Chocolate Baileys Poke Cake [video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Chocolate Baileys Poke Cake has Baileys in the batter and in the chocolate sauce, topped with Baileys Chocolate Whipped Cream!

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Chocolate Baileys Poke Cake

Chocolate Baileys Poke Cake

Chocolate Baileys Poke Cake is what dessert dreams are made of! Honestly, hands down, this is one of the best desserts I have had in a while. Now, if you love Baileys and if you love chocolate you basically have to make a commitment and try this cake.

The Chocolate Baileys Poke Cake has Baileys in the batter, also in the chocolate sauce that gets poured over the cake to make it melt in your mouth tender and soft. The Chocolate Whipped Cream has been spiked with Baileys too! And yes, you can have some Baileys on the side as well, I won’t judge!

Why You’ll Love This Chocolate Baileys Poke Cake:

  • Very easy to make, this is a one layer cake that is basically foolproof.
  • Creamy and chocolaty this is a show stopper dessert.
  • The Baileys and chocolate combo is to die for.
  • Can be made 1 or 2 days in advance so you don’t have to worry about a last-minute dessert.

Best Chocolate Baileys Poke Cake

Chocolate Baileys Poke Cake Recipe Tips:

  • Using the high-quality cocoa powder in this recipe is key, as the chocolate flavor is front and center.
  • Also, clean the knife after each cut, otherwise the slices will be messier, since the chocolate may stick to the knife.
  • Let the cake absorb the chocolate Baileys mixture for at least 8 hours before serving, this will make the cake extra tender, soft and flavorful.
  • Topping the cake with fresh raspberries is optional, but I found the combo to work great.
  • Keep the cake refrigerated as the whipped cream will start melting if kept at room temperature for too long.

Easy Chocolate Baileys Poke Cake

HOW TO FREEZE THE CHOCOLATE BAILEYS POKE CAKE?

  • If freezing the cake without adding the chocolate sauce and frosting, first wait for the cake layer to cool completely. Then, fully wrap in plastic wrap tightly. Next, wrap in aluminum foil or place it in freezer bags.
  • If freezing a frosted cake, first place cake in the fridge, so the frosting isn’t too soft. Fully wrap the cake in plastic wrap tightly. Next, wrap in aluminum foil or place it in freezer bags. Freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost before slicing.

Tools/Ingredients I used to make this Chocolate Baileys Poke Cake Recipe:

  • Non Stick Baking Pan – I use this 9×13 pan for many recipes, brownies, fudge and blondies, the quality is great and it will last you a long time
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder – delicious flavor, it will make any chocolate dessert amazing
  • Vanilla Extract – adding a little vanilla extract to chocolate desserts is a must, the mild flavor makes the chocolate flavor shine
  • Dark Chocolate Melts/Wafers – I love using these for the chocolate mixture as they are so easy to melt
  • Semi Sweet Chocolate – these bars taste delicious, I shaved 3 ounces to sprinkle on the cake

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4.58 from 7 reviews
Chocolate Baileys Poke Cake
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 12 servings
Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Total time: 50 mins

Ingredients

  • 1¾ cups  all purpose flour 
  • 2 cups  sugar 
  • 1 cup  unsweetened cocoa powder 
  • 2 teaspoons  baking powder 
  • 1 teaspoon  salt 
  • 1 cup  Baileys Irish Cream 
  • 1/2 cup  vegetable oil 
  • 2 teaspoons  vanilla extract 
  • 2  large eggs  (room temperature)
  • 1 cup  hot water 

Baileys Chocolate Mixture:

  • 14 oz  sweetened condensed milk 
  • 1/4 cup  Baileys Irish Cream 
  • 1 cup  semi sweet chocolate chips 

Chocolate Baileys Whipped Cream Topping:

  • 2 cups  heavy whipping cream  (cold)
  • 1/2 cup  powdered sugar 
  • 1/4 cup  unsweetened cocoa powder 
  • 1/4 cup  Baileys Irish Cream 

Garnish:

  •  Fresh raspberries 
  •  Shaved Chocolate 
  •  Chocolate sauce  (store bought)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place oven rack in the middle of the oven.
  2. Spray a 9X13 inch cake pan with non-stick baking spray and set aside.
  3. Add the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder and salt to a large bowl and whisk until combined, or add to the bowl of a stand mixer and whisk on low.
  4. In another medium bowl combine Baileys Irish Cream, vegetable oil, vanilla extract and eggs and whisk until fully combined.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and beat on medium speed until well combined.
  6. Slowly add the hot water to the batter and mix on low speed until well combined. Make sure to stop and scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl with a spatula.
  7. Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30-32 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with just a few moist crumbs. I baked mine for exactly 30 minutes.
  8. Remove cake from oven. Using the end of a spatula or a large straw, even a pen will work if you don't have anything on hand, poke holes all over the cake.

Baileys Chocolate Mixture:

  1. In a medium, microwave safe bowl, combine chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk. Heat in the microwave until hot for about 1 minute, stir and heat 30 seconds or more if needed. Whisk until combined, smooth and shiny. Whisk in the Baileys Irish Cream until fully combined.
  2. Pour the chocolate Baileys mixture all over the cake and spread it into the holes. Allow the cake to completely cool before topping it with whipped cream.

