibly easy and quick to make. With just a little bit of prep work, you’ll have yourself a delicious showstopper on the dessert table that everyone will be talking about.

So let’s grab our whiskey bottle and get started on our journey of making this masterpiece together!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

The Little Irish Whiskey Cake
The Little Irish Whiskey Cake

This Little Irish Whiskey Cake Recipe is one of my personal favorites. If you’re a fan of whiskey, this cake will surely thrill your taste buds. This recipe has been passed down from generation to generation, and I can assure you that it’s been perfected over time. There’s something about the combination of the caramelized sugar and the smooth Jameson Irish whiskey that makes for a delectable dessert that never fails to impress.

The aroma of this cake while it’s baking is absolutely mesmerizing. The addition of golden raisins and lemon zest brings out an exceptional flavor that accentuates the whiskey’s complexity. The divergent textures also make for a delightful culinary experience. The succulent cake mixed with whipped pudding creates a soft yet satisfying taste in your mouth.

I also love how easy this recipe is to follow! Whether you’re an experienced pastry chef or an ambitious beginner, this recipe is perfect for anyone looking to create a cake that’s both delicious and impressive. Even if you don’t have all the ingredients on hand, there are several alternatives available (which we’ll talk about later). And best of all, you can have fun experimenting with different variations and substitutions until you find one that suits you best.

In conclusion, give this recipe a try and discover why this little Irish whiskey cake should be a household favorite! From its wholesome ingredients to its simple instructions, this recipe delivers irresistible results that will leave your guests raving long after their plates are empty.

Ingredient List

 A slice of Irish delight!
A slice of Irish delight!

Before we start creating this delicious Irish Whiskey Cake, let’s gather all the ingredients we need. Here are the things you’ll need from your pantry or local grocery store:

  • 1 package yellow cake mix (Betty Crocker Super Moist Butter Recipe Yellow Cake Mix is a great choice)
  • 1 package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 4 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons of Jameson Irish whiskey (or any other Irish whiskey brand you prefer)
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1 cup of water
  • Golden raisins – This adds more texture to the cake, making it moist and chewy.

For the whiskey glaze, we will need:

  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 2 tablespoons of Irish whiskey

This cake recipe also goes extremely well with some whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce on top. So if that’s something you’d like to add, make sure to get the ingredients for that too!

The Recipe How-To

 Boozy or not, it’s a perfect cake!
Boozy or not, it’s a perfect cake!

Now that we have our ingredients ready, it’s time to move onto the fun part–the recipe itself! Here’s a step-by-step guide to making the Little Irish Whiskey Cake.

Step 1: Preheat your oven and prep your bundt pan

Preheat your oven to 350°F. Using cooking spray or melted butter, grease a 10-cup bundt pan.

Step 2: Combine the cake mix and pudding mix

In a large mixing bowl, combine one package of yellow cake mix and one box of instant vanilla pudding. Whisk them together until they’re thoroughly combined.

Step 3: Add the wet ingredients

Next, add in 4 eggs, 1/2 cup of unsalted butter that has been softened to room temperature, 1/2 cup of oil (we recommend using vegetable oil), and 1/2 cup of Irish whiskey. Mix everything together until it’s well-combined.

Step 4: Fold in the golden raisins and lemon zest

Now, it’s time to add some texture and flavor. Fold in 1 cup of golden raisins and the zest from one lemon (about 2 tablespoons).

Step 5: Pour the mixture into your prepared pan

Pour your mixture into your greased bundt pan. Make sure that it’s distributed evenly.

Step 6: Bake!

Bake your Little Irish Whiskey Cake for about 45-50 minutes. You’ll know it’s done when you can insert a toothpick into the center of the cake, and it comes out clean.

Step 7: Let it cool before adding glaze

Once your cake is finished baking, let it cool for about 15 minutes before removing it from the pan. Be careful when doing this because the cake will be hot!

While your cake is cooling, now’s the perfect time to create the Whiskey Glaze. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of Irish whiskey
  • 2 tablespoons of milk

In a small bowl, whisk these ingredients together until you have a smooth, liquid texture. Once your cake has cooled somewhat, drizzle this glaze over the top of it.

Step 8: Dig in!

Now that your Little Irish Whiskey Cake is cooled and glazed, it’s time to dig in! Share it with friends or family, or keep it all to yourself as a special treat. Enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

 One bite and you'll feel the luck of the Irish!
One bite and you’ll feel the luck of the Irish!

Irish Whiskey Cake is a classic cake recipe that can be easily adapted and tweaked to your own taste preferences. Here are some substitutions and variations to consider when making this cake:

– Irish Whiskey: If you don’t have Jameson Irish Whiskey, you can use any other brand of Irish whiskey or even bourbon for a slightly different flavor.

