Entertaining With Whiskey Cakes

By on January 27, 2016 in Drinking, Whiskey with 0 Comments

whiskey cakesMost people when asked how they like their whiskey will tell you they prefer it on the rocks or neat or maybe with coke. Usually that is the only way they know how to consume it. However whiskey is a versatile product. Certainly it’s excellent as a drink; however it has many more uses than that. Some have never heard of it being used in cooking.

“What a waste of good whiskey!” I hear them say. Not at all, in my opinion as I have been known to add just a drop or two to a cake and maybe to a pudding or two and to a slice ,” it’s just to give it a little flavor, you know!” When you query if they’ve heard of a whiskey cake, most answer, “yes it’s a bar in Texas”. Well that may be so I’ve never visited it so I’ll just take their word for it.

If you like to entertain at home with dinner parties for your friends, why not try something different and serve whiskey cake for dessert instead of cheesecake or Pavlova. Well you could still serve cheesecake; just add whiskey to give it a better taste! Really making a whiskey cake is no more time consuming then making other desserts. It’s bound to impress the most critical food connoisseur.

There are plenty of recipes available for whiskey cakes, below is one we’ve used before:

Chocolate Whiskey Cake


• 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces, more for pan
• 85 grams unsweetened cocoa powder (about 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons)
• 1 ½ cups brewed strong coffee
• ½ cup Irish whiskey
• 200 grams granulated sugar (about 1 cup)
• 156 grams light brown sugar (about 1 cup)
• 240 grams all-purpose flour (about 2 cups)
• 8 grams baking soda (about 1 1/2 teaspoons)
• 3 grams fine sea salt (about 3/4 teaspoon)
• ¼ teaspoon black pepper
• ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
• 3 large eggs
• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
• 1 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
• Powdered sugar, for serving (optional)


1. Heat oven to 325 degrees. Butter a 10-inch spring form pan. Dust with 2 tablespoons cocoa powder.
2. In a medium saucepan over low heat, warm coffee, Irish whiskey, 12 tablespoons butter and remaining cocoa powder, whisking occasionally, until butter is melted. Whisk in sugars until dissolved. Remove from heat and cool completely.
3. In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, pepper and cloves. In another bowl, whisk together eggs and vanilla. Slowly whisk egg mixture into chocolate mixture. Add dry ingredients and whisk to combine. Fold in chocolate chips.
4. Pour batter into prepared pan. Transfer to oven and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center emerges clean, 55 to 65 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack, then remove sides of pan. Dust with powdered sugar before serving, if you like.

Maybe you would like a different flavored whiskey cake, there numerous recipes on the net, with Kentucky Bourbon, or Tennessee whiskey, or even scotch whiskey, all used in recipes. So if you have a preference in flavor of whiskey, try a bit of research on the net and you’ll be sure to find a recipe that you’d like to try.

Whiskey cakes recipes are easy to follow and to make, and are best served warm with cream or ice cream. They have a lovely whiskey flavor and are great way to impress guest.

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