Chocolate Baileys Whipped Cream Topping:

  1. Add the heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, cocoa and Baileys Irish Cream to a large mixer bowl. Whip on high speed until stiff peaks form and the whipped cream holds its shape.
  2. Spread the whipped cream on top of the cooled cake, garnish with shaved chocolate, fresh raspberries and finish with chocolate sauce.
  3. Refrigerate cake for at least 6-8 hours before serving.
  4. Enjoy!
Calories: 650 Carbohydrates: 83 Protein: 8 Fat: 34 Saturated Fat: 22 Cholesterol: 93 Sodium: 269 Potassium: 495 Fiber: 5 Sugar: 61 Vitamin A: 755 Vitamin C: 1.1 Calcium: 196 Iron: 3.7
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carrie @ frugal foodie mama

Oh man! This looks absolutely sinful! And I just might have a slight addiction to Baileys. ;) Definitely making this soon.

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I did it and believe me it is more delicious that how it looks

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Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious

What makes a chocolate cake better? Baileys!! This looks delicious!

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Sheila @ Life, Love, and Good Food

Oh, my, yes! Looks delicious! I love chocolate and Bailey's and love that it's a sheet cake, too.

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Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet

Oh my goodness, that looks soooo good! I want a gigantic slice right now!!

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London || Gluten Free with L.B.

This chocolate cake looks soooo yummy!! And your pictures are absolutely gorgeous :)

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Michelle

This looks like pure decadence to me! So tempting!

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Brandy | Nutmeg Nanny

What a delicious looking cake! Bailey's makes everything better!

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Gina LeBlanc

Hello I have printed this recipe to make for a party tomorrow night and in reading the ingredients the the instructions have found that you do not list baking soda as an ingredient but have it listed in the instructions. would you please let me know what the measurement for the baking soda is? thank you so much Gina

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Hi Gina, sorry, there is no baking soda in the recipe, I removed it from the directions, I was probably thinking of something else :)

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Michelle De La Cerda

Not even sure where to start with this one...chocolate, Bailey's, raspberries...pretty much the best things on earth.

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Taanim

Wat can we use instead of baileys irish cream?

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alcoholic or non alcoholic? You can replace it with milk.

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Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy

I can't stop drooling over this!

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Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons

What an amazing cake!

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Megan @ MegUnprocessed

What a gorgeous creation!

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Anon

can i make this if i don't have a mixer? (i'll need to whisk everything by hand). thanks!

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You will be fine, just make sure you whisk well. If you check the video for the cake on my Facebook page I actually whisked it by hand. Look for a smooth batter with nu lumps. It will be harder for you to whisk the whipping cream to make the whipped cream, might take you some time, or you can top the cake with pre-made whipped cream, in that case you will skip the Baileys.

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Mary Roberge

How can I reduce this recipe to possibly an 8" square pan? Sounds absolutely fantastic, but there are only 2 of us in our household and one is diabetic so we can't have a huge cake. It does not appear that this cake is conducive to freezing

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Hi Mary, I am so glad you want to give this recipe a try, it's so delicious! You can use a smaller pan, or a square 9x9 pan and divide the recipe in half. The measurements are very easy to convert, so just use half of everything and you should be good. Let me know if you need more help!

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T

I'm just curious, In the video, you use eggs. But I don't see eggs listed in the ingredients!! How many eggs did you use? 2 or 3??

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Not sure why you don't see it, but in the recipe it says 2 eggs :)

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Elizabeth

Can I use a cake mix for this recipe

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Yes, totally!

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Jackie

Oh. My. God. This was delicious! I made one as a trial run for Christmas and am making another today. Thanks for the recipe. I want to give this 5 stars but it will only let me give 4 ???

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I am so happy that you loved it!!! sorry, no idea why you can't give five stars, I see the options for 5. BUT Thank you for you feedback :)

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Shara Bailey

Can I make day before and refrigerate about 24-28 hours?

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yes!!!

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Vaughn Morgan

I'm making this tonight for st Patrick's dinner should I do the poking and chocolate sauce tonight cover and refrigerate overnight and tomorrow whip the cream just before serving Please advise

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Yes, it is actually best to refrigerate it overnight so everything soaks in, it will taste amazing!

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Janine

I'm just curious, would it work if I substituted hot coffee for the hot water in the cake batter?

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Yes, it will, But you DONT taste the coffee, its added to enhance the chocolate flavor.

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Linda Shoop

If using a cake mix how would you incorporate the Bailey's into the mix. Would it replace the water?

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replace half the water with baileys.

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Marissa

Made today and all I can say is “wow”! Go big or go home!

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Sue

So if I made this for work would my coworkers feel a reaction to the Bailey's, i.e. would I be in trouble for serving alcohol at work?

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Its pretty mild, I actually took it to work and everyone loved it. Its like bringing a rum cake or rum ice cream, its just a little to add flavor. Unless you work in a place that completely forbidden alcohol in any form.

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Laura

Can I use irish cream flavoring instead of the alcohol? Would I use the same measurements or use less flavoring and just add the rest milk? Trying to make this without alcohol but still get the irish cream flavor!

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Yes you can, except for the Whipped Cream, don't add milk, just use heavy cream.

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Bailey’s actually makes a non alcoholic coffee creamer. You swap the alcohol for the original flavor creamer!

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Bee

This cake was DELICIOUS! I made it for a friend at work (who loves Bailey’s) and they said it was the best cake they ever ate. Thank you Catalina!

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Hi and thank you for visiting! I am happy you have enjoyed it a lot!)) it is really a nice dessert and it is one of our all-time favorites! thanks for stopping by!

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Shi

I made this as written except I left the cocoa powder out of the whipped topping--delicious!! I refrigerated the cake overnight after topping with the sauce, and then chilled another 7 hours after putting the whipped topping on. So yummy!

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Hi Shi, thank you for stopping by. We are glad you have enjoyed this delicious cake. It is truly a nice one, and we make it quite often.

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I made this omg so good I put cherries on top we ate our fill then I froze it my it was so good just like it was bake fresh

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Glad you liked it, Doris. This is indeed one delicious dessert!:)))

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