You’ll want to Celebrate the Bailey Prize with this Awesome Irish Cream Bundt Cake!

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I‘m always looking for an excuse to bake.

I just love it!  Baking calms me and brings me to a happy place.  So in honor of the  Baileys’ Women’s Prize for Fiction,  I decided on an Irish Cream Bundt Cake.

The Baileys’ Prize  is one of my favorite book awards as it honors emerging female writers. This is a terrific book list to browse if you’re looking for something to read. That’s funny, right? When you love reading  – when are we not searching for a great read?

Anyway, we have several years of our favorite book awards on the site, so you’re sure to find something. With that in mind, I thought serving this cake to your Book Club would be a wonderful way to celebrate the award. It’s an excellent ice breaker to open the discussion on some fantastic books.  It was just delicious and easy to make.  I found the recipe on Allrecipes.

Ready to serve!
I’m envisioning myself at a Book Club meeting discussing the winner and eating a piece of this cake.  DSC_2863I gathered all the ingredients, most of which I  had on hand.  I like to use Betty Crocker cake mixes, but I’m sure any brand will do.  I’ve just had the most success with Betty Crocker.  I had to buy Bailey’s, but I’m happy to have some left over because it’s my favorite after dinner drink!DSC_2882Here’s the easy part. Mix the ingredients together and pour over the pecans in the bundt pan.    DSC_2892Because of the extra eggs and pudding mix, the batter is thicker than normal.  Next, you combine the two and bake.  DSC_2912Take a close look, you can see I was a little too quick to take the cake out of the pan.  It wasn’t completely cooled, and a small section broke off.  I placed it back, and you couldn’t tell after I put the glaze on the cake.

DSC_2900Making the glaze was simple.  It’s surprising when it bubbles up, but it’s all part of the process. DSC_2902The final result is this beautiful creamy sweet glaze.  You can see my wine glass in the background.  Once I hit the home stretch, I treated myself to a nice glass of chardonnay.  It makes me feel so festive when I’m cooking or baking.  I also like to wear an apron. It just adds to the whole experience for me. DSC_2920I took the advice of one of the reviewers on Allrecipes.  She poured the glaze back in the pan, but first she poked holes in the top of the cake before reinserting it in the pan. She let it sit for 20 minutes to absorb the glaze  I’m so happy I did, it worked perfectly and looked amazing.   I finished it with a sprinkling of pecans on top.  glass of bailey'sAnd as a final suggestion, you can always enjoy the leftover Bailey’s on the rocks.  Not necessarily on the same night.  Enjoy!

Andrea

PrincetonBookReview.com

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