Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake with Bailey’s Buttercream*

Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake with Bailey's Buttercream from thenovicechefblog.com

Since moving I have baked 3 cakes and we have only been here two weeks! And somehow, two of the three cakes start with Dark Chocolate. I obviously am not going to be ready for bathing suit season…which in Florida starts like 2 months earlier than everywhere else. But hey, at least I will be ready for St. Patrick’s Day with this Irish themed cake!

I am not really into wearing green, but I am totally down for some Irish themed desserts filled with alcohol. :) This cake is kind of like an Irish Car Bomb, minus the whiskey and with a good dose of sugar added to it. And don’t worry, the alcohol in the cake with cook out…however, the Bailey’s Buttercream will have a small level of alcohol in it. But isn’t that what St. Patricks Day is all about?!

Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake with Bailey's Buttercream from thenovicechefblog.com

If you really wanted to take this cake to another level, you could make a Jameson Whiskey glaze to drizzle on top! Just melt 4 tablespoons butter in the microwave and then whisk in 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons Jameson Whiskey and a splash of vanilla extract. Then drizzle away!

But I didn’t feel that this cake needed anything extra, so I skipped my original plan for a whiskey glaze. It’s perfect just as it is with a deep chocolate flavor and creamy Bailey’s Irish Cream frosting! If you are serving a large group of people — or just really love cake — this recipe is easily doubled to make a two tiered cake. Just slather some buttercream in between the two chocolate cake layers and then pipe your frosting on top. And viola, you have a super impressive two tiered cake!

Head on over to Dixie Crystals to check out this Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake with Bailey’s Buttercream that I developed for them! If you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day…I promise this is a lot more fun than going around pinching everybody.

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40 Responses to “Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake with Bailey’s Buttercream”

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 13, 2013 @ 2:45 am

    I made a cake before Xmas with Baileys Buttercream and have a Baileys post coming…but your cake truly takes the cake! It’s beautiful, Jessica! The flavors and the piping and the chocolate and …Baileys!

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    Stephanie — March 13, 2013 @ 8:02 am

    OOoo I made a Chocolate Guinness cake (http://riversidebaking.com/2011/09/20/nigellas-chocolate-guinness-cake/) but I would never have thought of bailey frosting! Firstly, this is a great excuse for me to make it again and secondly, a great excuse for me to buy a bottle of baileys! I love your piping it looks truly beautiful x

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    Sues — March 13, 2013 @ 8:08 am

    I fully get behind Irish themed recipes filled with alcohol. And this one looks fabulous! Love the pretty frosting, too :)

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — March 13, 2013 @ 9:41 am

    Oooh I need a slice pronto.

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — March 13, 2013 @ 9:49 am

    Boozy cake with dark chocolate in it? MY STARS.

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    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — March 13, 2013 @ 9:56 am

    Yes yes yes! Love Guinness chocolate cakes, and that buttercream sounds heavenly!! :)

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    Traci — March 13, 2013 @ 10:29 am

    This looks so good. I have been on a huge chocolate kick lately. This looks delicious!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — March 13, 2013 @ 11:20 am

    This looks so delicious, Jessica! What an awesome St. Patty’s Day recipe using my hubby’s favorite beer! Thanks for sharing.

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    Diana @ Sweet y Salado — March 13, 2013 @ 12:56 pm

    I love cakes with any kind of alcohol, not necessarily for the alcohol content but because it really enhances the flavor. Favorite? Rum, of course. Now, I need to try this Bailey’s butter cream. Foh sho!

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    Marcie@FlavortheMoments — March 13, 2013 @ 1:27 pm

    I’ve never tried a Guinness cake, but I’m dying to. Love how you piped the buttercream so beautifully on top!

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    Joanne — March 13, 2013 @ 1:53 pm

    I love your frosting job with this cake! And bathing suits are overrated anyway. I’d much rather be prepared for St. patty’s day year round!

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    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — March 13, 2013 @ 2:35 pm

    Let’s booze it up..and add some butter cream to line the stomach!! Great looking dessert!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — March 13, 2013 @ 11:07 pm

    Anything that begins with dark chocolate is perfect in my book. This also includes anything involving Bailey’s. In other words, I love this.

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — March 13, 2013 @ 11:46 pm

    “Hey Girl, I’ll stare longingly at your cakes all day” Ryan Gosling. Somehow I think this needs to be a meme.