– Lemon Zest: Lemon zest adds a bright citrus flavor to the cake but if you prefer a milder flavor, you can reduce the amount or use orange zest instead.

– Golden Raisins: You can substitute the golden raisins with other dried fruits such as currants, cranberries or apricots for an interesting twist.

– Cake Mix: If you don’t have self-rising flour, you can make your own by combining all-purpose flour with baking powder and salt in the proportions specified in the recipe. If you prefer using a yellow cake mix, go ahead as it’ll work just as well.

– Pudding Mix: Instant vanilla pudding mix helps make the cake moist and fluffy but if you don’t like it, you can substitute it with some sour cream or yogurt for a similar effect.

– Irish Cream: For an extra kick of Irish Whiskey flavor, substitute some of the milk in the recipe with Bailey’s Irish Cream.

– Glaze: The whiskey glaze provided in the recipe is already delicious but if you want to switch things up a bit, how about drizzling some caramel sauce or chocolate sauce over the top?

With these substitutions and variations, you can create your very own version of this classic cake recipe. Just remember to keep it moist and boozy!

Serving and Pairing

 A true Irish indulgence!
A true Irish indulgence!

When it comes to serving and pairing the little Irish whiskey cake, there’s no right or wrong way to go about it. You can indulge all by yourself or share with a group of close friends for an intimate gathering. This moist buttery cake with golden raisins will make for an excellent dessert dish alongside a cup of hot tea or coffee.

For a delightful pairing, choose a creamy vanilla ice cream topping to balance out the boozy texture. The combination of Irish whiskey and creamy vanilla pudding makes it perfect for an adult’s-only dessert. Alternatively, top it off with your favorite fruit preserve sauce, such as raspberry or strawberry coulis, for something more indulgent.

The little Irish whiskey cake also makes for a perfect addition to any brunch menu. Serve sliced cake squares and pair them with some freshly brewed coffee or mimosa for an elegant breakfast delight. For a twist, try serving this delicious cake along with a scoop of Irish whiskey ice cream.

No matter how you choose to serve it, be sure to savor every last bite! The unique blend of flavors makes this cake perfect for any special occasion or just when you’re feeling nostalgic about Ireland. It’s like tasting the luck of the Irish in every bite!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Sweet, moist and irresistible!
Sweet, moist and irresistible!

The Little Irish Whiskey Cake Recipe is perfect for those who like to plan ahead. This delicious cake can be made-ahead and stored for several days without losing its flavor and texture. After baking the cake, allow it to cool completely, wrap it in plastic wrap, and store in an airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge.

If you want to serve the cake warm or reheated, simply slice it up and heat it in the microwave for 30 seconds or until warmed through. You can also reheat individual slices in a toaster oven or regular oven, covered with foil, at 350°F (175°C) for 10-15 minutes.

To extend the shelf life of the cake even further, you can also freeze it up to 3 months. Wrap the cooled cake tightly in plastic wrap and then foil before putting it in an airtight container or ziplock bag. To thaw, transfer the cake to the fridge overnight and then let it come to room temperature before slicing and serving.

One of my favorite ways to enjoy this whiskey cake is by pairing it with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream drizzled with caramel sauce. The combination of warm, buttery sweetness from the cake with a creamy topping and a hint of boozy Irish whiskey is truly irresistible.

Whether you choose to make this dessert recipe ahead of time or not, The Little Irish Whiskey Cake Recipe is sure to be a hit with any crowd. Don’t forget to savor each bite and raise your glass to a truly indulgent treat!

Tips for Perfect Results

 The ultimate whiskey-infused cake!
The ultimate whiskey-infused cake!

When I make my Little Irish Whiskey Cake, I want it to come out perfect every time. That’s why I’ve collected a few tips that ensure the best possible results.

Firstly, start with room temperature ingredients. Take your eggs and butter out of the fridge an hour or two before you begin baking. This allows them to blend into the batter more easily, resulting in a smoother and fluffier cake.

Next, make sure you measure your ingredients carefully, especially the sugar and flour. Too much flour will make your cake dry and dense, while too much sugar will make it overly sweet. Use a kitchen scale if you can; it’s much more accurate than measuring cups.

When mixing the batter, use an electric mixer on medium speed for about two minutes. Be careful not to overmix; this can make the cake tough or rubbery.

For a little extra zing in your cake, add some freshly grated lemon zest to the batter. It gives the cake a refreshing aroma and balances the sweetness of the raisins and whiskey.

Now, let’s talk about making substitutions. If you prefer not to use whiskey in your cake, replace it with apple juice or cider instead. For a creamier taste, Irish Cream liqueur would also be a great substitution! When it comes to raisins, if golden raisins are hard to find, any other type of dried fruit such as cherries or cranberries is suitable.

