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Chocolate Irish Cream Cake

Chocolate Irish Cream Cake starts with my death by chocolate cake and you drizzle on a rich and creamy sauce made from Bailey's Irish Cream Liqour and finish with Bailey's Irish Cream white chocolate ganache! This recipe makes two 8"x2" cakes or three 6"x2" cakes. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 cups
Calories 2160 kcal
Author Elizabeth Marek


Death By Chocolate Cake

  • 14 oz Stout Beer
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Espresso Powder
  • 2 tsp Real Vanilla
  • 14 oz Cake Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 2 tsp Baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 6 oz Dutched Cocoa Powder
  • 10 oz Unsalted Butter
  • 16 oz Granulated Sugar
  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 6 oz Mayonnaise
  • 6 oz Mini chocolate chips

Bailey's Poke Filling

  • 8 oz Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 4 oz Bailey's Irish Cream Liqour
  • 4.5 oz Semi-sweet chocolate

Bailey's White Chocolate Ganache

  • 24 oz White chocolate
  • 4 oz Bailey's Irish cream liqour
  • 4 oz Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Tbsp Irish Whiskey (Jameson)
  • 1/4 tsp Salt


Death By Chocolate Cake

  1. NOTE: It is SUPER IMPORTANT that all the room temperature ingredients listed above are room temperature and not cold so that the ingredients mix and incorporate correctly. 

  2. Heat oven to 335º F/168º C — 350º F/177º C. I tend to use lower setting to prevent my cakes from getting too dark on the outside before the inside is done baking.

  3. In a large measuring cup combine the stout, espresso powder and vanilla. Whisk together and set aside. 

  4. Sift together the flour, cocoa, salt, baking powder and baking soda in a large bowl and set aside. 

  5. Place softened butter in the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Cream until smooth and shiny. With mixer on low, gradually sprinkle in the sugar. Beat until mixture is fluffy and almost white. About 3-5 minutes. 

  6. Add your eggs one at a time. Let the egg incorporate fully before adding in the next egg to avoid breaking your batter. Add in your mayo and mix until combined. 

  7. With the mixer on low, add in 1/3 of your dry ingredients and mix until almost combined. Add in 1/3 of your liquid ingredients. Repeat the process two more times until everything is combined. 

  8. Gently fold in the mini chocolate chips and divide equally into two 8" cake pans. Bake for 30 - 40 minutes until a toothpick comes out cleanly but with a few sticky crumbs. Don't over bake. 

  9. Let cool and then wrap in plastic wrap and chill until the cakes are firm enough to handle. You can flash chill in the freezer if you need to cool them quickly. 

Bailey's Poke Filling

  1. In a microwave safe bowl, combine the sweetened condensed milk and Bailey's Irish Cream. Microwave until almost boiling. 

  2. Pour heated mixture over the chocolate chips and let sit for 2 minutes to let the chocolate melt. Mix until combined.

Bailey's Irish Cream White Chocolate Ganache

  1. In a microwave safe bowl, combine the heavy whipping cream and Bailey's Irish Cream. Microwave until almost boiling. 

  2. Pour heated mixture over the white chocolate and let sit for 2 minutes to let the chocolate melt. Add vanilla, whiskey and salt and whisk until smooth and creamy

  3. Let ganache cool until creamy in texture, like peanut butter consistency before frosting your cake

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Irish Cream Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 2160 Calories from Fat 1161
% Daily Value*
Fat 129g198%
Saturated Fat 68g340%
Cholesterol 374mg125%
Sodium 1648mg69%
Potassium 1078mg31%
Carbohydrates 252g84%
Fiber 17g68%
Sugar 171g190%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 2980IU60%
Calcium 196mg20%
Iron 8.5mg47%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.