Irish coffee layer cake


225g butter, softened
225g golden caster sugar
4 medium Duchy Originals from Waitrose Organic British Free Range Eggs, beaten
2 tbsp instant coffee granules
225g self-raising flour, sifted
2 tbsp Irish whiskey

For the icing
25g butter, softened
250g tub Galbani Mascarpone
175g icing sugar, sifted
1 tsp instant coffee granules
1 tbsp Irish whiskey
Waitrose Coffee Beans Coated in Milk, Dark and White Chocolate


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Butter and base-line 2x20cm sandwich tins with baking paper. Beat the butter with the sugar until pale and light. Beat in the eggs a little at a time.

2. Mix the coffee with 2 tbsp boiling water. Fold the sifted flour into the cake mixture followed by the coffee and whiskey. Spoon into the prepared tins and level the surface. Bake for 30 minutes until well-risen and firm to touch. Rest in the tins for a couple of minutes then turn onto wire racks to cool completely.

3. For the icing, beat the butter with 25g of the mascarpone then beat in the icing sugar, reserving 2 tbsp to decorate, until very pale and light. Mix the coffee granules with a teaspoon of boiling water and then beat into the icing. Gradually beat in the whiskey. Sandwich the cakes together with the buttercream.

4. Beat the remaining mascarpone with the reserved icing sugar and spread over the top of the cake. Decorate with the chocolate coffee beans.

Cook’s tip

This cake gets better after a couple of days as the flavours develop. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Irish coffee layer cake
  • Preparation time: 25 minutes
  • Cooking time: 30 minutes
  • Total time: 55 minutes 55 minutes

Serves: Makes 12 slices

Nutritional Info

Typical values per serving:

Energy 1995.768kJ
Fat 28.3g
Saturated Fat 17.5g
Carbohydrate 50.3g
Sugars 36.2g
Salt 0.6g

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This recipe was first published in Thu Mar 10 10:30:00 GMT 2011.