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Thinkin’ it’s about time for some cake.

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Irish style of course, because that just seems to be my thing this week. Don’t hate it, embrace it! It’s a cake you would crave on any day, but especially on a Friday.

But first, starting off on a random note, did you know that spring officially starts a week from today?

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Thoughts of spring make me SO happy. Not because I am beyond tired of the snow, but more because of the thought of flowers and colors, and ok, maybe a trip to Florida that I am still hoping to make it on.

Still, springs is in a week. Ya hooo!!

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And now that I’ve got that out of my system, let’s do a quick chat about this Irish coffee chocolate cake.

It’s actually a gluten-free cake, filled with chocolate, a little stout beer, CRAZY MOIST, topped with ganache and salty Bailey’s cream. See, so perfect, right?

 

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Best part is that it’s actually pretty quick and simple to make too. Eat warm out of the oven or let sit and eat at room temperature. Out of the oven is my preferred form of consumption, but just note that if you try to add the whipped cream before the top is cool, it will melt. So if you are planning to make this for a group and care about presentation, let the cake cool first.

If you could care less about how the thing looks, slice the cake while warm. Drizzle with ganache (a hefty amount please) and dollop with whipped cream…oh and maybe, if you are feeling a tad devilish, or simply that it’s Friday and you deserve this, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and make a sundae of sorts. Oh yes, now we are talking.

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And that’s kind of all I have to say today. It’s been a semi-long week. Not a bad one, just kind of long, but a week full of little Asher talking till she literally passes out. My dad got the grunt of it, but I still got my fair share. So now that my she is back at home with my mom, who arrived home last night, my brain needs to think a few Asherless thoughts.

Meaning, I really want to NOT think about cats, be done playing school and give my ears a rest from my six-year-old sister’s latest dissertations on topics such as how she NEEDS powdered sugar on her blueberries (what the what? EWW), how cats need their own holidays and how she is never going to get to use her passport.

Even though she talks a lot (and I mean A LOT), I’d still take her any day, any time. I could never tire of Asher…

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Without this cake though, I might be singing a different tune. Cake can help to drown out all the talking and difficult questions. It can somehow give you magical strength to ignore the surrounding mess, including the pretty pictures… painted on my floors. Yes, this cake can take care of all that.

Drunken, Sunken Irish Coffee Chocolate Cake with Salted Bailey’s Cream | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Drunken, Sunken Irish Coffee Chocolate Cake with Salted Bailey's Cream.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 846 kcal

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Ingredients

  • 9 ounces dark chocolate chopped
  • 1/3 cup stout I used Guinness, use a gluten free beer or coffee for a gluten free cake
  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee
  • 13 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick + 5 tablespoons)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 6 eggs whites and yolks separated
  • 1 3/4 cup almond meal/flour ground almonds
  • chopped chocolate and cocoa for dusting

Ganache

  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate chopped
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1-2 tablespoons whiskey

Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons Bailey's
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and line a 9-10 inch spring form pan with cooking spray and parchment paper.
  • Place the chocolate, stout beer, instant coffee and butter in a small saucepan. Place over low heat and gently cook (over the lowest heat) until melted and smooth. Once melted, remove from the heat and stir in the sugar and vanilla. Cool slightly.
  • Add the chocolate mixture to a large mixing bowl. Stir in the eggs yolks and almond meal until smooth.
  • Add the egg whites to a clean mixing bowl and whip until stiff peaks form. Fold half the egg whites into the chocolate mixture to loosen and then fold in the remaining egg whites until just combined. Pour the batter into the prepared spring form pan.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes until just cooked through. The center should jiggle and be soft. Cool for 15 minutes in the pan and then transfer to a wire rack.
  • Meanwhile, make the ganache. In a microwave safe bowl add the chocolate and heavy cream. Microwave on high for 30 second intervals, stirring between each interval until melted. Once melted stir in the Bailey's and a pinch of salt. Pour the ganache over top the cake. Allow the ganache to set up slightly before adding the whipped cream.
  • To make the whipped cream, use an electric mixer to whip the cream until soft peaks form. Add the Bailey's and salt, whip until combined.
  • Top the cake with whipped cream and a dusting of cocoa if desired. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature.

Notes

*Inspired by Delicious Magazine December 2014 Issue.

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You see, chocolate and booze (when baked together)? They work miracles.

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  1. Can you please show me your recipe for the homemade baileys Irish cream.
    You posted it in instragram and now I can’t find it.
    Thanks so much

    1. Hey Maureen,
      I use store bought Bailey’s Irish cream. I hope you love the recipe. Please let me know if you have any other questions and Happy Holidays! xTieghan

  2. I baked this cake yesterday for my Irish, gluten-intolerant, firecracker, chocolate-loving friend’s birthday! When I saw the recipe, I knew it was fate. Also, the egg-whites in the batter, topped off with the Bailey’s whipped cream, really lighten-up / “fluffify” this otherwise dense dessert. It was perfectly rich! Thank you.

  3. Yep, made this on St. Patrick’s Day, & it was a huge hit!!! Great flavors!!! Recipe worked perfectly, will make again!
    Thank you!!!

  4. Hi Teighen,
    I plan on making this cake and wanted to know what would be the best substitute for 1/3 cup of beer. I have someone who is gluten free and one person allergic to beer, so wanted to know what’s the best substitute. Dying to make this cake, it looks amazing!!

    1. Hi! You can swap the beer the for water or milk. Not a big deal at all. Let me know if you have questions. Hope you love this!

