19 Irish Dessert Ideas For St. Patrick’s Day or Any Day!

Jill Caren

Need ideas for St. Patrick’s Day desserts? This collection of desserts will inspire you to get baking and bring the green to your next event.

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Indulge in the sweet and delightful world of Irish desserts with our curated collection of traditional and modern recipes that will transport your taste buds to the Emerald Isle. From rich and creamy puddings to buttery shortbread and indulgent cakes, Irish desserts are a celebration of the country’s rich culinary heritage and the warmth of its people.

These desserts are perfect for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration, but don’t be afraid to make them whenever the mood strikes!

Irish Cream Brownie Trifles

brownie trifle with irish cream in bowls
Credit: Dessert for Two

Kerrygold Irish Cream liqueur is the icing on the cake, no pun intended, for this simple yet delicious dessert. This recipe from Dessert for Two, features homemade brownies, freshly made vanilla pudding and is topped with powdered sugar and whipped cream.

Irish Potato Candy

irish potato candy on a plate
Strength and Sunshine

A vegan and gluten-free dessert from Strength and Sunshine. Irish Potato Candy, contrary to its name, does not contain potatoes. Although not technically from Ireland, the name and look are Irish inspired. This fun dessert resembles a potato but features a warm flavor combination from the cream cheese, coconut, vanilla and cinnamon ingredients. A fun treat to confuse the kids for sure!

Baileys Mousse with Irish Whiskey Whipped Cream

baileys mousse with irish whiskey whipped cream in a cup
Burrata and Bubbles

This decadent dessert from Burrata and Bubbles will be a favorite for chocolate lovers. Rich chocolate mousse made with Bailey’s will be a taste that makes your mouth happy. But the addition of an Irish whisky whipped cream will take it to a whole new level of awesomeness.

Irish Apple Cake With Custard Sauce

irish apple cake with icing on plate
Boston Girl Bakes

A perfect St. Patrick’s Day dessert, or really any time dessert because it is that good. The recipe from Boston Girl Bakes features a homemade apple cake that has all the expected ingredients like apples, cinnamon, nutmeg and more.

But the icing is the star. Vanilla custard sauce, or creme anglaise as it is sometimes called, is a beautiful blend of flavors that sets off the flavors of the cake perfectly.

Irish Chocolate Stout Cake

chocolate stout cake with Irish liqueur icing
Stef’s Eats and Sweets

A perfect chocolate bundt cake recipe from Stefs Eat and Sweets. Take a traditional chocolate bundt cake and kick it up a notch wit the addition of a stout beer. Then the magic really happens when you add the homemade Irish creme liquor glaze. This is a winner that will keep guests asking for more.

Irish Tea Cake

irish tea cake plated
Lane and Grey Fare

Not only is the cake light and and less sweet than some desserts, it is gluten, egg and nut free. The recipe from Lane and Grey Fare also has a vegan option! Top it with some fresh fruit, ganache or a drizzle of your favorite glaze to make it your own.

Traditional Shortbread

traditional shortbread cookie with green design
Cooking with Curls

Shortbread has been a favorite among the British and Irish for centuries. No tea time would be complete without it. This traditional shortbread recipe from Cooking with Curls features a basic recipe that is easy to make. The additional step of adding a bit of color can elevate the look making it perfect for your St. Patrick’s Day event.

Irish Apple Crumb with Whiskey Cream

irish apple crumb with whiskey cream on a plate
Jam Jar Kitchen

This recipe from Jam Jar Kitchen takes a traditional crumble and pairs it with Jameson Irish Whiskey for an adult taste that your guests will love. A bit of the whiskey is added to the crumble, but the star of the show is the whiskey cream that is drizzled on the top of the crumble.

Whiskey Fudge

whiskey fudge being cut on paper
Jam Jar Kitchen

Another great whiskey inspired dessert from our friends at Jam Jar Kitchen! This whiskey fudge recipe is easy to make and delivers a chocolate delight with the flavors of whiskey standing strong in the flavors. Change out the recipe with bourbon as another flavor option.

Puff Pastry Shamrocks with Baileys Irish Cream

shamrock shaped pastry puff with baileys cream cheese filling
Desserts with Stephanie

This perfect St. Patrick’s Day recipe comes from Desserts with Stephanie. Adorable puff pastry shamrocks filled with a Bailey’s infused cream cheese filling are a winner that your guests will love. A couple of drops of green food coloring give the puff a more festive feel!

