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Baileys Coffee and Chocolate Cake Recipe

This Baileys Coffee and Chocolate Cake Recipe makes a rich, moist chocolate cake that is an indulgent dessert for dinner parties and special occasions like Christmas and New Year.

30 Mins 1 Hour Easy Serves 12

Ingredients

For the cake
  • 170g self-raising flour
  • 60g cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 275g caster sugar
  • 2 medium eggs, beaten
  • 85ml vegetable oil
  • 180ml milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tsp instant coffee
  • 180ml boiling water
For the icing
  • 250g salted butter, at room temperature
  • 500g icing sugar
  • 3 tbsp Baileys Irish Cream
For the decoration
  • 100g white chocolate
  • 10 strawberries
  • 50g dark chocolate

Method

For the cake
Preheat the oven to 180°c. Grease and line an 8 inch cake tin with baking parchment.

Sift the flour, cocoa powder and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl, then add the caster sugar.
Beat in the eggs and vegetable oil until smooth.

Gradually add the milk and vanilla extract to the bowl. Dissolve the instant coffee in the boiling water and gradually add this to the mixture until it is all incorporated.

Pour the batter into the cake tin and bake on the middle shelf of the preheated oven for 50 minutes to 1 hour. The cake is ready when a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.
Allow the cake to cool fully in the tin.

For the icing
Whisk the butter until soft using a hand whisk or electric mixer. Gradually add the icing sugar and continue to whisk until light and fluffy, then gradually add the Baileys until incorporated.

Remove the cooled cake from the tin and slice it in half horizontally. Spread a generous layer of icing over the bottom layer and then sandwich it with the top layer. Spread the remaining icing over the top and sides of the cake.

For the decoration
Melt the white chocolate in a bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water. Dip the strawberries in the white chocolate until half-covered, and leave to cool and set on a sheet of baking parchment.

Melt the dark chocolate in a bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water and drizzle it over the strawberries. Once set, arrange the chocolate-covered strawberries in the centre of the cake.

If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can make shards of white chocolate by spreading a thin layer of melted white chocolate onto baking parchment, sprinkling with freeze-dried strawberries (available from most supermarkets), and then leaving to set before cutting into triangles.


Baileys Coffee and Chocolate Cake Recipe

Recipe notes

This Baileys Coffee and Chocolate Cake Recipe makes a rich, moist chocolate cake that is an indulgent dessert for dinner parties and special occasions like Christmas and New Year.

“Whilst I can’t share my top secret brownie recipe with you, this deliciously indulgent cake is one of my absolute favourite recipes: so easy to make and the perfect show stopper to pull out at a party. Including Baileys is the perfect excuse not to share with the children too!”

Oli Barton, Jolly Good Brownies

Sobell House publishes second cookbook with vegeterian recipes from celebrities and local chefs

About this recipe

This Baileys Coffee and Chocolate Cake Recipe is from Food & Wellness: The Sobell House Vegetarian Cook Book.

Published to raise awareness and funds for the hospice, Sobell House’s second cookbook is a collection of over 30 stories and recipes from a wide range of celebrities and local chefs. All the recipes in this book are vegetarian, and many are also vegan.


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