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Shortcut Bailey’s Cake with Bailey’s Chocolate Frosting


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Shortcut Bailey’s Cake with Bailey’s Chocolate Frosting

Lots of things about me changed with parenthood.  My level of caffeine dependency totally skyrocketed. Weird how that happened. One day I was a take or leave it kind of coffee gal. Nine months later, coffee is my lifeline. Whereas my coffee consumption has gone through the roof, my overall patience and free time have plummeted.

Shortcut Bailey's Cake with Chocolate Baileys Icing

Shortcut Bailey’s Cake with Chocolate Baileys Icing

I know, shocking, right?

Somewhere around the time when I lost my patience and free time, I seriously cut down on the amount of scratch baking that I do. So sad. I know I told you all before when I made these gluten free salted caramel chocolate chip butter bars, that I used to be baking obsessed. I used to make trays and tray of cookies every Christmas and there was always a from scratch homemade cake in my house.

Shortcut Bailey's Cake with Chocolate Bailey's Icing

Shortcut Bailey’s Cake with Chocolate Bailey’s Icing

Mama ain’t got time for that these days.

Instead I’m all about shortcuts like making cake from box mix that tastes like from scratch cake. Enter this shortcut Bailey’s Cake with Bailey’s Chocolate Frosting. I’m not gonna lie and tell you all I measured out flour and sugar like a boss. Nope, I opened a box of white cake and doctored the recipe. A lot.

Shortcut Bailey's Cake with Chocolate Bailey's Icing

Shortcut Bailey’s Cake with Chocolate Bailey’s Icing

I subbed butter for oil, and of course added a hefty shot of Bailey’s Irish creme into the batter. And water? Oh no. Hello, creamy milk. The result? A rich, buttery cake with a hint of Bailey’s in each bite.

Shortcut Bailey's Cake with Chocolate Bailey's Icing

Shortcut Bailey’s Cake with Chocolate Bailey’s Icing

And really, you can’t forget the icing. This is a variation of the icing my husband makes for almost any cake or baked good. And let me tell you, I would dip cardboard into and eat it, because it is THAT GOOD. The icing is totally homemade, but it’s worth it and it’s super easy. More butter, a metric ton of powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and a healthy shot of Bailey’s.

Shortcut Bailey's Cake with Chocolate Bailey's Icing

Shortcut Bailey’s Cake with Chocolate Bailey’s Icing

I mean seriously, how can you not want to just eat spoonful after spoonful of this stuff? It’s impossible. And as my husband gleefully pointed out while he iced the cake (because I was too intent on licking the icing off of the beater to be useful), there’s like a half inch of icing on top of the cake and between the layers. It’s the perfect cake to icing ratio for me.

Shortcut Bailey's Cake with Chocolate Bailey's Icing

Shortcut Bailey’s Cake with Chocolate Bailey’s Icing

Now if that much icing isn’t for you that’s ok. You might have some icing leftover in this batch then. I won’t judge. Ok, maybe I will a little bit, but we could still be friends. More icing for me.

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Serves serves 8

Shortcut Bailey’s Cake with Bailey’s Chocolate Frosting

An easy, delicious Bailey's white cake with chocolate Bailey's frosting

10 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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    For the cake
  • 1 box of white cake mix
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of Bailey's
  • 3/4 cup of milk
  • For the Frosting
  • 2 pounds of powdered sugar
  • 1 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup of boiling water
  • 1/3 cup of Bailey's
  • 2 sticks of room temperature butter


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. In a large bowl using an electric mixer beat, together the eggs, milk, butter, and Bailey's for the cake. When the wet ingredients are combined, slowly pour in the dry ingredients and mix until incorporated, pouring into two greased 8 inch round pans. Bake cakes until set for approximately 24-27 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. When cake is done, let cool. Then remove from pan prior to frosting.
  2. To make the frosting, sift together the cocoa powder and the confectioners sugar into a large bowl. Add the butter and mix with an electric mixer until incorporated. Add the boiling water and Bailey's and beat until smooth.
  3. To assemble the cake, place one layer on a cake dish. Frost the cake by spreading the frosting evenly over the top of the cake and down the sides. Place the second layer on top of the first and frost the top, spreading it down the sides, using frosting to cover any gap between layers. Slice and enjoy.
Cuisine: American | Recipe Type: dessert


If you don't love a heavily frosted cake, you may have frosting left over.


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  1. Rachel @ MyUrbanOven
    This looks fantastic! I love using Bailey's in recipes. One of my favorite cookie recipes calls for Baileys. Great Post!
  2. Joanie @ ZagLeft
    I love taking a boxed cake mix and elevating it. Sometimes you need to take shortcuts to keep life a little easier. What a great idea to add the Bailey's, bookmarking this recipe to try very soon.
  3. Karly
    This is perfection. Because seriously, who has time to make allllll the party foods by hand when there's celebrating to do!? So pretty and so tasty and so Irish... an all around winner!
  4. Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen
    This cake sounds amazing! I'm surprised it's boxed but completely understand not having time to make everything from scratch. Love that you used Bailey's in the cake AND the frosting. :)
    • jfletcher
      Yeah with a little one under foot that likes to help and consequently spends a lot of time with batter in her hair because mommy drops it on her head, I'm all about shortcut baking these days and making box mixes taste like scratch made goodies.
  5. Krysten
    This cake is gorgeous and not just because it's made out of Bailey's. I wish I would have had this recipe the other day, so I could make it for St. Patrick's Day. But you know what? I don't need a special day to make such an awesome cake. :P
    • jfletcher
      Lol sure! The beauty of this one is you could totally DIY. It's easy as could be!
  6. kirstin morabito
    Well I just found the cake I will be making for my moms birthday! She loves baileys!
  7. Melissa
    Oooh this looks amazing!! I seem to be gravitating toward sinfully sweet recipes as of late, thanks to my Lenten sugar fast. I'll have to come back to this when I'm allowed to eat it!! :D

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