35 boozy cakes and bake recipes
Add a splash of booze to your bakes to create a grown-up afternoon tea or showstopping dessert – try Aperol loaf cake, mojito or gin and tonic sponge, or even espresso martini tiramisu
Looking for the perfect gin and tonic cake? Want to turn your rum into a mojito cake? Try one of our boozy cakes for the ultimate indulgent dessert. Our ideas add a splash of fun to afternoon tea and give a grown up alcoholic twist to a birthday cake.
If you want to jazz up your Christmas baking recipes this year, try one of our recipes, including plenty of ideas using creamy Baileys. If you get stuck with your boozy cakes at any time, read our handy brilliant baking tips to make sure you get the best results every time.
Boozy cakes and baking recipes
Caribbean rum cake
This decadent and boozy cake from Caribbean chef Keshia Sakarah is fed with spiced rum and traditionally served during the festive season.
Check out this glorious combination of a Victoria sponge, lemon drizzle cake and a buck's fizz cocktail for a birthday or an afternoon sweet treat.
Grapefruit upside-down cake
A classy, grown-up take on an upside-down cake, with ruby red grapefruit, clementines, a light almond sponge and a gin-heavy drizzle on top.
Coffee and cream fridge cake
Wow your festive guests with this nostalgic fridge cake, packed with layers and layers of indulgence.
Chocolate Guinness cake
Rich, chocolatey and boozy bakes have a special place in our hearts, and we think this combination is a match made in heaven. Top with creamy swirls of chocolate icing for an elegant finish.
Serve this rum and ginger cake with grilled pineapple and rum caramel. It's best made a day before – it’ll get fudgy and hold together better when crisping up on the barbecue or under the grill.
Black forest gateau
Turn the clock back with our nostalgic black forest cake with a modern twist.
A real showstopper of a cake, this three-tiered beauty is all dark chocolate and Baileys Irish Cream. It's perfect for an impressive dessert for chocolate lovers.
Sherry trifle cheesecake
Impress guests during the festive season with this nostalgic pud with a modern twist.
Gin and tonic traybake squares
Treat your guests to these mini boozy squares at your next drinks party – sweet canapés make a thoughtful extra touch.
Your favourite cocktail as a loaf cake – perfect for a grown-up afternoon tea over the festive season.
Gin and tonic cake
Love gin? Baking with alcohol is great fun, so add gin to your next bake. This lemon, gin and tonic cake combines two of our favourite things, plus it's easy to make and sure to please a crowd.
Do you love G&Ts? Read our taste test and find out the best gin and tonic in a can...
Irish coffee cake
How do you improve on a classic coffee cake? Get inspired by the Irish, with a splash of whiskey and Guinness, and top with pillowy coffee-flavoured cream for an decadent addition to a Christmas spread. We've got plenty more coffee recipes here.
Looking for a boozy cake to entertain guests? Check out our easy recipe soaked in a mojito-infused sugar syrup and covered with lime buttercream. This mojito cake recipe will be the ideal cake for a special celebration.
Chocolate stout cake
This boozy chocolate cake with stout from London restaurant Hicce Hart is perfect for feeding a crowd. If you have any left over, freeze for another time.
Whisky crumble mince pies
We've added a splash of booze and morello cherries to this classic Christmas treat and topped with buttery crumble for extra indulgence.
Whisky caramel and banana self-saucing pudding
Add a splash of booze to this dessert for extra indulgence! Ready in under an hour, this comforting pud magically creates its own sauce and is best served warm with a dollop of ice cream. More self-saucing recipes here.
Our easy yet standout semifreddo recipe with chocolate and amaretto encased in an Italian pandoro bread and topped with crunchy pistachios is the perfect dessert centre piece at a festive feast.
Mulled wine winter puddings
Looking for individual desserts that are easy to make? Check out our mini winter puddings with mulled wine for an easy individual Christmas dessert recipe.
Chocolate yule log
Need a show-stopping dessert to impress guests over the Christmas period? Check out our indulgent festive yule log with a boozy Baileys cream and crunchy hazelnut brittle.
Cheat’s ginger, salted caramel and rum cake
Whip up this festive inspired bake in no time! Transform a simple ginger loaf into this boozy cake in just 25 minutes by soaking in rum and caramel then layering with boozy caramel cream. Check out more of our ginger recipes here.
Rum and almond fruit cake
Want an easy fruit cake with no fuss? Impress your guests this Christmas and jazz up your cake with rum and a simple almond buttercream. Make it now or save the recipe to whip-up a quick Christmas cake.
Espresso martini tiramisu
Need a showstopping dessert to impress guests over the festive season? Make our creamy tiramisu with espresso, kahlúa and vodka. This boozy dessert is easy to make and will be a real hit with friends and family.
Apple tarte tatin with rum
Warm up over the winter season by adding a bit of booze to your tarte tatin using russet apples, flaky puff pastry and dark rum. This impressive pudding may take a bit of time to make but it's well worth the wait.
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Chocolate almond cake with amaretto cream
Looking to take your chocolate cake up a notch? Topped with velvety amaretto cream, this cake is pure indulgence and a great treat to serve friends for an afternoon pick-me-up over Christmas.
Sloe gin cake
Check out our seriously boozy sloe gin layer cake with plums and almonds. This cake is easy to make and sure to impress your friends over the festive period.
Looking at buying sloe gin this Christmas? Check out our taste test and find the winner here...
Rum and raisin bundt cake
Looking for boozy bakes to impress your guests this Christmas? Check out our easy rum and raisin bundt cake, with a real crowd-pleasing flavour combination. Try this cake warm and dolloped with sweetened whipped cream, a great alternative to a classic Christmas cake recipe.
Vegan Christmas cake
Everyone will enjoy a slice of this Christmas cake, which can be baked and matured up to eight weeks before Christmas. Feed the cake weekly with your choice of brandy, rum or whisky for extra moisture and a warming flavour.
Stout and chocolate marble cake
This show-off chocolate Christmas cake idea with stout makes an indulgent alcoholic dessert to serve guests over the festive period. Indulgent, easy to make, and good for entertaining, this cake will become a favourite crowd pleaser in no time.
Baileys chocolate tiffin
Looking for an easy edible gift to take to your Christmas party? Check out these indulgent chocolate tiffins with our favourite coffee liquor in solid chocolate form. You don’t have to include the edible glitter but it does give added bling.
Whisky and rye salted caramel apple pie
Check out Edd Kimber's indulgent apple pie recipe with caramel – a great twist on the classic, perfect for a wintery Christmas pud. Whisky is added to the thick and crunchy pastry, and caramel added to the apple filling for a more decadent and grown up taste.
Click the link and find out how to make Edd Kimber's flaky pie dough...
This devilish combination of amaretto, Tia Maria, mascarpone, amaretto and dark chocolate comes together to make our best ever tiramisu torte that's well worth the effort. This impressive adult cake recipe will be a hit with your friends and family at your next gathering.
Boozy tiramisu bombe
Everyone loves a boozy, coffee-flavoured Italian tiramisu and this is a great easy version, made with shop-bought sponge cake and without raw eggs and shaped like an ice cream bombe, a quick yet impressive festive dessert idea.
Boozy coconut and lime pie
Like a happy mash-up of a key lime pie and a piña colada, this coconut key lime pie is easy to make but looks really impressive on the table, a great alternative for a Christmas dessert.
White chocolate roulade with Baileys
Treat your loved ones to a luxurious dessert this Christmas. This easy chocolate roulade recipe requires very little effort, so prepare it next time you host a dinner party.
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