Irish Cake Balls 2: The Secret of the Booze

I know, I know, these sound vaguely familiar to you. As well they should. Back before I was a regular recipe contributor for Foodbeast, the boys posted a pic of my first attempt of these three-sheets treats.

So you may be thinking, "Yea, yea. Been there. Done that." Well, let me put it in perspective for you. You know how much you love yourself some KFC Original Recipe? Well, remember when they came out with extra-crispy? Yea, it's like that.


I didn't want to be the only one to benefit from the improvements in both the execution and the result of this recipe, so I'm sharing the new developments with you:


Irish Cake Balls


- Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake mix (and the necessary oil and eggs)

- Guinness Extra Stout (as a substitute for the water)

- 1 stick of butter, softened

- 3 3/4c powdered sugar, sifted

- 4T (or more) Bailey's Irish Creme

- 2t (or more) Jameson

- white chocolate baking bark


1. Bake cake as directed substituting Guinness for water.

2. After cake has cooled completely, demolish it into crumbs in a biiiiiig bowl.

3. Throw (or gently add—powdered sugar probably shouldn't be thrown) the next four ingredients together in an electric mixer and beat until fluffy. You'll have to do several taste tests to determine the right amount of Bailey's and whiskey for your palate.

4. Mix the frosting into the cake crumbles until awesome. Then scoop into balls with your always helpful 2t cookie scoop (I suggest a heaping scoop).

5. Let the balls chill in the fridge/freezer for a bit, then melt the baking bark and coat away.

In my previous recipe, I said that any old chocolate cake mix would do; however, Dark Chocolate Fudge cake mix is the way to go. It has a strong enough chocolate flavor to balance out the pervasive stoutiness of the Guinness.

Also, before I just added Bailey's to a can of frosting (and dipped the cake balls into a whiskey syrup that made the chocolate coating seize up). Lame. Lame. Lame.

Making your own icing is imperative. Basically, I just took a classic butter cream frosting and substituted Bailey's for milk and Jameson for vanilla.

These are booze-riddled balls of bliss that you can't pass up (even though you may pass out)!

P.S. Did you catch the awesomely clever TMNT2 reference in the title? Go Ninja, go ninja, go!

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