Sunday, October 9, 2011

Borys Turns 20! Bailey's Chocolate Cake

Borys is finally 20! Last year we bought him an ice cream cake from cold stone and it cost wayyy too much for a cake, so this year I baked his bday cake.  He has a weird love for Bailey's so a recipe I found for Irish Car Bomb cake seemed perfect, but incorporating the Guinness into the cake batter was too complicated and I didn't have the time or means to do it, so this cake is chocolate cake with dark chocolate Bailey's ganache and Bailey's butter cream frosting. It was definitely a hit :) Let's get started!

Here's what you'll need:
1 pack of chocolate cake mix, and the ingredients it calls for

For the ganache:
8 oz.semisweet chocolate chips
2/3 cup heavy cream
2 tbsn. butter, room temperature
2 tsp.  Bailey's Irish cream

For the frosting:
2 sticks butter, room temperature

6-8 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup Bailey's Irish cream

First Bake the cake as directed on the box, I used a 9x13 glass pan so i could cut the cake in half for the layers.

While the cake is baking make the ganache.  First,  place chocolate in heatproof bowl.

Then, Heat cream in saucepan until simmering.

Pour the cream over the chocolate, let sit for one minute, then stir until smooth.

Add butter and Bailey's and stir until combined. 


Put the ganache in the fridge to cool and harden, stirring occasionally.

As soon as the pan is cool enough to touch without gloves remove the cake and place it on a cutting board to cool, COMPLETELY

Once its cool, measure and cut the cake in half.

Trim any excess, and turn the cake so the two flat sides would be together.

Now you can make your frosting!  First whip your butter until it is light and fluffy.
Slowly incorporate the powdered sugar, I did 1 cup at a time.

Add the Bailey's and stir until you get the consistency you want, you can add more Bailey's if its too dry.

Pour a layer of ganache onto the bottom layer of cake.

Spread it out to the edges but not all the way, it needs room to squish a bit.

Place the the other cake on top and make sure its even.

Frost your cake!

You can use the extra ganache to pipe your message on top, there will be leftovers of everything.

Eat Up!!

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