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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

"Irish Cream Birthday Cake"

I made this cake for my birthday and loved it!!! It's tender and moist, but slightly dense at the same time. The Irish cream liqueur in this cake makes the recipe extra-special. It's made with white chocolate ganache and fresh strawberries.

You can purchase Peonies at my Etsy Shop

Ingredients cake batter:

6 large eggs
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
1 cup Irish Cream Liquor
1 3/4 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla

White chocolate ganache:
22 oz (2 packs) chocolate chips
1 2/3 cups heavy whipping cream
2 oz (4 tbs) Irish Cream Liquor

5 oz strawberries

Recipe is from July's Cupcakes and Cakes
 First make the ganache a day before you bake the cake. Bring whipping cream to a boil.
Add white chocolate chips and mix vigorously until it melts. 
Add Irish Cream Liquor while mixing. 
Pour it through the strainer. Then let it cool and refrigerate overnight.

Directions for cake:
Preheat the oven to 325F.
Combine 6 eggs with 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar. Whip on high for 7-8 min.
Combine 1/2 cup of vegetable oil and 1 cup Irish Cream Liquor in a cup. 
Mix  1 3/4 cup flour with 2 tsp baking powder in the strainer.
Add 1 tsp vanilla in to egg mixture. 
Gradually at a slow speed add sifted 1/3 of the flour. 
Then half of Irish cream liquor and oil. Then flour again and all of the Irish cream liquor and oil. Then the rest of the flour. 
I used 6 inch cake baking circles. Cover with parchment paper inside and the borders like in the picture. Spray with oil.
Mix batter with spoon from the bottom before you pour in the cake dish. 
Pour equal amounts in to baking dish.
Bake up to an hour.  You can take ganache out of fridge for a couple of hours before spreading it on the cake. If it's hard to spread, microwave for a few sec. 
Cool down completely. To cut cake easier you can freeze it for 30 min. Cut cake lengthwise in to 6 circles. Cut the uneven tops off and just enjoy it with ganache and strawberries. Put fresh strawberries into a blender and blend it well.
Spread a couple tablespoons of strawberries on the each layer of the cake (except the top one). Then spread ganache on each layer. (Mine was runny because I made it in the same day)
Spread the ganache all over the cake and refrigerate it for a few hours. decorate as you wish.

The fact is that the alcohol evaporates when heated, there is no taste or smell. Alcohol gives the effect of tenderness and softness of the cake!
 I sprinkled it with coconut and added a flower on top. 


  1. The combination of white chocolate and strawberries sounds amazing. I have never made anything with irish cream liquor. This is going on my to do list.

  2. Happy Belated birthday Lea! Awesome Cake!

  3. Happy Birthday Lea! I love the flower on top of the cake!

    1. Thank you Marina :) I wanted to make gum paste peony for a long time and finally made it for my cake.

  4. It's a very beautiful Cake!!!!!


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