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Irish Coffee Cake (with Bailey’s)

A luxurious Irish coffee cake with Bailey’s and mascarpone frosting that looks impressive, yet it’s much easier and quicker to make than you might think.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Irish
Keyword coffee cake, irish cake, irish coffee cake, irish cream cake
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings 10 slices
Calories 514kcal
Author Adina



Irish coffee cake:

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour 210 g Notes 1, 2
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar 300 g
  • ¾ cup cornstarch 85 g, Note 3
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 eggs large, room temperature
  • ½ cup buttermilk 125 ml, room temperature
  • ½ cup Bailey’s 125 ml
  • ½ neutral-tasting oil like canola, 125 ml
  • 1 cup strong coffee 250 ml, Note 4

Mascarpone frosting (Note 5):

  • 8 oz mascarpone 225 g
  • 1 cup heavy cream 250 ml
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar 75 g
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons Bailey’s
  • chocolate streusel or shavings for garnishing the cake


Irish coffee cake:

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C. Grease and line the springforms with parchment paper.
  • Brew the coffee and set it aside while you make the cake batter.
    1 cup boiling water from the kettle + 1 Tbsp instant coffee (or one cup strong filter coffee)
  • Dry ingredients: Mix flour, sugar, cornstarch, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Sift them into a large bowl.
    1 ½ cups (210 g) flour + 1 ½ cups (300 g) sugar + ¾ cup (85 g) cornstarch + 2 tsp baking soda + 1 tsp baking powder + ½ tsp salt
  • Wet ingredients: Lightly beat the eggs, preferably in a jug bowl, so that you can easily pour the mixture later. Add buttermilk, Bailey’s, and oil and whisk lightly (with a fork) to combine. Slowly pour the mixture over the dry ingredients whisking with an electric mixer at a very low speed.
    2 large eggs + ½ cup (125 ml) buttermilk + ½ cup (125 ml) Bailey’s + ½ cup (125 ml) oil
  • Combine: Add the hot coffee and stir with a spatula very shortly until the ingredients are just combined. Scrape the bottom of the bowl as well. Divide the mixture into two equal parts and pour it into the two prepared tins.
    1 cup (250 ml) coffee
  • Bake for about 45-50 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out relatively clean, it can still be a bit wet, but it should not be covered in batter. Let cool in the pan for 15-20 minutes, then transfer the cakes to wire racks and let them cool completely.

Mascarpone frosting:

  • Remove the mascarpone from the refrigerator 15 minutes before making the frosting.
    8 oz (225 g) mascarpone
  • Whip heavy cream, powdered sugar, and cocoa powder until soft peaks form. Add mascarpone and Bailey’s and whip until stiff peaks form.
    1 cup (250 ml) heavy cream + ¾ cup (75 g) powdered sugar + 1 tsp cocoa powder + 2 Tbsp Bailey’s

Assemble the cake:

  • Trim cakes: If the domes of the cakes are too high, trim them with a serrated knife. However, the domes on my cakes were minimal, so I didn’t bother cutting them.
  • Fill cake: Place one cake on a cake platter. Cover it with ½ of the mascarpone frosting. Place the second cake on top and cover it nicely with the remaining frosting.
  • Decorate cake: Sprinkle the cake with chocolate shavings or chocolate streusel if desired.
  • Chill the cake for at least 30 minutes before cutting and serving.


  1. Measurements: The recipe was tested using both cup measurement and the metric system. However, I always recommend using a digital kitchen scale in baking; it guarantees for best result (Amazon affiliate link).
  2. Room temperature: The ingredients (eggs, buttermilk, Bailey’s, and oil) should be at room temperature.
  3. Chocolate cake: Replace the cornstarch with the same amount of natural unsweetened cocoa powder.
  4. Coffee: I brewed the coffee with 1 tablespoon of instant coffee and 1 cup of hot water boiled in a kettle. You can also use filter coffee; ensure it’s strong.
  5. The mascarpone should be slightly softer but still cold. Remove it from the fridge 15 minutes before you need it, but don’t leave it on the counter for longer, or it will become too soft. The frosting will also be too soft if the cheese is too soft.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 514kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 430mg | Potassium: 86mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 740IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 1mg