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The first time I went with my husband to his native Ireland to visit his parents it was March. And while we had crystal blue skies and no sign of the rain Ireland is known for oh, the wind that cut right through us and the chill! We had been out sight seeing in it to the point our faces and hands were numb. We went into a wee pub and when the waitress found out it was my first time visiting Ireland she insisted I couldn’t come to Ireland and not try Irish coffee. It was warm, creamy, just a little sweet, rich coffee flavor, and distinctly Irish. Inspired by KitchenAid’s Pour Over & Burr Grinder Craft Coffee Maker, I brought in another of my favorite flavors, chocolate, and turned that Irish Coffee into a delicious chocolate poke cake.
You may be scratching your head at the title of this recipe and thinking what in the world is a “Half” Irish Coffee? Well, a traditional Irish Coffee has Irish cream, brown sugar, and Irish whiskey. I opted to leave off the whiskey so hence the name Half Irish. Like my kids. 🙂
I found this from scratch Chocolate Cake on All Recipes.com and turned it into a poke cake.
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1¾ cups all- purpose flour
- ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1//2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup boiling water
- ¼ cup KitchenAid brewed coffee
- 1 tablespoon Irish cream coffee creamer
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
- Spray one 9x13 cake pan with nonstick spray
- Add sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt to a large mixing bowl and stir together.
- Using a stand or hand mixer add the eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla and mix for about 3 minutes.
- Stir in the boiling water either by hand or with the mixer on low.
- Pour evenly into the cake pan.
- Bake for 42 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted.
- Mix the coffee, brown sugar,and Irish cream coffee creamer together.
- Using the handle of a wooden spoon poke holes into the cake about 2 inches apart covering the whole cake.
- Pour the coffee and creamer over the cake and allow it to soak into the holes of the cake.
- Let cake cool completely before frosting.
This cake is so moist and has rich chocolate flavor. The Irish Coffee adds just a hint of coffee. I used a quarter cup of coffee and the cake was moist but you can bump it up to a third of a cup if you like a more prominent coffee flavor. I wouldn’t add any more than that however, to prevent your cake from being soggy.
FYI: The batter of the cake is incredibly runny going into the pan, but the oven works its magic and it comes out beautifully so don’t worry!
When it came time to come up with a frosting recipe, there was only one person I was going to go to. Ina. I was watching an episode of Barefoot Contessa a few weeks ago and she made these incredible red velvet cupcakes and paired it with beautiful cream cheese frosting. I took her frosting recipe and infused it with the Irish Coffee flavors and it went perfectly with the moist chocolate cake.
- 2 8oz bricks of cream cheese softened
- ¾ pound of unsalted butter softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 tablespoons coffee
- 1 tablespoon Irish coffee creamer
- 1½ pounds powdered sugar (sifted)
- Using your stand mixer, cream together the cream cheese, butter, vanilla, coffee, and Irish coffee creamer.
- Add the powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
- Frost the poke cake with the frosting.
- Add cinnamon, nutmeg, and chocolate shavings to top of cake if desired.
This cake is a delicious dessert to serve for the holidays or to make to have friends over for coffee. If you want to treat yourself or the coffee lover in your life the KitchenAid Pour Over Coffee Brewer is sleek and gorgeous and precisely heats and pulses the flow of water which results in a bright, full flavored coffee.
We went back to Ireland this summer with the kiddos and it was just as beautiful as a I remembered. I didn’t get an Irish coffee this time but I did pick up the beautiful mugs below in the little gift shop in my inlaw’s village of Carrickfergus. Simple and lovely I knew I had to have them because they had the traditional Irish Claddagh (the heart, hands, and crown) which was on our wedding invitations and programs. What better to put in my Irish mugs than Irish coffee to go with my Irish Coffee Poke Cake!
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