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March 7, 2017

Chocolate Chip Irish Cream Pound Cake

Show up to this year’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities or BRUNCH with a Chocolate Chip Irish Cream Pound Cake! This decadent cake, made with a large pour of Bailey’s Irish Cream, is studded with dark chocolate chips. Dense and moist with a fluffy interior and a crunchy exterior, finish this Chocolate Chip Irish Cream Pound Cake with a drizzle of Bailey’s Irish Cream Glaze. This boozy pound cake makes a sweet treat for any given day!

Show up to this year's St. Patrick's Day festivities or BRUNCH with Chocolate Chip Irish Cream Pound Cake! This decadent cake, made with a large pour of Bailey's Irish Cream, is studded with dark chocolate chips. Dense and moist with a fluffy interior and a crunchy exterior, finish this Chocolate Chip Irish Cream Pound Cake with a drizzle of Bailey's Irish Cream Glaze. This boozy pound cake makes a sweet treat for any given day!

Y’all are going to get the wrong idea about me.

You see, I love mixing drinks and baking with booze and sipping an occasional beer or cocktail… but sometimes, I fear y’all are going to think I’m a lush.

At one point in my life (AKA college), I might’ve been for a hot minute… but I’m not anymore.

I learned about 6 months into my child’s life that being hungover while taking care of an infant was akin to having my fingernails ripped from their beds. And while that statement sounds dramatic, I can promise you it was painful. Really painful.

Show up to this year's St. Patrick's Day festivities or BRUNCH with Chocolate Chip Irish Cream Pound Cake! This decadent cake, made with a large pour of Bailey's Irish Cream, is studded with dark chocolate chips. Dense and moist with a fluffy interior and a crunchy exterior, finish this Chocolate Chip Irish Cream Pound Cake with a drizzle of Bailey's Irish Cream Glaze. This boozy pound cake makes a sweet treat for any given day!

And yet, with St. Patrick’s Day looming, I couldn’t help myself with a few more booze-tastic recipes. #sorrynotsorry

However, this Chocolate Chip Irish Cream Pound Cake was a total shot in the dark.

My mother visited a few weekends ago, and one evening, we wanted something sweet. Upon a survey of our liquor cabinet, the Irish Cream jumped right out at me. Since I needed to test some St. Patrick’s Day recipes, I decided to throw the Irish Cream into a cake.

WHY NOT, right?

Show up for St. Patrick's Day or BRUNCH with Chocolate Chip Irish Cream Pound Cake! This cake, made with Irish Cream, is studded with dark chocolate chips.

Shockingly, this cake turned out perfectly the first time. (Please note that baking perfection on the first go-round never happens for me. That night, we should’ve celebrated because this probably won’t happen again for a long while.)

So we gobbled it down, then I had to make it again for photographs.

I knooooooooooow. I lead a rough life.

Show up for St. Patrick's Day or BRUNCH with Chocolate Chip Irish Cream Pound Cake! This cake, made with Irish Cream, is studded with dark chocolate chips.

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Show up for St. Patrick's Day or BRUNCH with Chocolate Chip Irish Cream Pound Cake! This cake, made with Irish Cream, is studded with dark chocolate chips.

The only bad thing about this cake is that it’s not kid-friendly. While the Irish Cream bakes out of the batter, the cake is topped with an Irish Cream Glaze, which is definitely boozy.

So if you want to give this to kiddos, I advise skipping the glaze or simply mixing it with milk instead of the Irish Cream.

And if you’re attending an adults-only party, drizzle this bad boy with the booze.

I promise it’s worth it.

Here’s how you can make it:

