Irish whiskey cake

A couple of days ago I was cleaning up the dishes and I was hit by the smell of whiskey coming from one of the glasses from the previous night. It was a rather smoky Irish whiskey and I started thinking it would be great for a cake.

So I started hunting for a recipe for a simple cake with whiskey and I came up with this recipe by Stefania of Nuvole di Farina. And I thought it was perfect. And, come to think of it, also a perfect choice for St. Patrick’s.

Irish whiskey cake

When I baked this cake I quartered the doses (because we are only 2 and technically I should be on a pre-summer diet) and I used cranberries instead of raisins because that is what I had on hand, but I think raisins would be better.

My cake had a very distinct whiskey, probably because I used quite a lot of smoky flavored  whiskey. If you want a milder taste, you can use a milder whiskey or you can dilute it with water.

Irish whiskey cake

Yield: 8 Sevrings


  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 lb flour
  • 5 oz. flour
  • 5 oz. sugar
  • 3.5 oz. raisins (I used cranberries)
  • peel of an orange or orange essence
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup whiskey


  1. Soak the raisins and the orange peel in the whiskey for at least 2 ours or over night.
  2. Beat the butter with the sugar until is creamy and well combined.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time alternating with the flour.
  4. Add the drained raisins and enough whiskey to get a smooth (but not overly fluid) batter.
  5. Add the baking powder.
  6. Bake at 375F for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean


adapted from Nuvole di Farina

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14 Responses to Irish whiskey cake

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  2. I’m also on a diet at the moment (even if you couldn’t tell from reading my blog!) but this could easily tempt me off it…

  3. stefania says:

    Thank you for trying my recipe

  4. I like the idea that the cake actually tastes like the whisky used. Sometimes it gets lost once you baked it!

    • PolaM says:

      I guess it depends on how much you use… and whiskey has a tendency of getting out of the bottle around me…. not sure why…

  5. Pam says:

    It looks and sounds wonderful.

  6. The cake must have smelled wonderful!

  7. wok with ray says:

    You must have a wonderful aroma in your house when you were baking this cake. With this delicious looking cake, I guess no more whiskey in my coffee. 🙂

  8. We don’t drink whiskey so I have a good bottle standing on kitchen cabinet, just waiting to be used for a recipe like this.

  9. Foodie Mama says:

    I’ve never had nor heard of a whiskey cake. It looks very interesting. Can’t wait to try it out. Is it meant to be eaten as-is, or is there a topping/frosting/icing/glaze thing you’d recommend?

    • PolaM says:

      I never put any toppings as they are not usual in Italy and I think so it is in Irland, but not sure…. I would think a bit of powdered sugar or some ice cream would work great. You could also make a whiskey butter cream to up the whiskey-ness if you like the idea…

  10. You are so talented to think about making a cake when you smell and saw the Irish whiskey! My husband loves whiskey and I am pretty sure he would love the idea of whiskey cake! Perfect timing for St. Patrick’s Day!

  11. Natalia says:

    Ciao Pola, che buono questo dolce profumato!

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