St. Pattys Day Cake

filed under: Miscellaneous on March 10, 2010



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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Lynnette says:

    What a great idea!!! Looks amazing! What a beautiful collection of cake pedestals.

  • Cate O'Malley says:

    Love the idea of graduating colors – it takes the rainbow cake to a whole new level!

  • Mary says:

    I love green and that cake looks STUNNING!

  • Shannon says:

    Hi! I just ran across your blog today and I have to say “WOW”. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the heart cake and this one as well! I did green cupcakes, but now I just HAVE to do the heart cake.

  • Emi says:

    Oh la la! It’s great great great!!

  • Lorie says:

    I love it. I wish I would have seen this before St Pattys Day!
    You are one amazingly creative lady.

  • Helen says:

    *St. Paddy’s Day.
    Looks gorgeous though:)

  • Stacey W. says:

    Okay, I just found your blog and I couldn’t be happier! I really want to make this cake for St. Paddy’s day this year but I have a couple of questions. Is this made in 6″ pans with the amount of cake batter for a regular 2-layer cake batter/cake mix amount? Also, could it be made into a 10″ cake to feed more people? If so, how much batter do you think I would need?
    I can seriously see myself becoming obsessed with your site! I LOVE IT!!!

  • Deborah says:

    Great idea. Love the graduated colors that can be used for different occasions. Now I need 7 (6 inch) pans. Thanks.

  • Island Cottage Art and Design says:

    Your cake was featured in Michelle Allen’s post today and I couldn’t resist checking out your blog. The cake is so cute! I can’t wait to sit down and read more of your posts…Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you ~

  • Jeimy says:

    I just wanted to say that you inspire me to think outside the box, or should I say, inside the cake! I tried an “inside creation” like yours. I was short on time, and did not do it quite like I had hoped, but I thought it came out pretty well. I wanted to share and say thanks!!
    It’s supposed to be a pot o’ gold with a rainbow coming out.

  • Caitlin (Buy Backlinks) says:

    The cake looks heavenly! It must have been so good!

  • Natalya says:

    it’s great!

  • Kristin says:

    I got the bright idea to use my Red Velvet Cake recipe and just color it green…green + plus a cake with cocoa=a very pukey color! LOL. I love this cake, though and will be trying it with just plain white cake as well as trying it out with shades of different colors. Thanks!!

  • Genevieve W says:

    Beautiful! How do you cut it so that the frosting between the layers doesn’t smear and look green as well?

  • Michelle says:

    Love love love this cake!!! I am going to attempt it for my anniversary which is March 17.

  • Truebluemeandyou says:

    I posted a photo of your gorgeous cake on my Tumblr Crafts’ Blog (with attribution and a link back to you of course!) and then my post was featured in DIY on Tumblr and then on Tumblr Radar (a spotlight on a photo that everyone on Tumblr sees). So if you experience an uptick in viewers, this is why ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Valentina says:

    Looks soooo yummy i want to eat it immidiately <3 good job!

  • The Desert Rocks says:

    It would still look like St. Patty’s if you added a few pale pink layers.

  • hillary says:

    we made this in a few less layers this past weekend. LOVED it.

  • Amy says:

    Looks great!
    I attempted a blue gradient cake last week – here are my results!

  • Cade says:

    Randomly stumbled on this looking for some ideas for the tent at the parade this year (it’s a HUGE thing around here!) and LOVE this cake!

    It’s funny because I figured you added color to the entire batch, poured the first layer, added more color, poured the second layer, etcetc increasing the color before pouring each layer to bake. Since you mentioned you wish there was less color I wanted to mention this as an alternative. I’m definitely not an all-knowing baker, though, I just don’t like doing dishes…!!!

    Thanks for the idea! Love your blogs!

  • Elke says:

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Backlinked to you:
    – Elke

  • Maggie Unzueta @ Mama Maggie's Kitchen says:

    My son was passing by behind me as I was looking at your recipe. He said, “WOW!” Couldn’t have said it better myself. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • chris says:

    It’s “Paddy”, NOT ” Patty”

    • Amanda says:

      Thunk u. I mean, thank you.