Finally, let the cake cool for at least 10-15 minutes before slicing into it to avoid crumbling – this is critical for obtaining neat slices. Then enjoy a warm slice with a dollop of whipped cream- perfection!


Now, let’s move to our Frequently Asked Questions section. Here, I’ll address some common concerns and queries regarding the little Irish whiskey cake recipe. If you have any doubts or issues that aren’t covered here, feel free to leave a comment, and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

What is whiskey cake made of?

This recipe features a rich and flavorful cake made with dates, accompanied by a variety of homemade toppings including a bourbon sauce, toffee sauce, spiced pecans and whipped cream.

Does whiskey cake have to be refrigerated?

If you want to keep this scrumptious whiskey cake fresh, you can store it for a couple of days at room temperature or refrigerate it for up to one week.

Why is it called whiskey cake?

When it comes to baked goods, whiskey cake, also referred to as tipsy cake, stands out for its combination of various flavors and textures. This delectable treat contains fruits, nuts, and a generous splash of whiskey in the mix, creating a spongy and irresistible dessert that’s sure to please your taste buds.

What is Irish cream cake made of?

I’ve got a heavenly dessert recipe that’s perfect for St. Patrick’s Day – an Irish cream cake that’s made from three decadent chocolate layers of Guinness cake soaked in Bailey’s Irish Cream. And to top it off, I’ve got a recipe for an absolutely delicious Irish Whiskey white chocolate frosting. For an even more indulgent treat, I recommend drizzling homemade caramel sauce over the cake.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, The Little Irish Whiskey Cake Recipe is a truly delightful dessert that will leave your taste buds tingling with joy. This cake recipe combines the best of traditional Irish ingredients with a boozy infusion of Jameson Irish whiskey for an unforgettable taste experience. You’ll love the sweet golden raisins and zesty lemon flavors that complement the rich, buttery texture of this cake perfectly.

With its easy-to-follow recipe how-to and simple ingredient list, you can whip up this cake in no time at all, even if you’re not an experienced pastry chef. Plus, with a range of substitutions and variations available, you can customize this cake to suit your tastes or dietary needs.

So why not give The Little Irish Whiskey Cake Recipe a try today? It’s the perfect dessert for any occasion, whether it’s a special celebration or just a cozy evening at home. Trust me, once you’ve tasted this delicious cake, you’ll keep coming back for more!

The Little Irish Whiskey Cake

The Little Irish Whiskey Cake Recipe

Also from New Celtic Cookbook, this is in time for St. Patrick's Day. The authors found this lovely golden cake in a tearoom in Bushmills Ireland. They say it's lovely with butter and tea. Start preparation for this cake the night before to allow the whiskey to "work its magic on the raisins". Prep time includes 4 hours to do this.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Irish
Keyword Dessert, European, St. Patrick's Day
Prep Time 4 hours 40 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 1 pan
Calories 2763.9kcal


  • 1 lemon, zest of
  • 1 cup golden raisin
  • 1/4 cup Irish whiskey, plus
  • 2 tablespoons Irish whiskey
  • 1/2 cup butter, plus
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup superfine sugar
  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar


  • Place lemon zest and the raisins in a small bowl and cover with 1/4 cup of whiskey.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and leave to soak overnight.
  • When ready to prepare the cake, lightly butter a 7-inch square cake pan.
  • Line the base with parchment paper.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Place the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer (or mix by hand).
  • Beat the butter until creamy.
  • Add the sugar and continue beating until the mixture is light and creamy.
  • Add the egg yolks and beat them into the mixture one at a time.
  • Remove the lemon zest from the raisin and whiskey mixture.
  • Chop some of the zest very finely, about 1 Tbsp, and add to the egg and sugar mixture along with the raisins and whiskey.
  • Gently stir into the mixture.
  • In another bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff.
  • Fold them into the egg and sugar mixture alternately with the flour.
  • Don't overmix.
  • Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and smooth the surface.
  • Sprinkle with the sugar and bake in the oven for about 20-25 minutes or until it springs back gently when touched and a tester emerges clean.
  • Remove from the oven and let sit for about 10 minutes.
  • Turn out onto a cake rack set over a plate so that the cake is upside down.
  • Use a skewer to make about 6 or 8 little holes in the cake's base (don't go all the way through) and pour the remaining bit of whiskey into the holes.
  • Let sit for another 15 minutes, then invert and let cool completely before cutting into thick fingers and serving.


Serving: 739g | Calories: 2763.9kcal | Carbohydrates: 367.6g | Protein: 30.9g | Fat: 115.4g | Saturated Fat: 69.1g | Cholesterol: 697.6mg | Sodium: 2480.4mg | Fiber: 9.2g | Sugar: 245.5g

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