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Bailey's Chocolate Cake

This Bailey's Chocolate Cake recipe is a delicious way to celebrate any occasion. Made with Bailey's Irish Cream the Bailey's Irish Cream Chocolate Cake is fun for St. Patrick's Day too!
5 from 12 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Irish
Keyword: Bailey's Chocolate Cake, Bailey's Irish Chocolate Cake
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Author: Rachel


Bailey's Chocolate Cake Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup butter, unsalted
  • 1/4 cup Bailey's Irish Cream
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 Tbsp. hot espresso or 1/4 cup hot coffee

Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature (Two sticks)
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • Optional: 2 tsp. Bailey's Irish Cream Make sure kids will not be eating this if you add this to the frosting.
  • Shaved chocolate bar for the topping


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and then either grease the 9x13 inch cake pan or lay down parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients until they're well combined.
  • In a separate bowl, add in all the wet ingredients except for the boiling water and coffee. Blend well using the scraper (I prefer this at this point) or the whisk. Use a scraper as needed to scrape the side and make sure everything is combined properly.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and slowly combine them.
  • Then a little at a time, add in the boiling water and hot coffee. Whisk in between adding little by little.
  • Pour the batter into the prepped baking pan and bake on the middle rack for 25 to 30 minutes. Check after 25 minutes with a tooth pick and if it comes out dry, then remove the cake. If not, add it back in for a few minutes.
  • While the cake cools, combine the butter and powdered sugar for the frosting ingredients and mix with a hand mixer. Then add in the rest of the ingredients. You can let the frosting sit out until the cake has cooled long enough to be frosted.