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    Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste — March 14, 2013 @ 9:10 am

    Holy cannoli…. there are (almost) no words for this beautiful marriage of chocolate and beer … and Bailey’s. Heavenly!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — March 14, 2013 @ 10:22 am

    Umm…YES! Love this idea Jess. That frosting speaks to me.

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    Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) — March 14, 2013 @ 2:20 pm

    It’s the grown-up version of a carbomb cupcake! Hehe, awesome!

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    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — March 14, 2013 @ 6:59 pm

    Dark rich chocolate with beer?! How can you go wrong? And while the glaze sounds heavenly, I’m a frosting gal myself.

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — March 15, 2013 @ 11:05 am

    Whoa…. this is my craving of the day!

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    Carol | a cup of mascarpone — March 15, 2013 @ 12:36 pm

    This cake looks incredible…would seriously love a slice or three right now. OMG…I may have to go bake it!

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    Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe — March 15, 2013 @ 9:17 pm

    Oh gosh. WANT. Anything with the words “dark chocolate” in the title is a win in my books.

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    Linda Warren — March 16, 2013 @ 12:16 pm

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    Kristina — March 17, 2013 @ 9:07 pm

    When you made this how deep was your cake pan? I used an 8 inch but mine ended up overflowing in the oven.

    • Jessica replied: — March 18th, 2013 @ 8:27 pm

      My cake pan is about 2 1/2 inches deep. A few people below made it with great success – how deep was your pan?

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    Audrey — March 17, 2013 @ 10:47 pm

    Wow… Made this tonight and it was perfect; moist and with a wonderful deep chocolate flavor. My husband doesn’t like chocolate cake but he said this may beat his favorite of white cake with white frosting. Thank you for another amazing recipe!

    • Jessica replied: — March 18th, 2013 @ 8:26 pm

      A non chocolate cake lover that actually loved the cake? Now that is awesome! :-)

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    Vicki — March 18, 2013 @ 7:52 am

    I made this Wednesday (same day you posted)…actually doubled it and gave my aunt and uncle one for their 20th wedding anniversary…Hands down, the best chocolate cake I have ever made! I’m making it tomorrow for card club, but the Dixie Crystals site is down! Is this posted somewhere else?

    • Jessica replied: — March 18th, 2013 @ 8:25 pm

      Wow! Thanks Vicki! I am so happy to here it! :)

      And no, since I developed the recipe for Dixie Crystals – the recipe is only posted on their site. However the website is back up and running!

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    Kristin — March 18, 2013 @ 4:28 pm

    You had me at Guinness! YUM!

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    Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs — March 18, 2013 @ 8:50 pm

    Jessica, this looks awesome! I tried to make dark chocolate guinness cookies and they totally failed, because they became so bready- so a cake would be perfect. Thanks for the recipe!

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    Kristina — March 18, 2013 @ 9:09 pm

    Jessica, sorry I can’t figure out how to directly reply, I just checked, and pan was 1.5 inches deep. It’s a Wilton but was cheap, now I know why! I can’t wait to get a new one. BTW I was able to save most of the batter and cooked it on a pan on the stove. Best tasting cake ever!! Ate the cake blobs with ice cream and it was so yummy!

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    Sam — March 18, 2013 @ 9:45 pm

    Oh my gosh! I made this for St. Patrick’s Day and I just can’t say enough! Absolutely DIVINE! I’ll definitely be making it again!!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — March 19, 2013 @ 12:36 pm

    The photos are beautiful. This is an incredible recipe that I’m dying to try!

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    dennis — March 20, 2013 @ 9:41 pm

    Gotta love it. Beer and Baileys with dessert. My wife an I definitely need to try this cake.

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    Karissa — May 21, 2013 @ 6:17 pm

    May I ask where you purchased the Bailey’s? I can’t find it anywhere!

    • Jessica replied: — May 22nd, 2013 @ 6:04 pm

      You can find it at any liquor store!

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    Emily — March 17, 2015 @ 11:20 pm

    I’ve made this recipe a couple of times, and each time it has overflowed all over the place. The flavors are amazing, but I think a deep springform pan is needed in order for the recipe to be a success. I only saw one other post with this issue. Did you receive any other comments about it? Maybe there’s too much leavening?

    Any feedback is appreciated.

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