Entertaining with a Whiskey Cake

By on May 29, 2023 in Whiskey with 0 Comments

Most 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.  Using whiskey to make a whiskey cake is certainly one way to go.

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!”

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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 than 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 of unsweetened cocoa powder (about 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 ½ cups brewed strong coffee
  • ½ cup Irish whiskey
  • 200 grams of granulated sugar (about 1 cup)
  • 156 grams of light brown sugar (about 1 cup)
  • 240 grams of all-purpose flour (about 2 cups)
  • 8 grams baking soda (about 1 1/2 teaspoons)
  • 3 grams of 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 springform 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 the egg mixture into the chocolate mixture. Add dry ingredients and whisk to combine. Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Pour batter into the 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 the sides of the pan. Dust with powdered sugar before serving, if you like.

Maybe you would like a different flavored whiskey cake, there are numerous recipes on the net, with Kentucky Bourbon, Tennessee whiskey, or even scotch whiskey, all used in recipes.  So if you have a preference for the 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 cake recipes are easy to follow and make and are best served warm with cream or ice cream.  They have a lovely whiskey flavor and are a great way to impress guests.

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About Maddy

Maddy, is a lifestyle addict. With over 20 years bartending experience. Being the editor for Mix Your Drink, seemed like the next logical step to being able to share her experience with making mixed drinks.


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