Smoked Chocolate Whisky Cake

Smoked Chocolate Whisky Cake Recipe with Whisky Balls and Smoky Chocolate Whisky Frosting

This cake!

OMG! This Cake!!

This smoked chocolate whisky cake recipe was just amazing. It was full of smoky flavor with a sweet essence of whisky. I intentionally made the frosting strong because friends were complaining that the whisky taste was lost in other desserts.

I’m not gonna lie – this was packed with flavor!

The smoked chocolate cake was smothered in a smokey chocolate whisky frosting, decorated with whisky balls, and I added some whisky sugar for added sparkle.

This flavor combination was inspired by my love for all things Outlander.

I have read the entire Outlander series by Diana Gabalon and watched all the episodes on Starz. I am so in love with Clan Fraser and their story. You really don’t want to get me going – my husband always rolls his eyes at me when I start taking about it.

Have you read the books? Have you been anxiously waiting for the continuation of the TV show to start?

I figure that pretty much everything cooked in the 1700’s comes with a slight smoky flavor. I’m sure over time, your hair, clothes, and household have a smoky scent that has permeated through everything.

And Jamie, and all the Scot’s, had quite the appreciation for whisky.  Jamie Fraser made his own whisky and Claire used distilled whisky for medicinal cleaning. The books are full of whisky.

So, I put the two flavors together in this amazing cake!

I have no doubt that the MacKenzie Clan would devour this amazing cake – that is if they could get all the ingredients in 1740’s.

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  I have a few other highly devoted Outlander fans who made something special to celebrate the new season of Outlander on Starz! Thanks so much to Rebecca from Living Better Together for putting this giveaway and promotion together!

Smoked Chocolate Whisky Cake


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My husband loved this flavor combination of Smoked Chocolate and Whisky in the cake recipe. It's a new favorite for decadent birthday cakes.
For the Whisky Sugar
  • ¼ C turbinado sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Whisky
For the Frosting
  • 4 oz. Smoked Chocolate Chips
  • 12 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1 C heavy cream
  • ⅓ C light corn syrup
  • ½ C Whisky
  • 4 - 6 C powdered sugar
  1. Your Smoky Chocolate Cakes should be baked and cooled overnight in the fridge to make frosting easier.
For the Whisky Sugar
  1. Mix the sugar and the whisky in a baggie and saturate the sugar. Place the sugar on a baking sheet lined with foil and bake at 352 for 10 minutes to dry out the sugar. Store in a plastic container.
For the Frosting
  1. Heat the smoked chocolate chips, unsweetened chocolate and cream in a double boiler. When all the chocolate is melted, remove from the heat and stir in the corn syrup and whisky.
  2. Place the bowl into the fridge to cool down.
  3. Transfer the chocolate to a mixing bowl and gradually add in the powdered sugar until you get the consistency that you wish for.
  4. You can make it more like ganache with minimal sugar - in which case, you may prefer dark chocolate to unsweetened chocolate, or thicker like traditional buttercream.
  5. Frost your cake and decorate it with the whisky sugar and some of the Whisky Balls. I used a Wilton #1E tip for the large swirls on top and a Wilton #32 tip for the boarder.
  6. Slice and enjoy!

For the Whisky Balls Recipe, CLICK HERE

For the Smoky Whisky Cake Recipe, CLICK HERE


  1. What a great cake Karyn! Pinned
    Thanks for sharing as part of Rebecca’s Outlander series too!

  2. This cake might actually be my downfall! It looks insane and those whisky balls… dear lawd… I’m done for! Thanks so much for joining me in this fun series and enjoy the return tonight.

    P.S. I get those eye rolls too! We’re heading to Scotland next month and I’m sure they’ll turn into head shakes then!

  3. love Claire Randall in this book. great book too.

  4. I need a slice of that cake now! Thank you for sharing with the Tips & Tricks Link Party! Pinned!

  5. I love Jamie! He is so adorable!

  6. What a magnificent cake! It’s been years since I’ve read the Outlander books—and I haven’t even checked out the TV series yet, but have heard lots of chatter

  7. Whiskey and chocolate are a winning combination. What a fab cake!

  8. Wow this cake is stunning Karyn! Has me totally intrigued too… the flavor sounds intensely amazing!

  9. This is knock your socks off amazing! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!


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