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A thick and fudgey baileys loaf cake with a chocolate fudge cake, baileys chocolate fudge frosting and more! 

So we are all here for a little bit of festive Baileys baking right?! Because this cake is going to change your life with how delightfully delicious it is. Honestly, it’s incredible. 


I have been asked over and over to do a baileys loaf cake, but I really wanted to level it up and make it out of this worldly. I went with the idea of a chocolate fudge cake and it worked spectacularly. There is just something different about chocolate fudge cakes that always wins. 

The cake has a slightly denser texture than a normal chocolate sponge, but that is what you are after; fudge cakes should be like this. They naturally use a lot more ingredients, but trust me, it’s worth it. The recipe is just like my chocolate fudge loaf cake and I am in love. 

Instead of using the stereotypical buttermilk, I used baileys mixed with lemon juice. This gave a slightly hint of baileys, but of course you can just use regular buttermilk if you want and stick with baileys in the frosting. 

The coffee is so important as it brings out the flavour of the chocolate – don’t worry though you coffee haters, you can’t taste coffee. It’s so important to include it for best results. 

The Tin

As it’s a loaf cake, the loaf tin is SO important; obviously. The annoying thing about loaf tins though is that they can really vary in size, even if you find that they are called the same thing. 

I recommend a 2lb loaf tin, but you must only fill your tin to 2/3 full before putting in the oven. Any leftover mix can make some delicious cupcakes (bake time 22 minutes). This is the tin I use anyway, and I have no problems with it. 


For the frosting, it also follows the idea of my chocolate fudge loaf cake and my chocolate fudge cake with one of the best chocolate frostings you will ever make. Usually I use evaporated milk to level up the frosting, but obviously as this is a baileys themed bake, this recipe uses Baileys instead. 

It is SO important to use block butter for the frosting as you are adding extra liquid. If you use a baking spread or margarine you may struggle to not have a buttercream soup, which no-one wants. 

I always use my stand mixer to make frostings, partly because I’m lazy, but also because they are really good at it. I use the beater attachment and just really beat it well for a silky smooth frosting. If you are doing it by hand, it will still work perfectly, you will just need to beat it like crazy to get that same texture. 


I used the original Baileys because in my opinion, it’s the best. It’s iconic, it’s timeless, and I am obsessed. You can of course use any flavour you want though. This recipe works super well with all of them as the liquid is basically the same, just a different flavour. 

Part of the charm of using Baileys is that because it’s so thick and creamy it works wonders with baking, and I adore it. Other cream based liqueurs would also work really well, just add them slowly to make sure it incorporates well when mixing in. 

Tips & Tricks 

  • Make sure to only fill your tin 2/3 full as loaf tins vary drastically in size
  • Use block butter for the frosting so it stays thick
  • This cake lasts for 3-4+ days at room temp, or freezes well for 3+ months. 
  • For this recipe I used

Baileys Loaf Cake!

A thick and fudgey baileys loaf cake with a chocolate fudge cake, baileys chocolate fudge frosting and more! 
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Category: Cake
Type: Loaf Cake
Keyword: Baileys, Christmas
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Cooling Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 12 Slices
Author: Jane's Patisserie


The Cake

  • 175 g dark chocolate
  • 175 g unsalted butter
  • 2 tsps instant coffee
  • 100 ml boiling water
  • 135 g plain flour
  • 25 g cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 300 g light brown sugar (or caster sugar)
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 75 ml baileys (+1 tsp lemon juice mixed in)

The Frosting

  • 125 g unsalted butter (room temp - not spread)
  • 250 g icing sugar
  • 25 g cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla (optional)
  • 50-75 ml baileys


  • Sprinkles
  • Truffles



  • Preheat your oven to 180ºc/160ºfan, and line a 2lb loaf tin!
  • In a microwave proof bowl, add the chocolate and butter and heat and mix until melted.
  • Add the coffee granules to a mug, and pour over the boiling water and mix until smooth - add the coffee mix into the chocolate and mix until smooth. 
  • In a separate bowl, add the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and sugar to a large bowl and whisk until distributed. 
  • In another bowl, mix together the baileys and lemon juice, and eggs. 
  • Add the three mixes together - I pour the chocolate/coffee mix and the egg/baileys and lemon juice mix into the dry ingredients and fold until smooth. You do not need to use a stand mixer as you may over-mix it.
  • Pour the mixture into the lined 2lb loaf tin - bake in the oven for 55-60 minutes, or until baked through!
  • Leave to cool fully once baked!


  • Make sure your butter is at room temperature!
  • Beat the butter on it's own for a few minutes to soften!
  • Add in the icing sugar and cocoa powder 1/2 at a time, and beat until combined.
  • Add the vanilla, and then the baileys a little at a time beating fully in-between each go!


  • Pipe the frosting onto the top of the loaf cake, and then decorate how you want with sprinkles and truffles


  • Make sure to only fill your tin 2/3 full as loaf tins vary drastically in size
  • Use block butter for the frosting so it stays thick
  • This cake lasts for 3-4+ days at room temp, or freezes well for 3+ months. 
  • For this recipe I used

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  1. Sarah Jones on June 9, 2024 at 8:40 pm

    How would I make this gluten free?

  2. Mrs W on December 23, 2023 at 5:43 pm

    Really easy recipie to follow and looked and smelt delicious. I have cut into it and it is really really moist. Think ive not cooked it long enough, let in for 60mins. Is undercooked cake safe to eat? Thanks

  3. Natasha mayhew on October 29, 2023 at 1:24 am

    Ive made this twice now and both times its sunk in the middle th second time I baked for longer and it still sunk in the middle while baking. Any ideas why this has happened

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 11, 2023 at 8:43 am

      Hiya! This is a common problem if the door of the oven is opened too early in the process so it will sink no matter what, it’s so annoying! x

  4. Sandra on October 19, 2023 at 10:42 pm

    Can this recipe just be doubled or trebled for baking more than one at a time, I have a large family lol. Thank you.

