Baileys Chocolate Traybake

Although I’d happily drink Baileys all year round, it always comes out at Christmas and I think people do see it as a Christmas drink. I absolutely love baking with it as it has such a yummy creamy flavour. This Baileys Chocolate Traybake features an easy chocolate sponge that’s infused with Baileys, plus some chocolate chips for extra chocolate flavour! Then I’ve smothered it in Baileys buttercream, which is so good I could just eat it with a spoon!! I’ve used Baileys truffles to decorate the traybake, which are pretty easy to get hold of in the UK. I also added some glitzy sprinkles to give it that festive look!

How to make Baileys Chocolate Traybake…

To make the sponge I mixed light brown sugar and butter together, then I added eggs and Baileys.

Then I mixed in cocoa powder, self raising flour and baking powder. I folded in chocolate chips before pouring it into a lined tin.

Once the sponge was baked and cooled I made the buttercream using butter, icing sugar and Baileys.

I chopped the Baileys truffles up to decorate the Baileys Chocolate Traybake as I think it looks so appetising when you can see the Baileys filling inside. Then I added some bronze sprinkles to make it looks more festive and fun too!

Recommended equipment & ingredients*

Traybake tin Mixing bowls Cooling rack
Kitchen scales Electric hand mixer Baileys Irish Cream
Baileys Truffles

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Tips for making the Baileys Chocolate Traybake:

– I used dark chocolate chips in the sponge, but white or milk chocolate chips would also be super yummy!
– You could try making this with some of the other Baileys flavours, like coffee or orange. Both would be delicious with the chocolate sponge.
– I used light brown sugar because it makes the chocolate sponge fudgey and divine, but caster sugar will also be ok if you want to use that instead.
– I cut the traybake into squares before adding the truffles so I could make sure each serving got an equal amount of truffle – I’m just OCD nice like that!

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Chocolate Roulade with Baileys Cream Baileys Cheesecake (No Bake) Chocolate Guinness Cake with Baileys Buttercream
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Baileys Chocolate Traybake

Chocolate sponge with chocolate chips and Baileys, topped with Baileys buttercream and Baileys truffles
5 from 9 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keyword: Cake
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 12
Author: thebakingexplorer


For the sponge

  • 225 g Butter or baking spread
  • 225 g Light brown sugar
  • 4 Eggs large
  • 125 ml Baileys
  • 165 g Self raising flour
  • 60 g Cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp Baking powder
  • 100 g Chocolate chips

For the buttercream

  • 200 g Butter or baking spread
  • 400 g Icing sugar
  • 3 tbsp Baileys

For decoration

  • 12 Baileys truffles chopped up
  • Sprinkles optional


  • Pre-heat your oven to 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4, and grease and line a 12" x 9" traybake tin
  • Make the sponge by mixing the butter and light brown sugar in a large bowl with a spoon until fluffy, or mix using an electric mixer
  • Add the eggs and Baileys, and whisk until fully incorporated
  • Add the self raising flour, cocoa powder and baking powder and whisk in until you can't see any flour anymore
  • Fold in the chocolate chips with a spoon or spatula
  • Pour the batter into the lined traybake tin and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a thin skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool fully
  • To make the buttercream mix the butter and icing sugar together. Once it starts to come together add the Baileys and mix until smooth. I use my electric hand whisk to do this but you can also do it by hand with a spoon but it will take a lot longer
  • Smooth the buttercream onto the sponge using a palette knife, then add the truffles and sprinkles to decorate
  • Cut into squares to serve. Store leftovers in an airtight container in a cool place and eat within 3 days
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Calories: 583kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 131mg | Sodium: 291mg | Potassium: 144mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 54g | Vitamin A: 964IU | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg

NB. this post is NOT sponsored by Baileys – I just love their product!

If you like this, check out more of my Traybake recipes!

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11 comments / Add your comment below

  1. 5 stars
    I have just tried this recipe this evening, adapted slightly as mine is round and i had no truffles but really excited to taste it later!!

  2. 5 stars
    What a fun festive bake. I love the chopped truffles touch. Great for a coffee morning get together with friends or afternoon treat. It sounds crazily delicious and it looks all fudgy and gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing with #BakingCrumbs

  3. 5 stars
    Oh yes please, it looks soo good. For me Baileys is definitely a Christmas tipple and your chocolate traybake sounds super festive. Baileys buttercream sounds dangerously yummy too! Thank you for sharing with #BakingCrumbs 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    Ever since I saw this on Instagram, I’ve wanted a slice. We always go through a bottle of Bailey’s at Christmas, but I might just have to save some of it.

  5. 5 stars
    After seeing this on Instagram, I just knew it would be the perfect cake for my husband’s birthday because Baileys is one of his favourite tipples. It didn’t disappoint. The cake is delicious ( I used milk chocolate chips) and the buttercream is to die for. My husband loved it and it tasted even better the next day so the perfect cake to bake the day before you need it!!

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