St. Pattys Day Cake

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I woke up this morning with a to-do list a mile long.

Baking a St. Pattys Day Cake was NOT on my list.

Yet here I am, sharing anyway.

I think I need a baking intervention.

I can just see it! My family and freinds will assemble in my kitchen… “Amanda, step away from the baking soda. Good girl. Drop that room temperature butter! No, you do not need to blend it until its fluffy… No, no, just step back from the sifter… close the recipe book…good, good… we’re making progress.”



I had grand designs of green fondant shamrocks all over this little cake. That seemed like a lot of work. So I just used a little royal icing and make a shape somewhat resembling a shamrock.


Not bad for seven minutes of hard icing labor.


But here is the fun part!! I have been wanting to do this graduating color scheme for a while now… and finally made it happen today!

I like it but I would do it differently next time… start out with less coloring on the first layer, maybe even start with white? And definitely do a less…uh… green color. Something about green cake just doesnt inspire hunger in me!

So its back to the drawing board for me… are you making anything fun for St. Patty’s Day?


Before anyone says, how did you do that? Here is a QUICK run down.

I separated my batter into 7 bowls (1/2 cup per bowl)


Then added one drop food coloring to the first bowl, two to the second, three to the third, and so on.

(in the future I would start out with MUCH less coloring)


Had the kids help me mix the colors, then baked each bowl separate in a 6 inch. round pan. (yes, I know there are more then seven drops in the last bowl, I was not being very precise)

Took them out of the oven, cooled, then stacked from darkest to lightest and then covered in frosting.

Next time, I will do it a bit different and might even do a decent tutorial. :)




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  1. Tyler says

    WOW!! Thats all I can say!! You are amazing girl… I wish I was your kiddo and got to be the taster of all your baking expieraments ūüėČ Have a wonderful night!

  2. says

    Oh my! Green is my favorite color and I’ve been thinking of doing a cake like this ever since I did a rainbow cake for my son’s birthday last year. I’m not really a St. Patrick’s Day celebrant, but maybe just a green cake welcoming spring?! Thanks for the post!

  3. DeAnn says

    I really think you are so creative and talented. I have high hopes to make the rainbow cake for my daughter’s birthday in May. But I’m curious, is the flavor or density of the cake changed in the layers that are so dark? This is not an accusation, I really have no idea if it would be. Thanks!

  4. Alissa says

    I’m with you, the dark green layers aren’t hugely appetizing…but in shades of pink and red, this cake would be divine!!! Or even shades of white through yellow, like a daffodil to welcome spring!

  5. says

    I remember when I was 8 or 9 my mother made homemade bread for St. Patrick’s day that was green. I thought it was so cool…until she packed it in my lunch and all the kids thought it was weird. Now it reminds me of green eggs and ham lol.
    I have a hard time turning down cake though heehee.

  6. says

    Wow, very cute!!! I like the green, but I do see what you mean about the bottom layer being dark and VERY green :-) A rainbow cake would work out well with the St. Patrick’s Day theme too – maybe with a pot of gold on top?? LOL, I don’t know!
    I LOL at the baking intervention – especially “drop that room temperature butter!” At 9:30 PM with 3 dozen cookies cooling and needing to be decorated before I go to bed, I could use an intervention too!

  7. AngieN24 says

    I love green and I love your cake. I’m trying to decide what to do for a cake and how to play around with decorating for St. Patty’s day. I like your shamrocks! I also like Amy’s idea of the rainbow cake and the pot of gold, very cute!

  8. says

    It’s really pretty.
    But if you don’t like the darker green – start with the shade that is 4th from the bottom and then fade into paler shades as you go up. Ending with white even!

  9. says

    I think my family is planning an intervention too. 7 dozen Snickerdoodles for no particlar reason really woke them up today! I love your baking project so much more than my cookies though! I was so surprised to see the inside layers. It the perfect idea for my green-loving Dad’s birthday in a week! As always, you’re a wonderful inspiration!

  10. says

    That is slick!!! I’ve done a rainbow cake and thought about a red/white/blue cake for fourth of July, but I LOVE the graduated cake! Too cool! Think about a red to pink one for Valentine’s! How fun would that be?

  11. Julie says

    LOVE it! It looks much bigger than 6″ in the pic….and GREAT to know it only takes 1/2 cup to make a 6″ layer, lol. You’ve inspired a rainbow of ideas ūüėČ