You won’t believe how easy it is to create this St. Patrick’s Day cake with a surprise shamrock hidden inside. The hidden shamrock is such a fun surprise for your guests! So easy to make, but it is definitely a showstopper.
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Here is the step by step tutorial for this easy and unique St. Patrick’s Day cake.
Here’s What You’ll Need
First prepare your sheet cake pan.
Spray the pan with Baker’s Joy or grease and flour the pan. This will allow for an easy release of the cake from the pan.
Next, you’ll make the green shamrocks.
Mix one box of the cake mix batter according to the box directions.
Then add green food coloring to the batter.
Pour the batter into the prepared sheet cake pan.
Bake at 350 for 10 minutes or until done.
After the cake has completely cooled, use a small shamrock cookie cutter to cut out little green shamrocks. You can cut them out while the cake is still in the pan.
Next, prepare the loaf pan.
Again, use Baker’s Joy or grease and flour the loaf pan.
Then mix the batter for the rest of the cake by using the remaining box of cake mix.
Again, just follow the instructions on the box.
Now comes the fun part.
Line up the cut out green shamrocks along the length of the loaf pan. It’s easier to stack half of them and lay down that half, then repeat. Be sure to nestle them snugly so batter doesn’t seep between them.
Pour the batter around both sides of the green shamrocks to hold them in place. Then finish up by pouring the remaining batter over the top.
Bake at 350 for 40 minutes or until done. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick in the top of the cake. If it comes out clean, it’s done. If there’re crumbs on it, it needs more time.
After the cake cools, frost with your favorite green icing and you’ve got a really great surprise for St. Patrick’s Day! Everyone will be delighted when they cut into the cake and find a hidden shamrock.
Although you’d think the green shamrocks would overcook, they actually DON’T! I’m not really sure why…I just chalk it up to leprechaun magic.
Use a small enough cutter so the shamrocks fit inside the finished cake.
Use a loaf pan so the hidden shamrocks will show as you cut it. If you use a round cake pan, you wouldn’t know where to cut the cake to ensure that the front of the shamrock is seen rather than the side of it (which would just look like a green blob.) However, a bundt pan would work quite well because of the way it’s cut for serving.
Don’t stick to just shamrocks. This would be a great idea for hiding a heart for your honey! Or what about an egg shape for Easter for the kids?
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