Boozy Irish Cake

Boozy Irish Cake

CinfulySwt 0

"This delicious and moist cake mimics the famous drop-a-shot-into-a-pint flavors: Guinness®, Baileys®, and Jameson®. The whiskey is the dominant flavor. The amount can always be reduced and substituted with water. Additionally, heavy cream can replace the Baileys® in the frosting."


2 h 10 m servings 631 cals
Serving size has been adjusted!

Original recipe yields 12 servings



  • Calories:
  • 631 kcal
  • 32%
  • Fat:
  • 29.5 g
  • 45%
  • Carbs:
  • 77.6g
  • 25%
  • Protein:
  • 2.9 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 97 mg
  • 32%
  • Sodium:
  • 530 mg
  • 21%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

On Sale

What's on sale near you.


  • Prep

  • Cook

  • Ready In

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour 2 9-inch cake pans.
  2. Place the cake mix into a large mixing bowl. Pour the water into a 2-cup measure, and add enough Irish whiskey to total 1 1/3 cup of liquid (about 10 1/2 tablespoons). Reserve remaining whiskey. Beat the whiskey and water mixture, vegetable oil, and eggs with an electric mixer on low speed just until cake mix is moistened; increase speed to medium, and beat until the batter is smooth, about 2 minutes. Pour batter into the prepared cake pans.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until the cakes are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of a cake comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes.
  4. While the cake is baking, pour remaining Irish whiskey (about 1 1/2 tablespoon) into a saucepan, and stir in 1/4 cup of butter and 1/2 cup of sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly, until sugar has dissolved; boil until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.
  5. When cakes are done baking but still hot, poke holes all over the cakes (the end of a chopstick works well for this) and drizzle the whiskey syrup into the holes. Return the cakes to the oven, and bake for an additional 5 minutes.
  6. Remove cakes from oven, allow to cool in pans for 15 minutes, then remove from pans to finish cooling on wire racks.
  7. To make caramel sauce, mix the Irish stout beer with 1/2 cup of sugar in a saucepan over low heat. Simmer the mixture until thickened, about 40 minutes, stirring occasionally, and allow to cool.
  8. To make frosting, beat 1 cup of softened butter in a bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth, then gradually beat in confectioners' sugar, about 1/2 cup at a time. Beat in salt, then add the Irish cream liqueur, beating until the frosting is light and fluffy.
  9. To assemble the cake, place a layer onto a cake serving dish; pour the Irish stout caramel over the first layer, allowing the caramel to drip down the sides of the layer. Place the 2nd cake layer on top, and top with the buttercream, swirling the frosting into decorative waves. Do not frost sides of cake.
  • profile image

Your rating



  1. 26 Ratings


1 1/2 Tablespoons of liquid is not enough to dissolve 1/2 cup sugar into (butter will not dissolve sugar) After following the recipe as it is posted here I ended up with a seized-up sugar-butter...

This cake is delicious but really time consuming. For those having trouble with the beer caramelizing, it needs a touch more sugar and it has to be cooked at a high heat. Next time I will use ...

I had a really hard time with the stout caramel reducing to an actual working consistency, so instead I just drizzled it like the whiskey butter sauce. Also, I added a lot more baileys to my fro...

This cake was the best cake I ever made! Thank you for sharing this recipe! The next time I make this cake I think I will add a thin layer of frosting to hold the two layers better.

A crowd pleaser for sure- IF you can get the consistency of the frosting and caramel right. I only used 1 stick+2 tbsp of butter for the frosting and it wasn't too soft for the cake. I have no...

im a cupcake girl - has anyone attempted to convert this recipe for cupcakes? or does anyone know a good way to convert it?

This cake was fantastic and moist. I did have some issues with the Guinness Caramel but no one seemed bothered. It instantly made it to my spouses top favorite desserts list.

The Guinness-carmel never caramelized, and the Baileys frosting was so overpowering we couldn't eat the top of the cake. So disappointing, especially since it was my boyfriend's birthday cake. I...

I made this wonderful cake over the weekend for an Irish friend's birthday party. He loved it and so did everyone else. I did have to adjust the icing, adding about another 2 cups of confectione...