Triple Irish Cream Chocolate Caramel Cake

Who’s in for booze on a Monday? I surely am, and I’m pretty sure that so are you all but – when is it a bad time for spiked desserts, that’s the question.

Yes, I’m aware it’s Sunday today. I’ve had my fair share of this cake, but I’m not that drunk… I just wanted to give you enough time to make this in order to enjoy it tomorrow Monday.

Because obviously, Monday mornings call for some boozy desserts, with Irish cream on the cake, frosting and caramel sauce. Can you tell this is going to be good?

It is.


Triple Irish Cream Chocolate Caramel Cake - the perfect St. Patricks day dessert!


Like – 100% mindblowing. Neither my words nor my pictures can make you imagine how awesome this dessert was. First, we have fluffy chocolate cake. A super moist one, I must say. Life’s too short for dry cakes so I made sure this one was nothing like that. It is flavored with chocolate and the goodness of Bayleys Irish Cream (aka liquid gold, that stuff is glorious!) and it turns out so perfect that you could totally eat it on its own.

But again: when is it a bad time to add some cheesecake frosting and a drizzle of caramel sauce? Never – that’s the answer you’re looking for.


Triple Irish Cream Chocolate Caramel Cake - the perfect St. Patricks day dessert!


So I went ahead and topped with the creamiest, most luscious “cheesecake” frosting I’ve ever tasted. And I laughed because – guess what – cheesecake frosting is actually pureed cottage cheese which means…

More cake for me.

Unhealthy as this cake may look – it packs some serious protein thanks to cottage cheese and quark cheese. And yeah, that’s secret code for “I’m allowed to have two pieces”.

Let’s not lie now guys. Almost a whole bottle of Bayleys made it to the cake, so I wouldn’t call this one health food, oh well. But you know my motto: if you’re going to indulge, make sure it is worth the extra calories, right?


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And yeah, this one is so worth it ohhh. Best cake I’ve ever made, people who tasted it said. As if the cake wasn’t already moist enough, it absorbed some of the frosting and caramel, resulting in a dreamy soaked cake which kind of resembled “Tres Leches Cake”, only better, because it is booze + caramel what we’re talking about and not milk, duh.

I took the first bit and I instantly knew that this cake had to make its way out of the house as soon as possible. Otherwise it would be me who did it… rolling.

Again: sorry that my pictures don’t make this stuff justice. It was late in the afternoon when I baked it, and I couldn’t wait to dig into it, so I decided I’d take some pictures there.

Dumb, dumb me.

You know when the shooting is not working and you’re just standing there with your camera wishing for it to end and wanting to eat all the cake.


Triple Irish Cream Chocolate Caramel Cake - the perfect St. Patricks day dessert!


Oh well, that’s what I did.


Triple Irish Cream Chocolate Caramel Cake
Serves 16
Boozy, moist, creamy and ultra chocolaty. You need to have this on St. Patricks day!
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For the cake
  1. 240 grams flour
  2. 60 grams cacao powder
  3. 200 grams brown sugar
  4. 1 tbsp. instant coffee granules
  5. a pinch of salt
  6. 15 grams baking powder
  7. 250 grams 0% fat quark cheese*
  8. 7 tablespoons Bayleys Irish Cream
  9. 2 eggs
  10. 1 teaspoon vinegar
  11. 60 grams sunflower oil**
For the frosting
  1. 400 grams fat free cottage cheese***
  2. 40 grams brown sugar
  3. 3 tablespoons Bayleys Irish Cream
  4. 30 grams butter
For the caramel
  1. 75 grams Bayleys Irish Cream
  2. 100 grams brown sugar
  3. 1 + 1/2 tablespoons butter
  4. a pinch of salt
  1. Start by making the cake so you can make both the frosting and caramel while it's in the oven.
  2. Whisk all of the dry ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Stir in wet ones and mix with an electrical whisk until mix is smooth and lump free. Don't worry, there's no risk to overwork the batter.
  4. Grease and flour a baking pan and pour batter.
  5. Bake at 180ºC (375F) for 20-25 minutes.
  6. Let it cool before you frost it.
  7. For the frosting, dump all of the ingredients into a blender or food processor and pulse until creamy.
  8. For the caramel, place Bayleys and sugar in a saucepan and stir until dissolved.
  9. Bring mixture to a boil for 4 minutes.
  10. Add butter and whisk to dissolve.
  11. Let it cool before you pour on cake.
  12. To assemble: spread a thick layer of frosting on top of the cake and then drizzle with caramel sauce.
  1. *I used quark cheese because my local store was out of greek yogurt, but thick 2% greek yogurt works perfectly in place of it. If you can find quark, I recommend you use it instead - I like that version a bit better.
  2. **Use a kind of oil which is flavorless (ie: canola, vegetable, etc...) or you could kill the Bayleys flavor!
  3. ***Make sure that you use low sodium cottage cheese - it tastes better.
  4. This cake gets better the longer it sits and it absorbs the booze in the frosting and gets super moist.
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I hope you all have a piece of this baby for St. Patricks day – it will be 3000 times better that way, you know.

