This easy to make Bailey’s Irish Cream Cake is tender and uniquely flavorful. The Irish cream liqueur in the batter and the glaze is a double whammy of deliciousness.
Bailey’s Irish Cream Cake Recipe
While this Irish Cream Bundt cake is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, it is also a welcome dessert anytime of year. Think of this cake as a well-deserved celebration cake for lots and lots of occasions.
One of my favorite things about this cake is not only how easy it is to make, but how flavorful it tastes. This dessert truly is the perfect ending to a savory meal.
Looking for Other Celebration Cakes? Try These:
- RumChata Bundt Cake
- Easy Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake with Boozy Toffee Sauce
- Limoncello Lemon Syrup Cake
Ingredients for Irish Cream Cake
- pecans – they have a crispy, buttery texture, making them perfect for this type of cake
- boxed yellow cake mix – use any brand and just know, this cake tastes nothing like a boxed mix and almost guarantees you cannot mess this cake up
- instant vanilla pudding mix – adds moisture to the cake and helps hold together its structure
- vegetable oil – canola oil is fine too
- water – straight from the tap
- Bailey’s Irish Cream – or any Irish cream brand – Irish cream is shelf stable, however, once opened it needs to be refrigerated
- eggs – large
Do not be put off by the fact this recipe uses a boxed mix. This cake is so delicious no one would ever know it started with the base of a boxed mix.
How To Make Bailey’s Irish Cream Cake
- Preheat the oven and prepare a Bundt pan with grease and flour.
- Add pecans to the bottom of the Bundt pan.
- Using a mixer, combine yellow cake mix, vanilla instant pudding mix, eggs, water, oil and Irish Cream liqueur.
- Pour the batter over the nuts in the pan.
- Bake for 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Mine always takes the full sixty minutes.
- After a few minutes (at least ten), turn the cake out of the pan and cool completely on a wire rack.
This cake always flips out of the pan so easily, especially if you’ve taken care to grease and flour your pan properly.
Poking holes in the finished and cooled cake, with a toothpick or wooden skewer, allows the glaze to drizzle to the inside. Another reason this cake is so delicious.
Ingredients for Irish Cream Glaze
- sugar – use granulated white sugar
- water – tap water is fine
- Irish Cream liqueur – any brand
- butter – I always recommend Kerrygold butter for the best flavor, especially in a glaze
As you can see, it does not take many ingredients to make this delicious Irish cream glaze.
How To Make Irish Cream Glaze
- Combine butter, water and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil and continue boiling for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and add Irish Cream liqueur to the pan.
- Prick top and sides of cooled cake with a skewer or toothpick.
- Deliver the glaze to the cake by spooning glaze over top and brushing 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.
What Is Bailey’s Irish Cream Made Of?
Bailey’s Irish Cream is a mixture of Irish whiskey and Irish dairy cream. The addition of cocoa beans and vanilla is what really gives the liqueur its rich flavor.
Does Irish Cream Cake Need To Be Refrigerated?
If this cake is going to be out on the counter more than two days, then yes, refrigerate it. Otherwise, it keeps quite well on the counter.
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Equipment Needed for Irish Cream Cake
- the most important piece of equipment you’ll need to make this cake is a 10-cup Bundt pan
- a small saucepan for the glaze
As far as using the right mixer, this cake works well with either a stand mixer or a hand-held mixer. When a cake is completely from scratch, I always recommend using a stand mixer to mix the ingredients.
How Do I Know the Size of My Bundt Cake Pan?
Using a measuring cup, pour water into your Bundt cake pan until it is full. Keep track of how many cups of water you poured into the pan. This will give you the cup measurement of your pan. Bundt cake recipes are written specifically with cup measurements in mind. This Irish Cream Bundt cake should be made in a 10-15 cup Bundt pan.
I can almost guarantee this will be one of the tastiest cakes you will make this year!
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Bailey's Irish Cream Cake
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1 package boxed yellow cake mix
- 1 package (3.4 oz) instant vanilla pudding mix
- 4 large eggs
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup Irish Cream Liqueur
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup Irish Cream Liqueur
- 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 the 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 the 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 changes.
