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Baileys Chocolate Bundt Cake

March 30, 2024

Rich and whiskey-spiked, this chocolate Baileys poke cake cooks in a bundt pan for a gorgeous dessert that’s a hit with everyone, everytime.


Irish Cream Chocolate Bundt Cake on a cake stand with a linen and serving spoon.

Baileys Chocolate Poke Cake—the Ultimate Fudgy, Decadent Dump Cake Recipe

This fudgy chocolate poke cake recipe is everything we want dessert to be—totally indulgent, a guaranteed hit with almost any crowd, a little boozy, AND easy to make! Yes, really. Using a bundt pan makes it look so pretty, that it’s hard to believe that this stunning crowd-pleaser of a cake is just actually just a really great, basic chocolate dump cake! Well, maybe basic plus. A splash of good Irish whiskey—we use Jameson, but just about any whiskey you have on-hand will work fine—and a Baileys glaze take this easy dump cake to the next level. You know, just in case you’ve been wondering what do you do with leftover Bailey’s Irish cream—or if you happen to have some homemade Irish cream liqueur around the house—this deliciously moist cake is the answer.

bailey's irish cream liquor being poured into a mixing bowl
ingredients laid out for bundt cake recipe, butter, flour, eggs, irish cream
chocolate cake batter being poured into a bundt pan
Irish Cream Chocolate cake baked in a Bundt Cake pan

What’s A Dump Cake?

A dump cake is a simple cake where all of the ingredients can be simply—you guessed it— “dumped” into a single bowl and mixed. Dump cake recipes—like this easy one, for example!—almost always begin with a box of cake mix, which means they’re just as easy as can me. Cake mix is one of those brilliant short cut ingredients that we like to keep around. They don’t usually have too many preservatives and, boy oh boy, do they make a wonderful, moist cake come together quick! They’re a great blank slate, too. Grab your cake mix and let’s get creative! Like, Baileys + chocolate + whiskey kind of creative!

Irish Cream Chocolate Bundt Cake on a baking rack

Everything You’ll Need To Make This Chocolate Baileys Cake

Sugar and booze, all in one cake! What more do you even need? Maybe a tiny pour of Baileys on the side—just, you know, to wash it all down. Here’s everything you’ll need to make this simple chocolate bundt cake recipe:

  • Yellow cake mix
  • Instant chocolate pudding mix
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vegetable oil
  • Butter
  • Jameson irish whiskey
  • Powdered sugar
  • Baileys
Irish Cream Chocolate Bundt Cake on a cake stand
Irish Cream Chocolate Bundt Cake sliced on a cake stand

Does Alcohol Burn Off in Baking?

Yes! The Irish whiskey in the cake will burn off during baking. BUT! While you won’t get drunk—or even tipsy—from this cake, it’s only for the 21-and-over set because the Baileys is added after baking as a syrupy drizzle that soaks (deliciously) into all the little holes that you poke into the cake. That means that the booze in the Baileys Irish cream doesn’t get cooked out. So! Put the kids to bed first, and then serve this yummy cake.

How To Make This Baileys Chocolate Bundt Cake

Dump cake recipes are inherently simple, and poke cakes are inherently moist and AWESOME, therefore this dump / poke cake is both simple and awesome! Here’s how to make it:

  1. Dump everything into the bowl of a stand mixer (or a big mixing bowl) and mix just until everything looks smooth and cohesive.
  2. Grease a bundt pan. No really, like grease it A LOT. Spray is ideal for this job, so really get every nook and cranny of the pan, but you can also just use soft butter if that’s what you have. Just take care to be sure every last inch of the inside of your pan is greased, so that your cake doesn’t stick.
  3. Pour the batter into the pan.
  4. Bake!
  5. Let the cake rest after baking for 15 minutes, then carefully flip the bundt pan upside down and release the cake from the pan.
  6. Poke that cake! Take a fork and poke holes all over the cake.
  7. Drizzle Baileys syrup all over the cake slowly, letting it soak into the holes and drizzle down the sides of the cake.
  8. Serve!
Irish Cream Chocolate Bundt Cake with an icing drizzle
a slice of Chocolate Bundt Cake with an icing drizzle on a plate

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a slice of Chocolate Bundt Cake with an icing drizzle on a plate
a slice of Chocolate Bundt Cake with an icing drizzle on a plate

Sweet & Boozy

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Baileys Chocolate Bundt Cake

  • Serves: 10
  • Prep Time:  10 min
  • Cook Time:  1 hr
  • Calories: 468


  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 6 oz. package instant chocolate pudding mix
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup cooking oil
  • 1 stick Simple Truth Organic Butter, melted
  • ¾ cup water, room temp
  • ¼ cup Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • ¼ cup Baileys

Baileys Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ cup Baileys


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Mix cake ingredients together with electric mixer for about 4 minutes, just until the lumps are gone, but taking care not to beat in too much air.
  3. Grease a bundt cake pan with cooking spray or melted butter. Pour cake mixture in.
  4. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes. (Until knife inserted comes out clean)
  5. Combine ingredients for glaze to dissolve sugar. Set aside.
  6. Remove cake from oven and let cool in pan for 15 minutes.
  7. Remove from pan and poke holes in top and sides with fork.
  8. Drizzle glaze over tops and sides.
  9. Let cool for at least another 20 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories468
  • Protein4 g
  • Carbohydrates52 g
  • Total Fat25 g
  • Dietary Fiber1 g
  • Cholesterol98 mg
  • sodium420 mg
  • Total Sugars43 g

Baileys Chocolate Bundt Cake

Questions & Reviews

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  • Karen

    This looks amazing. However, do you happen to have a “totally from scratch” version of this recipe? I know it’s ridiculous but I always feel guilty and like I need to come clean whenever I use processed ingredients. I just can’t bring myself to do it. But I really do want to make this cake.

    We do not have a fully from scratch version, sorry Karen!

  • Kerene

    I prefer to use a Betty Crocker Super Moist Vanilla cake mix instead of chocolate. And instant vanilla pudding, with 1/2 cup of Baileys and no Jameson's. Will this work well...I am in Australia, so trying to modify the recipe with the products available here. Will be using a bundt pan. Thank you very much.

    We haven't tested those changes but it should work fine! Hope you enjoy Kerene!

  • Susan

    Picked up cook and serve pudding? Can I use it in place of the instant pudding?

    We haven't tried it we would suggest going back for instant pudding.

  • Julia

    Can I use chocolate cake mix?

    We haven't tried it but it will probably still taste great!

  • Claudette

    Does the melted butter go into cake batter?

    It does! In step two, when we say to mix together all of the cake ingredients! Happy baking!

  • Lisa

    So Yummy and So Good!!! My husband said it is the best cake I have ever made!

    Wow, high praise! Thanks Lisa (and husband)! Glad you loved it!

  • Hannah

    This was sooo moist and delicious. Also, extremely easy to put together which is what I needed for hosting a big meal.

    Thanks Hannah, so glad you loved it!

  • Michelle

    Easy, delicious, and gorgeous!

    Thank you Michelle!

  • DeAmber

    Best cake I've had in a while. So easy and quick to make. Super delicious and all my family and friends enjoy it.

    Yay! So glad everyone enjoyed it, thank you DeAmber!

  • Renee


    Thank you Renee! Glad you enjoyed it!