Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheesecake {Original and Gluten-Free} for #NellysBigDay

I’m so excited to be celebrating a special occasion with you all today, and I hope you will join myself and all the other fun and fabulous bloggers in celebrating #NellysBigDay today with a virtual Bridal Shower for my lovely blogging and Twitter friend,  Marnely Rodriguez of Cooking With Books.

Here’s how it all started…

“And …I said YESSSSS!”
It happened one November midnight, in Twitterverse, we saw this tweet from our dear Nelly @nella22. Without missing a beat, we all knew Nelly had “said YES” to her beloved “M”,as she sweetly calls Brian Murray, her fiancé. So here we are,Nelly dear, your friends in the food world, wishing you and Brian, all the best.
In honor of Nelly and Brian’s big day, I knew I had to make something fun and decadent to eat, as I suspect that is the way Nelly, a super fun, and dare I say decadent lady herself, would want to celebrate.
I racked my brains trying to come up with the perfect dish to bring to the bridal shower, when finally it came to me…

Baileys Irish Cream Cheesecake!

This is the very same cheesecake I made for my best friend at her bridal shower several years ago, and it’s the same cheesecake I’ve come back to again and again because it is



The original recipe comes from Bon Appetit magazine, and I have adapted it to be gluten-free {so I can enjoy a slice with Nelly} and include a chocolate crust {because every bride should enjoy a little extra chocolate at her shower!}

Baileys Irish Cream Cheese Cake {Original and Gluten-Free}


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Finely grind cookies in food processor. Add melted butter and process until well combined.  Press crumb mixture onto the bottom of a 9 inch springform pan.  Bake crust for 12 minutes, then remove from oven to cool.


  • 3 8 ounces packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 7 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour {I used 1 tablespoon sorghum flour for my gluten-free version}
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons Greek Yogurt {I used 2 %}
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons Bailey’s Original Irish Cream liqueur
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine cream cheese and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer until smooth.  Beat in flour.  Add eggs one at a time, beating until just combined.  Mix in remaining ingredients.  Bake 10 minutes at 350 degrees, then lower heat to 250 degrees and bake for 30 more minutes, or until cheesecake is done.  Cool and refrigerate.


  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 9 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped

Heat cream in saucepan until simmering.  Reduce heat to low and add in chopped chocolate.  Stir until melted and smooth.  Cool glaze to lukewarm.

Release pan sides from cheesecake and place it on a baking sheet or large plate.  Spread glaze on top and on the sides of the cheesecake, allowing excess to drip on to baking sheet or plate.  Refrigerate until glaze is set, approximately 30 minutes.

Enjoy my dear friend Nelly, and many congratulations to you and Brian on your special day! xoxoxo

And, before I leave you, I have just a few words of wisdom to share with you for what I think makes a successful marriage…

  • Love and support each other always, but make sure to allow yourselves “breathing room” to fullfill your own dreams.
  • Laugh together.
  • Laugh together a lot!
  • Surprises {Good ones!} NEVER go out of style
  • And NEVER forget the coffee in the morning!!!

Cheers Nelly!!!


And, of course, no bridal shower is complete without the guests, so please make sure and check out all the other yummy treats and words of wisdom from Nelly’s friends!

And, a HUGE thanks to: Sanjeeta KK at Lite Bite for coordinating all the festivities and being a super host…to Heather of Farmgirl Gourmet for designing the beautiful logo…to Elizabeth of Queen’s Notebook for her lovely intro…and to Junia at Mis Pensamientos for her computer prowess!

What would you bring to eat a bridal shower?  If you are married, what do you remember about your own shower?  What words of wisdom do you have to share with the bride and grooom???

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  1. What a lovely post! A wonderful cake and wonderful advice to match! Awww Congrats Nelly! I’m sharing this post plus checking out some of the food from the virtual bridal shower. You guys are so awesome! <3 – Lyn

  2. Your photos are gorgeous! For my bridal shower, I thought I was going to a work picnic. I knew there would be volleyball and other games so I wore a t-shirt, shorts and sneakers. Imagine my surprise when I stopped to pick up a friend and everyone yelled “surprise!” The other guests were all dressed up, of course. Oh well, I’ve always been a tomboy anyway :)

  3. a spoonful of yumm says:

    congrats to nelly ! gorgeous pics :)) everything looks delicious….

  4. Thanks for joining the fun and all your support, glad to have you aboard for the virtual shower! Love the perfect slices..wish it was a real party for all of us :) Love and hugs.

