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Baileys Irish Cream Chocolate Cake with Whipped Cream Frosting

Here’s an Irish Cream Chocolate Cake that is wonderfully tender, moist, and ultra chocolatey. The whipped cream frosting is light and fluffy, the perfect balance.

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Irish Cream Chocolate Cake with Whipped Cream Frosting

Bailey’s Irish Cream Cake with Whipped Cream Frosting

Despite Minnesota’s notorious “spring” consisting of an eclectic mixture of ice-snow-rain-mud….I super-like March. Tons of my family and friends celebrate their birthdays this month.

For my own birthday, the boys bought me enough dark chocolate to [hopefully] last me until summer. I’ve been having a blast enjoying all my freebies for coffee, ice cream, and slices of cake. All week, we’ve been tasting a variety of chocolate cake recipes from favorite bakeries. because birthday week and it’s fully legit. If we’re going to indulge, let’s do it right.

This Baileys Irish Cream Chocolate Cake. It’s notably better than all the other chocolate cakes we’ve been tasting. There’s something quite magical and irresistible about this ultra tender, moist, chocolatey cake infused with Baileys Irish Cream. Frosted with whipped cream frosting. Every single luscious bite of this Baileys Irish Cream Chocolate Cake is blissfully worthwhile.

By the way, the concept of a birthday week is a thing. One single day isn’t enough time to pay tribute to the awesome moment our favorite people entered the world. Which is why these Soft Funfetti Cookies and Easy Chocolate Ice Cream are also on tap.

What makes this cake extra moist and tender

  • We use oil in place of butter, which provides supreme moisture to this Irish cream cake. Either olive oil or coconut oil work wonderfully, without leaving any distinct flavor to the cake itself.
  • Buttermilk is an acidic ingredient that tenderizes gluten, giving baked goods a softer texture.
  • The Irish cream is a flavorful substitute for milk, providing extra richness to the cake.

secret to intensifying chocolate flavor

  • Fresh, unsweetened, 100% cocoa powder is classic for chocolate cakes
  • The real secret is coffee. Not coffee you’ll undoubtedly be sipping with this cake, but coffee you’ll actually add to the batter.
  • Brew a cup of extra strong coffee (decaf is fine) and let it cool to at least lukewarm. You won’t taste any coffee in the cake itself. Rather, the coffee intensifies the chocolate flavor, like a chocolate booster.

Stabilized Whipped Cream

This stabilized whipped cream yields a fluffy light frosting; the perfect accompaniment to any rich chocolate cake.

Use stabilized the whipped cream frosting so that you can frost the cake ahead of time and not worry about it becoming runny. Stabilized whipped cream is a cake’s best friend and we use it on every dessert possible, from Flourless Chocolate Cake to Tender Yellow Cake with Chocolate Whipped Cream Frosting (yes, there’s a chocolate version!)

Stabilized whipped cream holds its shape at moderate room temperature all day long. You can even frost the cake and keep it covered/chilled for a couple of days without fear. 

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Bailey’s Irish Cream Cake is rich, chocolatey, and tender

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Baileys Irish Cream Chocolate Cake with Whipped Frosting

4.97 from 32 ratings
Here’s an Irish Cream Chocolate Cake that is wonderfully tender, moist, and ultra chocolatey. The whipped cream frosting is light and fluffy, the perfect balance.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 12
Author: Amy Dong


For the Cake:

  • 1 large egg
  • cup olive oil or melted coconut oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup Baileys Irish Cream
  • 1 cup very strong black coffee, decaf is fine
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup 100% unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp table salt
  • 1 TB baking soda

For the Frosting:

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream, very cold
  • cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup Baileys Irish cream, very cold
  • 2 tsp unflavored gelatin, Knox dissolved in 2 TB water, in small glass bowl
  • Optional Garnish: chocolate curls or chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350F with rack on lower middle position. Generously grease and flour two 9″ nonstick cake pans along the bottom and sides. Gently tap off excess flour; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the egg, oil, buttermilk, Baileys, and coffee. Whisk until fully incorporated; set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa, salt, and baking soda until well combined. Add dry mixture to the bowl with wet ingredients. Use hand whisk to gently stir mixture until no streaks/lumps of dry flour remain (some tiny lumps are fine.) Batter will be runny.
  • Divide batter evenly between greased/floured cake pans, ensuring that pans have even distribution of batter. Bake 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out with a few tender crumbs attached. Let cool completely in pans.
  • Meanwhile, make the Frosting: Place a metal mixing bowl and beaters into fridge/freezer to chill 5 minutes. Add cold heavy cream, powdered sugar, and cold Baileys to the chilled bowl. Beat on medium-high until frosting holds together with stiff peaks.
  • If dissolved gelatin is no longer liquid, microwave it for 5-10 seconds just until it becomes a lukewarm liquid (not hot.) Give the gelatin a stir and very gradually drizzle into the frosting bowl as you continue to beat on medium-high (try to drizzle gelatin into the beaters so it gets fully blended into the frosting. Cover and chill until ready to frost.
  • Once cakes in pan have fully cooled, run a thin knife around the edges to loosen; carefully remove first cake from pan, and turn it onto serving plate. Frost with half of the frosting. Top with second round cake and remaining frosting on top. If desired, garnish with chocolate curls or chocolate chips. Cake keeps well covered in fridge.


