Easy Bailey’s chocolate birthday cake – a cake with booze

7 Jul


It was a friend at work’s birthday so obviously a cake would be baked. What could be better than a chocolate cake? How about, a chocolate cake with lovely Bailey’s?

I adapted this from a chocolate cake recipe that called for Tia Maria, an ingredient that was not to be found in my pantry. I guesstimated Bailey’s as a replacement but to be honest I’m not sure if it was the best swap. The cake had a very dense, unusual texture but the birthday girl assured me it was delicious.

The Bailey’s is quite strong so if you’re not fond of the taste then this isn’t the cake for you. Or you could try the Tia Maria called for in the original.


120g softened butter, diced

2 eggs

½ cup Bailey’s

1 ½ cups milk

1 cup caster sugar

2 cups plain flour sifted together with…

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

½ cup cocoa

iced with chocolate ganache

and decorated with coconut



Line bases of 2, 20cm round cake pans and spray with non-stick spray.

Place everything into the bowl of electric mixer and mix for four to five minutes until combined.

Scrape evenly into the two pans and bake for 40-ish minutes [make take longer, depending on your oven].

When cold cool on wire racks and when completely cold sandwich together with the ganache, then spread ganache on the top and decorate wih coconut.



18 Responses to “Easy Bailey’s chocolate birthday cake – a cake with booze”

  1. eat sweet. by carla sue July 7, 2012 at 1:45 pm #

    Looks yum! I made Bailey’s fudge today! Must be the flavour of the day 😀

  2. Lilly Sue July 7, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

    Mmmm….I love chocolate. I like the addition of Bailey’s 🙂

  3. easyweimaraner July 8, 2012 at 10:08 am #

    now i am a “hungry mum” too :o)

  4. Mama's Gotta Bake July 8, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

    My favorite thing in life is a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. Glad I found this recipe!

  5. girlinafoodfrenzy July 9, 2012 at 11:08 am #

    Wow, you’ve read my mind because Baileys is one of my other favourite things in the world! It disappears often along with the choclate too in our household. I love the coconut round the edges too, no doubt the birthday girl was thrilled with your creation 😉

    • thehungrymum July 10, 2012 at 11:26 am #

      Great minds and all that! To be honest I had forgotten we even had Baileys – unlike my wine all my spirits etc are hidden away in my pantry (out of sight, out of mind!). Now that I know it is there I am sure it will vanish rapidly!

  6. gottagetbaked July 9, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

    Chocolate & Baileys is definitely a winning combo! I’m baking a chocolate cake tomorrow but wish I were eating some of this right now! 😦 The ganache looks fantastic!

    • thehungrymum July 10, 2012 at 8:25 am #

      Thanks for the sweet words! Is there anything choc can’t do?

  7. Christine B (@cookingcrusade) July 11, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    looks delicious! that ganache looks soo decadent and chocolatey mmm 🙂

    • thehungrymum July 11, 2012 at 9:29 am #

      Ganache is my ‘go to’ decoration – I don’t ‘do’ icing but will happily smother anything in ganache 🙂
      Thanks for popping in!

  8. choconutmeg August 17, 2012 at 6:01 am #

    Sounds and looks delish!

    • thehungrymum August 17, 2012 at 11:17 am #

      Choc & alcohol together = wonderful 🙂

  9. marymtf September 19, 2014 at 4:08 am #

    Tequila, Baileys and now I’m off to check the Marsala cake.

    • thehungrymum September 19, 2014 at 10:52 am #

      Gee, I really do bake with booze a lot, don’t I?! [she says while sipping her wine!]

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