Irish Coffee Cake
When we lived in Louisville, the St. Patrick’s Day parade day was one of my favorite days of the year. It seems like everyone in the city comes out for that parade. And to make it even more fun, it usually coincides with March Madness basketball, which is such a big deal in Louisville. Here in Boston, the parade is much larger, usually much colder, and I hear it’s a bit rowdier. I have yet to attend a Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade, but it seems like quite the event!
When I was brainstorming St. Patrick’s Day recipe ideas, I thought about the staples of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations: alcohol and all green everything! My initial plan was something with Guinness, but I’ve been seeing so many Guinness recipes, so I went back to the drawing board. The go-to for green is mint, but mint isn’t really a St. Patrick’s day flavor. I eventually settled on Irish coffee.
Irish coffee. Coffee with Irish Whiskey, sugar, and whipped cream. Add a little Bailey’s and you’ve got the perfect St. Patrick’s Day treat! My first attempts at getting this recipe right were total failures. Like to the point that I was ready to give up on this recipe. But instead of continuing to tweak a failing recipe, I decided to scrap the recipe and start completely over. And of course, while I was trying out my new recipe, I forgot to add in the eggs! So I added them in at the end and hoped for the best. And it worked! The cake is so sweet and the coffee flavor really pops. The whipped cream is the perfect light addition that’s not too sweet or too heavy with the cake. And the flavors all blend so perfectly!
This recipe turned out better than I imagined (just in time for St. Patrick’s Day…like, I finished it an hour ago…). And it’s easy enough that even though it’s almost time to start celebrating, you’ll be able to have this recipe ready in time for your celebrations! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!
p.s. sorry I don’t have any process photos! I was so focused on finally getting the recipe right that I forgot to take pictures!