Baileys Irish Cream and coffee are a natural together. Who wouldn't enjoy a wee spot of Irish whiskey in their coffee, blended with real Irish cream from real Irish cows? With St. Patrick’s Day coming up this weekend, it’s no wonder I’m featuring both flavors (coffee and Irish cream) in a delicious cake recipe. My only regret is that it’s not green!
Yes, I’m one of those classy people who enjoy making green food for St. Patrick’s Day. (If you'd like my recipe for Shamrock Green Pistachio Muffins (with ricotta)- click here for the recipe and/or you can also watch my little video from a recent St. Patrick's Day parade here in New York City).
Unfortunately, my original plans for today’s recipe (a green avocado cake) went south (literally!), which is why I’d like to give a shout-out of thanks to Lucy Burdette (aka Roberta Isleib) for stepping in on my regular post day Tuesday, thus giving me a chance to recover. Thanks again, Lucy!
|Behold: My avocado cupcake fail.|
I’ll write more about my altercation with an avocado cake in a future post. Let’s just say it not only fell flat but baked up weirdly doughy. My second attempt at avocado cupcakes didn't fare much better (again, weirdly flat and doughy). So I abandoned "baking with avocado" idea (for now, anyway) in favor of a much better one! I hope you enjoy it!
|FYI - Last night on facebook, some readers asked about|
the cup in my teaser photo. I call it my "Downton Abbey" cup.
It's not an antique. It's (happily) affordable bone china made by
The Johnson Brothers (click here for more info).
Some Fun Facts About Irish Cream
* Irish cream is made with Irish whiskey and real dairy cream. Baileys uses cream from a dairy in County Cavan.
* Irish Creams have an alcohol content between 17% and 20% by volume (Baileys is 17%)
* There are no preservatives in Baileys yet the cream doesn’t spoil because the alcohol content is enough to preserve it. Baileys has a shelf life of 30 months, and the manufacturer guarantees its taste for two years from the day it was made.
* Baileys is available in several flavors, including hazelnut (the newest), chocolate mint, crème caramel, and (of course) coffee!
Baileys Irish Cream
and Coffee Poke Cake
|Cleo Coyle, addicted to coffee|
and green food (especially
on March 17), is author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries.
My challenge is a little different from Clare's (other than co-writing her tale with my partner in crime writing, my husband). I have to think about what cake one might eat with such a heady blend. Honestly, this one comes close...
To download a copy of this recipe in a PDF document that you can print, save, or share, click here.
For the easy sheet cake
1 package white cake mix (with or without pudding in the mix)
4 tablespoons (½ stick) butter (softened)
½ cup vegetable or canola oil
1 package vanilla instant pudding
½ cup Baileys Irish Cream
¾ cups milk (whole or skim)
4 egg whites
1-1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Step 1 - Make the Cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Do not follow cake mix box directions. Using an electric mixer cream the 4 tablespoons of softened butter into the package of white cake mix. Stop the mixer. Add the ½ cup of oil and continue creaming. Now add the rest of the ingredients (instant pudding, Baileys Irish Cream, milk, egg whites, and vanilla). Beat this mixture for at least 90 seconds, scraping down the bowl to create a smooth batter. Pour into a well-buttered and floured 13 x 9-inch pan. Batter will be thick. Use a spatula or back of a spoon to even out the batter and level off the top. Bake in a well-preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Cake is done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out free of wet batter and the top springs back after a light touch. Remove from oven and allow to cool to room temperature (about 20 minutes).
Step 2 - Poke, Glaze and Frost the Cake: After the cake has cooled, poke it using a chopstick, wooden skewer, or similar tool. Slowly pour my warm Baileys Irish Cream and Coffee Glaze evenly over the cake (recipe below). This glaze will harden as it cools, and you don't want that, so gently rewarm it if necessary. As you pour, let the liquid seep into the holes then tilt the pan one way and the other until the cake top is evenly covered with glaze (see my photos below). Let the glaze cool and set, then finish the cake with simple whipped cream or frost it with my Baileys Irish Buttercream Icing (recipe below).
Irish Cream & Coffee Glaze
1 teaspoon espresso powder
2 Tablespoons water
4 Tablespoons (½ stick) butter
½ cup white, granulated sugar
¼ cup Baileys Irish Cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Directions - First a warning: Do not dump all of the ingredients into the saucepan. The flavor of the Irish cream and vanilla will be ruined if boiled. Instead, do the following: Put a saucepan over medium heat, add the water, espresso powder (or instant coffee granules), butter, and sugar and stir until the butter melts. Increase the heat a bit and bring the mixture to a boil, turn down to a simmer and continue cooking stirring for four or five minutes, watching for the mixture to thicken. Take the pan off the heat, stir in the Irish cream and vanilla extract. Blend well and transfer to a measuring cup with a spout to give you better control as you pour it over the cake. Follow remaining directions in my cake recipe (above).
Baileys Irish Buttercream
2 cups of (amazing!) Icing
2 Tablespoons Baileys Irish
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened
to room temperature
3 cups powdered sugar
Directions: Using an electric mixer, cream the softened butter. Stop the mixer and add the Baileys Irish cream, vanilla extract, and 1 cup of the powdered sugar. Beat the mixture until the sugar is dissolved. Scrape down the bowl, add a 2nd cup of powdered sugar, beat until dissolved. Finally add the 3rd cup of sugar and beat until smooth. If frosting is dry, add a bit more Irish Cream until you get the consistency you like. Frost the cake and...eat with joy!
St. Patrick's Day!
St. Patrick's Day!
~ Cleo Coyle
New York Times bestselling author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries
Visit my online coffeehouse here.
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book trailer, click here.