Bailey’s Irish Cream Cake

Who does not need a Bailey's Irish Cream Cake for tomorrow?  Trust me you do.  If you are out of Baileys, run out and get some, it will be on sale this week. 

Is this cake good?  OMG.  Yes.

Don't just save this for St. Paddy's Day...any day will work just fine.

When I saw it, I knew I had to have it.  So I did.

You can have it too.

Let's make it together...

For the cake you will need:  Pecans, yellow cake mix, instant vanilla pudding, eggs, water, vegetable oil and Irish Cream liqueur.

Start by greasing and flouring a 10-inch bundt pan.  Sprinkle 1 cup chopped pecans over the bottom.

In a large bowl, with a mixer, combine yellow cake mix, vanilla instant pudding mix, 4 eggs, 1/4 cup water, 1/2 cup vegetable oil and
3/4 cup Irish Cream liqueur.

Pour batter over nuts in pan.  Bake for 60 minutes  in a 325 degree oven or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. 

Cool for 10 minutes in the pan.

Flip the cake out of the pan and cool completely on a wire rack.

While the cake is cooling, make the glaze.

Here's what you will need for the glaze:  Butter, granulated sugar, water and Irish Cream liqueur.

Combine 1/2 cup butter, 1/4 cup water and 1 cup granulated sugar in a small saucepan.  Bring to a boil and continue boiling for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and add 1/4 cup Irish Cream liqueur.

Prick top and sides of cooled cake with a skewer.

Spoon glaze over top and brush onto sides of cake.  Allow the cake to absorb the glaze and repeat until most of the glaze is used.  Save some glaze to pour over sliced pieces. 
You'll be glad you did.

This cake will disappear fast.

It's so easy to make.  How can you not do it?

Here's where reserving some of the extra glaze comes in.  Nice.

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Bailey's Irish Cream Cake

Recipe from: | Serves: 10-12



  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 package yellow cake mix
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup Irish Cream Liquor


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup Irish Cream Liquor


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Grease and flour a 10-inch bundt pan. Sprinkle pecans over the bottom.
  • In a large bowl, with a mixer, combine yellow cake mix, vanilla instant pudding mix, eggs, water, oil and Irish Cream liqueur.
  • Pour batter over nuts in pan. Bake for 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.
  • Cool for 10 minutes in the pan. Flip the cake out of the pan and cool completely on a wire rack.
  • While the cake is cooling, make the glaze. Combine butter, water and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and continue boiling for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add Irish Cream liqueur.
  • Prick top and sides of cooled cake with a skewer. Spoon glaze over top and brush onto sides of cake. Allow the cake to absorb the glaze and repeat until most of the glaze is used. Save some glaze to pour over sliced pieces. You'll be glad you did.

Recipe Credit: Recipe Girl with a slight change 

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96 Comments and 1 Reply

  1. deeba 1

    Oh hic Cathy! How good does that look!!

  2. Mary 2

    These flavors are running through my brain and over my tongue. I declare this to be solid Irish gold. I love the cake. Thanks for sharing.

  3. My mouth is already watering… just added a few things to today’s shopping list– thank you!!

  4. LOL….I made ours on Friday night (same recipe) but added glaze to cake while still n the pan, covered with foil, and flipped cake every 12 hours until last night when we ate the WHOLE thing…we had some help, but this cake is so good…you should have it anytime of the year!!!

  5. Hilary 5

    Looks like everyone’s going to have a really good St Patrick’s day feast ..

    Have you got more green tools for your next few recipes??

    Enjoy your Baileys & cake ..

    Hilary: Be Positive Be Happy

  6. Laura 6

    A recipe with a cake mix!!! This may sound extreme but….
    I LOVE YOU!!!

  7. Sometimes I think you have a spy in my house, because you certainly know most of my favorite things … like Bailey’s, my “go to” drink. Pecans are high up there, too. I will have to figure out how to make this cake gluten free without a GF cake mix because I don’t usually use them. While I am working today, I’ll be pondering this challenge in the back of my mind!