If needed, pound hard on back of inverted cake pan to release cakes once cooled.
This cake’s texture and flavor become even better the next day, so if you want to make it completely the day before, including frosting/assembling, just cover airtight and chill finished caked until ready to serve.
If you enjoyed this recipe, please come back and give it a rating ♡

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 435kcal | Carbohydrates: 58.6g | Protein: 5.7g | Fat: 21.6g | Saturated Fat: 15.8g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 41.1mg | Sodium: 239mg | Fiber: 2.7g | Sugar: 38.6g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Method: baking

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Recipe Rating


    • Patricia Pantke

    This cake looks absolutely delicious. Do you recommend refined or unrefined coconut oil? I would think refined as to not taste the coconut flavor…

      • Amy Dong

      You can use either! Enjoy 🙂

    • Pat
    • 5 stars

    Baked Baileys Irish Cream cake. It was a big hit, now everyone wants during the holidays.

      • Amy Dong

      Awesome, Pat!! 🙂

    • nancy ritter
    • 5 stars

    The best chocolate cake ever! Thank you for this fabulous recipe!

      • Amy Dong

      SO happy you enjoyed this!

    • Jennifer Costello

    Hi! I would like to make this for Easter. Do you think I can add food coloring to the frosting and keep the consistency?

      • Amy Dong

      Yes, a few drops of coloring will be fine. Enjoy!

    • Harley


    Thank you for this recipe! May I ask if this buttermilk is powder or liquid?

      • chewoutloud

      I use liquid buttermilk; you can follow directions on the powdered buttermilk package to make liquid as well.

    • Alexis
    • 5 stars

    Wow! This cake is amazing and so indulgent. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

      • chewoutloud

      You’re welcome, Alexis!

    • Genevieve | Fitty Foodlicious
    • 5 stars

    Sign me up! Anything Baileys is delicious and this dessert looks fabulous!

    • Natalie
    • 5 stars

    Oh wow, this cake looks fantastic! I’m literally drooling right now just by looking at the pictures. I must make this for St. Patricks. Thanks, for this lovely recipe!

      • chewoutloud

      You’re welcome, Natalie!

    • Leslie
    • 5 stars

    I really didn’t think it would be possible to make chocolate cake any better…but THIS IS AMAZING!

      • chewoutloud

      So glad you like it!

    • Jacqueline Debono
    • 5 stars

    This cake looks and sounds to-die-for delicious. What could be better than Baileys, chocolate and coffee? Pinning for the next birthday on the calendar!

      • chewoutloud

      Yay! 🙂

    • Chef Dennis
    • 5 stars

    Your cake was ah-mazing!! I had to give it to the neighbors before I ate the whole thing!! They loved your cake too!

      • chewoutloud

      Awesome!! 🙂

    • Robin
    • 5 stars

    Whipped Cream Frosting is an absolute favorite because it’s so light. The Bailey’s makes it completely addictive – bless you for this recipe!

      • chewoutloud

      Thanks, Robin! 🙂

    • Julie
    • 5 stars

    What a great cake recipe! I was looking for something to make for St. Patrick’s Day and this is it. Such a fun use of Bailey’s too!

      • chewoutloud

      Can’t go wrong 🙂

    • Marta
    • 5 stars

    So glad you used a stabilized whipped cream here. I hate it when I go to make a recipe and the whipped cream deflates into a pool of goo before I can enjoy it.

      • chewoutloud


    • Stine Mari
    • 5 stars

    This cake is so tender and moist and I love the thick layer of whipped cream. This would be perfect for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day too!

    • Linda
    • 5 stars

    I love a combination of coffee and Baileys in this cake. And look at how moist it is!

      • chewoutloud

      Happy you liked this!

    • Jen Sim
    • 5 stars

    Yum! This cake looks so delicious and I love the concept. I wish you could send me a slice.

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