There are plenty of fun St. Patrick’s Day desserts you can make but this is by far one of the most impressive while also being easy! This St. Patrick’s Day cake has layers of delicious vanilla-flavored green and white cake and drizzles of sweet green and white icing.
Not everyone is a fan of green foods, but when it comes to St. Paddy Day it’s time to get festive — after all, we’re not trying to push broccoli or kale here! Have a green beer and some sweet treats to celebrate.
If you’re looking for easy desserts for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration, this cake should be on your list. It’s incredibly easy and the perfect way to kick off the shenanigans.
Common Questions about this St. Patrick’s Day Cake
Making St. Patrick’s Day Cake Ahead of Time
You can make the icings ahead of time, as well as the cake, and ice it when ready to serve.
Like any cake, this one is easy to store for when you’re ready to serve.
Refrigerator: Store the cake wrapped tightly in plastic wrap or place slices in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
Freezing: Freeze cake in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months.
Tips For The Best St. Patricks Day Cake
This festive dessert is relatively easy but here are a few quick tips to get the best results.
- Avoid overmixing. Don’t overmix the flour into the butter — it can cause the cake to be dense and tough.
- Make sure all ingredients are room temperature. This makes mixing easier and also ensures better results overall.
- Leave a minute or two between drizzles of different colored icing. To avoid the icings and colors mixing, allow a little time for one to set slightly if you’re going to drizzle another over top.
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- Caster sugar
- Large eggs
- Butter (cubed and softened)
- Olive oil
- All-purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Green food color
- Confectioner’s sugar (divided in 2 separate small bowls)
- Green food color
- Green sprinkles
Kitchen Supplies You’ll Need
A few standard supplies will help you make this fun cake.
- Bundt pan
- Large bowl
- Stand mixer with a paddle attachment (or hand mixer)
- Rubber spatula
- Wooden spoon
- Serving plate
- Small bowl
How to Make St. Patrick’s Day Cake
It’s so easy to make this festive treat!
- In a large bowl, beat the sugar and eggs until smooth.
- Add the butter and mix until completely combined.
- Pour in the olive oil and continue to mix.
- Set aside.
- Pour the flour and baking powder into a separate bowl.
- Turn the mixer on medium speed and add the flour mixture to the butter mixture. Beat until the dry ingredients are moist.
- Using a wooden spoon or stiff rubber spatula, scoop half of the batter into another bowl.
- Add green food coloring and stir.
- Continue adding food color until the cake batter is the desired color.
- Pour a portion of the green batter into the bundt pan.
- Then, pour a portion of the un-colored batter over top.
- Continue to layer until all cake batter has been used. Use a rubber spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl and bottom of the bowl to get all of the batter into the pan.
- Bake cake until it passes the toothpick test.
- After removing from the oven, allow the cake to come to room temperature while it remains in the pan on a wire rack.
- When the cake has cooled, invert the pan to place the cake on a cake plate.
- Start by placing a small amount of powdered sugar and milk in a small bowl.
- Mix together.
- Do the same in a separate bowl.
- Add a bit of green food coloring to one of the powdered sugar mixtures and mix. Repeat until it is the desired shade.
- Drizzle the icings over the cooled cake.
- Serve the cake at room temperature.
What to Serve With St. Patrick’s Day Cake
Anything you would typically serve with a cake pairs well with St. Patrick’s Day Cake. Here are a few ideas.
- Ice cream – Serve a big scoop of your favorite ice cream alongside this cake.
- Coffee – A strong brew always pairs perfectly with dessert. Make it more festive by adding Irish cream liqueur like Bailey’s Irish Cream.
- Guinness – What better what to celebrate the holiday than with a Guinness and this delicious cake?
Why You Should Make This Recipe
It’s perfect for St. Patrick’s Day! But here are some other reasons.
- Festive – With its multi-colored layers and icings this is the perfect sweet treat for the holiday.
- Easy – It looks complex but it takes only a few simple steps to make this easy dessert.
- Affordable – There aren’t a lot of ingredients and those that are required are inexpensive.
Variations and Add-ins
There are lots of ways to add more pizzazz to this festive cake.
- Decorator’s sugar – Add pretty sparkle and lots of color by shaking decorator’s sugar over the top.
- Chocolate – Gently fold white chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, or dark chocolate chips into the batter.
- Cocoa powder – Dust just a touch of cocoa powder over top.
- Garnish – Use gold coins on top of the cake to garnish.
- Box mix – Instead of making it from scratch, you can use a white cake mix.
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St. Patrick’s Day Cake
- 2 cups caster sugar superfine sugar
- 3 large eggs
- ½ cup butter – cubed – softened
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- green food color
- 6 tbsp confectioner’s sugar divided in 2 separate small bowls
- 2 tbsp milk
- green food color
- 1 tbsp green sprinkles of your choice
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- Grease a 7-inch bundt pan with butter or cooking spray. Set aside.
- Mix the sugar with eggs. Mix together for about 2-3 minutes or until smooth.
- Beat in the butter until incorporated.
- Add the olive oil and mix for another minute.
- In a separate bowl mix flour with baking powder.
- Slowly beat the dry mixture into the butter mixture until smooth. Don’t over-mix.
- Scoop out half of the batter into a separate bowl and add a few drops of green food color, mix until you reach the desired shade of green.
- Layer the batter in the bundt pan alternatively (green and white).
- Bake for 35 minutes or until the toothpick test comes out clean.
- Remove and allow to cool at room temperature in the pan.
- Once cooled – gently invert onto a serving plate.
- Combine 3 tablespoons of the confectioner’s sugar and 1 tablespoon of the milk in a small bowl.
- Repeat with the remaining sugar and milk in another bowl.
- Add several drops of green food color to one of the bowls and mix until you achieve desired shade of green.
- Pour both icing colors on the cake, add sprinkles on top if desired.
- Keep refrigerated in an airtight container in between serving. Allow to come to room temperature for serving.
- bundt pan
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