9 Irresistible Irish Cake Recipes

We've gathered up our favorite Irish cake recipes for you to try, featuring everything from traditional Irish cakes like fruit-packed barm brack, porter cake, and moist apple cake to more recent additions like boozy Irish coffee cake. But we didn't stop there; we also took the liberty of including a few cake recipes made with Baileys® Irish cream, Guinness®, and Irish whiskey for the craic! Sure, why would ye not? Sláinte!

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Traditional Irish Apple Cake

Traditional Irish Apple Cake

This not-too-sweet traditional Irish cake is mildly spiced with cinnamon and has an inner core of thinly sliced apples. For best results, use firm eating apples, such as Granny Smiths, so the slices stay firm. Serve warm with piping hot custard for a cozy autumn dessert or dust the finished cake with powdered sugar and serve cold with tea.

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Gracie's Barmbrack

Gracie's Barmbrack

Barmbrack is an easy dark-fruit cake, which involves soaking dried fruit in strong black tea. It was traditionally served at Halloween in Ireland; items, such as a ring to signify a wedding in the near future, would be wrapped up in paper and baked in the cake for one lucky person to find in their slice! There's no butter required for the recipe itself, but it's worth buttering every slice of this. Try adding a few tablespoons of marmalade for a citrusy twist.

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Irish Coffee Cake


In this decadent two-tier frosted cake, the flavors of coffee, whiskey, and sweetened cream represent Ireland's most famous after dinner cocktail: Irish coffee. If you're looking for a boozy birthday or celebration cake for grown ups that has a touch of luxury, then this is it!

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Irish Dairy Cake

Irish Dairy Cake
Cookin Up a Storm

Use the best quality butter you can get your hands on, such as pure Irish butter, in this simple but rich pound-style cake. Bake the cake batter in a Bundt pan for a pretty presentation. "It is not for the faint of heart," warns recipe contributor Aven, "but it is divine!"

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Boozy Irish Whiskey Cake

slice of irish whiskey poke cake

Mini Irish whiskey and walnut flavored loaf cakes are topped with a boozy, buttery sweet sauce in this delicious dessert cake that's definitely off limits for the kids.

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Irish Tea Cake

Irish Tea Cake

This delicious Irish cake is typically served mid afternoon with strong tea for a pick me up or after dinner with warm custard. "I was looking for an Irish dessert to bring to a potluck," says home cook Warbeak. "This far exceeded my expectations. It was perfectly moist, amazingly easy, and is made with on-hand ingredients!"

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Baileys® Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

Baileys® Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

This luxurious Irish cream-flavored baked cheesecake is perfect for any celebration dessert for the Baileys® fanatics in your life. It tastes even better studded with semisweet chocolate chips. Try using chocolate wafers for the crust, or dust the top of the cheesecake with cocoa powder for more chocolate flavor and added elegance.

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Irish Potato Cake

Irish Potato Cake

Don't be put off by the name, this is an old-fashioned Irish cake that's super moist and packed with flavor, thanks to creamy mashed potatoes, walnuts, and raisins. It's perfectly spiced with cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg for a delicious taste and gorgeous aroma while it's baking.

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Chocolate Guinness® Cupcakes with Irish Cream Frosting

chocolate guinness cupcakes with irish cream frosting

Guinness makes chocolate cakes and cupcakes incredibly moist, and this show-stopping Irish cream frosting transforms them into a fantastic St. Patrick's Day dessert, but you don't have to wait until then to give them a go! "The cupcakes are some of the lightest and fluffiest I have ever had!" says Allrecipes Allstar Kim. "Truly great with a strong chocolate-stout flavor and a perfectly soft texture."

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