Baileys Ice Cream

baileys irish cream ice cream in a dish
Burrata and Bubbles

Adults rejoice, there is a homemade ice cream flavor just for you with this delicious recipe from Burrata and Bubbles. You will need an ice cream machine for this one though! But the investment might be worth it for the blend of vanilla and Bailey’s Irish Cream as a frozen treat. No preservatives, no junk, just amazing homemade creamy goodness.

Guinness Stout Chocolate Pudding Cakes

guinness stout chocolate pudding cake on plate
What A Girl Eats

Pudding cakes are amazing anyway, but this version from What A Girl Eats is not to be missed. The single serve cake features a dark chocolate pudding cake made with Guinness stout. This gives it an Irish twist on a classic cake. The inside is soft and creamy and whipped cream and caramel sauce on top just set off all the flavors beautifully.

Irish Cream Bread Pudding

irish cream bread pudding in a bowl with sauce
Three Olives Branch

A classic Irish dessert recipe from Three Olives Branch that will be the star at your St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. Stale soda bread, or any bread, are a great option for this traditional pudding dessert. The star of the show is the Bailey’s Irish cream that sets off the bread perfectly. This recipe goes perfectly with Three Olives Branch Irish Dessert Sauce too!

Leprechaun Bark

leprechaun bark dessert pieces
Dinners Done Quick

This easy dessert recipe from Dinners Done Quick can be made in just a short amount of time. It is a great option for a last minute dessert! White chocolate with green candy and gold accents is what St. Patrick’s Day is made of!

Baileys Irish Cream Chocolate Fudge

baileys fudge bites with green accents
Amanda’s Cookin’

The perfect fudge treat from Amanda’s Cookin’ features Baileys Irish Cream, giving it an adult flavor guests will appreciate. The recipe all uses mini-marshmallows giving the fudge a smooth texture and a bit of a sweet surprise. Top with your favorite green and gold candies and you have a St. Patrick’s Day winner!

Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes

guinness cupcake with frosting
I Heart Eating

The cupcakes from I Heart Eating are not only gorgeous – but bring an intense chocolate flavor that choco-holics will appreciate. The cake is infused with a Guinness stout giving it a unique flavor and adds to the moist texture. Use a typical cream cheese frosting or a Bailey’s infused frosting for an extra kick.

Irish Whiskey Cake

irish whiskey cake plated
Christina’s Cucina

An easy to make recipe from Christinas Cucina, that does not look like it is easy. Your friend will be amazed at your skills when you show up with this gorgeous layered cake. The base of the cake is a Victoria Sponge cake, a traditional British cake. The whisky glaze drizzle on top and whiskey buttercream center are what pulls it all together.

Irish Barmbrack Tea Cake

irish barmbrack tea cake sliced with butter
Happy Foods Tube

A traditional Irish Barmbrack tea cake recipe from our friends at Happy Foods Tube. Bambrack, sometimes Branbrack, is a common dessert in shops around Ireland. This yeast-free version of the popular cake features your preferred type of black tea, raisins, brown sugar and cinnamon for a comforting flavor. Drizzle with a glaze or eat with butter at tea time!

St. Patrick’s Day Jell-O Shots

green jell-shots with baileys whipped cream
Jello Joy

A fun simple dessert from Jello Joy that will spruce up the St. Patrick’s Day dessert table. Clear gelatin with some green food coloring set the base of the dessert. Add a layer of vanilla infused Irish whiskey and top it all off with a Baileys Irish cream mousse. When put together you have a dessert that tastes amazing – and looks like a mini beer!

Let’s Party With These 13 Funfetti Dessert Ideas

Funfetti cakes (also sometimes called a confetti cake) were always a childhood favorite. What kid – or even adult – doesn’t love the colors that make these desserts a standout. Back in the 70’s these cakes were typically vanilla cake with sprinkles and some kind of icing. In my house Cool Whip was the topping of choice.

But today there are so many other Funfetti dessert ideas, not just cake. Below are some ideas to kick start your next baking adventure. Use these ideas as they are, or create something entirely new with your own creativity.

Let’s Party With These 13 Funfetti Dessert Ideas

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