Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Coat bottom and sides of a 10-inch springform pan
with softened butter.
Using a fork, combine Graham cracker crumbs, 1/2 cup of the sugar and melted
butter in a medium bowl until well blended. Then evenly press crumb mixture onto
the bottom and 1 inch up the sides of buttered pan.
Beat cream cheese in a mixing bowl until smooth.
Add remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar and beat until smooth, scraping down sides of
bowl as needed.
Add eggs, one at a
time, making sure to scrape sides after each addition. Beat until well incorporated
and very smooth.
Beat in vanilla extract and Bailey's Irish Cream until well mixed.
Pour into prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for approximately 1 hour
and 15 minutes or until center is the consistency of set gelatin.
Remove cake from oven and let cool on a wire rack away from drafts.
When cool, remove springform and refrigerate until ready to serve.
When ready to serve, whip
heavy cream with confectioners' sugar and garnish top of cake with whipped cream
rosettes. Shave chocolate over top.