I have a one litre bottle of Bailey’s in my fridge and although it’s very tasty I’m certain that it’s going to reach its expiry date before I’m able to drink the whole thing and it seems an unacceptable waste to consider pouring it down the sink.
I have made lots of cakes where I’ve soaked fruit in spicy and honey whiskey so I started to think that I could cook with it. All I need was a cake recipe where milk was used so that I could substitute some of the milk for some of the Baileys.
I looked at loads and loads of recipes and decided to wing it and make up my own because none of them were quite what I was looking for. This is what I ended up making:-
100ml milk (I used long life skimmed milk)
330g sugar (I used a mix of soft brown and granulated)
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
2 tablespoons lemon juice
70g cocoa powder
- Put the lemon juice in the milk and set to one side.
- Pre-heat the oven to 170 deg c (fan oven) and line and grease a tin. I used a heart shaped tin but I also made a tester in a cupcake case so you can use this recipe for cupcakes too.
- Cream together your sugar and butter.
- Add the eggs and whisk again until incorporated.
- Add in your flour, bicarb and cocoa and mix gently before adding in your milk and Baileys.
- Mix well and pour into your prepared tin and place spoonfuls into cupcake cases.
- Bake the cake for about 45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean (you’ll probably want to cover the top of the cake after about 25 minutes to stop it burning). If you’re making cupcakes then these should only need around 15 to 20 minutes.
I don’t think my nephews were particularly happy with me as they spied a big chocolate cake but were advised not to have it due to the quantity of alcohol in it. I had made a big bannoffee pie as well so I didn’t feel too bad! This cake does have quite a hit. It’s nice on its own but if you wanted to jazz it up a bit you could split it and put buttercream between the layers but try it first as it’s already quite rich.
If you have a bottle of Baileys, or similar, in the fridge that’s about to reach its end then this might be a way of extending its life and making sure it doesn’t go to waste.