No matter how you celebrate St. Patricks’s day, whether you eat corned beef and cabbage, or go out to the local pub and drink green beer, there is no better way to end the day than having a slice of a Spirited Chocolate Irish Cream Cake.
This delicious homemade chocolate cake is drizzled with Bailey’s Irish Cream then frosted with Irish Buttercream Frosting. It’s a nightcap and dessert all in one! If you like Irish Cream, you will love this!
- 2 1/4 cups of cake flour
- 1 cup of quality cocoa
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp. almond extract
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 cup Bailey’s Irish Cream liquor ( used for drizzling over cooked cake)
- Preheat oven to 350℉
- In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, add all dry ingredients and blend thoroughly on low speed
- add eggs, milk, oil, and extract and blend on medium speed until well combined.
- pour boiling water into the mixing bowl and blend on medium speed, batter will be slightly thin
- pour batter into two prepared 9″ cake pans
- bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean
- remove cake from pan and cool completely on a cooling rack
Irish Cream Buttercream Frosting
- 3 cups confectioners sugar
- 3/4 room temperature butter
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1/2 cup Bailey’s Irish Cream
- put all ingredients into a medium sized mixing bowl and mix on low speed until all sugar is moistened
- blend on high speed until mixture is light and fluffy
Putting the cake together…
- place one layer of the cake on a plate or cake stand
- using a straw, poke holes randomly through the cake
- pour 1/2 cup of Bailey’s Irish Cream over the first layer of cake
- put one layer of buttercream over the cake
- place the second layer of cake over the top of the icing and repeat step 1.
- cover the entire cake with the remainder of the icing, and decorate cake as desired.
Decorating this cake:
By reserving 1/3 of the icing and placing it into another bowl, you can add desired food coloring and placing it into a pastry bag for piping edges.
The top of this cake was sprinkled with chopped green M&M’s for a festive St. Patty’s Day decoration.