Baileys Marbled Cheesecake

There was a time I used to travel to Ireland for a couple of days almost every week. Of course I didn’t have children by then and these trips were part of my job, sometimes even happening during weekends. During this period I was going one week to London and another to Dublin. I love London, but in Dublin I basically felt like home. It’s just the way people are, so welcoming and gentle. A few meetings and I would start to consider many of the people I met my friends. Pleasant times.

Going to Dublin always meant having wonderful dinners in a multitude of fine restaurants spread around the city. Dubliners know how to spend a great time. They’re extremely social and don’t miss an opportunity to have fun. Which of course includes drinks galore. No wonder they’ve created beverages like Guinness, whiskey, Irish coffee, cider and Baileys. In their vibrant nightlife, the pubs are always full all-night long especially in the most touristic area around Temple Bar. Or in the prestigious Lillie’s Bordello, where often you can mingle with rock stars like Bono or Bob Geldof.

During day, and after work hours it was nice to walk through the peaceful St. Stephen’s Green Park, really close to the main shopping street, the Grafton Street. I would normally stay at the Westin or the Westbury Hotel, right in the city-centre, allowing me to go everywhere within walking distance. I love walkable cities. Other times, when these hotels were booked I would stay in the Fitzwilliam, which houses one of the Dublin’s finest restaurant, the Thornton’s. Yes, Dublin is that delicious.

Another thing that comes to my mind when I think about Dublin are the colorful doors. Red, green, yellow, the townhouses doors are really something else. In the city of prominent literary figures and artists, you could also find me in the National Gallery, admiring and getting to know a little more about the extensive collection of Irish paintings.  In this museum I found some masterpieces of other notable artists, like Velasquez, Caravaggio, Vermeer, Rubens, Rembrandt, William Hogarth, Degas, Picasso, Turner and so many more. Definitely a must visit.

Yet, in the middle of the most amazing castles and landmarks I want to emphasize one of the newest monuments: the spire of Dublin, known as the monument of the light.Why? Because this conical spire that seems to be touching the sky was the point of encounter to many meetings. Certainly, you can’t get lost with that one. But you might want to get lost with this cheesecake, the ultimate taste of Ireland. From my kingdom to yours. Enjoy.

Baileys Marbled Cheesecake
Serves 12
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Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
1 hr 10 min
Total Time
1 hr 35 min
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
1 hr 10 min
Total Time
1 hr 35 min
For the crust
  1. 1 cup crumbled Maria cookies (or graham cracker)
  2. 1/2 cup walnuts
  3. 3 Tbsp unsalted butter (I use European style)
  4. 1 tsp pure cocoa powder
For the filling
  1. 24 oz (3 packages) cream cheese, softened
  2. 1/2 cup sugar
  3. 3 eggs (room temperature)
  4. 2 Tbsp corn starch
  5. 1 cup Baileys irish cream liqueur
  6. 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  7. 2 oz semi-sweet chocolate, melted
For decoration
  1. 1 oz semi-sweet chocolate
  2. 1 oz white chocolate
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
To make the crust
  1. Combine the Maria cookies with the walnuts in a food processor and pulse until you get fine crumbs.
  2. Add the butter and cocoa powder and pulse again until all well mixed.
  3. Press the mixture into the bottom of a 10 Inch Springform Pan that previously has been lined with parchment paper and lightly greased with butter.
  4. Bake the crust for 10 minutes, then set it aside.
To make the filling
  1. In a large bowl of a stand or hand mixer, mix the cream cheese with the sugar.
  2. Add the eggs, one by one, mixing quickly after each addition.
  3. Then beat in 2 Tbsp of corn starch, 1 cup of Baileys and the vanilla extract.
  4. Separate about 1/3 of the mixture in another bowl, add the melted chocolate (melted in the microwave for 30 second intervals, whisked until smooth and let cool a bit), whisking well.
  5. Pour the plain mixture in the prepared springform pan and top with the chocolate mixture.
  6. Make a marbled design by swirling the batter with a knife.
  7. Bake 10 minutes in the oven set to 350F.
  8. Reduce the heat to 250F and bake for more 60-70 minutes.
  9. The edges will be firm and the center a little jiggle. As it cools it will firm up.
  10. Immediately run a thin knife around the edge to loosen it from the pan, but allow it to cool completely and then refrigerate it for at least an hour before you remove the sides of the springform pan.
To decorate
  1. Using a vegetable peeler, cut both chocolate (semi-sweet and white) in small curls.
  2. Spread the curls on top of the cheesecake.
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12 Responses to Baileys Marbled Cheesecake

  1. what an insanely delicious cheesecake, I hit my head on the screen three times before I realized I couldn’t taste it!!
    Thanks for sharing your creation with us!

    • Thank you! Your comment made me smile and I’m glad you liked it :)

  2. I’m not usually a cheesecake fan, but this I am sold!

  3. What an awesome looking cheesecake. I can almost smell it just looking at the pics. I know it tastes as wonderful as it looks. Great pics.

  4. Memoria at #

    I don’t consume alcohol, but I think coffee would be a viable substitute for the Bailey’s. I know it won’t be the same, but I think it would still be good and will hopefully look as pretty as yours! Thanks for the recipe and your experiences in Ireland.

  5. This cake looks just amazing! And I love your photography with the perspective. I am following your site, where’s the follow button ? ;-)

  6. This is actually one of the most delicious blog posts I have seen on the web for a long time. What a great use of Irish ingredients. I’ve tweeted a link to this :)

  7. Anna Psonio at #

    I prefer to comment on recipes I have tried, tempting though it may be sometimes to comment on each one that I find looks delicious! So here it goes:

    I found this recipe on Pinterest, I had it in my “To Do” board for a long time and decided to make it today for my best friend’s birthday. Although I usually test a recipe before the occasion I want it for (just to be on the safe side and make sure it works) with this one I had a feeling I didn’t need to. And I was right!

    This is a worderful recipe. The first thing that came to mind when I tasted it was “this is edible Bailey’s”! The texture was really good and everybody enjoyed it! And from a cook’s point of view, the directions for executing the recipe are perfect and the cheesecake turns out exactly like it is in the pictures!

    The only remarks that I have, and this is purely a matter of personal taste, is that I found it a bit more sweet than I would prefer it (and given that Bailey’s is already sweet I’ll try 1/4 cup sugar next time), and I found the taste of Bailey’s a bit overpowering. It takes a while to get over the Bailey’s taste and realise you are eating a cheesecake. Next time I’ll try 1/2 – 3/4 cup, and again this is just my own preference, so that I can taste the cream cheese a bit more. However, for someone who loves it, it might be perfect just the way it is.

    Thank you very much for sharing this recipe. You made me look like a pro today! I am definitely checking out more of your recipes!

    • Thank you Anna for posting such a detailed and wonderful review of my cheesecake. I’m very happy you enjoyed making it and sharing it with your friends.

  8. Paul Green at #

    just wondering…does the alcohol bake off? Could you serve to kids? or non-drinkers? thanks

    • This is not the best choice of cheesecake to serve to children or non-drinkers. Although nobody will get drunk by eating a piece of the cake, there’s a big portion of alcohol in it, since I used 1 whole cup of Baileys. The percentage of alcohol that remains in one recipe depends on how long it is cooked and the size of the pan, among other factors. Although I have no idea how much alcohol remains in this recipe, I’m quite sure it still has some after baking. The flavor is quite good though! I hope this helps.