  8. I know what Im making tomorrow. Holy Crap does that ever sound good, and the picture with the glaze running down the piece of cake is how I plan on eating it.

  9. How is a girl ever supposed to get ready for bathing suit season with friends like you?? :) This looks SO good!

  10. nina 10

    I never use cake mixes,but it seems to me that I am missing out on something. I do not think this cake will last 1 hour in my house!!!

  11. Rindy R 11

    You mean I can have it in my coffee and my cake – Sign me up! This looks ridiculously amazing!

  12. Oh, that is just perfect. I love cake mix recipes!

  13. I will definitely add this one to my recipe file and make it! It looks too good to pass up!

  14. First Reaction: “Hello Darling!”
    Shall be making that today for tomorrow.

  15. Medena 15

    Yummylicious! What a great recipe, if only I could actually get Bailey’s, and save it for the cake! :)

  16. An excellent choice for St. Paddy’s Day!!

  17. eydie 19

    OMG! I will be making this. Would you please post something I don’t like? I can’t keep up with you….lol.

  18. This would be perfect for tomorrow! And thank goodness it isn’t green!

  19. Amazing! Off to buy some Baileys!

  20. I love Bailey’s and this sounds perfect! I will def. make this!

  21. I’m gaining 5 pounds just looking at that decadence!

  22. Not that that doesn’t look dangerous, but have you ever tried Caroline’s? It has just a lighter taste and oh my, it is fine.

  23. I love this! I do a rum cake like this, and it is gone in a flash! But Bailey’s….wow!

  24. Um I have to wipe off my keyboard! I drooled on it :)

  25. Marjie 27

    Do you give the hooligans theirs with G rated glaze? Or do you just want them to sleep it off? (Only kidding). There’s a lot to be said for adding a few extra ingredients to a box mix, and this cake says it all!

  26. kayola 28

    I felt my pants get tighter as I read this….it looks pretty enticing!

  27. imom 29

    That cake has to be the gold at the end of the rainbow! Wowsa!

  28. Wow, that looks incredibly good! The glaze is heavenly!

  29. Wow, that cake looks awesome! I love cakes that are really moist like that.

  30. Maureen 32

    I could not be trusted around this cake.!

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  31. Julie 33

    Oh my…I think I have everything to make this…AND it would keep me from just drinking my leftover Bailey’s!

  32. Laurie 34

    Nice is an understatement. That looks awesome! I’ve seen this recipe with rum, but not Bailey’s (which I love). Makes me wonder what other wonderful combinations there could be…

  33. elra 35

    Wow, this really look good Cathy. I could literally finish half of it.

  34. dawn 36

    The photos are amazing. The cake is being made for tomorrow. I love Baileys!

  35. This cake looks simple and delicious! I’d make it if I only had some other people to share it with… I really don’t think that my husband and I need to split this whole cake between ourselves. Perhaps I’ll just have to make it at a later date. Irish Cream is good anytime – not just St Patty’s day!

  36. Oh Lordy-now this is right up my alley! Damn diet…I will make this soon though!

    I made your Key Lime cupcakes and the Whiskey Glazed corned beef…and my day was glorious! But you know what? I left out two sticks of butter to soften and then added them both to the cupcake batter. Didn’t realize I did it until the were in the oven and I went to make the icing! Yikes, a bit buttery, but they were real tasty though! I’d better go for a jog now…

  37. melissa 39

    Just bought 2 new bottles over the weekend! Yum does that ever look yummy!

  38. Oh that looks rich. I can’t wait to attempt. Thanks for the recipe!

  39. That looks absolutely delicious!

  40. Egghead 43

    OK I am making me some of this to go along with that grilled romaine salad tonight. What a great dinner!

  41. Louise 44

    Hello to my new friend, Mr. Baily Cake. Yum!

