5 BEST Irish desserts, ranked in order of GREATNESS

Ever wanted to know what a typical Irish dessert is and which ones are the absolute best? Here are the top five best Irish desserts, RANKED in order of greatness.

Ireland has a long-standing tradition with food, all kinds of food. We are a nation of foodies, whether it be traditional hearty meals or slap-up sweet desserts, we love it all.

We are renowned for our delectable Irish stews, our fresh seafood chowder, and our traditional roast dinners are second to none. Still, when it comes to dessert, we are absolute champions.

We have created some of the most delicious desserts on the planet if we do say so ourselves, and we want to shout it from the rooftops.

But, before we do that, let’s share this epic list with all you fellow sweet tooths.

Here are the top five best Irish desserts.

Ireland Before You Die’s top tips for choosing your Irish dessert

  • A good way to kick-start your experience in beautiful Irish desserts would be to try the classic ones, such as Irish apple cake or bread and butter pudding. They will go down a treat. 
  • Irish whiskey is world-renowned and some of the best Irish desserts are infused with Irish whiskey. Have a taste of some whiskey cake or truffles and let us know your verdict. 
  • Depending on what part of Ireland you are in, you can try the regional specialties. Ask the locals at the restaurant and see what they recommend. 
  • If you are finding it hard to decide what Irish dessert to indulge in, trying a dessert sampler could be for you. The platter will help you taste a range of options and you can go from there. 
  • Lastly, visit local bakeries. They are well-known for having delicious, sweet delicacies and they will serve desserts not commonly on the menu in restaurants.

5. Brioche bread and butter pudding – Irish dessert with a modern twist

Brioche bread and butter pudding is a delicious treat enjoyed by many Irish people.
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Homemade vanilla custard and flaky brioche give a classy spin to this old Irish dessert. This has been enjoyed in Ireland for centuries, considering bread and butter were readily available, and the dessert itself is relatively straight forward to make.

With some added flavours to the mix, this dessert will go down a treat with everyone. Remember to be generous with the helpings of custard, they’re a perfect match after all.

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4. Guinness cake – one of the best best Irish desserts

Guinness cake is another our our favourite sweet treats in Ireland.
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Well, we couldn’t have a dessert list without our beloved Guinness cake, which we all love.

This decadent chocolate cake with a twist can also be topped with some Baileys frosting to give it that Guinness look, and real Irish taste.

For anyone not keen on drinking Guinness or beer at all, we’ll have you know that the Guinness in this cake is more of an aftertaste, a delicious one, not to be compared with drinking it straight. You might find the same in our article on 5 delicious recipes that use Guinness as an ingredient.

It’s truly delicious.

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3. Irish apple cake with custard sauce – a taste of true tradition

Irish apple cake is another of the top best Irish desserts.
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Between the hint of nutmeg and vanilla, the sweet ripe apples or the creamy warm custard drizzled on top, we’re not sure which part makes us drool more.

Wait, where were we again? Yes, this dessert is as traditional as they come and has been enjoyed at Ireland’s dinner tables for years now.

We don’t see it disappearing any time soon, well, only into our mouths, that is. Don’t forget to be picky with your selection of apples and use Irish products to get a winning result.

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LEARN MORE: For a more all-rounded experience of Irish food, check out IB4UD’s piece on the top 5 oldest (and still delicious) Irish recipes

2. Irish shortbread toffee bars – for the sweetest of sweet tooths

Another of the best best Irish desserts are millionaires shortbread.
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This rich and crumbly cookie-style dessert is something everyone will love. It has a delicious combination of thick Irish chocolate, sticky caramel in the middle, and crumbly shortbread which will get you hooked.

The best thing about these little winners is the fact they are not so difficult to make.

Still, the key is to use all Irish ingredients, because, let’s face it, nothing compares to Irish chocolate, Irish cream, or Irish butter.

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1. Baileys cheesecake – a national favourite

Baileys cheesecake is one of the best Irish desserts.
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Baileys, what a fantastic invention and stunning liquor, and one of the best things people love Ireland for. It can be used in coffee, over ice or, in this case, mixed into an insatiable cheesecake recipe.

Who doesn’t love cheesecake, and who doesn’t love Baileys? Together, this is the perfect Irish dessert combination.

And, for all you vegans out there, try making this with the new vegan Baileys and substitute the other ingredients to be vegan too. A dessert everyone we all love, well every adult that is!

So we don’t know about you, but this list of the top five best Irish desserts has us salivating. From Dublin to Cork, these are the best treats available.

READ MORE: Check out IB4UD’s article on the top 10 Baileys facts

Whether you are a light dessert lover or the rich and chocolatey type, you have choices on this list to try, but, if you are an ‘anything sweet’ person, then you’ll most likely want to try them all.

And there’s definitely no harm in that! We’re a nation of people who, over the years, have created some yummy recipes, even the best recipes to try in the month of autumn. There’s no doubt in the coming years there’ll be more and more Irish desserts to try out.

Although, if they are that good, we may keep them for ourselves. So don’t wait for your next ‘occasion’, try one of these bad boys any day of the week, your palate won’t regret it.

NEXT: You might want to try the new dessert bar which recently opened in Dundrum Town Centre

Your questions answered about the best Irish desserts

If you still have some outstanding questions about the best Irish desserts, then we have you covered. Below, we have outlined the most commonly asked questions from our readers and online.

What is the most favourite dessert in Ireland?

The most favourite desserts in Ireland would include Porter Cake, Guinness Chocolate cake, Barmbrack, Irish cream brownies and Irish bread pudding.

What desserts do the Irish eat on St Patrick’s Day?

Some of the best Irish desserts to eat on St Patrick’s Day would include Irish apple cake, Irish coffee, apple crumble and soda bread.

What is a good Irish dish?

Some of the best Irish dishes include stew, Irish soda bread, a full Irish or Ulster fry, Irish white pudding, and Irish barmbrack.

What is Irish apple cake made of?

This made made of plain flour, butter, caste sugar, baking powder, ground cinnamon, granny smith apples, eggs and milk.

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