  5. I am mesmerized by how beautiful your photography is….it helps that the subject looks so flippin good! Look at that! WOW!!! You do such and amazing job capturing the ‘spirit’ of the food You rock!

  6. What a fun idea, love the cyber shower. As for this dessert, Baileys is so good. I’m rather happy I don’t bake because this is downright dangerous (and beautiful).

  7. This sounds (and looks) so decadent! Yum. What a treat!
    I haven’t had my bridal shower yet, but it would be pretty great if someone brought a Bailey’s Irish Cream cake! haha, and if I end up needing a gluten free diet, I’ll give someone this recipe :)

    I love your tips for a great marriage. Laughter truly is so important. It’s what gets me through the day.

  8. Baileys cheesecake!! Yes, please! This is lovely EA! Surely Nella is going to love it. :)

  9. This looks delicious and is so gorgeous! Wish I had a piece with my coffee right now!

  10. Yummy and perfect for a shower!! Best shower ever, by the way! :)

  11. Oh wow, this recipe looks delicious and I definitely want to make it for Christmas!! Thanks for the kind words dear!

  12. Wowza – I knew by the title it would be good but the photos just put it over the top!! What a perfect recipe for a special day!

  13. Wow- this sounds good and it’s so pretty! Nelly will love this!

  14. wow! chocolate cream cheese pie! this looks decadent! i want to try those double chocolate cookies that you used….. ~ :)

  15. Oh. My. Goodness! This looks amazing!!! As always your photos are so special. And your words of wisdom are perfect!
    Nelly is lucky to have you in her “friends” column :)

  16. What a nice tribute for Nelly! Congrats Nelly! EA, one of my all time favorites, especially in my late teens early twenties was ordering a slice of cheesecake when having a cappuccino at a cafes in Israel. :) To this date it is sentimental!

  17. oh my. this looks so delicious and i don’t even like cheesecake. :) Congrats to Nelly.

  18. Sage advice and what an awesome offering for the party! Love Bailey’s and cheesecake, so why not combine them! The chocolate makes it just perfect. :)

  19. I love cheesecake and this recipe! A wonderful addition to #NellysBigDay! I loved my bridal shower. It was at Commander’s Palace a LONG time ago, and a blues musician sang “It’s a Wonderful World” to me. :) @fromagechick 30AEATS

  20. A gorgeous cheesecake, EA! Looks absolutely sinful! There’s nothing about cheesecake OR Bailey’s that I don’t love ;) I love that shot of the layers, and especially your advice at the end… (taking notes!).

    A pleasure to meet you, too, and what a wonderful reason to bring people together!

  21. Hey EA Stewart, your Bailey’s Cheesecake is a Recipe Guessing Game on Knapkins. Think your friends can win?

    Show your foodie love and vote here

  22. Love this cheesecake; I really like them when they are not destroyed with Snickers or the like…but Bailey’s? Oh my yum!

  23. A big Congrats to Nelly!!
    This looks heavenly. I just love cheesecake!!! Definitely can see why you have made it more than once.
    The photos are beautiful as always! :)

  24. baileys cheese cake and those double chocolate crumb! yumm.. i am thinking that nelly will probably want a real bridal shower with all these goodies!

  25. Thank you all so much for your comments! What a fun shower it has been!!!

  26. What a great way to celebrate! Have a wonderful day, Nelly!

    The cheesecake looks and sounds wonderful!

  27. I’m not the best at making desserts, but I have to give this a try. Thanks for the gluten free alternative!

  28. This sounds amazing. I’m going to looking after my mother for a short while, who is recovering from surgery. Baileys and cheesecake just so happen to be two of her favorite things on the planet. She would die for this cake. I’ll be taking this recipe with my to New Jersey for the holidays. Thanks so much! Happy Holidays!!!

  29. That looks so good and I love that you just adapted it to be gluten free. You are so good with that!

  30. OH MY HEAVENS!!!!! This cheesecake looks DIVINE!!!!! I love that I am not afraid to make cheesecake now, because I believe I NEED to make this beautiful cheesecake:-) AND you used greek yogurt, YAY!!!! I agree, laughing a lot is very important, happiness helps make the relationship that much stronger:-) Love and Hugs, Terra

  31. omg you know thanks to you I learned that Nelly got married?? I am sure this irish cream cheesecake pleased her a lot!! It looks absolutely delicious !!


  32. OMG this looks so amazing


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