Recipe: Irish Coffee Cake

Today is National Irish Coffee Day, but rather than share the common alcoholic drink recipe, we felt this delicious cake recipe would suit our readers better.

Irish Coffee Cake

Irish Coffee Cake

Prep Time: 30 minutes | Cook Time: 30 minutes | Yield: 6-8 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder or 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Coffee Syrup

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup strong black coffee
  • 1/4 cup Irish whiskey


  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons Irish whiskey
  • 1 tablespoon sugar


Beat butter with sugar until fluffy.
Beat in eggs, one at a time.
Dissolve espresso powder in vanilla, beat into butter mixture.
Mix flour, almonds, baking powder and salt; stir into butter mixture.
Spread batter in a greased 8-inch round cake pan.
Bake in 350°F oven for 30 minutes or until tester comes out clean.
Cool on rack for 5 minutes.
Run knife around edge of cake to separate from pan; turn out onto rack, let cool completely.

Coffee Syrup
In a saucepan, bring sugar and coffee to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar, boil for 1 minute.
Remove from heat and stir in whiskey.
Return the cooled cake to the baking pan, poke holes all over top with a toothpick or skewer.
Pour coffee syrup over cake. Let cool for 1 hour or until syrup is absorbed.
Remove from pan; place on serving plate.

Whip cream with whiskey and sugar, pipe along the top edge of the cake.

NOTE: Prep time does not include cooling time.


2017-03-31T08:42:22+00:00 By |Recipes|

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  1. maz lovefoodies Jan 26, 2013 at 11:04 am

    My goodness! This recipe looks superb!!! I was drawn to it as I love coffee cake, but when I saw all that cream and the Irish Whiskey, how could I resist. I’ll definitely be putting this on my list for bakes…maybe I’ll have to move it to the top of my list!!! Thanks for sharing this, much appreciated 🙂

  2. Gourmet Food Suppliers Feb 1, 2013 at 2:59 am

    Looking Awesome..thanks for share this nice recipe i’ll definately going to make this for kids!

  3. Mama's Kitchen On Wheels Nov 8, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Looking forward to trying this. Looks so good!

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