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Irish Cream Celebration Cake

Birthdays are special occasions that call for extraordinary desserts. This simple yet stand-out cake shows the guest of honor just how much you care.

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Contributed by: Bree Hester
www.bakedbree.com 

When I was growing up, birthdays were a big deal. Our mother made us feel so special and loved. We celebrated from the moment we woke up to the minute we went to sleep. The big event was that Mom would make any dinner and cake we wanted. She is a talented cook and baker, but I always requested a store-bought vanilla cake with vanilla frosting. 

Irish Cream Celebration Cake

Even though it hurt her feelings, she would buy me the store-bought cake because she wanted me to have exactly what I wanted on my birthday. It wasn’t until I became a mom that I understood why she was disappointed. Baking someone a cake is my way to show how much I love and care for them and to help make their birthday dreams come true. My heart broke the first time my daughter requested a bakery cake for her birthday, but I bought it anyway. And she loved it. That’s all that matters isn’t it?

 

Irish Cream Celebration Cake

 

When any of my friends and family are celebrating a birthday, it is my pleasure to bake them a cake. People have very specific requests for their birthday cake, and they should. It’s their special day. My husband cannot have a cake without chocolate and peanut butter. My sons want chocolate...and more chocolate. For me, I like something new every year. This year, I wanted an elegant cake with adult flavors. I thought the easiest way to do that was by adding alcohol. And lots of it.

 

Irish Cream Celebration Cake

 

My Irish Cream Celebration Cake is a chocolate layer cake with buttercream frosting, chocolate glaze and toasted almonds. As impressive as this cake looks, it was very simple to make. I started with a chocolate cake mix and added Irish cream to the batter. (I even added Irish cream to the frosting.) To raise the bar, I topped the cake with a chocolate glaze, which adds to the overall amazing appearance. Toasted almonds were just the thing to give a little crunch.

 

Irish Cream Celebration Cake

 

Here’s a foolproof way to frost a cake: To get a nice and clean layer of frosting, try using a crumb coat (sometimes called dirty ice) layer. Ice the cake with a very thin layer of frosting, so thin that you can see the cake through the icing. Chill for 30 minutes, and then frost as you normally would. The final product will be crumb-free and smooth!


Blogger Bree Hester of bakedbree.com bakes up an Irish Cream Celebration Cake that will really give you reason to celebrate. This adult birthday cake is not only beautiful, but has Irish cream liqueur throughout.

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