Irish Cream Pound Cake

Irish Cream Pound Cake

Add a little luck to this Irish cream pound cake with shamrock-shaped chocolate filigrees!

YIELDS

10 to 12 servings

INGREDIENTS

Cake

  • 1 1/4 cups (2 1/2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 3/4 cups Domino® Granulated Sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup Irish cream flavored liquid coffee creamer
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon Domino® Confectioners Sugar for sprinkling (optional)

Topping

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons Domino® Confectioners Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Irish cream liqueur (optional)
  • semisweet chocolate chips (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

Cake

Preheat oven to 325°F. Generously grease and flour a 12-cup fluted tube pan.

Beat butter in large bowl until smooth. Add sugar; continue beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. At low speed, add flour and creamer alternately, beginning and ending with flour. Mix well after each addition; stir in vanilla. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake 70 to 80 minutes, or until toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes; invert onto cooling rack. Cool completely. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar, if desired.

Topping

In small mixing bowl, beat cream until soft peaks form. Gradually add confectioners' sugar; add vanilla. Continue beating until stiff peaks form.

To make chocolate shamrock filigrees, melt chocolate chips in resealable plastic bag. Snip a small opening in one corner. Pipe the outline of a shamrock approximately 1/4 inch wide on individual squares of waxed paper. Refrigerate until serving time. Peel from waxed paper before use.

Cut cake into serving pieces; top each serving with a dollop of whipped cream topping. Garnish with a sprig of mint, or drizzle your favorite Irish cream liqueur over each serving, if desired. For a special touch, top with a chocolate shamrock filigree.

QUICK TIP

For a more intense Irish cream flavor, substitute regular Irish cream liqueur for the coffee creamer, and add 1/2 teaspoon baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt to dry ingredients.

Chocolate Shamrock Filigrees can also be used to help decorate a variety of food items for St. Patrick's Day.