Guinness Cake with Bailey’s Icing

I will admit, there was a time, in my college-aged youth where I had an Irish Car Bomb or two… or three.

The drink is definitely not for the faint of heart. It is “bomb” style drink, meaning you drop a shot of one drink into another drink and chug it. With ICB, you have to chug it really fast, because the shot part of the drink is a mix of Jameson Irish Whiskey and Bailey’s Irish Cream and when the Bailey’s hits the Guinness, it will start to curdle if left in there too long. You basically have to drink the whole thing before the curdling begins. Fun game, right? And a way to get royally f’d up quickly.

Another fun game? Try ordering this in an Irish bar. At best, you won’t get served one. At worse, you might get a punch in the face. The Irish Car Bomb is so named because of 1. the Bomb shot effect, and 2. the “explosion”. The whole thing reminiscent of what is known as “The Troubles,” a very sad and, well, troubling part of Irish history.

The conflict in Ireland is well documented. Car bombs were the weapon of choice for the Irish Republican Army’s fight against Northern Ireland. One day, July 21, 1972, was known as “Bloody Friday.” The IRA set off about 20 bombs all over Belfast. Nine people were killed.

There isn’t really anything wrong with the drink itself, but due to the controversial nature of the name, perhaps we call start calling it something different?

That all being said, this drink is definitely a young man’s game. Cake, however, is definitely something I can do! This was really good too. You can definitely taste the beer and whiskey and bailey’s but it’s not overpowering, so even if you are not a drinker, you will still like this cake.

Guinness Cake with Bailey’s Icing

1 box chocolate cake mix
1 12 oz bottle Guinness Stout (not Draught)
3 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup chocolate chips
1 tablespoon Jameson Irish Whiskey
1 stick softened butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 full mini bottle Bailey’s Irish Cream

Mix together the cake mix, the beer, the eggs, and the oil. You are basically just substituting the water that the mix usually calls for for the beer.

In a small bowl, add the chocolate chips. Microwave for 30 seconds and add a splash of milk or heavy cream. Microwave in further 30 second increments until melted and smooth. Add the Jameson and mix in.  I just bought one of these small bottles because we are more Jack Daniel’s people, but whatever size you buy, you just need a tablespoon.

Pour half the cake mix into a well greased bundt pan. Then drizzle in the chocolate and Jameson mixture.Top with the rest of the cake mix. Using a skewer or a knife, swirl the Whiskey Chocolate into the cake mix.

Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.

For the icing, mix together 1 stick of butter and 1 cup of powdered sugar. Add the entire mini bottle of Bailey’s. I think it was 50ml.

Blend until smooth.  I wanted more of an icing, so I left it on the thinner side. If you want a thicker frosting, add more powdered sugar to reach your desired consistency.

When the cake is done, let it cool for a few minutes. Run a knife along the outer edge to loosen it up and invert it onto a plate.

I put the icing on while it was warm so it would melt over the cake. If you were going for a more frosted look, let the cake cool completely before putting the frosting on.

Either way, you gotta include the green sprinkles. Can’t be getting pinched!!


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