    • Amanda on December 7, 2023 at 7:00 pm

      Hiya did you try making the recipe doubled or trebled if so was it ok please and thank you

  5. Meg on September 5, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    Can you make this cake egg free and how would you go about doing that, thank you!

  6. Rosie on April 27, 2023 at 2:31 pm

    Can I use milk chocolate instead of dark ?

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 3, 2023 at 1:14 pm

      No, you need to use dark chocolate for the bake to work properly. The cocoa content is super important!

  7. Ed on April 7, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Hi, just to make you aware that lemon juice is missing off the ingredients list, thankfully had some but was unsure of quantity, so decided on a slosh!!

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 12, 2023 at 3:56 pm

      Hiya! It says in brackets next to the baileys on the ingredients list 1 tsp lemon juice – hope this helps! x

  8. Vicky on March 11, 2023 at 8:09 am

    5 stars
    Fabulous recipe- a real crowd pleaser and make many times as gifts or “take round” treats. Thank you!

  9. Catherine Tideswell on January 22, 2023 at 12:49 pm

    4 stars
    Filled up in tin with 1cm left at the top, so it took an extra 30 minutes to bake plus the top was cracked 😬
    Butter still hardish after being out of the fridge chopped up for 2 hours. Microwaved it for 30 seconds to give it a helping hand. Frosting very tasty, cake is rich in flavour!!

    • Jane's Patisserie on January 30, 2023 at 11:32 am

      Hiya! I always recommend filling a loaf tin 2/3 full for the best bake – the cracking is a common classic feature of a loaf cake so don’t worry! Hope this helps! x

  10. Julie Tomkins on January 9, 2023 at 6:19 pm

    I made this for the second time today tried to make cupcakes/muffins but it over flowed and sunk in the middle it done the same when i used a loaf tin i must admit i used stork margarine would this have been the reason .

    • Jane's Patisserie on January 10, 2023 at 2:49 pm

      Hiya! For cupcakes, take a look at my baileys cupcake recipe. The middle sinking could mean it was slightly under baked, and when baking a loaf cake, only fill the tin 2/3 full! Hope this helps! x

  11. Nicola on January 9, 2023 at 12:48 pm

    Hi! I really want to make this but was thinking of doing it as individual cupcakes rather than a loaf tin – how many portions do you think it would do? Just don’t want to overload the cupcake cases! Thanks

    • Jane's Patisserie on January 10, 2023 at 2:47 pm

      Hiya! Take a look at my baileys cupcake recipe. Hope this helps! x

  12. Becca on December 30, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    Is this cake suitable for children or would the Baileys leave them a bit tiddly?

  13. Karen on December 18, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    Plan to make this, used a few of your recipes but is there any chance that you could put the temperature settings for gas please?

    Love your recipes, thank you for providing them

  14. Nicola on December 18, 2022 at 1:54 pm

    I forgot to put the coffee in! The cake is in the oven but the coffee is still on the side in a mug!

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 23, 2022 at 11:18 am

      Aslong as it still tastes okay that’s all that matters! x

    • Lin on November 20, 2023 at 6:31 pm

      Am I use gluten free flour instead of normal please?

  15. Arlene on December 15, 2022 at 8:07 pm

    Instead of butter icing, could I use thick whipped cream for the topping?

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 23, 2022 at 11:05 am

      Absolutely you can, the cake will just have to be kept in the fridge! Hope this helps! x

  16. Kim on December 10, 2022 at 3:21 pm

    5 stars
    Jane this is gorgeous, as soon as you posted it I’d got the ingredients on my shopping list. It’s fudgy but light, a bit like a giant brownie. The Baileys is just the right amount. Amazing as ever!!

  17. Marie on December 8, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    Hi sounds amazing can this cake be frozen

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 15, 2022 at 12:27 pm

      Yes absolutely, for up to 3 months! x

  18. Susan on December 8, 2022 at 8:56 am

    5 stars
    I made this yesterday and WOW! So moist, so flavorful! The Bailey’s is the star of the show, but it isn’t overpowering. Definitely making this again. Total crowd pleaser!

  19. Vivian on December 8, 2022 at 12:25 am

    Hi looks absolutely delicious. What truffles did you use please?

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 15, 2022 at 12:22 pm

      Hiya! I used Baileys truffles, found in the supermarket! Hope this helps! x

  20. Sam on December 5, 2022 at 10:08 pm

    This sounds like the dream cake! If I was to do it in round tins instead of a loaf tin what size tins would you suggest for 2 layers of sponge please? Thank you!

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 6, 2022 at 9:39 am

      Hiya! Take a look at my baileys cake recipe. Hope this helps! x

  21. Vera meehan on December 5, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    Hiya I dont see butter milk in your recipe… Vee

  22. Odelle Smith on December 5, 2022 at 12:34 pm

    5 stars
    A delicious decadent lush chocolatey Baileys Loaf Cake sounds absolutely gorgeous, soft melt in the mouth light sponge cake yet rich with Baileys covered in a lush extremely satisfying chocolate frosting many thanks Jane for sharing this recipe with everyone!
    I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to making this fabulous cake ideal for Christmas time or at any time of the year. I’m off shopping so I can get everything that I require to make this delight today yippee 😁
    We’re having some of this for our dessert after our evening meal and I can’t wait!

  23. Lisa on December 5, 2022 at 9:27 am

    Could you make this into a 6 inch cake recipe?
    If so how would i adjust the ingredients please?
    Thank you 😊

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