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Chocolate Whisky Cakes and a Book Shop Special

Chocolate Whisky Cakes

Cupcakes | 14th May 2016 | By

Whose up for some cake? These mini dark chocolate whisky cakes covered with a dark chocolate buttercream flavoured subtly with whisky are totally scrumptious. They’re excellent for parties and feeding a crowd, but best kept for the adults.

Last Sunday our fabulous local independent bookshop hosted an evening of talk, slides and music at our nearby community centre. I made a few cakes for it, as I do. One of the four bakes were these rather decadent mini chocolate whisky cakes.

For a small market town, we do well for events. The Liskeard Book Shop hosts various talks from authors and the Liskerrett Centre provides all sorts of films, theatre, music, exhibitions as well as the fabulous vegetarian Hub Cafe. This was a particularly good one which started with a talk by Lisa Woollett about her beach combing activities along the Cornish coast together with a show of her stunning photographs. If you get the chance, do take a look at her books: Sea and Shore Cornwall and Sea Journal.

Michele's Canapes

During the interval, everyone drank and devoured Michèle’s beautiful rolled pancake canapés and my little cakes. We were all then entertained by The Bookshop Band. The band consists of a couple with a vast array of musical instruments who sing songs inspired by the books they have read. They even get the authors to play along sometimes. It was a fantastic evening.

Chocolate Whisky Cakes

The chocolate whisky cakes went down a storm as did all the others. I tried to get a good balance of whisky to chocolate, so the chocolate was to the fore and the whisky was the supporting act. It worked.

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Mini Chocolate Whisky Cakes with Chocolate Buttercream

Mini Chocolate Whisky Cakes – The Recipe

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Chocolate Whisky Cakes

Scrumptious mini dark chocolate whisky cakes covered with a dark chocolate buttercream flavoured subtly with whisky. Excellent for parties, but best kept for the adults.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time17 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Afternoon Tea
Cuisine: British
Keyword: chocolate cake, cupcakes, mini cakes, party food, whisky
Servings: 24 mini cakes
Author: Choclette


  • 125 g unsalted butter
  • 125 g dark muscovado sugar
  • 80 g dark chocolate - I used 72%
  • 2 large eggs - I used duck eggs
  • 150 g flour (half wholemeal, half plain white)
  • 1 heaped tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp mesquite powder (optional)
  • 1 scant tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tbsp yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp whisky

Chocolate Icing

  • 75 g unsalted butter
  • 120 g icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp whisky
  • 75 g 70% dark chocolate
  • 24 dark chocolate tear drops


  • Cream the butter and sugar together until pale in colour and fluffy in texture.
  • Add the vanilla extract and beat some more.
  • Beat in the eggs, one by one, adding a little of the flour if it curdles.
  • Sieve in the dry ingredients and gently stir until just combined, adding the water near the end.
  • Divide the mixture between 24 mini muffin moulds (cases optional).
  • Bake at 180C for 15 to 20 minutes, when the cakes should be well risen and firm to the touch.
  • Insert the chocolate centre nozzle into the cakes and inject a little of the filling into the centres.
  • Leave in the moulds to cool for 10 minutes or so, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Chocolate Icing

  • Melt the chocolate in a bowl suspended over a pan of hot, not boiling, water. Allow to cool a little.
  • Beat the butter and icing sugar until smooth and creamy, then beat in the whisky followed by the chocolate.
  • Spread onto the cooled cakes and decorate with a dark chocolate tear drop.


Can make 12 cupcakes instead of 24 mini ones.


I am sending these little chocolate cupcakes off to Ness at JibberJabberUK for Love Cake. The theme this month is signature bakes and although the flavours may be different, I have become known now for making mini cakes like this.

I’m also submitting these to Bake of the Week with Sarah at Maison Cupcake and Helen at Casa Costello.


  1. Gingey Bites

    14th May 2016 at 11:47 am

    This sounds like a fun evening! Those cakes look really good. I love the idea of the whisky with the choccy.

    • Choclette

      14th May 2016 at 1:40 pm

      Chocolate and whisky is my new favourite flavory combination.

  2. Lucy Parissi

    14th May 2016 at 6:50 pm

    Oooh chocolate and whisky… Sounds like a marriage made in heaven – imagine it might be a little adult and smoky which suits me just fine 🙂

    • Choclette

      14th May 2016 at 7:32 pm

      Definitely one for adults Lucy. Luckily, there’s were no children present.

  3. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    14th May 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Sounds like a really fun evening…bet these booze infused chocolate cakes were a hit! I definitely would go for a 2nd!

    • Choclette

      15th May 2016 at 10:40 am

      Thanks Angie and you would of course be very welcome to a 2nd 😉

  4. Kellie@foodtoglow

    15th May 2016 at 9:51 am

    This sounds like my kind of bookshop talk! I can see why the cakes went down so well: they are gorgeous and quite adult. I bet the duck eggs make them extra rich too. MMM 🙂

    • Choclette

      15th May 2016 at 10:41 am

      It was a fun evening Kellie and luckily no kids around to be tempted by the spiked chocolate cakes 😉

  5. Dom

    15th May 2016 at 1:32 pm

    oooh, don’t they look so pretty… little cakes all in a row… and whisky and chocolate – quite frankly they are heavenly.

