St Patrick's Day Bakes

Green Themed Cakes for St Patrick's Day

With St Patrick’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to think of all things green! When this comes to baking theme based cakes, the Paddy’s Day provides that inspiration to go wild with the green food colouring.

If you want to add that “surprise” element by revealing a shamrock shape when you cut your cake, then this tutorial below is the one for you. It’s pretty straightforward and you have the satisfaction of cutting what looks like an ordinary cake to reveal the design inside. The demonstrator in this video uses packet cake mix which is fine for speed and for less experienced bakers, but you might want to use your own favourite recipe to add that personal touch.

And on the theme of Irish Shamrocks, you might like to see our earlier post with a recipe for Shamrock Shake Cupcakes.

Alternatively, if you would like some element of “bling” to feature in your decoration, then you might like to take a look at this tutorial below. This is for a “green velvet” cake and the baked result is most definitely green!

The cake recipe used is for a standard red velvet cake but, of course, the red food colouring is omitted and green colouring used in its place. Halving the cocoa element helps to stop the mixture from being too dark. If you don’t have any green edible glitter then any green cake decorating sprinkles will work. And of course, don’t forget the chocolate money on top!

If you want to make cakes to share with friends and family this St Patrick’s Day, then these Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes will fit the bill nicely. These are fairly simply decorated but include Baileys in the buttercream recipe for that extra Irish richness! And there’s no reason why you couldn’t use the green food colouring in the buttercream in keeping with the theme.

For more St Patrick’s Day baking ideas, why not take a look at our post here?