BAILEYS Kiss Cocktail Cake & st patricks day past

The other night I came across a recipe for Prime Rib, and it got me thinking.  Thinking about the first time that I ever had prime rib.  It was at a restaurant named The Refectory in Fresno, California.

I believe I was on a date, and it was my first year in college.  The prime rib was absolutely amazing, but apparently the date was not.  A couple of years later the restaurant burned to the ground 🙁  They did not rebuild the restaurant, they sold the land and someone built a hideous appliance warehouse store in it’s place.  It was a gorgeous old building.  My mind quickly turned to the more memorable adventures that we had at the old Refectory…..St. Patrick’s Day Pajama Party Brunch!  Just imagine a fancy restaurant, filled to the rafters with college students in their pajamas.  The best part, green mimosas pouring out of a HUGE champagne fountain!

That’s me in the middle wearing my fuzzy mint green footie pajamas!

The real fun was happening on the other side of the restaurant…

Don’t you just love Heidi’s bunny slippers and striped pajamas?

Ahhh…the good old days!  We were all co-workers and loved getting together outside of work.

Okay, back to the present day.  It’s time for cake!!!  Not just any cake…wait for it…a BAILEYS chocolate cocktail cake with Hershey’s mini kisses, BAILEYS glaze and a chocolate ganache….oooh baby!

You know you want some.  My bottle of BAILEYS was expired, so I headed out to buy a new one.  I had no idea that there was such a selection to choose from… Hint of Coffee…Hint of Mint…Hint of Cherry.  I went with coffee, you can’t go wrong with the combination of chocolate and coffee.  Besides, I just made a peppermint cake last month.  Any version of BAILEYS will work beautifully in this cake, the choice is yours…..if you can decide that is!

The inspiration for this cake is…..can you guess?  That’s right, a challenge!    All entries must contain Irish Cream…..where do I sign up!!!  Click on the link below and you can check out all of the entries (after the 18th)…


Then print out the recipe below and you can bake your very own BAILEYS Kiss Cocktail Cake!  Enjoy

UPDATE: This cake won the Spiked Recipe Challenge 🙂  Thank you so much Carrie and Julie for choosing my recipe!!!

I am going to have to come up with something amazing to top this recipe…oooh, another challenge!  This cake has also been featured here:

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Elena from dcinstyle made this amazing watercolor based on my cake and featured it on her site:)  Thank you so much Elena, you are an amazing artist!


BAILEYS Kiss Cocktail Cake

Serves 12
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 1 hour, 10 minutes
Total time 1 hour, 25 minutes
Meal type Dessert
Dense chocolate cake spiked with Baileys Irish Cream and covered in a Baileys glaze and Chocolate Ganache, with mini Hershey's kisses hiding inside.


  • Cake
  • 2 Cups granulated sugar
  • 2 Cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3.4 ounce package chocolate pudding mix
  • 2 Teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 Tablespoon espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 Large organic eggs
  • 3/4 cups canola oil
  • 1/2 cup Baileys Irish Cream* (I used )
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
  • 1/2 cup mini Hershey's kisses
  • Glaze
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Baileys Irish Cream*
  • Chocolate Ganache
  • 1/3 cup semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 2 Tablespoons full fat coconut milk (shake before using)
  • 1 - 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter (depends on how thick your coconut milk is)


Spray Pan
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray bundt pan with baking spray, set aside.
Dry Ingredients
Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Liquid Ingredients
Add the liquid ingredients and beat until smooth with a mixer.
Beat Together
Stir in the mini Hershey's kisses. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 65 - 75 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
Pour into Pan 2
Pour into prepared pan and bake for 65 - 75 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
Let cool in pan
Remove cake from oven and let cool in the pan for 15 minutes.
Cake on Plate
Flip cake out onto a cooling rack, and allow to cool completely.
To make the Glaze:
Make Glaze
Whisk together the powdered sugar and the Bailey's Irish cream until smooth.
Pour glaze over cake
Place a plate under the cake on the cooling rack, and drizzle the glaze over the top of the cake. When you run out of glaze, move rack to a clean plate and pour glaze from the first plate over the cake.
Set cake aside and allow glaze to set.
To make the Ganache:
Chocolate Chips and Coconut Milk
Place chocolate chips and coconut milk in a microwave safe bowl.
Whisk add Butter
Heat for 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until chocolate is smooth and melted. Whisk in the butter.
Ganache in Bag
Pour the ganache into a zipper bag and snip off one of the corners. Be ready, to will come pouring out!
Drizzle Ganache over Cake
Drizzle ganache over the top of the glazed cake.


You will not need all of the ganache, I used the rest for a different recipe.

*BAILEYS Irish Cream and Godiva Chocolate Liqueur are registered trademarks.  I have no affiliation with either company, and I am not being paid to present this recipe.


  1. says

    This looks wonderful. I love my Bundt pan and anything that is baked in it. I can’t wait to try this.
    We’re having a party at Tumbleweed Contessa today – What’d You Do This Weekend? I’d love it if your would bring this over.

    Have a wonderful week,

  2. says

    Oh wow, this cake looks amazing! I wish I had a slice right now!! Thanks so much for sharing and participating in the Spiked! Recipe challenge. 🙂


  3. Angela @ Shake Bake and Party says

    Stopping by from the Saturday Dishes link party – I love Baileys and this cake looks divine!

  4. says

    I can tell why this is a popular post. This looks fabulous! It looks too good to cut. I think all cakes are so beautiful when baked in a bundt cake pan. This was definitely is beautiful!

  5. says

    Oh, this looks delicious!! I love Baileys and cake so this is the perfect combination 😉 I’ll have to attempt making this sometime.

  6. says

    This is so delish! I am sold on the pics itself! Thanks for the recipe. Nothing can stop me from trying this one out 🙂 Have a wonderful SITS day 🙂


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