It’s been Nanna Val’s birthday this weekend – A pretty significant 65 on the 1st May. Now Nanna Val is rather partial to a tipple of Baileys – She rarely drinks it neat but a cup of coffee just isn’t the same without some. In honour of the birthday girl, I decided to make a substantial cake – We are off out for the day tomorrow, so this is joining us.
A triple Chococcino Cake (Coffee & Chocolate) with luxurious Bailey’s cheesecake sandwiched between – Topped with a soft Bailey’s frosting, made into pretty roses. Definitely not one for the kids – although they’ve been hinting about a slice of the cake all day!
Baileys Chococcino Cheesecake Cake
|Prep time||2 hours, 30 minutes|
|Cook time||1 hour|
|Total time||3 hours, 30 minutes|
- 8 + 3oz Butter
- 8oz Caster Sugar
- 2 + 1 + 1 teaspoons Cocoa Powder
- 4 Large Eggs
- 3 tablespoons Vanilla Extract
- 10oz Self Raising Flour
- 2 teaspoons Baileys Irish Cream
- 100ml Double Cream
- 250g Soft Cream Cheese (Full Fat)
- 150g Melted Chocolate (I used half white/half milk chocolate)
- 2 TBSP + 10oz Icing Sugar
- 2oz Milk
|Preheat the oven to 160C and line an 8" Cake Tin with Baking Parchment|
|Using an electric mixer, whisk the 8 oz of butter and the caster sugar until pale and fluffy.|
|Add the eggs one at a time and 1 tsp of the vanilla extract|
|Reduce the mixer to a slow speed and add the flour and cocoa powder, one spoon at a time|
|Pour into the cake tin and bake for 55-60 minutes until a skewer comes out clean - remove from the oven and allow to cool fully|
|Using an electric mixer on a medium speed, whisk together the cream cheese and the double cream until they start to thicken|
|Add the Baileys and 1 of the remaining teaspoons of cocoa powder and the 2 TBSP of icing sugar and mix through thoroughly. Stir in the melted chocolate which should be cool by now.|
|Cut the cake into 3 even layers - this can be quite tricky to do so just do 2 if you are not confident|
|Re-line the cake tin with fresh baking parchment and place the bottom cake layer at the base of the tin|
|Scoop half of the Baileys Cheesecake on top of the first cake layer and smooth out evenly|
|Add the middle cake layer and repeat with the remaining cheesecake|
|Top with the top cake layer and place in the fridge for 2 hours|
|Using an electric mixer, whisk the remaining butter, icing sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla extract until well combined|
|Add the milk a splash at a time - if the frosting is getting too runny, then add a couple more tbsp of icing sugar|
|Scoop into a piping bag with a star nozzle and pipe roses on top of the cake (I use a Wilton 2D nozzle for mine)|
If you fancy having a go at piping your own roses, its a lot easier than you think – I’ve produced a super short video showing you how (Its only 8 seconds long!)
If this recipe has whetted your appetite for more Baileys recipes then why not try some of the recipes over at the Bailey’s website
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. This recipe uses just under 2 units of alcohol in this recipe. The NHS recommends that you do not regularly exceed 3-4 units for men and 2-3 units for women a day.
I know there’s quite a few people eagerly awaiting this post. Its not often you get the chance to see me dancing. Definitely not a strong point of mine. Luckily my girls don’t seem to have inherited my dance genes and love a good routine.
When we were given the chance to visit Pineapple Dance Studios during the Easter holidays to perform routines from the Annie Movie, I knew Millie and Violet would love to go. To celebrate the release of the Annie DVD today, we were taught a routine to Its A Hard Knock Life by Richard Marcel. Richard is choreographer to the stars on “So You Think You Can Dance’ and ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ … and now choreographer to The Costellos!
Millie is such a dance fan and Pineapple crazy – We’ve even trekked across London before now just to stand outside. Inside is exactly as you would imagine, busy, bustling and loads of lycra! Its massive but not nearly as posh as I thought it might be – and then I remembered its a dance studio!
It was great to meet up with some fellow bloggers and their children – Lovely to see pre-teens chatting and being relaxed all due to dance. The dance was aimed at all ages – The professional dancers were completely brilliant with the little tots – although I was rather glad I hadn’t taken Tara.
We had a great time – I sat out for most of the dancing, thoroughly enjoying watching my girls. Richard was so patient and a true professional. He was right to be more afraid of us mums than any of the celebs on Strictly! Sadly Louis Spence missed out on seeing my efforts with a broom – He will never know what he missed.
The video below shows the making of the dance: Enjoy!
Tip 1: Look out for the mad woman at the end waving a brush around – I’ve obviously missed my calling in life!
Tip 2: If you want to get noticed, wear bright pink socks. Could Millie’s socks get any brighter?
I’ve been saving watching the movie until our epic journey to France in the summer – I have a feeling it will get watched several times and sung at high volume! Annie the Movie is out on DVD today (Monday 27th April 2015) by Sony Pictures, Prices start from £9.99
Huge thank you to Colette at Going On An Adventure for sharing this opportunity – We loved every minute!