Irish Whiskey Cake: Two Great Tastes. One Great Irish Expression!

When we first tried Irish whiskey cake we were doubtful.

Would the flavors 'work' together? Could you taste the whiskey? After trying it, we knew the answers were 'yes' and 'yes!'

Irish whiskey cake.  From bundt pan, with slices.

Since then it has become one of our favorite ways to express our Irish side at almost any occasion, with or without an Irish theme.

Let's have a look at a couple variations of this delicious dessert.

And if this makes you hungry for many more Irish desserts, please visit our main page on Irish desserts here.

Meanwhile, please enjoy our favorite recipe for Irish whiskey cake!

Irish Whiskey Cake:  Ingredients

  • 1 cup of raisins
  • Your favorite brand of Irish whiskey
  • 1 tsp. of lemon zest
  • 1tsp of orange zest
  • 1 cup of wheat flour
  • 1 ½ tsp. of baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. of salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 1 cup of brown sugar

Irish Whiskey Cake:  Preparation

  1. The first thing to do is get the oven pre heated to 345 degrees.
  2. Next get a small bowl and mix the raisins, 2/3 a cup of whiskey and the lemon and orange zest's respectively. Let this soak for a half hour.
  3. Take another bowl and sift the flour and the baking soda together. Pour the salt in and mix again. Once both are mixed together properly, combine the contents of the bowls together and stir.
  4. When you are satisfied with the combination of the two, pour them into a round pan and let it bake for an hour and fifteen minutes.
  5. Once the cake is finished you’ll want to pour two tbsp. of whiskey over the cake for the traditional taste and let it sit.
  6. Once the cake is cool you are ready to serve.

Yellow Cake Alternative: Ingredients

  • 1 package of yellow cake.
  • 8 oz. of instant vanilla pudding mixture.
  • 1/2 c. of milk
  • 1/2 c. vegetable oil.
  • 4 eggs (alternatively egg beaters)
  • 1 c. chopped almonds
  • 1 c. raisins
  • 1 c. of Irish whiskey

Yellow Cake Alternative:  Preparation

  1. Preheat your oven to 340 degrees.
  2. Combine the cake mix and pudding mix together. Stir them up until they are consistent and then add in the milk, whiskey, oil, eggs and then mix again until consistent.
  3. Once you are satisfied with the way they're mixed together you can add in nuts and raisins as you wish.
  4. Pour the batter into a pan and let the cake bake for around an hour and a half.
  5. You can then pour some whiskey on top of the cake or add a syrup of granulated sugar, margarine and whiskey.

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