Irish Whiskey Cake


This Irish whiskey cake is chock-full of raisins, lemon peel, and spices. Light brown sugar and whiskey give this cake a mild butterscotch type of flavor.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 40 mins
1 8-inch square cake


  • 2 cups golden raisins

  • 3 tablespoons grated lemon zest

  • ¼ cup whiskey

  • ¾ cup butter, softened

  • 1 cup light brown sugar

  • 3 egg yolks

  • 3 egg whites

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar

  • 1 lemon, juiced


  1. Place raisins, lemon rind, and whiskey in a small bowl; set aside to soak overnight.

  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line the bottom of an 8-inch square cake pan with parchment paper that is buttered and dusted with flour. Sift flour, salt, cloves, and baking powder into a bowl; set aside.

  3. Cream butter and sugar together in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks and beat well. Quickly beat in flour mixture. Stir in soaked raisins.

  4. In a separate clean bowl, whip egg whites until stiff; fold into cake batter. Pour into the prepared pan and bake in the preheated oven for 45 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean. Cool cake on a wire rack.

  5. To make glaze: Mix lemon juice, confectioners' sugar, and just enough whiskey and warm water so that you can drizzle icing over cake.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

561 Calories
17g Fat
98g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 9
Calories 561
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 10g 52%
Cholesterol 109mg 36%
Sodium 312mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 98g 36%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 72g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 13mg 65%
Calcium 104mg 8%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 379mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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