Have a great day!




  • Reply movita beaucoup March 2, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Oh my goodness! This sounds utterly divine! It has all the good things… ALL THE GOOD THINGS!

  • Reply Alyssa March 2, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    I think I would be eating this cake for Sunday morning breakfast should it be in my kitchen right now!! And the cheesecake frosting is protein-packed? Oh man! License to eat all the cake, I think. 🙂 This cake is awesome in every way, Consuelo!

  • Reply BrunchTimeBaker March 2, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Irish cream is the best! I love how moist this cake is!

  • Reply blahnikbaker March 2, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Quark Cheese in the cake and cottage cheese in the frosting. Love this cake!! And boozy desserts are the best way to start the week.

  • Reply whatjessicabakednext March 2, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    This looks divine as ever, Consuelo! This would be great to make for St Patrick’s Day- there’s nothing more Irish than Bailey’s! 🙂

  • Reply Mary Frances March 2, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Haha, I konw the feeling well! Sitting there with your camera going, well this lighting is a lost cause! Yeah, I feel you. Your description is killing me! Super moist chocolate cake with cheesecake frosting? *swwon*

  • Reply Linda Ross March 2, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    This sounds great. What size pan is used?

    • Reply Consuelo March 2, 2014 at 9:47 pm

      Thanks Linda!
      Any brownie pan would do, actually. The thickness of the cake would be different though.
      8 x 8 is what I used : )

  • Reply Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron March 2, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    This sounds (and looks) awesome! Love that plate you used! Pinned!

  • Reply mayihavethatrecipe March 2, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    We have to say you are a genius with cakes and sweets. This chocolate cake with Baileys sounds heavenly and we love how you use cottage cheese, greek yogurt and in this case quark cheese in your recipes

  • Reply Davida @The Healthy Maven March 2, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    I’m on a mission to find quark cheese! I’ve searched all over toronto but I won’t stop till I do!

  • Reply Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen March 3, 2014 at 1:35 am

    What better way to start the week than with a boozy cake? Looks delicious Consuelo!

  • Reply Trisha (Stew or a Story) March 3, 2014 at 4:07 am

    I always find it appropriate to eat cake for breakfast. Dying over that icing!

  • Reply Judit @WineDIneDaily March 3, 2014 at 5:40 am

    Looks very tempting your decadent cake Consuelo! Love the caramel with Bayleys Irish Cream and certainly worth every calorie!

  • Reply Helen @ Scrummy Lane March 3, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    I love that there is Bailey’s in each part of this cake, Consuelo … especially in the caramel … yum! And it looks surprisingly simple to make, too. You just need to make sure you have that big bottle of Irish Creme at the ready!!

  • Reply Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness March 3, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    I LOVE how you skinny-fy everything girl! This cake looks SO moist…and it’s has Baileys. I will never say no. I mean, it’s 6:30 am on Monday and I am kiiiinda debating face planting into it for breakfast. Judge away,
    P.s You dishes are SO CUTE!

  • Reply Monica March 3, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Oh Consuelo – that cake looks so fluffy and moist. I love how you are lightening up all these decadent treats into something we can eat any weekday! Just looking at this makes this cold Monday morning nicer.

