This Vegan Bailey's Birthday Cake is infused with the flavours of the famous liqueur but without any of the dairy. The sponge is delicately flavoured with whiskey, cocoa and vanilla which compliments perfectly the dairyfree white chocolate, coffee buttercream! With a subtle whiskey hit, this is the perfect cake for any lover of Baileys but definitely not one for the children! The cake was decorated to order with a lilac fondant, peach roses and handmade swirly Peacock Feathers. The Prep Time for this cake does not include time for crumb coat to set OR for cooling of the cake. The decorations and buttercream were all made in the hour that the cake was cooking in the oven! *The buttercream in this cake is made with Tesco Freefrom White Chocolate Buttons. These do contain Soy Lecithin which the Peachicks can tolerate. If, however you need a completely soyfree recipe then simply substitute for milk chocolate and leave out the extra cocoa powder!
750gLilac Fondant250g Purple + 500g White Kneaded Together
Peach Roses & Peacock Featherssee Recipe Notes for instructions
For the Sponges
Preheat the oven to 170C and line a 20cm cake tin with greaseproof paper or silicon baking sheet.
Pour a couple of tbsp of the coconut milk into a microwave safe mug. Add the coffee granules and vanilla extract and microwave on low for 30seconds. Stir in the whiskey and leave to cool slightly while you make the cake batter.
In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, cream the margarine, oil and sugar together until it is pale and fluffy. Turn to a low speed and pour in the whiskey mixture, rest of the dairyfree milk and cocoa powder.
Sift together the plain flour, self raising flour and ground chia seeds before folding into the creamed mixture.Be careful not to over mix at this point as you don't want the sponge to be rubbery!
Bake for 50-60mins or until a skewer comes out clean. Leave it to cool completely, in the fridge if possible, before slicing through the middle with a serrated knife.
For the Buttercream
Over a double boiler melt the chocolate, whiskey, vanilla extract, coffee granules and milk together. Leave to cool slightly.
In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, cream the margarine, icing sugar and cocoa powder together until it is pale and fluffy. Turn to a low speed and pour in the whiskey chocolate mixture. Add another couple of tablespoons of icing sugar if the mixture starts to split.
Scrape into a piping bag with a large round or star nozzle. Pipe a layer in between the cakes to sandwich them together. Next crumb coat the cake by piping a layer over the top and sides of the cakes before smoothing out.
Allow the crumb coat to set while you get on and finish your chosen decorations!
For the Decorations
Roll out the fondant about 1/8inch thick in a circle that is as wide as your cake diameter plus height of both sides. Place over the top of the cake and using a fondant smoother or hand carefully cover the cake smoothing out the creases and folds. (Wilton have a great YouTube video showing the whole process!)
Place your decorations on the top of the cake and around the sides until you are happy with your design. Then stick them all down using edible glue or water to make the fondant sticky!
The roses are really easy to make. The peach fondant is equal quantities of yellow and pink fondant kneaded together. There are loads of ways of doing it but this video by The Cherished Cake shows one of the easiest! The Peacock feathers are made by kneading green and blue fondant together until they are swirled together. Cut out a petal or oval shape, then layered with a small oval of green fondant, tiny ball of blue and finally a silver dragee.