Irish Whiskey Apple Cake - The Southern Lady Cooks

Irish Whiskey Apple Cake would be great for St. Patrick’s Day, Easter or just anytime you need a great cake. You can decorate it any way you like and use your imagination.  You could make several different colors of glaze, add some Easter eggs and make it totally different. This cake would be good just sprinkled with powdered sugar. I love it with coffee.

Irish Whiskey Apple Cake Ingredients Needed:

All-purpose flour

Baking powder

Baking soda


Ground cinnamon

Ground nutmeg

Granulated sugar



Vanilla extract


Sour cream

Grated apples

Seedless raisins

Favorite Irish whiskey (you could use bourbon in this recipe as well)

Pecan or walnut pieces

Glaze Ingredients:

Powdered sugar


Vanilla extract (optional)

Irish whiskey (optional)


Add some green food coloring to the glaze if you want to make this cake pop for St. Patrick’s Day! This is a great cake and wonderful to enjoy with friends and family. The apples really gives this cake a great moist flavor.

If you don’t want to use alcohol in this recipe you can easily leave it out, we have made it both ways and it’s delicious. Like one person commented, you can use apple sauce to soak the raisins or just water. Cakes are versatile for a reason, so you can enjoy this one either way.

Irish Whiskey Apple Cake - The Southern Lady Cooks

Irish Whiskey Apple Cake - The Southern Lady Cooks

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Irish Whiskey Apple Cake

The Southern Lady Cooks
This cake is perfect for St. Patrick's day or any time of the year. It's a wonderful cake that we love for any event.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Cake
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cake


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 12 tablespoon butter softened or 1 1/2 sticks
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup grated apples I used Red Delicious, about 2 large peeled and grated
  • 1 cup seedless raisins
  • 1/2 cup of your favorite Irish whiskey you could use bourbon in this recipe as well
  • 1 cup pecan or walnut pieces


  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract optional
  • 1 teaspoon Irish whiskey optional


  • First of all soak the raisins in the whiskey. The longer they soak the better. Overnight or at least six hours is best. If you don’t use alcohol and want to make this cake, you can just soak the raisins in 1/2 cup water instead of whiskey.
  • Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in a bowl. Cream the sugar, butter and eggs in a mixing bowl using a mixer.
  • Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture and continue mixing. Add vanilla extract, buttermilk, sour cream and apples. Mix. Fold in raisins along with any whiskey that was not absorbed and nuts. 
  • Spray a bundt pan with cooking spray. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven 50 to 55 minutes or until center is cooked. You can use the glaze or any frosting you like.

Glaze Instructions:

  • Mix and drizzle over cooled cake.


Add green food coloring to glaze to make a green glaze. 
Keyword Irish Whiskey Apple Cake
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