  42. tipper 45

    Looks yummy enough for any day!

  43. pam 46

    I bet you could just drink that glaze!

  44. You are the queen of tasty cakes!

  45. For all that is good and holy, man oh man, I need to make that cake! Unfortunately I am working tomorrow and don’t have time to run and get Bailey’s, but there is this weekend!

    It looks unbelievably good :)

  46. giz 49

    Thanks for the great inspiration. I have cake mixes in my cupboard and rarely use them and now… well, that’s a whole other story.

  47. I just drooled on my desk!!! And we used all of our Bailey’s making Irish Car Bombs over the weekend. I think I need to stop at the liquor store!

  48. OK Cath,
    You are getting me in big trouble!
    I just baked your kids’ coconut cake, and Katharine Hepburn’s brownies…..
    this cake is DECADENT!

  49. We recently discovered that Baileys is really awesome to drink! And to toss in recipes.

  50. Nicole 53

    OMG! This looks JUST like the Italian Butter Rum cake from a guy at my Farmer’s Market. I am staring at his card just this moment. It is to die for as I am sure your’s is.

  51. Yay! So glad you loved it. It looks wonderful. You made some yummy changes!!

  52. Pam 55

    Oh my, this looks amazing. I love the nuts on top!

  53. Mike 56

    This looks amazing. Maybe its that I’m starving right now, but I can just smell and taste that cake looking at the picture. That and I could use some Bailey’s lol!

  54. Liz C. 57

    I truly thought my mouth was merely watering until I realized it had dripped on my shirt. It quickly turned into full blown drooling. Shame on you!

  55. Bunny 58

    Oh this looks wonderful Cathy, perfect for St. Patty’s Day!

  56. My mom makes a delicious cake just like this, but with rum. I’m going to have to tell her about trying it w. Bailey’s!

  57. yes, chewing on hands, saliva drooling all over, need bib, need cake, need Bailey’s,,,,,ooooohhhhhhh

  58. How does a person get on your sidebar? Can I just ask? Don’t you love me already? Bribes?

  59. lo 63

    I think I met this cake in a dark alley once. Totally sinful.

    Baileys + cake = yum.

  60. Now I am completely stuffed with the most delicious HOMEMADE Mexican (tortillas included), so how in the world can I be drooling over this cake? Well . . . I am. (Hmmmmm . . . is it too late to run to the store?)

  61. Daziano 65

    Gosh, this cake looks SO perfect!

  62. Melynda 66

    Sounds like a Sunday Cafe cake, yum.

  63. Hephzibah 67

    I just stood in the kitchen eating the leftover glaze with a spoon! I think it would be great over ice cream. I’ll be taking this cake to the office tomorrow for our St. Patty spread.

  64. Paula 68

    No kidding, that cake would disappear in mere seconds if placed in front of me! My biggest challenge would be to refrain from sampling the Baileys over and over and over during prep time! YUM!

  65. grace 69

    you can do lots of things with yellow cake mix, but i truly think this might be the finest. bravo, and happy st patty’s day!

  66. LilSis 70

    You did a BEAUTIFUL job with that cake! Looks like it melts in your mouth. I haven’t made mine yet, but it is still on the agenda. I better get busy! Thanks for the ‘shout out’!

  67. Ashe 71

    Same recipe works with rum! However, my technique is to poke holes in the cake before releasing from the pan and get the glaze to soak in from the bottom.

  68. What are you doing to me Cathy? Putting such temptation before me during Lent! I shall be strong. I will resist. I’ll make this cake for Easter Sunday!

  69. What are you doing to me Cathy? Putting such temptation before me during Lent? I shall be strong. I will resist. I’ll make this cake for Easter Sunday.

  70. Marcie 74

    I read this post yesterday and promptly went home and made the cake for dessert! It was delicious, and so simple! Thanks!

