Retro Irish coffee cake

Retro Irish Coffee Cake

A splash of Irish whiskey gives a delicious twist to this brilliantly nostalgic coffee cake – just what you need for Father’s Day. The rosettes aren’t essential but they do provide a satisfyingly old-school edge.

    VegetarianContains dairyContains eggContains milk
  • Serves12
  • CourseCake
  • Prepare45 mins
  • Cook30 mins
  • Total time1 hr 15 mins
  • Pluscooling



  • 250g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
  • 3 tbsp instant coffee granules
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 100g light brown soft sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 270g self-raising flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp Irish whiskey

Whiskey buttercream

  • 100g unsalted butter, softened
  • 225g icing sugar
  • 3 tbsp Irish whiskey

Coffee glaze

  • 60ml milk
  • tbsp instant coffee granules
  • 350g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp Dr Oetker Liquid Glucose
  • Cooks' Ingredients Bronze Crunch, to decorate