Baileys Poke Cake

cake moistened with Irish creamy beverage
Cake moistened with Irish creamy beverage
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For the cake
Cooking spray for pan
1 box Chocolate cake mix plus ingredients called for on box
For the filling
1 (14oz) can Condensed milk sweetened
⅓ cup Heavy cream
⅓ cup Cocoa powder
¼ cup Baileys
For the frosting
1 cup Butter softened
5 cups Powdered sugar divided
½ cup Chocolate curls baileys
¼ cup Cocoa powder
1 tsp Vanilla
½ tsp Salt
Chocolate curls for garnish

Nutritional information

  • For the cake

  • For the filling

  • For the frosting

Baileys Poke Cake


This Baileys Poke Cake is a great way to use up that bottle of Baileys that has been hanging around since Christmas! As you’re probably aware, Baileys is an Irish alcoholic beverage which is flavored with cream, cocoa, and Irish whiskey. It is a perfect cake to make for St Patrick’s Day due to its Irish connection! 

This cake is really easy to make too because it uses a box chocolate cake mix. While the cake bakes, make a filling from sweetened condensed milk, heavy cream, cocoa powder, and Baileys. When the cake cools slightly, poke holes all over using the handle of a wooden spoon. Pour over the filling and refrigerate before frosting with a Baileys, cocoa powder, vanilla, salt and sugar frosting. 

To make Baileys Poke Cake, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Baileys Poke Cake

Steps to make Baileys Poke Cake


Heat the oven and prepare a baking pan


Preheat the oven to 350 °F. Line a 9×13 inch baking pan with parchment paper and lightly spray with cooking spray.


Mix the cake


Prepare the cake mix according to the instructions on the package.




Pour the cake batter into the prepared baking pan. Bake the cake in the preheated oven for about 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


Poke holes in the cake


Leave the cake to cool for 10 minutes and when slightly cooled, poke holes in the cake using the handle of a wooden spoon.


Make filling


Whisk 1 can of sweetened condensed milk, ⅓ cup of heavy cream, ⅓ cup of cocoa powder and ½ a cup of Baileys together in a medium-sized bowl.


Pour the filling over the cake


Pour the filling over the cake and use a spatula to spread it into the holes.




Chill the cake in the refrigerator for one hour.


Make the frosting


While the cake is chilling, beat 1 cup of butter, 2 ½ cups of powdered sugar, ½ a cup of Baileys, ¼ cup of cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon of vanilla and ½ a teaspoon of salt together in a large bowl using an electric hand mixer.


Add remaining sugar


Add the remaining 2 ½ cups of powdered sugar and beat well until fluffy.


Place the frosting on the cake


Spread the frosting over the top of the cake.



Garnish with chocolate curls and serve slices with coffee or tea.

This Baileys Poke Cake is a fantastic way to use up Baileys! It is a moist, chocolatey treat. Try it soon and make sure you tag your baking photos with #cookmerecipes.

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Total Reviews: 16
Jazlynn Mhoon

My husband was eyeing me down when I poured 1/4 of a cup of our baileys into the cake mix, he thought it would be very distinct that there is alcohol in the cake but after it was done it became his favorite and now we buy baileys just for this dessert!

Vida Timp

Did this recipe with a friend for V-day really tasty and we're both chocolate and bailey lovers so this was a match made in heaven :)

Gretchen Takaki

Saw this recipe and read that it had baileys in it.. Baileys in a cake? I thought, who knew it would turn out to be the BOMB, easily my new favorite along with the caramel mountain top gets me drooling just thinking about it!

Sharon Mefford

WOW this was realllly difficult to perfect, the first time I poured a bit too much baileys and the second time too much cocoa powder.. but third time is the charm as they say, came out exactly as intended.

Maryam Tennesen

Saving this page for future recipes that I want to make, everything on here is absolutely delicious.

Aiyanna Nau

Making this was challenging for me but it turned out super good, very proud that I managed to finish this and not mess anything up.

Alisa Palzer

Love the dessert but way too much chocolate in one cake for me, I like mine simple like the bacardi rum bundt cake.

Nancy Sheely

Could not perfect this cake sadly, it was edible but just too difficult to make so I'll be sticking with something a tad easier, cheesecake here I come.

Elayna Marhofer

Brought this to work and told some of my close co-workers that there is baileys in it-- everyone thought they would get drunk so the cake was gone in under 10 minutes lol, awesome recipe.

Natalya Longo

I made this for ST.Patricks day and making it again today this time to leave a review about how amazingly good tasting this cake is, I also recommend trying the raspberry almond poke cake if you liked this one but you're not a big fan of chocolate.

Marcella Groetsch

Love the taste of this bailey cake, never knew using alcohol with cake would turn out decently, I figured that there would be some bad after taste but thankfully there is none of that.

Leona Eghbali

Very tasteful but takes a really long time to make.

Nellie Beckstrand

Best poke cake I've ever had, first time making it and it was absolutely delightful, can't imagine anything beating this cake yet!

Jaelynn Aldapa

Took a while to make but was worth it, added some chocolate coins on the top of the cake and caramel dressing.

Mercy Abramson

Perfect for birthdays just make sure the person is above the age of 20! Lol just kidding, you can't taste the alcohol at all, really good baileys cake.


Well done! Thanks for sharing recipe!

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