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Caramel Mudslide Shot

Kick up your heels and enjoy this simply rich and decadent Caramel Mudslide Shot!

Rich & Creamy Caramel Mudslide Shot | Sweet Baked Life

Who would have known that combining your favorite Nestle Coffee Mate creamer with alcohol would make an amazing libation? Well, not me.

You see, while walking through the aisles of my local Raley’s grocery store, I was pursing the shelves to get some inspiration for a new recipe. And while doing so, I wondered by the flavored coffee creamers — I always wanted to try one of these and decided to spruce up my morning coffee with a dab of Nestle’s Coffee Mate Salted Caramel Chocolate creamer.

I love caramel and chocolate so the idea of stirring this decadent creamer into my hot coffee made me go just about crazy. The next morning I tried it, and I was hooked.

Rich & Creamy Caramel Mudslide Shot | Sweet Baked Life

The more I thought about the delicious flavor combination of creamy caramel and chocolate the more I imagined the things I could use it for.

Ah, ha…a festive cocktail would be incredible. I shuffled through my liquor cabinet and pulled out my Bailey’s Irish Creme and my favorite vodka.

As I shook up the concoction, I could barely wait until I poured it into my glass. I was delighted with the outcome. The cool, creamy, thick drink was to-dye-for! It’s definitely a sipping drink, one that’s maybe best served after dinner; cozying up with a loved one, or extreme bonding with a good friend! It’s sweet, however the vodka melds the flavors together into in amazing drink!

Rich & Creamy Caramel Mudslide Shot | Sweet Baked Life

Caramel Mudslide Shot

By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients:
1 shot Bailey’s Irish Creme
1 shot Vodka (good quality)
1 shot Nestle Coffee Mate Salted Caramel Chocolate creamer

Instructions:
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add add ingredients. Shake until well chilled. Strain into small glass & enjoy!

Rich & Creamy Caramel Mudslide Shot | Sweet Baked Life

Cheers and may the luck of the Irish be with you!

Walls for the wind,
And a roof for the rain,
And drinks beside the fire —
Laughter to cheer you
And those you love near you,
And all that your heart may desire!

Sheila

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Bailey’s Irish Cream Chocolate Cake

Get ready to dig into this delightfully magical Bailey’s Irish Cream Chocolate Cake!

Bailey's Irish Cream Chocolate Cake includes a one-layer Bailey's chocolate cake, topped with Bailey's ganache and slathered with Bailey's whipped cream! | Sweet Baked Life

Throw on some green clothes, turn on that Celtic music and do a little jig as you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by making this wonderful cake.

Well, at least it would be fun to make a cake this way! And for me, as part of my Irish heritage, well, I had to post something scrumptious and beyond delicious to celebrate this traditional and fun March holiday.

Bailey's Irish Cream Chocolate Cake includes a one-layer Bailey's chocolate cake, topped with Bailey's ganache and slathered with Bailey's whipped cream! | Sweet Baked Life

This cake is not green in color, nor is it decorated with shiny shamrocks or cute leaping leprechauns. However, one bite of this rustic, yet sophisticated Bailey’s Irish Cream Chocolate Cake will instantly bring you the luck of the Irish!

I’m just saying, this cake is legendary good! You may even become the saint of your kitchen and household for making it for your family and friends. Not sure if they make this cake in Ireland, but they should!

Bailey's Irish Cream Chocolate Cake includes a one-layer Bailey's chocolate cake, topped with Bailey's ganache and slathered with Bailey's whipped cream! | Sweet Baked Life

As well, you may just get a wee bit tipsy as it incorporates Bailey’s Irish Cream in every layer! You start with a rich Bailey’s one-layer chocolate cake, topped off with silky Bailey’s chocolate ganache, and smothered with creamy Bailey’s whipped cream!

And surprisingly, this cake is not too sweet. I think this is partly because the cake layer has coffee added which gives it a nice balance and the whipped cream has a very small amount of sugar.

Come on now, be a bit mischievous – you still have time to bake this cake to celebrate this special day! And maybe, just maybe, you will find your new pot of gold at the end of the beautiful rainbow! Yes, Irish cream spiked chocolate will be the new gold!

