Looking for a beautiful cake that’s a little boozy? Today we are talking about how to make alcohol-infused cakes. These boozy cakes are drool-worthy and perfect for any celebration!
These cakes are recommended for 21 years and older as we are adding alcohol to these tasty treats. I find adding alcohol into baked goods elevated the recipe and is a delicious surprise.
The best part about being inspired by your favorite cocktails or popular liqueurs is the depth of flavor and getting the balance of sweet and salty. This post will show you how to take a well-known cocktail or liquor and transform it into a delicious cake.
You can choose from cakes like Tequila Lime Margarita Cake, Raspberry Champagne Cake, Irish Cream Cake, or Red Wine Sangria Cake.
Below are some tips for success, as well as the tools and equipment you’ll need. I’m so excited to see your boozy cakes. Let’s get started!
Tips for success:
- Read through all the ingredients and instructions so you can get a better idea of how much time and what you need to make these cakes.
- To make homemade 3 cups of cake flour, you’ll need 2 ¾ cups of all-purpose flour mixed with ¼ cup cornstarch. This combination makes light and fluffy cakes.
- To make homemade buttermilk, you’ll need 1 cup buttermilk; if you don’t have any buttermilk on hand, you can easily use 1 cup whole milk mixed with 1 Tablespoon lemon juice or white vinegar to make your own.
- A single batch of these cake recipes makes three 6-inch round cake layers or two 8-inch round cake layers. Double the cake recipe to make enough cake batter for three 8-inch cake layers.
- You can bake the cake layers ahead of time. Wrap the cake layers in plastic wrap and freeze for up to one month.
- You can make the buttercream a day ahead and refrigerate it overnight. Then take them out to come back to room temperature. Make sure the buttercream is at room temperature before re-whipping; if needed, add heavy cream.
- Serve the cakes at room temperature. To get clean cuts of cake, run hot water over a sharp knife, wipe clean after each slice. Reheat the blade as needed.
Let’s Get Started!
1. Margarita Cake
This margarita cake is bold and flavorful, which is perfect for those hot summer days. Sweet and decadent lime cake soaked with a tequila syrup, layered with tart lime curd, and creamy tequila lime buttercream. The fresh lime slices and finishing touches of sea salt complete the ultimate margarita. This cake is simple in decoration but doesn’t skip on that wonderful homemade flavor.
Get the recipe Margarita Cake at XOKatieRosario.com
2. Chocolate Guinness Cake
This Chocolate Guinness cake is rich and decadent, especially with a smooth ganache drip running down the sides of the cake! Guinness is a dark rich beer that lends itself to pair perfectly with chocolate. It starts with a light and fluffy cake layered with creamy chocolate Guinness buttercream and smooth chocolate ganache. You can taste the warm, sweet chocolate and the malty bitter beer in this cake.
The sweetness of the chocolate compliments the bitter notes of the Guinness beer. Guinness is used in the cake and the frosting, so you know it’ll taste delicious!
Get the recipe Chocolate Guinness Cake at XOKatieRosario.com
3. Raspberry Champagne Cake
Raspberry Champagne Cake is made up of champagne-infused cake with raspberry champagne jam and vanilla buttercream. Make and serve this cake to share with your girls for a fun girl’s night in, or make it a sweet treat for Mother’s Day. The combination of champagne and raspberries is undeniably and truly delicious. Plus, that bright red color from the raspberry jam is striking and beautiful!
Get the recipe Raspberry Champagne Cake at XOKatieRosario.com
4. Irish Cream Cake
Learn how to make this Irish Cream Cake that is ready for any celebration! This Irish Cream Cake is made with Irish Cream cake layers scented with freshly ground espresso-soaked in Irish Cream simple syrup. It’s then filled with Irish Cream Swiss Meringue Buttercream topped with a white chocolate drip and roasted espresso beans.
This cake is perfect for Bailey’s Irish Cream lovers, and there is Irish cream in every part of this cake. Yes, it’s a little boozy, but the sweet coffee’s flavor stands out the most; it’s rich and creamy!
Get the recipe Irish Cream Cake at XOKatieRosario.com
5. Leprechaun Hat Chocolate & Irish Cream Cake
This Leprechaun Hat Cake is beyond perfect for this lucky holiday! This Leprechaun hat cake is made with dark chocolate cake layers, filled with Irish Cream buttercream, and completed with green vanilla buttercream. The dark chocolate cake and Irish cream buttercream are one of my favorite combinations. The chocolate cake is not too sweet, so the rich and decadent Irish cream buttercream is perfectly balanced.
6. Strawberry Margarita Cake
This strawberry lime margarita cake is bold and flavorful, which is perfect for those hot summer parties. This cake is simple in decoration but doesn’t skip on that beautiful made from the scratch flavor. It’s the best combination of sweet, tart, and salty!
