Whiskey Coffee Poke Cake

Whiskey Coffee Poke Cake is for everyone who loves coffee. Whiskey and coffee goes very well as flavours.

My intention is to always create something different every time I bake. Last year for my in-law’s anniversary celebration, I had made this Chocolate Poke Cake with wine, however due to rush of party, I couldn’t take blog worthy pics. :D

When a baker group decided to do a potluck this week, I couldn’t resist and recreated this same cake but with whiskey as flavour instead of wine.

Let me tell you it turned out super good. I kept some with me to share with my friends and family. They all loved it.

V took some of it to office, and I was pleasantly surprised to get an order for a kg of this cake from his boss. The only requirement was super duper dose of whiskey. :D

As I am writing this post, the cake is chilling for delivery in the evening. Many more orders for such mature cakes and decadent sweets.

an 8 inch, 3 layered cake Conversion Chart Print

Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake


1 cup of all purpose flour (maida)
½ cup and 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar (chini)
cup and 1 teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ heaped teaspoon of baking soda
¼ teaspoon of salt (namak)
cup of hot water
4 tablespoons of vegetable oil
2 teaspoons of white vinegar
1 teaspoon of instant coffee granules
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 tablespoons of whiskey (optional)
sugar syrup for soaking


1.Pre-heat oven to 180 C. Line the bottom of one 8 inch pan.
2.Whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda & salt in a large mixing bowl. Do not use a mixer as it will not aerate the dry flours.
3.Combine water, oil, vinegar, instant coffee & vanilla in a separate bowl.
4.Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk them till they are just combined. Do not overmix. A smooth batter is not necessary, few lumps in it are fine. If you are adding any liquor, then add it now.
5.Pour batter into the prepared pan. Gently tap the pan so air bubbles are removed and batter spreads evenly.
6.Bake for 20-25 mins in the preheated oven. After about 18-20 minutes, insert a tooth pick towards the side of the pan. If it comes out clean, then cake is done.
7.Cool the cake in the pan on the rack for 15 minutes, then invert it on the rack. Leave it upside down to cool, it helps in flattening any dome shape. I baked three layers by baking this recipe three times separately. And then froze the layers wrapped in cling film. Continue with assembling and frosting the cake.


Old fashioned chocolate cake is perfect as a moist base for frosting and layering cakes.

Using coffee is optional.

Chocolate Sauce


cup of water
30 grams of icing sugar
1 teaspoon of cocoa powder
100 grams of dark chocolate, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons of whiskey (optional)


1.For preparing the chocolate soaking syrup, heat the water, icing sugar and cocoa powder until boiling and slightly thick for 2-3 minutes. When thick add chopped chocolate, and whisk rigorously to remove lumps and melt the chocolate. Pour this warm syrup to soak a decadent cake or use as a dip.
2.If you are pouring on the cake, then follow this step - Poke tiny holes in the cake using a toothpick or skewer. Pour the warm syrup in still warm cake allowing it to be absorbed in whole cake. Allow it to set and absorb as much as possible before topping with cream layer or serving just as is.

Whiskey Mascarpone Whipped Cream


100 grams of whipped cream
200 grams of mascarpone cheese
2 tablespoons of icing sugar
1 heaped tablespoon of instant coffee powder
1 teaspoon of brown sugar
1 tablespoon of whiskey or any other liquor (optional)


1.Whip mascarpone cheese in a separate bowl, set aside. In another bowl, take whipping cream and icing sugar together and whip for 2-3 minutes, till it reaches soft peaks. Now sprinkle sugar, whiskey and coffee powder and whip them together till it reaches stiff peak for 4-5 minutes. Gently fold in coffee whipped cream into mascarpone. Spread on top of the cake and decorate with chocolate shavings.


You need to add icing sugar only if you are using mascarpone or cream cheese in whipping cream. Else the whipping cream is sweet in itself.

You can replace whiskey with any other liquor of your choice or even skip it.