Chocolate Chip Irish Cream Pound Cake
 
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Show up to this year's St. Patrick's Day festivities or BRUNCH with a Chocolate Chip Irish Cream Pound Cake! This decadent cake, made with a large pour of Bailey's Irish Cream, is studded with dark chocolate chips. Dense and moist with a fluffy interior and a crunchy exterior, finish this Chocolate Chip Irish Cream Pound Cake with a drizzle of Bailey's Irish Cream Glaze. This boozy pound cake makes a sweet treat for any given day!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Makes: 1 loaf
Ingredients
Chocolate Chip Irish Cream Pound Cake
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • ½ cup Irish Cream (homemade or store-bought)
  • 1 ¼ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
Irish Cream Glaze
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Irish Cream (homemade or store-bought)
  • A pinch of salt
  • Green sprinkling sugar, for decorating
Instructions
Make the Pound Cake
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a loaf pan with nonstick baking spray, and set aside.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the slightly cooled butter and sugar. Whisk until combined and smooth.
  3. Crack the eggs into a smaller dish, then add them into the butter/sugar mixture. Stir in the Irish Cream, as well.
  4. In a large glass bowl, combine the unbleached all-purpose flour, baking powder, kosher salt and chocolate chips. Whisk until combined, then set aside.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, stirring until just combined.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan, and transfer to the oven.
  7. Bake for 50-55 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Remove from the oven, and allow ample time to cool.
Make the Glaze
  1. While the pound cake cools, measure the powdered sugar into a smaller glass bowl.
  2. Season with a pinch of salt, then pour in the Irish Cream.
  3. Whisk (or whip together using a hand mixer) until smooth, and set aside.
Decorate the Cake
  1. When the cake has cooled completely, drizzle the glaze over it.
  2. Sprinkle with green sprinkling sugar (or sprinkles!).
  3. Cut into slices, and enjoy!

Show up for St. Patrick's Day or BRUNCH with Chocolate Chip Irish Cream Pound Cake! This cake, made with Irish Cream, is studded with dark chocolate chips.

Have you ever baked with booze?

Would you like a slice of this Chocolate Chip Irish Cream Pound Cake?

Show up for St. Patrick's Day or BRUNCH with Chocolate Chip Irish Cream Pound Cake! This cake, made with Irish Cream, is studded with dark chocolate chips.

18 Comments

  1. Meghan @ Cake 'n Knife

    First, I need a slice of this with my morning coffee. Like, NOW. Second, I LOVE the hint of green to make it festive!! Third, we need to move into a commune together with Susannah and Madison so we can always eat and drink all the delicious things! That is all. 😉

    • Erin

      I wish there was a way for me to send you a slice via the internet because I can attest that this cake is SUPER good with coffee. 😉

      Thank you!

      And we totally need to somehow make that happen? Think of all the goooooooood food we could share!

  2. Julie | Bunsen Burner Bakery

    Great minds, lady – I have an Irish cream bundt cake up today! Although I love how you’re “don’t give it to kids! it’s boozy!” and I’m all “It’s only 4 tablespoons of Irish cream, which is only like a quarter actual whiskey, and it’s divided among 16 pieces! It’s totally fine it give it to kids!”

    • Erin

      OMG, that’s amazing, Julie! And our reasoning of whether or not to give slices to the kids is funny, too, because I can see either working. 😉 Well done!

  3. Erren

    Chocolate chips and Irish cream? I’m in! I love the hint of green you’ve added too to make it extra special for St. Patrick’s day!

    • Erin

      Thank you, Erren! You can’t go wrong with chocolate chips and Irish cream, eh?

  4. Jen

    You’ll never be a lush in my book! Mixing booze with sweets is my love language, haha! It’s a great St. Patrick’s day treat!

    • Erin

      Ha, THANK YOU, Jen! 😉 I’m so glad that mixing booze with sweets is your love language. It’s just SO delicious and makes it unique!

  5. Melanie | Melanie Makes

    Love all the chocolate chips studding this bread!

    • Erin

      Thanks so much, Melanie!

  6. Catalina @ Peas & Peonies

    I would love to have a slice right now! This Chocolate Chip Irish Cream Pound Cake is so yummy!

    • Erin

      I’ll just send one on over. Enjoy!

  7. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

    I can never resist a dessert with Irish cream. This pound cake sounds amazing! Of course, I’d love a slice!

    • Erin

      I can’t, either, Anna! Irish Cream is such a great thing to add to dessert. Thank you!

  8. Jessica | Novice Chef

    This sounds absolutely incredible! I cannot wait to try it.

    • Erin

      Thank you, Jessica! I hope you enjoy this cake!

  9. Erin

    The glaze is what I think knocks this pound cake out of the park. Yum!

  10. Sasha @ Eat Love Eat

    This looks so delicious! Yum!

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