  • Reply marcie@flavorthemoments March 3, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    This boozy cake looks divine, Consuelo! It looks so moist, chocolatey, and gooey, which is one irresistible combination! 🙂

  • Reply Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens March 3, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Irish cream cake just in time for St. Patrick’s Day – perfect! The frosting is genius! I’ve been playing around with lots of ideas for pureed cottage cheese – it’s an insanely brilliant solution for adding healthy yet decadently creamy texture to both sweet and savory foods – but this frosting takes that concept to a whole new, unprecedented level! I think I could probably be completely happy to eat it by the spoonful … even without the cake! 😀

  • Reply Mike @TheIronYou March 3, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Oh wow Co, is this even for realz? 😉

  • Reply Meghan @ Spoonful of Flour March 3, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    I did some baking with Irish Cream this weekend too! Love it! I could totally go for some of this boozy cake right now!

  • Reply erinsilvius March 3, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    “Because obviously, Monday mornings call for some boozy desserts, with Irish cream on the cake, frosting and caramel sauce.” Uh yes. This looks like the perfect addition to my Monday morning. So good! Love that you use cottage cheese, too!

  • Reply shashi @ March 3, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Wow – this caramel and frosting soaked cake sounds incredible!

  • Reply Ashley March 3, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Monday morning definitely calls for boozy cake! And holy moly this looks delicious! Between the cake itself, the caramel and that frosting??? Awesome lady!

  • Reply Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes March 3, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    I’m here for booze on a Monday! These cake looks great, but this FROSTING! It looks absolutely amazing. I could definitely eat this up!

  • Reply huntfortheverybest March 3, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    it looks delicious!

  • Reply anecdotesandapples March 4, 2014 at 2:14 am

    I need a slice of this cake in my life RIGHT NOW.

  • Reply keljanke March 4, 2014 at 4:00 am

    Sounds super interesting! YES mam, life is wayyyy too short for dry cake! haha biggest pet peeve about cakes. Probably for most people too. So awesome that there is cottage cheese in the frosting..genius 🙂

  • Reply Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen March 4, 2014 at 4:20 am

    Hahahahaha! You make me laugh Consuelo! I lovvvvved this post – I LOL’d. And, I have to tell you girl – this cake looks FABULOUS! I’m all over the boozy Mondays! Hahahahaha! That makes me laugh.

  • Reply Deb@ Cooking on the Front Burner March 4, 2014 at 4:45 am

    The boozy cake looks wonderful – thanks for sharing the recipe though I’ve not heard of quark. It definitely looks full of flavor – hand me a fork please 🙂

  • Reply Johlene March 4, 2014 at 11:31 am

    I love to use Bailey´s in baking and I have a really nice frosting recipe for it but yours is totally different & I´m super excited to try this more healthier option!!! Xx

  • Reply cheri March 4, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Oh this looks so decadent! Love it!

  • Reply Cindy March 4, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Pour me some liquid gold onto anything and I’d be happy. This cake looks delicious! I am betting it taste amazing with the Baileys 😀

  • Reply Samina | The Cupcake Confession March 4, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Whoaaaaa Consuelo!!!! All I want to do is stuff my face with this ‘booze+ caramel cake’ Oh yum! I’m salivating just looking at these photos! as if this deliciously moist cake was not enough the cheesecake frosting just makes me go crazzzzzzzy ! 😀

  • Reply Chris @ Shared Appetite March 4, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    This cake sounds so good! And I totally feel your photography pain… there are many a time when things just don’t work out the way I want and just say whatever… time to eat!

  • Reply Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner March 4, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Haha, sign me up for a boozy Mon! This cake looks amazing and in fact I’d even it on a random Tues 😉

  • Reply sprinklesandsauce March 5, 2014 at 6:02 am

    beautiful cake!

  • Reply Sugar and Cinnamon March 5, 2014 at 6:43 am

    Wow I can’t even deal with how amazing this cake looks! Reeallly feeling like chocolate cake now!

  • Reply Carmel Moments March 5, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    This looks amazing! But you already know I’m a sucker for all things chocolate! Lovely indeed!

  • Reply Allie | Baking a Moment March 5, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    I don’t even know how you managed to hold yourself back long enough to take the snaps- this cake looks TDF! I can’t believe you managed to roll chocolate, Bailey’s, cheesecake, and caramel all into one incredible cake! I’m dying!

  • Reply Kelly March 6, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Wow, this cake is stunning! Boozy cakes are a great way to start off the week – looks incredible Consuelo!

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