Dude, there’s a shamrock in your pound cake.
It ain’t no luck of the Irish – there is, in fact, a shamrock hiding inside this mint-chocolate flavored pound cake. And if you follow these directions below, you can make it happen. Oh yes.
Firstly, make sure you have all the ingredients you need to make this cake. It’s a wee time consuming, so the last thing you want to encounter is a missing egg or a lack of milk. Also, some of the ingredients need to be at room temperature, so be sure to leave those out for a few hours ahead of time.
OK! Let’s get down to bizniz. Whip up the mint pound cake batter and pour it into your prepared loaf pan.
Bake the cake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about one hour. Smell the minty cake bliss. Let that baby cool completely before moving on to the next step, mmmk?
Onward! Make the chocolate cake batter and set it aside. Slice the fully cooled mint pound cake into 1-inch thick slices, then cut out a shamrock shape from each slice (a 3-inch wide shamrock cookie cutter is ideal). Save the scraps for snacking or making into cake pops, mayhaps!
Prop a lightly greased and floured loaf pan upright, then stack the shamrocks like so. Now comes what may be the strangest thing I’ve ever done with cake: Carefully spoon cake batter into the crevices on either side of the shamrocks to stabilize them. Do this while the loaf pan is still upright. It’s weird, but it works.
Cover the shamrocks completely with the chocolate cake batter and smooth the top (you might have some leftover chocolate batter – don’t panic! It’s all good). Bake the cake until a toothpick inserted in the chocolate part of the cake comes out clean.
Once the cake is fully cooled, it’s time to frost! I whipped up a simple mint buttercream frosting. It’s deelicious.
Now comes the big reveal. What looks like an ordinary mint chocolate pound cake is, in fact… a shamrock reveal cake! Wah-BAM.
Wow your friends and fellow St. Patrick’s Day revelers with this snazzy cake magic. It’s the next best thing to getting a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.
Stephanie (aka Girl Versus Dough) is hoping someone will also magically clean her dishes. Check out Stephanie’s Tablespoon member profile and keep checking back for her own personal recipes on Tablespoon!