This Bailey’s Irish Cream Chocolate Cake is allllll kinds of decadent, y’all.
So can we talk about TV shows and how sometimes, there comes a time in a person’s life when they outgrow a TV show?
That is me right now.
I used to love watching Pretty Little Liars and The Walking Dead. Like, wouldn’t miss an episode for the world and was so excited to watch them from my DVR. But now? I can’t even think about watching an episode without wanting to roll my eyes and let out a dramatic sigh.
Like okay, PLL. When are they going to give up this A business? A is dead. Done. Finito. Unless this is a supernatural world, A cannot come back and torment these (now adult) women who for whatever reason, never thought to report any of this nonsense to their parents or the cops. And now there’s a new A? Why can’t the girls just get new numbers and go back to their new lives? Why are they still friends with that trashbag, Ali? I just can’t deal with the terrible acting and obnoxious plot anymore.
And then there’s The Walking Dead. How many times do we have to overtake a new community, deal with a little drama, and somehow come out unscathed? I get that walkers are unpredictable, but how come we can’t predict walkers’ whereabouts and shenanigans ahead of time or even as they’re happening? And HOW IN THE WORLD IS CARL STILL ALIVE. He’s like the worst actor there is. Actually, he could be dead for all I know – I stopped watching last season because I just couldn’t deal with it any more. If there’s an apocalypse, I’m taking the easy way out so I can bypass all the craziness of rolling with Rick’s entourage.
ANYWAY. Are there any shows you’re loving that I can start watching in place of these? Right now I’m really digging Better Call Saul, which is a prequel to Breaking Bad – an amazing show. And per usual, I’m still a fangirl of Criminal Minds. I also just started watching 11/22/63 which is really intriguing. If you have any suggestions, leave ’em below!
In the meantime, let’s talk cake. This is the fudgiest cake there ever was and it has a delectable Irish cream filling that’s outta this world. I topped the whole thing with chocolate ganache – rich, sinful and indulgent, it adds just the right amount of sweetness and decadence to this anything-but-ordinary chocolate cake.
Plus, it’s perfect for St. Patrick’s Day… or Wednesday March 2nd.
- 1 box chocolate cake mix
- 1 & ¼ cups buttermilk
- ½ cup oil
- 4 eggs
- 1 small box instant chocolate pudding mix (just the dry mix)
- FOR BAILEY'S BUTTERCREAM:
- ½ cup butter, softened to room temperature
- ⅓ cup Bailey's or any other Irish cream liqueur
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3-4 cups powdered sugar
- FOR GANACHE:
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ⅓ cup heavy cream
- Chocolate sprinkles, for decoration
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease two 9" cake pans with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat the cake mix, buttermilk, oil, eggs and dry pudding mix with an electric mixer for 2 minutes or until blended. Pour the mixture evenly among the cake pans. Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes or until the cake springs back lightly when touched and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely.
- To make the buttercream: In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, Bailey's and vanilla until creamy, about 1 minute. Gradually add the powdered sugar, about one cup at a time, until frosting is light and fluffy. You may not use all of the powdered sugar.
- To assemble the cake, place one cake layer top-side down onto a plate. Spread with ¾th of the Bailey's buttercream, spreading out to the edges. Top with the second cake layer, top side down and even out the filling to compensate for the gap between layers.
- In a medium bowl, microwave the chocolate chips and heavy cream on HIGH heat for about 45 seconds. Stir until completely smooth and pour the mixture over the top of the cake, spreading out to the edges so it drips over. Let set for about 5 minutes.
- Pipe the remaining Bailey's buttercream around the perimeter of the cake and sprinkle on the chocolate sprinkles, if desired. Store cake covered at room temperature or in the fridge.
I love the fudgy chocolate cake layers mixed with that creamy Bailey’s buttercream, topped with the sinfully rich chocolate ganache. This cake is to-die for!
Have a super sweet day!