Irish Porter Cake

Irish Porter Cake

Culminate your feast with a cup of Irish Coffee—a steaming brew enriched with a brown sugar syrup, whiskey, and whipped cream—and a piece of deftly spiced Irish Porter Cake.

Irish Porter Cake
Makes 1 (9-inch) cake
  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle porter or stout
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1 cup currants
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Whiskey Cream Sauce (recipe follows)
  1. In a large bowl, combine beer, raisins, golden raisins, and currants. Cover with plastic wrap, and let stand for at least 4 hours or up to 8 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 350˚. Spray a 9-inch round cake pan with baking spray with flour.
  3. In a large bowl, beat butter and brown sugar with a mixer at medium speed until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. In a large bowl, stir together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, nutmeg, cloves, and salt. Gradually add to butter mixture, beating until mixture is smooth. Stir in raisin mixture. Spoon batter into prepared pan.
  5. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, about 1 hour and 10 minutes, covering cake halfway through baking to prevent excess browning, if necessary. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool completely on a wire rack. Serve with Whiskey Cream Sauce.

Whiskey Cream Sauce
Makes approximately 1½ cups
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons whiskey
  1. In a small saucepan, bring butter, brown sugar, and cream to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in whiskey. Serve warm or let cool completely. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.


For more St. Patrick’s Day recipes, see “Luck of the Irish Table” in the March/April 2019 issue, available on newsstands and at

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