  71. Mrs. L 75

    Now how did you know I just recently bought a big bottle of Bailey’s (for some Baileys Cream Cheese frosting for my Guinness cake) that I was looking for recipes to use up???? You so rock!

  72. Bren 77

    so i went thru this phase two weeks ago where all i was drinking was bailey’s! very bad girl. so i got off it this week and then i see this and i have fallen, again!

  73. Tina 78

    Best. Cake. Ever. It is so delicious. Everyone must try it. It goes so well with corned beef and cabbage!

  74. Jude 79

    Oh my… That glaze ended up looking like candy on the cake. Looks so insanely delicious.

  75. That looks sooo moist, and wow, what a glaze!
    Looks absolutely fantastic!

  76. BigSis 81

    I’m making this tonight, Cathy, for a birthday party tomorrow. I’m not a big fan of Irish Cream, so I’m using what I have, which is Kahlua. I HOPE it turns out ok; I’ll let you know!

  77. megan 82

    Those pictures are beautiful! I wish I would of made this for my husband. But he didn’t get lucky. O-well, maybe someday. Like you said, anyday would be a good day to get lucky. Oh my, I’m starting to sound like FFW-Donna. LOL!

  78. Elyse 83

    Oh my gosh. You’re right: who doesn’t need this cake. It looks so fabulous! Oh my gah, and that glaze! Killer!

  79. Just want to let you know that the cake was a big hit in my office. I will definately be making this again. Thanks!!!

  80. Gabriella 86

    This recipe looks lovely! I was wondering if it would work with a yellow cake mix with pudding already in it?

  81. Noble Pig 87

    I’ve never tried it so I’m not really sure but it might change the consistency too much to balance the other ingredients.

  82. Mika 88

    Oh my gosh I’ve never made cake but this one looks amazingly yummy and easy to make! mmm gotta love bailey’s. I will have this bookmarked for the next party/potluck!!

  83. Lesley 89

    Ugh.. I have all of the ingredients except the liquor! Must make hubby stop on the way home! YUM. Thanks for sharing. I posted about this on my blog with a link to yours about the recipe. YUM… again. :)

  84. Randi 90

    Results were delicious, I did add about 1/4 unsweetened fine coconut to batter

  85. PiperJon 91

    My girlfriend made this for me for my birthday cake!! When she asked me what kind of cake I wanted, I pointed out this one, and she actually MADE it. OMG it was goooooood too.


  86. Colleen 92

    Looks as pretty as the picture, couldn’t use all the glaze can’t wait to try it taking it to a St. Patrick’s Day Party very easy to make

  87. Karen 93

    Oh wow I just this minute found your site, and this cake! I am not a great cook but I think I can do this wow!!

  88. Kathy 94

    Made this cake today and I have to say I’m disappointed. It is extremely easy to make, and it looked gorgeous (just like yours Cathy), but after a few hours the glaze gets dull, which of course doesn’t change the flavor, but it was so beautiful when shiney! I’ve never been a yellow cake fan, so maybe that’s why I’m not crazy about it. I also don’t think poking all those holes with the skewer did much – doesn’t look like the glaze found it’s way into the holes, I was expecting the cake to he rather heavy and more moist (like a rum cake I once made), but it had a regular packaged cake consistency. It’s ok, but definitely not something I will make again.

  89. Kathy 95

    I have glaze left over and it’s sitting in a pot on my stove (now cold) while I try and figure out what to do with it. Every time I walk by I eat some of it – it’s really good. I better put it away or there won’t be any left. Sort of reminds me of the stuff my dad used to make as a base for hot toddies, which had sugar, butter and rum. I used to eat that plain too!

  90. Mary 96

    I just took this out of my oven. It smells awesome and looks just like the pictures. I made it for company that is coming over tonight. I can’t wait to try it.

  91. Faith 97

    I made this cake for a St. Patrick’s Day party. It was amazing!!!!! My husband used your corn beef recipe. our guests were thoroughly impressed!

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