This cake is a sweet and decadent strawberry lime cake soaked with a tequila syrup, layered with tart lime curd and creamy tequila strawberry buttercream. The fresh strawberries, lime slices, and a sprinkle of sea salt to complete the best margarita “cake” EVER!
Get the recipe Strawberry Margarita Cake at XOKatieRosario.com
7. Berries & Cream Champagne Cake
Summer berries and fresh homemade whipped cream never looked so good. This Berries & Cream cake is made from a sweet champagne cake with fresh stabilized whipped cream, juicy summer berries, and a hint of mint. You seriously can’t go wrong with fresh strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries for a summertime dessert.
Get the recipe Berries & Cream Champagne Cake at XOKatieRosario.com
8. Rose Pink Champagne Cake
Learn how to make this sweet and decadent Pink Champagne Cake for Mother’s Day! This cake has showstopper qualities with its delicious rose champagne flavor, beautiful design, and edible gelatin bubbles. This Rosé Pink Champagne Cake is made with soft pink champagne cake layers and creamy champagne buttercream. Then it’s decorated with sugar crystals and edible gelatin bubbles. The shimmer from the sugar crystals ties in the pink champagne theme. It’s a simple DIY Pink Champagne Cake with edible bubbles.
Get the recipe Rose Pink Champagne Cake at XOKatieRosario.com
9. Black Forest Cake
Learn how to make this simple black forest cake with these cake decorating tips and tricks for beginner bakers. The tender dark chocolate cake is layered with whipped chocolate ganache, cold whipped cream spiked with Kirsh a cherry liqueur, and tart black cherry filling, then it’s covered in dark chocolate bark! You seriously can’t go wrong with the perfect bite. It’s the ultimate crowd-pleaser dessert!
Get the recipe Black Forest Cake at XOKatieRosario.com
10. Peach Bellini Cake
Are you looking for something fun and sweet this summer? Celebrate with this peach bellini cake! It’s perfect for a girl’s night out or a Sunday brunch! This peach bellini cake is made from a fluffy homemade champagne cake filled with peach filling and peach champagne buttercream. This peach bellini cake is excellent for beginner bakers.
Get the recipe Peach Bellini Cake at XOKatieRosario.com
11. Red Wine Sangria Cake
Learn how to make this bright and flavorful Red Wine Sangria Cake! This Red Wine Sangria Cake will please all palates since it’s well balanced with sweet and tart flavors. This red wine cake is beyond delicious. It’s made up of soft red wine cake layers infused with orange, soaked with brandy citrus syrup, filled with a strawberry wine jam, and coated in a red wine vanilla buttercream.
Learn how to take basic cake decorating tips and tricks to make this decadent Red Wine Sangria Cake. See how to make this red watercolor buttercream cake easily at home!
Get the recipe Red Wine Sangria Cake at XOKatieRosario.com
12. Rum Spiked Eggnog Cake
This simple Eggnog Cake recipe i’s the perfect Christmas dessert. The classic Eggnog drink lends itself easily to be turned into a decadent dessert. I wanted to keep the cake design simple, so you can focus on the flavor that packs a real punch! This eggnog cake is made with soft eggnog cake layers, soaked with rum syrup, filled with tangy cream cheese buttercream, and spiced white chocolate ganache dripping down the sides. Now you’ll be able to snuggle up with a blanket and enjoy a cup or a slice of this eggnog cake!
Get the recipe Eggnog Cake at XOKatieRosario.com
13. NYE Champagne Cake
Learn how to make this New Year’s Eve Champagne Cake that’s elegant and delicious. And I am obsessed with these fondant decorations. This New Year’s Eve cake is made with soft champagne cake layers scented with orange and creamy champagne buttercream. It’s all tied together with festive fondant decorations that’ll help you count down to midnight.
This makes me excited to teach you because it’s excellent practice when you are making a custom cake. Here is the perfect cake to ring in the new year.
Get the recipe NYE Champagne Cake at XOKatieRosario.com
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- Cake Decorating for Beginners (masterclass)
I’m so excited to see your Boozy Inspired Cake creations. Please tag me on Instagram or Pinterest @xokatierosario to be featured.
Feel free to email me here at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have; I’ll be happy to help!
P.S. Hey, if you liked this tutorial, you really should check out Cake Decorating for Beginners, my signature masterclass. I coach you on everything I teach on these cake tutorials on a deeper level so that you can uplevel your baking and decorating skills. We 10x it to get the results you want most impressive cakes that your friends and family will love. Like any new skill, it’s essential to learn from the ground up to build a foundation so that you can take on any cake challenge. It is an investment your future self will thank you for. Check it out at XOKatieRosario.com/cake-masterclass. I will see you there!