I'm not going to lie, this cake is NOT good for you! It has a full 8oz cup of Bailey's Irish Creme, nearly four sticks of butter, heavy cream, and other pantry naughties. It is awfully delicious though, and the texture is out of this world! Picture a bite of something with a texture that falls somewhere between "undercooked brownie" and "fluffy cake." But creamier.... and with more depth to the chocolate!
Let's Get Started!
- Cooking spray, for the pan
- 1 box chocolate cake mix (your favorite), plus the ingredients called for on the box
- 1 14-oz. can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk (who doesn't love this stuff?)
- 1/3 c. heavy cream
- 1/3 c. Ghirardelli unsweetened cocoa powder (do NOT skimp on the cocoa powder!)
- 1/4 c. + 2oz Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur
- 2 Sticks of Butter, softened (NOT melted. Let it sit on your counter for awhile)
- 5 Cups of powdered sugar (Yes... five (5) Cups)
- 1/2 Cup Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur
- 1/4 Cup Ghirardelli cocoa powder
- 1 tsp. vanilla (Genuine Vanilla Extract, don't use Imitation. Ever.)
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- Three handfuls of mini-chocolate chips to garnish
Step 1 is easy. Simply bake a boxed chocolate cake, according to the directions on the box. The only thing to worry about here is the pan. You'll need a 13x9 pan, suitable for presentation (unless you plan to park your fanny on the couch in front of a 12 hour Hallmark Christmas Movie Marathon with this cake, a fork, and some Irish Coffee and if that's the case, who am I to judge?). Cupcakes or layered cake will not work for this recipe.
Step 2 - The Goop
While the cake is in the oven (set a timer, the cake is kind of important), you can assemble the goop! Pour all four ingredients into a mixing bowl. Pour the 2oz of Bailey's Irish Creme into an empty coffee mug. Take turns sipping from the coffee mug while whisking the ever-loving-crap out of the goop! Whisk, fast and hard and crazy, until your arm gets tired, then have another sip from the mug. Repeat until the mug is empty and the goop is completely mixed together.
Scrape every single drop of the goop into a large vessel for pouring. A small pitcher maybe, or a large tumbler. Clean out the mixing bowl because you'll need it for the frosting!
Step 3 - "The Goopening"
When the cake comes out of the oven, set it on the counter and grab yourself something from your kitchen drawer that's about as thick as a No. 2 pencil. The handle of a wooden spoon, maybe, or the fat end of a chopstick works well. Begin in the upper left of the cake surface and while the cake is still hot, gently poke and twist a perfectly round hole into the cake, all the way to the bottom. Move over an inch, and repeat. Do this until you have impaled the entire cake with holes that are no more than one inch away from each other. Take a deep breath and grab your goop. With a steady hand, pour the goop all over the cake and into all of the holes. Make sure you get nice, even distribution! Park the goopy cake into the refrigerator for 90 minutes so the cake can recover from the shock! I mean, how would YOU feel if someone pulled you out of a warm bed and covered you with chocolate cream??
Step 4 - The Frosting
While the cake coming to terms with its new goopy partner, you can make the frosting! Using a stand mixer (a hand mixer will do, but you won't be able to make this frosting with a hand whisk), dump your softened butter into the bowl and crank up the horsepower. Whip this butter until it's nice and creamy. Slow the mixer down and add the Bailey's, Vanilla, and salt. SLOWLY, add the cocoa powder, being careful not to allow your mixer to sling the powder all over your kitchen (it happens, trust me)! While the mixer is still slowly doing its thing, add the powdered sugar in small doses, until you're out of sugar and you're staring at a beautiful, creamy, tan-brown, fluffy frosting!
When the cake's 90 minutes are up, pull it out of the fridge. It will look "funky" and not like cake at all. In fact, it will look a little like a WWI "No Man's Land," littered with artillery holes. IT'S OK!! Frosting covers all! Use every gram of frosting (except for what you already licked off of the beaters) to evenly cover this cake, then sprinkle on your min-chips (or chocolate shavings, chocolate sprinkles, dust, sugar, or whatever else might suit your fancy).
A word of caution... This cake is RICH and one piece is ENOUGH for awhile! You may wish to consider it a "meal replacement" rather than an "after dinner treat" or whatever. Also, this is a bit of an adult cake. The chocolate is real, and it's rich, and the flavor is deep! While kids would certainly enjoy it, they wouldn't enjoy it "properly!"