It's your lucky day! One of the quickest cakes to bake up for a large group at the last minute has always been an old-fashioned Texas Sheet Cake...rich and moist chocolate cake, with a light chocolate icing filled with pecan pieces, flowing smoothly over the top. For St. Patrick's Day, I like to dress that old standby up with a little Baileys Irish Cream! Let's kick those southern pecans to the side, and just ramp up the flavor with delicious Baileys Irish Cream! And it feeds a crowd, so it's perfect for any Irish celebration.
Original Baileys Irish Cream is a combination of fresh cream, eggs, chocolate and Irish whiskey, and it's such a natural with chocolate! I love Baileys in coffee or hot cocoa, but it really takes this dark chocolate cake and icing to a new level! And if you like a little variety, you can substitute Baileys Chocolate Cherry Liqueur (for a chocolate and cherry flavor), Baileys Salted Caramel or Baileys Vanilla Cinnamon Liqueur for something different. I love Baileys Chocolate Mint as well, but I haven't been able to find that lately - but it is perfect in this cake!
This rich and delicious sheet cake is incredibly easy to put together, and it has everything you're looking for - dark and rich chocolate cake, perfectly silky and smooth dark chocolate icing, and some fun Irish sprinkles just for fun!
From start to finish, this frosted cake can be cooling on your kitchen counter in thirty minutes, so it really is perfect when folks drop by and you need to whip something up fast!
If you feel so inclined, you can also serve this with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and drizzle with extra dark chocolate & Baileys icing. Truly decadent and the perfect little treat!
Hope you get a chance to make this and share with your family and friends!
Dark Chocolate Cake:
2 cups (240 g) all purpose flour
2 cups (400 g) granulated sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
½ cup Dutch processed cocoa
1 cup water
½ cup Baileys Irish Cream
2 large eggs (room temperature)
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
½ cup unsalted butter
¼ cup Dutch processed cocoa
1/3 cup Baileys Irish Cream
½ tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups powdered sugar
HOW I MAKE THIS:
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