  5. Hey Tieghan,
    I made your cake the other day. And the weirdest thing happened:
    It was OK when we first tried, but definitely not spectecular.
    And than the next day it was simply amazing!
    I mean there really was an enormous difference. The flavours were just so much more intense!
    Just thought you might like to know.

    1. Hmm! Sometimes, things just need time for flavors to settle and blend into each other. The kind of mend together. Especially when alcohol is involved. Happy you are loving it now! 🙂

  6. Hi Tieghan! I tried making this for a (gluten-free) friend’s birthday yesterday, and it turned ok but a little dry and cakey. She’s also nut-free, so I substituted gluten-free flour in a 1:1 ratio for the almond meal. Any thoughts on if this could be the issue? The gluten-free flour is a mix of rice flour, potato startch, sorghum flour, tapioca flour and xanthum gum. Would you recommend a different substitution ratio, or staying away from gluten-free flour altogether?

    p.s. I love your blog! You have the most creative, delicious recipes.

    1. Hi Sarah!! Honestly, I am not sure. i really have not experimented too much with gluten free baking, but I would assume that is why is was a little dry. I will say that I have had great success with brown rice flour, coconut flour and buckwheat flour. Sorry I was not much help there, but let me know if you have any other questions and I can try and help as best as I can.
      THANKS!

  7. Do you think I could use any other type of flour and still get the same results? I have no almond flour, but all kinds of other flour! How about whole wheat pastry flour, would that work?I’ve never used almond flour so I just don’t know what the difference is, to figure out what would be similar. Thanks! Love your recipes!!

  8. Can’t wait to make this—it looks so good!! One question–what percentage was the dark chocolate and the bittersweet chocolate that you used? I know it can vary a lot based on the brand, so just curious what you used!

  9. Do you have a preference of what brand instant coffee and type of chocolate you like to use? I love your blog and food. I personally think it’s in the top. Very talented!

  10. WHAT?! This cake sounds like total perfection… I’m dying from lust. 😉

  11. Amazing issues here. I am very satisfied to look your post.
    Thank you so much and I’m having a look ahead to touch
    you. Will you kindly drop me a e-mail?

  12. Chocolate and booze together do work miracles – and little sisters are miracles too in their own way 🙂
    She is going to grow up knowing she is so loved, and so well fed 🙂

  13. This is just too beautiful! Chocolate in any form is amazing, but this cake takes it to a whole new level 🙂

  14. Hi, do you use bailey’s in the ganache or an irish whiskey, like Jamesons. It says different in the instructions, from the recipe list. Thanks!

  15. This is one incredible & decadent cake Tieghan – you definitely have got me salivating over the beautiful images!

  16. “Cats need their own holidays” <– Yes!! And this cake is just what my Friday needs, wowza!

  17. Girl you are on fire! Whipping out these recipes like it’s nothing! I’m very impressed with you. Thanks for a great blog!

  18. Is it bad that I just want take my finger and dip it into that frosting?? Looks crazy delicious!

  19. The rose on top of this cake is perfectly placed. What a great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

  20. Aw, your little sister sounds adorable. But I definitely can see how you might have the need for cake. And after seeing these photos, I think I have some need for this too 🙂

  21. I haven’t even had breakfast yet and I’m now craving this cake. It’s a beautiful creation!

  22. Totally freaking out over the coming arrival of Spring! It’s still below zero (Celsius) where I live and all I want in life is to wear a jacket that isn’t for winter!!! And a slice of cake…like this…so delicious!

  23. I’m a fan of your Irish themed recipe week. Seriously, this looks AMAZING! Dark Chocolate + Stout = Happiness.

  24. Sadly don’t have Guinness on hand..but a Hefeweizen… so I’ll have to Sub..St Paddy’s Day dinner finale.. 🙂 Thank You so much.

  25. I can’t wait till spring, either! The trees here have started blooming and I’m watching my peach tree to see if there are any traces of flowers (but there aren’t any yet)
    Love how you decorated the cake! And that shot of the beer overflowing takes skill, gurl! 🙂

  26. What an appropriate cake for Saint Paddy’s Day. . .a sunken cake that gives a nod to the drunken state that many will be in. Your cake is the complete opposite of the one I made for Saint Paddy’s day as mine stands tall like the castles of Ireland. Btw. . .I love how you styled your little drunken cake with the beer cap and rose. Very cute.

  27. Oh yes! I will be making this right after Easter Tieghan! This looks incredible! That picture of the Guinness with the beer running down the bottle – OH MY!

  28. This looks amazing! I could use some chocolate in my life right about now and that bailey’s cream is calling my name!

  29. If my cake looks anything likes yours than I’m just going to high five myself. This looks like one of the best cakes I’ve seen on the Net and want to make it for myself for my anniversary (Ina does it!!) I honestly don’t know how you make food look so good. Love that rose on top, my offer still stands, I’ll grow all the flowers you need for your desserts, I have a white and pink striped one that is gorgeous. (I just require a piece of your cake in return, or two). Just kidding!

  30. It’s time for a cake alright! Time for a ‘Drunken, Sunken Irish Coffee Chocolate Cake with Salted Bailey’s Cream’ Cake, cake!

  31. Looks spectacular! I love everything about this cake. From the gooey cake to the whiskey spiked ganache to the Irish cream whipped cream! I’ll have to give this a go very very soon. I’ll let you know if I survive the boozey dessert overload!