Thursday, September 6, 2018

Bailey’s Chocolate Poke Cake

Why did I want to write about this Bailey’s Chocolate Poke Cake? One, it looks delicious and two, it brings back a few good memories.

My maiden name is Bailey and when I moved to Chicago the summer of 1981 I met and dated a liquor salesman who was promoting Bailey’s Irish Cream to all the neighborhood bars. He was a big hit in those days due to giving away the new drink, The Screaming O, (now we do know what the O stands for) that consisted of vodka, kaluha and Baileys. So much so, he was invited to be in the 1982 St. Patrick’s Day Parade to walk with the governor James Thompson and his entourage and he invited me to go along! This parade usually has about a million bystanders. Even though I’ve forgotten the name of the liquor salesman, I’ll never forget that day.

Give away pin he used to promote Bailey’s. You can see the date.

Bailey’s Irish Cream is still one of my favorite after dinner drinks either on the rocks or in my coffee. It’s my alternative to pie or cake. BUT speaking of cake...I mean my mouth is watering just looking at the picture. Makes 12-15 slices.



  • 2 cups (260g) all purpose flour
  • 2 cups (414g) sugar
  • 3/4 cup (85g) natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) milk
  • 1 cup (240ml) vegetable oil
  • 1 cup (240ml) Baileys Irish Cream, divided
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) boiling water
  • 1 cup (240ml) sweetened condensed milk
  • 3/4 cup (127g) semi sweet chocolate chips


  • 2 cups (480) heavy whipping cream, cold
  • 3/4 cup (86g) powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup (29g) natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp (30ml) Baileys Irish Cream, optional
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Chocolate sauce

1. Prepare a 9×13 inch cake pan by greasing the sides. Preheat oven to 300°F (148°C).
2. Add all dry ingredients to a large bowl and combine.
3. Add eggs, milk, vegetable oil, 1/2 cup of Irish cream and vanilla to the dry ingredients and mix well.
4. Slowly pour the water into the batter, mixing well and being careful of splashing.
5. Pour the batter into the cake pan and bake for about 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few crumbs.
6. Remove the cake from the oven and poke holes all over. I use a knife sharpening rod, but you could also use a straw.
7. While the cake is still warm, add the chocolate chips to a medium sized bowl. Set aside.
8. Add the sweetened condensed milk and remaining 1/2 cup of Irish cream to a microwave safe measuring cup. Heat heat the milk and cream until they begin to boil, then pour over the chocolate chips.
9. Whisk the chocolate until smooth, then immediately pour over the cake, spreading it into the holes. Don’t let the mixture sit before pouring it over the cake or it’ll start to thicken and not soak in the holes as well.
10. Set the cake in the fridge to cool and soak.
11. When the cake has cooled, add the ingredients for the whipped cream topping to a large mixer bowl. Whip on high speed until stiff peaks form.
12. Spread the whipped cream evenly over the cake. Top the cake with mini chocolate chips and a drizzle of chocolate sauce, if desired. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Yum Yum!
Thanks life love and sugar for the recipe. 

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