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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.
My mouth is already watering… just added a few things to today’s shopping list– thank you!!
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!!!
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
A recipe with a cake mix!!! This may sound extreme but….
I LOVE YOU!!!
gfe-gluten free easily says
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!
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.
How is a girl ever supposed to get ready for bathing suit season with friends like you?? 🙂 This looks SO good!
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!!!
Rindy R says
You mean I can have it in my coffee and my cake – Sign me up! This looks ridiculously amazing!
Scary Mommy says
Oh, that is just perfect. I love cake mix recipes!
I will definitely add this one to my recipe file and make it! It looks too good to pass up!
First Reaction: “Hello Darling!”
Shall be making that today for tomorrow.
Yummylicious! What a great recipe, if only I could actually get Bailey’s, and save it for the cake! 🙂
Mmmmm looks yummy!
Bellini Valli says
An excellent choice for St. Paddy’s Day!!
OMG! I will be making this. Would you please post something I don’t like? I can’t keep up with you….lol.
This would be perfect for tomorrow! And thank goodness it isn’t green!
Amazing! Off to buy some Baileys!
Fun House Jennifer says
I love Bailey’s and this sounds perfect! I will def. make this!
I’m gaining 5 pounds just looking at that decadence!
Woman in a window says
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.
Mental P Mama says
I love this! I do a rum cake like this, and it is gone in a flash! But Bailey’s….wow!
Spruce Hill says
Um I have to wipe off my keyboard! I drooled on it 🙂
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!
I felt my pants get tighter as I read this….it looks pretty enticing!
That cake has to be the gold at the end of the rainbow! Wowsa!
Natasha - 5 Star Foodie says
Wow, that looks incredibly good! The glaze is heavenly!
Wow, that cake looks awesome! I love cakes that are really moist like that.
I could not be trusted around this cake. Oh.my.god!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Oh my…I think I have everything to make this…AND it would keep me from just drinking my leftover Bailey’s!
Oh hic Cathy! How good does that look!!
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…
We add a cup of chocolate chips to batter 😉
Wow, this really look good Cathy. I could literally finish half of it.
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!
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…
Just bought 2 new bottles over the weekend! Yum does that ever look yummy!
urban craft says
Oh that looks rich. I can’t wait to attempt. Thanks for the recipe!
That looks absolutely delicious!
OK I am making me some of this to go along with that grilled romaine salad tonight. What a great dinner!
Hello to my new friend, Mr. Baily Cake. Yum!
Looks yummy enough for any day!
I bet you could just drink that glaze!
Blond Duck says
You are the queen of tasty cakes!
Tami Lyn says
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 🙂
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.
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!
Stacey Snacks says
You are getting me in big trouble!
I just baked your kids’ coconut cake, and Katharine Hepburn’s brownies…..
this cake is DECADENT!
The Duo Dishes says
We recently discovered that Baileys is really awesome to drink! And to toss in recipes.
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.
Yay! So glad you loved it. It looks wonderful. You made some yummy changes!!
Oh my, this looks amazing. I love the nuts on top!
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!
Liz C. says
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!
Oh this looks wonderful Cathy, perfect for St. Patty’s Day!
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!
The photos are amazing. The cake is being made for tomorrow. I love Baileys!
OMG. Me. Want. Cake.
Karen Deborah says
yes, chewing on hands, saliva drooling all over, need bib, need cake, need Bailey’s,,,,,ooooohhhhhhh
Karen Deborah says
How does a person get on your sidebar? Can I just ask? Don’t you love me already? Bribes?
I think I met this cake in a dark alley once. Totally sinful.
Baileys + cake = yum.
Debbie in CA : ) says
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?)
Gosh, this cake looks SO perfect!
Sounds like a Sunday Cafe cake, yum.
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.
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!
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!
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’!
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.
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!
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.
I read this post yesterday and promptly went home and made the cake for dessert! It was delicious, and so simple! Thanks!
