Irish Whiskey and Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Irish Whiskey Cake

Happy St. Patrick’s Day. As the old Irish blessing goes, “May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night, and the road downhill all the way to your door.”

I found this recipe on a site called “In an Irish Home.” The author adapted the recipe from one that originally appeared in the NY Times.

Interestingly, the Irish cook calls this cake a “master recipe,” one of those exemplary recipes that is so good that you cook it for the rest of your life. She said that, once she tasted this recipe, she danced a jig across the kitchen.

Seems like a good recipe to share on St. Patrick’s Day.

I plan to have my cake tonight with a scoop of French vanilla ice cream and a generous tot of Irish whiskey. Jig will, no doubt,  follow.

Recipe: Irish Whiskey and Chocolate Cake

12 T. unsalted butter (cut into 1-inch pieces)
3/4 C. plus 2 T. unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 C. brewed strong coffee
1/2 C. Irish whiskey
1 C. granulated sugar
1 C. light brown sugar
2 C. all-purpose flour
1 1/2 t. baking soda
3/4 t. fine sea salt
1/4 t. black pepper
1/8 t. ground cloves
3 large eggs
2 t. vanilla extract
1 C. semisweet chocolate chips
Powdered sugar for serving


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Butter a 10-inch springform pan and dust it with 2 T. cocoa powder. Wrap bottom of the pan in aluminum foil to prevent the batter from leaking in your oven when you bake the cake.

Put warm coffee, Irish whiskey, 12 T. butter, and 3/4 C. unsweetened cocoa powder in a medium pan and heat over low until the butter melts. Whisk the mixture as the butter is melting. Then, add brown sugar and white granulated sugar to the liquid mixture, whisking until the sugars are dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat and cool completely.

Mix flour, baking soda, salt, pepper and ground cloves in a large bowl. Set aside.

Mix eggs and vanilla in a bowl. Slowly whisk the cooled chocolate mixture into the eggs.

Add the dry ingredients to the egg/chocolate mixture and whisk until the batter is well combined. Fold the chocolate chips into the cake batter.

Pour the batter into your buttered springform pan. Bake at 325 degrees F. in the middle of your oven for 55-65 minutes–until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle of the cake.

Remove cake from the oven and let cool on a wire rack. Run a knife around the edge of the cake to keep it from sticking to the pan. Remove sides from the springform pan. Place cake on a serving dish and sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.

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