Irish Cream Cake


Irish Cream Cake

Irish Cream Cake
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Although there's no doubt our Irish Cream Cake is perfect for St. Patrick's Day, here in our Test Kitchen, we think the luck of the Irish should be enjoyed all the time. What gives this cake a little something extra is the Irish Cream liqueur in the batter, and we know everyone is gonna love it! This easy Bundt pan cake made from a simple mix will have everyone green with envy every time you bake it. 

What You'll Need

  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 (16.5-ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 1 (4-serving) package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup water, divided
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup Irish cream liqueur, divided
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
  • 1 cup sugar

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Coat a Bundt pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle chopped pecans evenly over bottom of pan.
  2. In a large bowl with an electric mixer on high, beat cake and pudding mixes, eggs, 1/4 cup water, the vegetable oil, and 3/4 cup liqueur for 2 minutes. Pour batter over nuts in pan.
  3. Bake 55 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool 5 minutes in pan.
  4. To make the glaze, in a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine butter, sugar, and remaining 1/4 cup water. Cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally; remove from heat and stir in remaining 1/4 cup liqueur.
  5. With a fork, prick holes in top of cake and pour half the glaze slowly over cake. After glaze soaks into cake, invert cake onto a serving platter and pour remaining glaze over cake. Let cool completely then cover lightly until ready to serve.

Test Kitchen Tip

  • We love this Irish Cream Cake recipe! If you're looking to whip up a full St. Patrick's Day menu, try our Dressed Up Irish Stew, this yummy Fried Cabbage, or, for something truly in the spirit, try our St. Patrick's Day Special
  • For more Irish desserts, check out this smooth and minty Irish Milk Shake, this sweet-as-can-be Shamrock Shortbread, or, one of our favorites, the "Luck of the Irish" Cake
  • Did you know that St. Paddy's Day was originally a celebration to commemorate the life of Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland? It takes place on Saint Patrick's death, believed to be March, 17th, 461 AD. Pretty interesting fact! 
  • Love this recipe? Tell us all about in the comments! 

Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 12

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 619
  • Calories from Fat 359
  • Total Fat 40g 61 %
  • Saturated Fat 13g 63 %
  • Trans Fat 0.7g 0 %
  • Protein 4.8g 10 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 103mg 34 %
  • Sodium 448mg 19 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 55g 18 %
  • Dietary Fiber 1.3g 5 %
  • Sugars 40g 0 %

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I have made this cake several times and have even brought it to bake sales and fundraisers. Everyone loves it! A couple of "tweaks" I have a Kitchen Aid mixer, and the first couple of times I made it, it had a lot of air bubbles. I slowed down the speed to medium and then low for the last minute, to allow any bubbles to escape. Seems to improve the texture. Also the glaze was kind of thin and ran off too much, so now I cook it on medium for a few minutes, then switch to medium-low and cook it longer so it's thicker. Stays on the cake better. All in all, a great recipe!

This cake has been a family favorite for years now! Every time I bring it to a party, its gone in minutes!

sounds like my Bacardi rum cake, decadent!!

Is there a way to substitute Irish Cream Syrup (as is used in coffees, etc.) in place of the liqueur? If so, how much /or- part syrup, rest milk???? Please e-mail response.

Hi there! We haven't tried making this recipe with Irish Cream Syrup, so we're not sure how it would taste. If you decide to give it a try, we'd love to hear how it turned out!

If I were making this and used syrup...I'd delete the cup of sugar, it won't be needed. I do all sorts of substitutions, and this one would be simply great.

Question. 18.5 oz cake mixes are not available in my area. Do you have a magic formula of flour, baking powder and whatever to make up the difference?

The recipe ingredients have been updated. Use a 16.5 oz package yellow cake mix instead and you do not need to add extra flour or anything. The recipe will turn out just fine and you Irish Cream Cake will be delicious! Thanks for the question and enjoy!

Sugar-free cake mix and pudding mix work well too. Pistachio pudding is wonderful!

Took this to a picnic Sunday and was told that this is a must for ALL of our occasions. I used peach schnapps - AWESOME.

double WOW!! will use the schnapps, it sounds sooo tasty. thanks for sharing....

This is the same recipe put out by Bacardi rum back in the 60's or 70's except that it uses Irish cream instead of rum. How about using the rum for the cake and drinking the Irish cream with it. It will make you very happy!

Wonder how a package of instant pistachio pudding would be? Then it would be green for St Patty's!!

Can you substitute for Irish liqueur?

Please see the comment below regarding Irish Cream flavored coffee creamer. Thank you!

Would prefer not to use liqueur. What about irish cream coffee creamer??

Great question! If you are looking to eliminate the alcohol, the Irish Cream flavored coffee creamer is a great option. However, if you are looking to lose the Irish Cream flavor, you can try substituting either heavy cream or milk. Thank you and good luck!

This is the best. Every time I've made it, it has disappeared and people have asked for the receipe. Moist and delicious!

I made this cake and brought it to my Country Club for a birthday party. Everyone loved it. Even people who said they don't like cake, loved it. It's very moist and the flavor of Irish Cream is delicious!

I made this cake. It was great and was a big hit with everyone!

Try this with Peach Schnapps. makes a great dessert for any occasion, but wouldn't recommend to much if little ones are around. The flavor is more intense the next day. Some of the alcohol cooks downs, but still has the flavor.

Makes a really great moist cake.

If you don't use the liqueurs what can you use in place of it?

Help, I have one of those plastic- like bundt cake pans, do I grease and flour this pan like I did my old metal bundt cake pan?

Add some orange zest ( one teaspoon each ) to the cake & the glaze

Sounds yummy! Can substitute other liqueurs, or none at all.

you are right.. I use dry sherry...then it becomes a Sherry cake.

What size pan????????????????????????????????

i would think just a regular bundt cake pan

bundt cake pan.

Really sweet!! Tastes much better the next day. A little too sweet for me, but the Bailey's tastes great!

This cake is ALWAYS a hit at the office for St. Pats! SO easy and SOOOOOOOOO good ;)


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