Irish Coffee Cake Recipe

Irish coffee cake

  • serves 10
  • Easy

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


Make this Irish coffee cake for a festive treat, then check out our classic Christmas cake, snowball cakeItalian Christmas cake and more Christmas baking recipes.

Also check out more decadent chocolate cake recipes, such as our chocolate fudge cake, easy chocolate cake and chocolate Guinness cake.

To make your strong coffee, you can either use a bean to cup coffee machine, or buy good-quality coffee beans and grind with our pick of the best coffee grinders.



  • Irish whiskey 50ml
  • strong black coffee 150ml
  • Guinness 100ml
  • unsalted butter 250g, diced, plus extra for the tin
  • cocoa powder 75g
  • golden caster sugar 300g
  • soft light brown sugar 100g
  • eggs 3 large, whisked
  • buttermilk 150ml
  • vanilla extract 1 tbsp
  • plain flour 285g
  • bicarbonate of soda 2 tsp


  • whipping cream 250ml
  • golden caster sugar 1 tbsp
  • strong black coffee 1 tbsp
  • cocoa powder for dusting


  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Butter a deep 23cm cake tin, then line the base and sides with baking paper.

  • Step 2

    Pour the whisky, coffee and Guinness into a large pan. Add the butter and heat until melted but not bubbling. Remove from the heat and whisk in the cocoa and sugars. Beat in the eggs, followed by the buttermilk. Finally, add the vanilla, flour and bicarb, and beat again until smooth.

  • Step 3

    Pour the cake batter into the tin and bake on a middle shelf in the oven for 50-60 minutes or until a skewer poked into the centre comes out with sticky crumbs. Cool completely in the tin.

  • Step 4

    Put all of the topping ingredients, except for the cocoa, into a large bowl and gently whisk until just holding soft peaks. Dollop or spread over the top of the cake after removing from the tin, then dust with a little cocoa, to serve.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 632
  • Fat 34.5g
  • Saturates 21g
  • Carbs 66.7g
  • Sugars 43.8g
  • Fibre 2.4g
  • Protein 8.2g
  • Salt 0.7g