Best ever boozy cake recipes

We love a boozy bake for a special occasion, whether it's a splash of prosecco in the frosting or a shot of liqueur in the sponge. Here are our favourites...

Whether you love a cooling G&T or a pint of Guinness as your tipple of choice, we have a sweet treat to fit. These boozy bakes have an extra kick we can’t resist and they’re perfect for a grown-up celebration. Different drams can bring out the best in other ingredients such as chocolate, zingy citrus and aromatic coffee. We’ve also paired up these liquor-laced treats with killer cocktails to get your party started.

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Gin & tonic cake


You read that right! This classic cocktail gets a makeover in the form of a beautiful showstopping sponge. For many, this G&T cake is a dream dessert – now, a scrumptious reality. We love the zesty lime icing and the fun lemon sherbert decorations.

Try it with…

Strawberry gin
5 ways with gin & tonic

Sangria cake


A deliciously decadent Spanish-inspired cake made with rich red wine and plenty of fruit. This sangria cake, bursting with flavour is ideal for fans of juicy red berries, zesty sponges and a good glass of red.

Try it with…

Frozen raspberry sangria
Rosé sangria

Pimm’s cake


This pastel striped cake is a dreamy slice of summer that you can enjoy all year round. Smooth strawberry and lemon buttercream, cucumber essence and a dash of Pimm’s complete this light, sweet sponge. Sure to bring an instant ray of sunshine into your kitchen!

Try it with…

Next level Pimm’s slushie
7 new ways with Pimm’s

Sloe gin sponge


Sloe gin and mixed dried fruit lend a true taste of autumn to this comforting sponge pudding. Serve with lashings of warm custard. A splash of sherry also complements the currants and sultanas while the sloe gin goes well with the citrussy clementine.

Try it with…

Classic sloe gin cocktail
Easy sloe gin cocktail recipes

Prosecco cake


Prosecco lovers, rejoice! Laced with everyone’s favourite Italian bubbly this prosecco cake comes complete with boozy buttercream. Decorate with your favourite sweets, lollies and mini meringues for an elegant, fun sharing dessert.

Try it with…

Apple prosecco punch
Hibiscus & prosecco cocktail

Sunken drunken chocolate cake


Dark chocolate and marsala are a match made in heaven and they come together perfectly in our sunken drunken chocolate cake. Don’t worry about the sunken middle, that’s all part of its charm!

Try it with…

Chocolate orange cocktail
Mini egg martini

Boozy coffee & walnut cake


If you want a caffeine hit along with a spike of something stronger, plus a lovely light sponge to soak it all up, this boozy coffee & walnut cake is everything you need. Save a slice as it will disappear quickly. The recipe involves a simple all-in-one sponge, so it’s easy to make and even easier to eat.

Try it with… 

5 fun coffee cocktails
Upcycled white Russian

Boozy self-saucing pud


Break through the chocolate crust to reveal a pool of unctuousness with this self-saucing pud. A glug of Irish cream liqueur is the secret ingredient to making the good old chocolate pudding even more indulgent.

Try it with…

Salted caramel rum hot chocolate
Coffee & cream cocktail

Black velvet baby cakes


This gorgeous Guinness pud is worth enjoying beyond St Patrick’s Day. As if a chocolate sponge isn’t decadent enough already, we add a splash of champagne to the creamy frosting, because, why not…?

Try it with…

Next level Guinness black Russian
Michelada cocktail

Martini poke cake


An American-style poke cake is well worth the effort and for ardent coffee fans, this one is a must-try. Soaked in smooth chocolate ganache and shot through with coffee liqueur, this terrific traybake is great for a buffet party.

Try it with… 

Classic espresso martini
Earl Grey martini

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