Here's what you need to know: I made Bailey's cake once before with minor problems (my cake sunk in the middle, which forced the glaze to pool), but I figured with my new baking skillz, I could knock this one out, easy.
Also, my future father-in-law's birthday is this week, and knowing that he likes Baileys, I thought I'd bake him a little Bailey's pound cake.
The recipe is one my stepgrandmother Helene gave me years ago and I remember now that she had made minor adjustments and I no longer know what those adjustments were. I also know that when she makes it, she divides the batter between six mini pans. I realized I did not have mini pans, so I split it between two. Two pans that I now consider to be HARBINGERS OF DOOOOOOOOM.
(Don't worry, I'll share the recipe at the bottom!)
I preheated the cake to 350 and while it baked, I mixed confectioner's sugar and Bailey's to create the glaze.
Helene's instructions said she cooked the cakes from anywhere between 25 to 45 minutes. Hmm. That is quite a window. Speaking of windows, here's what I saw through my oven's around 30 minutes. That looks....dangerous.
I waited a little longer and stuck a toothpick in. Stupidly, I put the pick in toward the edge and when it came out clean, I took the cakes out. They were DISASTERS. The tops split apart like a loaf of bread and the batter between the cracks wasn't fully cooked.
So, for some reason, I convinced myself if I flipped one of them and poured the glaze over it, the cake would suddenly look about right.
Omigod. Could this be more wrong? I seriously was near tears at this point. The batter was still gooey in the center, so I popped them in AGAIN, bringing the cooking time to like...50 minutes.
I cut a slice out to try on the end and saw an even bigger disaster: EGG SHELL! Omigod, how did that get in there? I was doomed from the start.
As I said, this cake was destined to be a gift and I had no back-up gift, so I salvaged five cooked slices sans egg shell and put them in this adorable Wilton baking box (it comes with the tissue paper!).
I won't lie, this was my biggest failure thus far and I took it especially hard knowing I've successfully made these cakes before! But, here's the recipe:
Helene's Easy Bailey's Cake
- Package of white cake mix
- Package of vanilla pudding mix
- 1 1/4 cup of Baileys Irish Cream
- 1 cup of vegetable oil
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup of chocolate chips
- GLAZE: 1/2 cup Baileys and 1 1/2 cup Confectioner's sugar
- Preheat oven to 350
- Combine all ingredients with a mixer
- Flour and grease six mini pans. Pour one cup of mixture in pans.
- Bake 25 to 35 minutes (Helene says 45!).
- Combine topping. Remove cake from oven and poke holes throughout.
- Pour topping. Make sure you use all of it.
- Cool for 2 hours.