This cake is neither difficult nor exacting unlike it seems to be. But for sure it is very tasty. Couldn’t be with mix of chocolate, coffee and Baileys? I think you would eat it without the frosting as well as the cake is really moist, chocolately and leaves this unforgettable Baileys’ smooth in your mouth. But you will chose the frosting for its coffee wildness and Irish nature – perfect combo not only for Saint Patrick’s Day. Enjoy!
round pan 9 inch
- ¾ cup canola oil
- 1 ¼ cup sugar
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup buttermilk
- ½ cup Baileys
- 3 eggs
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 375 g cream cheese
- ¾ cup icing sugar
- 1 tablespoon instant coffee (powdered)
- ¼ cup Baileys
- ¾ cup whipping cream
Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease and line the pan with parchment.
In the bowl of a stand mixer combine sugar, oil, vanilla extract, buttermilk and Baileys and mix on low speed. Add eggs, one at time. In a separated bowl stir together flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder. Add the flour mixture gradually to the egg-oil mixture and beat on low speed until combined. Spread batter evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour (until the toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean). Cool in pan for 1 hour and then transfer onto wire rack to cool completely.
Make frosting: in the bowl of a stand mixer place the cream cheese, coffee powder and icing sugar and beat on low speed 2-3 minutes until creamy. Add Baileys and gradually stir in the whipping cream and beat on medium speed 3-4 minutes until mixture is smooth and spreadable.
Assemble the cake: split the cake horizontally at the center by carefully cutting through with a knife. Divide the frosting mixture into 3 batches and one of them set aside. Spread 1/3 of frosting on the first cake’s layer with an offset spatula. Place the next layer on top and spread with the next portion of frosting. Fit a star tip onto a pastry bag and fill the bag with the last portion of frosting. Decorate the top of the cake with many small stars. Garnish with sprinkles and fresh flowers.
If you do not want to decorate the cake you may abandon it and leave the semi-nacked layered cake. In that case you should decrease the amount of listed frosting’s ingredients to 2/3.
Tags: Baileys, chocolate, coffee.