For those nights where you just need a little bit of grown up time, Adults-Only Mudslide Poke Cake is the dessert for you. It's a decadent chocolate poke cake recipe that is infused with a Bailey's ganache and topped with an alcoholic mousse. While the alcohol never has a chance to bake out of the poke cake, there's not enough of it in the cake to make you feel tipsy. The liqueurs, along with the coffee that's actually in the cake, gives each bite a deeper chocolate flavor. Thank you Beyond Frosting.
Bake the cake according to the instruction on the box in a 9x13” pan. Allow to cool for 10 minutes. While your cake is cooling, prepare your ganache. In a heat proof bowl, combine the chocolate chips and heavy cream. Place on top of a pot of simmering water on medium high heat. Allow the chocolate to begin to melt and stir with a whisk to combine.
Whisk until chocolate and cream are completely melted and mixed together. Remove from heat and immediately whisk in 1 tablespoon of Baileys liquor. Drizzle the ganache over top of the cake. In a separate bowl, combine the instant chocolate pudding and milk together.
Whisk until well combined. Before the pudding sets, while it is still pourable, dump the pudding over top of the cake and spread with a spatula if
necessary.Allow the pudding and cake to set in the fridge for at least an hour. In the meantime,Take the end of a wooden spoon or another round object and poke holes all over the top of your cake. you can prepare your mousse.
MOUSSE: In a medium sized bowl, combine the chocolate pudding mix with the milk and liquors. Whisk together until combined. Put in the fridge to set while your cake is setting as well.
Once your cake is ready, remove the mousse from the fridge. Use a spatula to fold in an entire container of cool whip. Spread the mousse over top of cake. I topped the cake with additional chocolate shavings.