    • Choclette

      15th May 2016 at 4:37 pm

      Thank you Dom. Heavenly sounds an apt description to me 😉

  6. Aimee

    16th May 2016 at 11:54 am

    Chocolate and whisky, how did you know these were two of my favourite things? These sound AMAZING!

    • Choclette

      16th May 2016 at 7:51 pm

      Ah, I’m not called a temptress for nothing 😉

  7. J

    16th May 2016 at 1:43 pm

    Oh my goodness, these sound amazing!! What a creative and delicious combo!

    • Choclette

      16th May 2016 at 7:52 pm

      Thank you Jenn, whisky and chocolate is a fab combination 🙂

  8. Sarah, Maison Cupcake

    16th May 2016 at 7:01 pm

    These look and sound fantastic, I like the idea of boozy whisky chocolate cake! Thanks for joining in with #BAKEoftheWEEK !

    • Choclette

      16th May 2016 at 7:53 pm

      Thanks Sarah, whisky and chocolate is my latest favourite combination.

  9. Nayna Kanabar

    16th May 2016 at 10:40 pm

    Looks like a lovely event and I am sure your cakes were appreciated by all. They look delicious.

    • Choclette

      17th May 2016 at 8:53 am

      Thanks Nayna. It’s always nice to get positive feedback.

  10. Chris @thinlyspread

    17th May 2016 at 11:49 am

    Sounds like my kind of evening and those cakes look irresistible! It’s also nice to be able to get those bakes out into the community, a lovely thing to do!

    • Choclette

      17th May 2016 at 6:01 pm

      Yes, it was fun – the baking, the evening, the eating, the plaudits 🙂

  11. Henk Kooiman

    17th May 2016 at 2:52 pm

    Lovely cakes, again ! It surprises me that noone asks for the recipes of the 3 other ones 😉 I am rather intrigued by the those beautiful green thingies. And what is mesquite powder ? You seem to have a rather large cupboard full of secret ingredients.
    Best regards to Cornwall, Liskeard, the bookshop and of course Michèle.

    • Choclette

      17th May 2016 at 6:06 pm

      Ah, the beautiful green thingies are already on the blog, only I made them small this time. In fact I made them for another of Michele’s events a few years ago. I think I put more matcha in this year’s batch though. They were a great conversation starter with everyone wondering what they were, but everyone seemed to like them – /2012/03/matcha-white-chocolate-cupcakes-we/ I keep trying to cut down on my ingredients, but it never quite seems to work.

  12. Henk Kooiman

    17th May 2016 at 4:30 pm

    You do not have to answer my question about mesquite powder. I have already googled it myself. Always very interesting to know more about natural ingredients.

    • Choclette

      17th May 2016 at 6:06 pm

      I often add mesquite to chocolate cakes as it gives them a slight caramel flavour.

  13. Helen at Casa Costello

    18th May 2016 at 9:26 am

    I love hearing about where you live – Sounds like my sort of event: Books & Cakes. Just perfect! Your mini cakes looks so well decorated and luxurious. #BakeoftheWeek

    • Choclette

      18th May 2016 at 9:48 am

      Thank you Helen. Coming from you that is much appreciated. One of my dreams was to have a bookshop/cafe.

  14. Angela / Only Crumbs Remain

    18th May 2016 at 3:52 pm

    Ooh these sound absolutely heavenly Choclette…I can certainly see why they went very quickly! Whiskey and Chocolate Yum! Pinning
    Angela x

    • Choclette

      18th May 2016 at 9:09 pm

      Thanks Angela. I really like these sort of cakes which have a good texture and are flavoursome but don’t really take too long to make.

  15. Glamorous Glutton

    19th May 2016 at 12:17 pm

    That sounds like a great evening and those cakes must have gone down a storm. GG

    • Choclette

      19th May 2016 at 2:16 pm

      They certainly all disappeared very quickly GG 😉

  16. Jacqueline Meldrum

    21st May 2016 at 11:06 am

    I always want to tuck into your cakes Choclette. They always look so enticing.

    • Choclette

      22nd May 2016 at 9:45 am

      Thanks Jac – I do try to make them look appealing 😉

  17. nessjibberjabberuk

    25th May 2016 at 10:45 pm

    My husband would love these but I would have to ask him which of his whiskies to use first! Definitely not one for the kids to try!

    • Choclette

      26th May 2016 at 8:53 pm

      Hahaha, not for the kids, no. A collection of whiskies? I’m intrigued.

  18. the caked crusader

    29th May 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Look lovely – I think I’d be tempted to try them with rum (any excuse to get rum into a bake!)

    • Choclette

      29th May 2016 at 5:44 pm

      Haha, it used to be rum with me CC, but I’ve decided whisky works even better – for the moment 😉


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