Mrs. L says
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!
Me too Mrs. L – that’s why I bought the Bailey’s for the icing on the Guiness cake – have to say I preferred the Guiness cake to this one though.
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!
Best. Cake. Ever. It is so delicious. Everyone must try it. It goes so well with corned beef and cabbage!
Oh my… That glaze ended up looking like candy on the cake. Looks so insanely delicious.
That looks sooo moist, and wow, what a glaze!
Looks absolutely fantastic!
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!
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!
Oh my gosh. You’re right: who doesn’t need this cake. It looks so fabulous! Oh my gah, and that glaze! Killer!
Hephzibah Ochoa says
Just want to let you know that the cake was a big hit in my office. I will definately be making this again. Thanks!!!
This recipe looks lovely! I was wondering if it would work with a yellow cake mix with pudding already in it?
Noble Pig says
I’ve never tried it so I’m not really sure but it might change the consistency too much to balance the other ingredients.
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!!
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. 🙂
Results were delicious, I did add about 1/4 unsweetened fine coconut to batter
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.
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
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!!
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.
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!
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 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!
Thanks for posting this recipe. I made it for my son’s 24th birthday and everyone LOVED it. Definitely going to make this again soon as my husband has requested it as one slice was not enough.
Joan E Kimbrough Gandy says
Thank you for your recipe!! Every time I make this cake, it is gone within a day!! I continue to share your recipe to family and friends!
I made this cake and did not have Baileys Irish cream but I had Baileys Irish cream coffee creamer. I used the coffee creamer and it was delicious. I’m getting ready to make 6 inch Bundt cakes for neighbors for Thanksgiving one recipe makes 3 cakes.
RE Shew says
I am wondering if this cake can be made ahead of time and frozen for about a week…I have so much to do for St. Patty’s Day dinner that I sure could use a make ahead and freeze cake.
I have never done that, but I’m sure it would be fine.
Ros Coghlan says
Came across your recipe whilst looking for the Baileys Xmas 3 ingredient cake so made yours instead with vanilla cake mix – cake worked out perfect, however my glaze was much thicker than yours – still tasted fantastic. Big thank you from Sydney Australia 🇦🇺
So glad to hear it!
Can this cake be made in 9×13 cake pan??
I don’t see why not. But you will need to watch it and do toothpick test because the baking time will change.
This may feel like a hurt to your soul but trust me, it was necessary. To make this cake both kid friendly and friendly to three people in my family that are intolerant to alcohol, I substituted Irish Cream liquid coffee creamer for the Bailey’s. (It was Bailey’s own brand. Yes, they make it.)
The point is, it was perfect. I got all of the Bailey’s taste and none of the alcohol.
I have been making this cake at St. Patrick’s Day for years, with this recipe, when I was faced with having to do it alcohol free.
I just wanted to let you know this could be done and it worked out fine.
Amy L says
THIS. WAS. CRAZY. GOOD. Ha, I wish I never knew about it now. So yummy.
It’s a dangerous one to have around for sure.
Paula Mason says
Made this at T.G. & it vanished before I got back to the table with the coffee. For Christmas I’m using Egg Nog Liqueur (Costcos own) which has French vanilla, brandy, spiced rum & whiskey and I shall not be cleaning up or driving !! Thanksgiving is hubbies holiday – Christmas is mine 🙂
This was so good. Made for New Year’s Eve. Best Irish Cream Cake I’ve come across.
Glad you enjoyed it.
We make this Irish cream cake for every birthday celebration. It’s so good.
Oh my word this cake was the best thing ever.
This recipe is to die for!!! I made it in mini bundt pans and used Irish whiskey instead of water. I only wish I’d found it sooner!!! I bake a lot…and send extras to my hubby’s coworkers. This was the first time he didn’t share with them LOL! SO good!!!
I made this with red velvet cake mix and it was AMAZING! Wondering if anyone has tried it with chocolate cake mix and chocolate pudding instead of the vanilla?
This cake was so good and I’ve made it many times. Always turns out perfect.