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Bailey’s Irish Cream Cake

Bailey's Irish Cream Cake

Bailey’s Irish Cream Cake

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Bailey's Irish Cream Cake
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Course: CakesDifficulty: Easy



A moist bundt cake flavored with Bailey’s Irish Cream liqueur. This starts with a cake mix but a package of pudding, chopped nuts, 4 eggs and a full cup of Bailey’s Irish Cream, it sure doesn’t finish like one! Sent to me by my Aunt Judy many many years ago.


  • For the cake:
  • 1 (18.25-ounce) box yellow cake mix (if you can’t find this size, see note* below)

  • 3/4 cup chopped nuts of choice (optional)

  • 1 (3.5-ounce) package instant French vanilla pudding mix

  • 4 large eggs

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

  • 1 cup Bailey’s Irish Cream liqueur (or other brand Irish Cream)

  • For the frosting:
  • 1 pound powdered sugar

  • 5-1/2 tablespoons butter, softened

  • 1/4 cup milk

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoons Bailey’s Irish Cream liqueur

  • additional milk or Irish Cream liqueur, as needed


  • Make the cake:
  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour a 12-cup Bundt pan. If using, sprinkle nuts into bottom of pan. Combine remaining ingredients in large mixing bowl. Beat four minutes on high speed, pour into pan. Bake 45 to 55 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cake cool and invert onto plate.
  • Make the frosting:
  • Beat all ingredients together until fluffy. Slowly add a bit more milk or Irish Cream (depending on how boozy you want this to taste) to achieve the consistency desired. Frost cake when fully cooled.


  • * Since this recipe was posted, cake mix boxes have shrunk from 18.25 ounces, to 16.5 ounces, to, as of this writing, 15.25 ounces. Many “cake mix” recipes don’t work anymore because a box of cake mix is not what it used to be. My advice: use only recipes that specify EXACTLY what size box this was developed for, and avoid any recipes that just call for “1 box of cake mix” without specifying which size! The Cake Decorist has a great in-depth article on this, but in short:
    — to turn a 16.5 oz cake mix into an 18.25 oz mix, add six tablespoons of all-purpose flour
    — to turn a 15.25 oz cake mix into an 18.25 oz mix, add in 11 tablespoons of all-purpose flour and 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
    — best option: keep a spare box of yellow cake mix for this purpose and use a kitchen scale to weigh out the exact amount you need to add. You can mix yellow cake mix with any flavor.
  • Recipe submitted by Aunt Judy.
  • Photo from Carol VanHook cc.


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(example: Sue in LA)
This is an outstanding cake it's easy and everyone at my table had great reviews.
- A Baker
Best cake EVER! Easy to make, and delicious!
- A Baker
Wonderful! I have made it with chocolate cake and chocolate pudding as well, and it is even better!
- Samantha in Michigan, USA
Instead of theicing you have with the recipe I always just make a glaze with a1/4 cup confectioners sugar and just enought Bailey's to make a glaze and drizzle it on the cake.
- LaVoHN in NC
A long-time favorite. Never fails. Wonderful as a sheet cake also. Better the second day, but you must hide a piece to have any left for the second day.
- . in Charleston, SC
Would make again,it's moist but I find the nuts take away the taste of the Baileys. I would cut down on that and add more Baileys. Same for the sugar,didn't like the sugary taste (kinda makes it feel like those cheap frosting from the market place.) Seriously need to cut down on the sugar. 2 cups might be enough. Over all, it was tasty~
- A Baker
Wonderful recipe - easy to make and stays moist for several days. Highly recommended.
- Leigh in SC
I made the Bailey's Irish Cream Cake for Christmas. It was a hit. The cake was moist with a great taste. Family members now want this cake for their Birthdays.
- Connie in Michigan, USA
I love this recipe. I* cut down on the Bailey's in the frosting the second time I made it from 2 tbsp to 1 tbsp. I thought the taste was a little too strong the first time. Other than that, it's a great recipe. The whole family loves it.
- Fay in Boston, MA
A great cake! My family loves this cake... We also made it for friends and family, they all loved it too!!! We have been making this cake for 2 years now. You can also make it with amaretto instead of baileys. It is just as pleasant.
- Lori in Texas
Great cake! I made this for my 21st birthday. I didn't have have instant pudding on hand so I used cook & serve but it came out just fine. I served the cake on a blue plate and dressed it up to look like a volcanic island by filling the center with raspberries. Very cute and the raspberries add a wonderful touch.
- Corinne in CA
I just made this today for a friends birthday. I followed the instructions exactly except I made them as 24 cupcakes. What a wonderful success!!! Thanks!
- Tex Angel
This recipe has become a holiday favorite! Not only is this a great cake that friends and family enjoy, we have given this cake as gifts to our physicians and their staff at Christmas time. It tastes great and is very easy to make!
- Grayson
SO good! Don't get drunk on the cake batter and icing! Its unbelieveable!
- Dana & Carly in DF Ny
this recipe is flipping awsome! god d*** it is good!
- A Baker
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