new year chocolate baileys cake

Happy new year! Almost. To ring in the end of 2016, I embarked on a boozy cake full of Baileys – it’s a staple in our house over Christmas – and threw in some chocolate for good measure.

I used Lindsay Conchar (of Life Love and Sugar fame)’s recipe, and it was just divine. I don’t share her love of shortening in frosting, so I just stuck to regular butter, but otherwise I followed her words to the letter (maybe with an extra splash of Baileys for good measure..)


And I added a little new year flare to the decoration. Santa brought me an anti gravity kit and I was keen to give it a whirl, so I sprayed me some Maltesers and let the bubbles flow.

Aside from a minor collapse on the way to the cake’s intended party, this was a drama free recipe that baked exactly as Lindsay said it would. Highly recommend if you’ve got some Irish cream lovers in the vicinity.

for the cake

260g plain flour
420g caster sugar
85g cocoa powder
2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp salt
2 large eggs
180ml milk
240ml vegetable oil
120ml Baileys Irish Cream
180ml boiling water
1 tsp vanilla essence

for the other bits

400g butter
800g icing sugar
90ml Baileys Irish Cream
1 x anti gravity kit cake kit (I have this one, but I’m sure any will do)
1-3 20cm round cake tins
mini bottle of prosecco (empty, so you’ll have to drink it I’m afraid)
maltesers, poppets – whatever you want for bubbles
250g white fondant icing
50g white chocolate
edible gold shimmer spray

  1. Heat the oven to 150°C (gas mark 2) and grease as many tins as you have
  2. mix all the dry ingredients together, then mix in eggs, milk, oil and Baileys
  3. finally, stir in boiling water and vanilla and mix some more
  4. divide mixture into three, and bake each sponge for about 30-35 mins, or until a skewer comes out clean
  5. for the frosting, beat together the butter, icing sugar and baileys until smooth. Add more booze if you want to change the consistency. Add more sugar if you just want to add more booze
  6. assemble cooled sponges with generous amounts of frosting, then coat the cake generously
  7. chill the cake for 20 minutes or so. While it’s in the fridge, spray your “bubble” chocolates on some greaseproof paper and a baking tray, shuffling the tray to make sure all of the spheres are coated, then leave to dry
  8. roll out enough fondant to cover the cake and the anti-grav kit board, then smooth over the cake
  9. lift the cake over the assembled anti-gravity rod/board and smooth down the rest of the fondant
  10. melt the white chocolate and allow it to cool a little, so it begins to stiffen again. Then coat the plastic rod and build up bubbles from the base, sitting on the cake, upwards
  11. use leftover buttercream to create a raised area on the cake in a “flowing” shape, and coat this in the gold bubbles too
  12. finally, attach your bottle to the top of the rod, put the cake somewhere safe and tuck into the leftover Baileys
Yes, the bottle has changed sides. We had a little incident in transit and, when reassembling, I decided I preferred it this way round

This cake was a test of my patience. I had some trouble getting the chocolates to stick to the melted chocolate on the rod, which resulted in some Jenga moments, and the sticky fate of a sacrificial Malteser under my slipper.

But in the grand scheme of things, the cake looked fantastic and was a real crowd pleaser. And it tasted wicked. So worth every fallen Malteser.



4 thoughts on “new year chocolate baileys cake

    1. I’ll let you in on a secret Martine – we actually used Aldi’s Ballycastle Irish Cream. £3.75 for a bottle and it tastes almost identical. And it means we didn’t get in trouble for using up the good stuff..!


  1. Ballycastle is a great idea! Maybe it would be fun to include a section of cunning replacement ingredients for the ‘budget-conscious’ among us with your recipes?

    With that in mind, I don’t currently have an anti-gravity rod in my caking armoury. Do you think that it would be possible to make this sort of cake without one?

    Loving the blog so far!


    1. Love that suggestion, could definitely be a post in the future. We’re open to recommendations..!
      I think unless you’re an engineer or architect, it’s better just to stick with the kit, but who am I to tell you you can’t do something. Try it. Let me know how you get on! X


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