Bailey's Irish Cream Chocolate Cake includes a one-layer Bailey's chocolate cake, topped with Bailey's ganache and slathered with Bailey's whipped cream! | Sweet Baked Life

Bailey's Irish Cream Chocolate Cake

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life Bailey's Irish Cream Chocolate Cake includes a one-layer Bailey's chocolate cake, topped with Bailey's ganache and slathered with Bailey's whipped cream! | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients

Cake:
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup freshly brewed espresso coffee
1/4 cup Bailey’s Irish Creme

Ganache:
4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons Bailey’s Irish Creme

Whipped Cream:
1 cup heaving whipping cream
1 teaspoon confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons Bailey’s Irish Creme
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

cocoa powder and chopped semi-sweet chocolate for garnish

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Prepare an 8-inch round cake pan with non-stick spray, then line with parchment paper and spray again.

To a large bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, add the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Mix at low speed until combined. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, oil, eggs, vanilla and Bailey’s. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry until just incorporated, and then slowly beat in the hot espresso until fully incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for approximately 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. When done, transfer to a wire rack and let cool for 15 minutes.

While the cake is cooling, make the ganache. In a small microwave safe bowl, add the chocolate and heavy cream. Microwave for 30 seconds. Stir. If chocolate is not completely melted, continue to microwave in 15 second intervals and stirring in between, until completely melted and smooth. Add the Bailey’s and stir until completely incorporated.

After the cake has cooled. Remove from the pan and peel off the parchment paper. Place the cake on a serving plate. Pour the ganache on the top and spread evenly with an offset spatula, then place the cake in the refrigerator to let the ganache firm up.

To make the whipped cream; place the heavy cream in a large bowl of an electric mixer with the whisk attachment, and beat on high speed. Gradually add the confectioner’s sugar and continue beating. Then slowly add the vanilla and Bailey’s and continue to beat until soft peaks form. Remove cake from refrigerator and add the whipped cream to the top. Dust with cocoa powder and garnish with a few pieces of chopped semi-sweet chocolate.

Bailey's Irish Cream Chocolate Cake includes a one-layer Bailey's chocolate cake, topped with Bailey's ganache and slathered with Bailey's whipped cream! | Sweet Baked Life

Now get your fork ready to indulge in this divine Bailey’s Irish Cream Chocolate Cake!

Oh and one more thing, this special Irish day is also shared with my 3rd Blogiversary! So thanks to all of you, my friends, fellow bakers, loyal readers, and family for sharing my journey with me. xxoo

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!

Dance as if no one were watching, Sing as if no one were listening, And live every day as if it were your last.

Sheila

 

{recipe adapted and inspired from Ina Garten & Half Baked Harvest}


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Starry Night Cocktail

For me, Christmas Eve is all about wrapping presents and getting everything ready for Christmas Day. You see, at our home, the presents do not go under the tree until Christmas morning. So usually I am up until the wee hours of the morning wrapping like a crazy person! Thank goodness I got all of my baking done yesterday! Christmas Day is spent with my immediate family and then the day after Christmas, my family and friends come over for a fun-filled feast. During Christmas, the entertaining never ends around here — and I would not have it any other way! I love baking, cooking and spending time with the ones I love. So cheers to Christmas! And after spending a long day with your family and friends, don’t forget to unwind with this festive Starry Night Cocktail.

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This cocktail is pure creamy deliciousness! Sit back and sip on the delightful blend of cool vodka, sweetly strong coffee and Irish creme along with a hint of cocoa. In no time you’ll be relaxed and happy as you reminisce about the wonder of the day! Or days in my case!

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Starry Night Cocktail
(adapted from Holiday Cocktails, Jessica Strand 2003)

1 oz. Vodka
1 oz. Kahlua Coffee liqueur
1 oz. Baileys Irish Creme liqueur
Cocoa powder for glass garnish
Coffee beans for garnish

First garnish the rim of your glass by lightly dipping the rim into room temperature coffee or water then dip into cocoa powder. Set aside.

In a shaker filled with ice, add the vodka, coffee liqueur and Irish creme liqueur. Shake until combined and strain into your prepared glass. Place 3 coffee beans on top. Makes one cocktail. Repeat as needed.

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Wishing you all a wonderful day with your friends, family and loved ones! And don’t forget to top it off with this Starry Night Cocktail.

Merry Christmas!

Sheila